Samsung’s Contour Cut camera design is returning on Galaxy S22+
Unlike the Ultra-branded model, which represented a departure from Samsung’s existing design language, the smaller Galaxy S22+ clearly takes inspiration from the current-generation Galaxy S21 series.The rear is home to Samsung’s ‘Contour Cut’ camera bump, though the brand has made some modifications to how the module blends in with the rest of the device, or in this case how it doesn’t.
On the Galaxy S21 models, the aluminum frame curves upwards into the camera bump. But on the Galaxy S22+ there’s a clear separation between the two, though the overall look is maintained. It’s unclear why Samsung has made such a small tweak, but it could be related to costs.
Curving the aluminum frame over might be a costly procedure, or it could have lower yields during production. Moreover, the upcoming Galaxy S21 FE is set to adopt the same version of the Contour Cut camera. That device will be positioned as a budget flagship when it hits shelves next month.
The Samsung Galaxy S22+ looks great with its uniform bezels
From an aesthetic standpoint, the move should put Samsung ahead of Apple, Google, and other rivals. Most smartphone manufacturers haven’t been able to implement uniform bezels, and the two that have — Apple and Google — seem to have chosen thicker alternatives.
We could spend a long time debating why, but it likely comes down to picture quality. The under-screen selfie camera on the Fold 3 is far from impressive — it’s barely acceptable for video calls, let alone selfies — and using similar tech on the more mainstream Galaxy S22+ could be catastrophic for the brand’s reputation.
Could the Samsung Galaxy S22+ be marketed as the S22 Pro?
Now that’s not a guarantee of anything, but if it is the official name, the mainstream Galaxy S22 series would look as follows: Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Pro, and Galaxy S22 Ultra.