Coming in February: Samsung’s next Unpacked event will feature the Galaxy S22

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Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S21 FE, shown above, earlier this month. But what’s next?

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The next Samsung Unpacked event is just around the corner: There’s still no word on an official date, but we now know that it’s happening in February. The tech giant will introduce its 2022 flagship phone lineup, likely called the Galaxy S22, at an Unpacked event next month, according to a blog post from company president TM Roh.

Roh also implied that the event will feature a successor to the larger Galaxy Note, which hasn’t seen a new version since 2020. Some speculation says this successor will come in the form of the S22 Ultra. Whatever the new Galaxy lineup will look like, customers can now register to preorder the devices.

The company announced a slew of products at its five Unpacked events last year. In January (the same week as CES 2021), the company took the wraps off the Galaxy S21 lineup with a standard Galaxy S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra model. The flagship line was unveiled alongside the Galaxy Buds Pro earbuds and SmartTag object tracker. Then in March, Samsung announced the cheaper Galaxy A smartphones, followed by new Galaxy Book laptops in April. Later in August, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Z Fold 3Galaxy Z Flip 3Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Buds 2. New options to customize Samsung’s foldable phones were then announced in October.

Read on for everything we know so far about 2022’s first Unpacked event. We’ll update this story as new information becomes available.

The Galaxy S21 FE, shown above, was unveiled earlier this month.

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What day is the next Samsung event?

Despite confirming that the next Unpacked is coming in February, Samsung hasn’t announced an exact date for the conference. A report from Korean publication DDaily speculates that the event will take place on Feb. 8. This aligns with previous gossip from Jon Prosser, the founder of Front Page Tech and a well-known leaker (albeit with a mixed track record), who claimed Samsung’s next flagship phone line will be revealed that day. Leaker Ice Universe, however, suggests the Galaxy S22 will be announced on Feb. 9.

Earlier this month, before CES 2022, Samsung unveiled its follow-up to the affordable Galaxy S20 FE, called the Galaxy S21 FE. The new phone is a more budget-friendly version of the Galaxy S21 range with a few smart feature and spec sacrifices to reach a lower price.

Samsung hosted February events in 2020 and 2019 as well, but both were the company’s first event of the year. The launches showed off foldable phones, earbuds and the company’s S lineup with the S20 and S10, respectively. Both events were followed up by another launch in August focused on the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Watch.

Will the next Galaxy Unpacked be livestreamed?

Many other recent Samsung Galaxy Unpacked events have been livestreamed, so it’s likely the next launch will follow suit.

Samsung’s events were previously available to watch live on its YouTube page or website homepage. CNET also hosted a live show that started 30 mins before the launch event. We’ll update this story with details about how to watch the next Unpacked event as information becomes available.

In the meantime, check out CNET’s list of the most exciting phones to look forward to in 2022, our Galaxy S22 wish list and how the Galaxy S21 could compare to the S22 and S21 FE. For more about Android phones, check out CNET’s review of Google’s Pixel 6 and why you should give Pixel phones another chance. If you’re more of an Apple fan, take a look at all the rumors about the next Apple event, the iPhone SE 3 and iPhone 14.

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