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Known insider Roland Quandt has allegedly leaked the pricing for the entire Samsung Galaxy S22 line-up. And if you’d been hoping the Galaxy S22 price would be cheaper than the S21 then we have some bad news for you. It looks like the S22, S22 Plus and S22 Ultra will have the same starting prices as its S21 counterparts, but there are a few important differences to point out.

While the S22 will allegedly be priced at launch at €849, the same as the S21, it’s believed this newer Samsung handset will be smaller.

According to leaks, the S22 will have a screen size of six inches – compared to the 6.2inch screen size of the S21.

The S22 Plus prices are expected to begin from €1,049 with S22 Ultra prices starting from €1,249.

However, there are some key differences with the S22 Ultra line-up, according to leaks.

The €1,249 S22 Ultra is believed to be fitted with 8GB of RAM, while the S21 handset that cost the same price had 12GB of RAM.

While the highest spec S22 Ultra handset is expected to have 12GB of RAM, compared to 16GB of RAM seen on the top-spec S21 Ultra.

So, on one front at least, you’ll be getting less hardware for your money if you’re going for this year’s Ultra.

Speaking about the S22 pricing, Quandt said: “Whoever said S22 series was to be cheaper, didn’t think of Covid, parts shortages and inflation.

“Actual official EURO prices: S22 8/128GB = 849. S22 8/256GB = 899. S22+ 8/128GB = 1049. S22+ 8/256GB = 1099. S22 Ultra 8/128GB = 1249. S22 Ultra 12/256GB = 1349. S22 Ultra 12/512GB = 1449.”

Elsewhere, leaks have claimed that the S22 Ultra will have one big design difference compared to the S22 Plus and S22.

Alleged dummy units for the S22 range have shown the S22 Ultra will have a striking rear design which boasts no combined camera bump.

This, along with the matte black colour scheme seen on a dummy unit, offers a more cleaner and simplistic look.

Elsewhere, the S22 Ultra will have a design that looks more reminiscent of a Samsung Galaxy Note handset – with more squared edges instead of the rounded ones seen on the S22 Plus and S22 dummy units.

You can see a mock-up of how they will look, thanks to renders created by LetsGoDigital.

Samsung has confirmed its next Galaxy S phones will be revealed during its February Unpacked event, which reportedly will take place on February 8 or 9.



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Kwasi Kwarteng under pressure to slam the brakes on private equity takeover of Ultra Electronics










Kwasi Kwarteng is under pressure to launch a full-blown investigation into the private equity takeover of Ultra Electronics.

The Business Secretary will be handed a report today that outlines whether the controversial £2.6billion deal will threaten national security.

Kwarteng, who ordered the review last August, will decide whether to wave it through as it stands, approve it with conditions attached, or refer it to a deeper ‘phase two’ probe.

Security fears: Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng (pictured) is under pressure to launch a full-blown investigation into the £2.6bn private equity takeover of Ultra Electronics

Security fears: Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng (pictured) is under pressure to launch a full-blown investigation into the £2.6bn private equity takeover of Ultra Electronics 

The proposed takeover of a major British defence group by US buyout firm Advent International has provoked uproar among military figures, politicians and analysts.

Whitehall sources said the decision will hinge entirely on the contents of today’s report by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Phase two interventions are rare. But the Business Secretary is facing calls to step up scrutiny of the deal because of Ultra’s role making highly sensitive naval kit – including enemy submarine-hunting sonobuoys. 

Last night the former head of the Royal Navy, Admiral Lord West, said: ‘I think it should be referred to a phase two investigation.’

He believes it is ‘absolutely critical for the security of us and Nato that we don’t lose the edge with anti-submarine warfare’. 

Critics of the deal say losing Ultra to a US private equity firm could put Britain at a disadvantage as submarine warfare becomes a more important theatre of conflict.

Advent is conducting the deal through Cobham, a British firm it bought for £4billion in 2019. 

Advent’s reputation took a hit after it chopped up and sold more than half of Cobham within 18 months of buying the business, despite promising to be a long-term investor.

Defence analyst Francis Tusa said: ‘I really think it should be referred. It’s not being bought by a British firm. It is being bought by an American firm that skinned the Cobham pelt and put it on to look British.

‘If it was American it would not be allowed to go through.’

Today is the deadline for the CMA report. It will be published online at some point in the coming months.

Laws came into force early this month that will automatically trigger Government investigations into takeovers or asset sales in 17 strategic industries, including defence, nuclear and artificial intelligence. 

But, because the review was kicked off last year, the 3500p per share deal for Ultra is being evaluated under the Enterprise Act of 2002.

If the takeover is allowed under the Enterprise Act, it could still be called in at a later date to be reviewed under the National Security and Investment Act, which can be used retrospectively.

A Government spokesman said: ‘While the Government welcomes foreign investment, it is right that we fully consider the national security implications of this transaction.’

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Buyer pledges US board for defence firm Ultra: Private equity buyer promises to create separate boards for its American and UK businesses










The private equity buyer of Ultra Electronics has promised to create separate boards for its American and UK businesses in a bid to ease national security fears, The Mail on Sunday can reveal

Defence specialist Cobham – owned by US private equity giant Advent – is buying Ultra for £2.57billion. Ultra makes components for the submarines which are part of the UK’s nuclear deterrent. 

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has asked the Competition and Markets Authority to scrutinise the deal on the grounds that it may threaten national security. 

The watchdog is due to report back on January 18. A decision from the Government on whether to conduct an in-depth probe or wave the deal through will then follow.

Security fears: Ultra makes components for the submarines which are part of the UK's nuclear deterrent

Security fears: Ultra makes components for the submarines which are part of the UK’s nuclear deterrent

Kwarteng last year banned Ultra from sharing sensitive national security details with Advent. He warned that foreign investment ‘must not threaten national security’. 

Sources close to the deal said that Cobham hopes that, by creating separate boards, it will underline its commitment to preventing national security leaks. 

The move is among a series of commitments Advent and Cobham are expected to make to secure the takeover – including pledges on UK investments and jobs. Ultra is headquartered in London, but makes the bulk of its revenues in the US. 

Advent bought Cobham in 2020 and swiftly sold off a string of assets. Cobham’s move on Ultra had sparked concerns that it too could be broken up. 

However, one analyst said: ‘There are fewer non-core businesses that could be easily sold off at Ultra so that’s less of a concern.’ 

It has also emerged that formidable US hedge fund Davidson Kempner’s European arm appears to be betting against the deal. The firm has taken a £28 million short position in Ultra. 

The shares closed last week at £31.64 – below Cobham’s £35-a-share offer price – suggesting that most investors believe the takeover will be completed, but that there is an element of uncertainty. 

Advent and Ultra declined to comment.

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