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Count me as one of the individuals experiencing the speaker distortion on my S22+. I got my phone from AT&T less than two weeks ago. I will be going for a return today, but wanted to share some gathered data.
After searching various Internet forums, the problem is not isolated to a few phones. It is fairly widespread. I'm hoping it doesn't affect all S22 phones, but it does seem to be a design flaw. The sealed phone is susceptible to internal pressure changes via temperature or actual pressure (airplane flights, etc), and this causes the distortion on the speaker. This is a hardware problem, and I don't think a software fix will be possible.
Ejecting the Sim card works to equalize pressure, and the distortion problem will temporarily be fixed.
One thing I noticed today was that I had not removed the protective plastic from the edges of the phone. This plastic covered a spot on the right edge of the phone that resembles a location that an SD slot would have been added. It is an indentation on the side of the phone. My hope is that it's some type of pressure equalizing "valve", and the protective plastic was preventing it from working. This is a complete guess on my part, and not confirmed by Samsung or online sources.
You can check your own phone by cooling it off and then playing a song or ringtone. If it is distorted, you'll definitely be able to hear it. Phone calls are also affected.
I hope Samsung is actively investigating this and that they release a statement soon. They're losing a lot of trust right now.
does it show the same behavior in safe mode?
take it to the nearest service center if you think it's a hardware issue
or submit an error report after replicating the issue
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