Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S22 line-up on February 9, 2022, at an unpacked event in the metaverse. The Galaxy S22 Ultra variant will be available in stores on February 25, but customers can pre-order from February 9. Galaxy S22 and S22+, on the other hand, will be available in stores on March 11, 2022.
If you're considering upgrading to the new Galaxy S22, but are unsure, don't fret. Here is everything you need to know from Samsung's new line-up of smartphones.
What does the Galaxy S22 look like?
Apart from featuring a glass design, it's pretty clear the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus variants did not get a radical redesign.
However, the S22 Ultra looks exceptionally different. It looks incredibly like the Galaxy Note. It features a built-in S Pen stylus to keep the charm of the Galaxy Note series that Samsung officially discontinued last year. It also comes with a square-edge form factor to accommodate a slot for the S-Pen.
Unfortunately, the phones did not benefit from the under-display camera technology found in the Galaxy Fold 3 due to the low production yield of the technology. That said, the S22 Ultra boasts of a P-shaped rear camera housing design split in half, which is more aesthetically pleasing.
Display and resolution
The screen of the Galaxy S22 is equipped with low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) and is slightly smaller and broader than the S21.
The vanilla Galaxy S22 features a 6.06-inch display vs. 6.2 inches on S21. The S22+ variant, on the other hand, features a 6.55-inch display against a 6.7-inch screen on the S21+. Lastly, the S22 Ultra variant has a 6.81-inch display vs. a 6.9-inch on the S21 Ultra.
Only the S22 Ultra benefited from a QHD + 1440p display quality. The other two variants got an industry standard FHD screen with 1080p resolution. However, with a maximum brightness of 1750 nits, the S22 Plus and S22 Ultra could reach the highest brightness level ever recorded. The vanilla S22 features a brightness of 1500 nits only.
The new Galaxy S series has new and existing colour options. The S22 and S22+ are available in black, white, green, and rose gold colours, while the S22 Ultra comes in black, dark grey, and white.
Operating system and processors
The S22 uses Android 12. Under the hood, the 4nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset will power the Galaxy S22 line-up in all regions except Europe. Samsung will retain the Exynos 2200 SoC in European markets.
All three variants feature 8GB of RAM as standard. When it comes to storage, all models are available in 128 and 256GB storage options, but they do not come with a memory card slot.
Battery and charging
Both the S22 and S22 Plus have a 200 mAh downgrade in battery capacity from their preceding generation. The S22 and S22 plus have a battery capacity of 3,800 mAh and 4,600 mAh, respectively. Even so, Qualcomm's more enhanced 5G antennas and decreased power consumption coupled with a slightly tinier display will likely offer better battery life overall. The Galaxy S22 Ultra, on the other hand, has a battery of the same size (5,000mAh) as its 2021 counterpart.
All variants retained the same charging speeds as the Galaxy S21 series, except for the S22 Ultra. The new Galaxy s22 Ultra features 15W wireless charging and 45W wired charging speeds.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra didn't change much in the camera department. It retained the same camera as its predecessor. It has a 108MP primary shooter, two 10MP cameras for 3x, one 10x tele-reach camera, and a focusing 12MP ultrawide.
But it appears the Galaxy S22 has slightly different camera specs compared to last year's range. The new 50-MP primary camera features the new ISOCELL GN5 sensor that Samsung unveiled this year. With its 0.8-micron pixels, 1/1.33-inch size, and f/1.8 aperture, this will be the most advanced sensor Samsung has used on its Galaxy S base model.
With that said, expect to see a lower 10-MP telephoto lens instead of the 64-MP seen on the S21, which opens at f/2.4. Samsung, however, retained the 10-MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, which opens at f/2.2.
How much does the Galaxy S22 cost?
Samsung has slightly increased the price for the 2022 Galaxy S series line-up due to the global shortage of chipsets. The Galaxy S22 costs between £ 769 and £819. The S22 Plus retails at £949 for 128GB and £999 for 256GB. The range topping S22 Ultra costs between £ 1149 and £1499 depending on the storage capacity. But the good news is that you can sell your old Samsung phones to put the money towards a brand-new Galaxy S22.
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