While Samsung thinks the future is for foldables, the Galaxy S rugged phones are still bestsellers. Three new models are hitting stores soon – you can already pre-order them and the first units will ship on February 25 (in a few weeks).
In case you missed it, our Samsung Unpacked coverage roundup is a gateway to specs, pricing, and other details. Speaking of prices, they are the same as last year in Europe and the United States, despite rumors of a possible price increase. One rumor that turned out to be true is that India is getting the Snapdragon versions of the phones. At first glance, only Europe gets the Exynos 2200 models.
Is it good or bad? We were surprised to see no mention of ray tracing in the S22 promotional materials, as it's Exynos' flagship feature. We guess we'll just have to wait until we can test the phones to see how the new 4nm chips perform and how Samsung has handled the cooling.
One area where Samsung is unmatched by a company other than Apple is software support – the new Galaxy S22 models (as well as S21) will receive 4 OS updates and 5 years total of security patches. This even exceeds Google's commitment to the Pixel 6 lineup, which will get 5 years of patches but only promise 3 OS updates. Come on, Google.
We know some of you would rather miss out on pre-order deals and go through multiple reviews before deciding which phone is right for you, especially with prices around $1. Right now you can check out our hands-on review, including a hands-on video with the S000 and S22+ and an S22 Ultra video. More in-depth reviews are forthcoming, but from what you've seen so far, which phone caught your eye?
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is the new Note in everything but its name. The stylus is now sheathed in the phone, instead of fitting awkwardly into the case like with the S21 Ultra. Samsung has also improved the display, reducing the latency of the S Pen to just 2,8ms, increasing the maximum brightness to a wild 1 nits and lowering the minimum refresh rate to just 750Hz (the maximum is still 1Hz) .
The camera bump is now gone, now only the protective super clear glass protrudes from the back. But the cameras themselves are almost the same as last year - "almost" as in the telephoto modules' focal lengths are a few millimeters shorter and the sensors are slightly smaller. Samsung promises noticeable improvements in image quality, but they will all be due to image processing.
Camera specs: Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra • Galaxy S21 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy S22+ is slightly smaller than its predecessor and the same goes for the Galaxy S22. Both have more compact bodies and smaller batteries. However, only the Plus model has been upgraded to 45W fast charging. Their screens are a tenth of an inch smaller, but brighter, and have reduced the minimum refresh rate to 10Hz (down from 48Hz) .
Unlike the Ultra, the S22 and S22+ got upgraded camera hardware. It starts with a bigger and sharper 50 MP 1/1,56″ sensor (instead of 12 MP, 1/1,76″) and a proper telephoto lens with a 70 mm lens (3x magnification) and a 10 MP sensor . The ultra wide camera is the same as last year, as is the selfie camera.
Camera specs: Galaxy S22/S22+ • Galaxy S21/S21+
Which Galaxy S22 model topped your shortlist? Or has Samsung dropped the ball with this generation?
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