The newest edition of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy series is here. During its Unpacked event, Samsung introduced the Galaxy S22, S22 Plus, and S22 Ultra, putting an end to months of speculation, notably on the S22 Ultra. The basic S22 costs $799.99, while the S22 Plus and S22 Ultra cost $999.99 and $1,199.99, respectively. Each is now available for presale and will be released on February 25th.
The new S22 models are comparable to the previous versions, with a few changes. They all include displays with a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz, allowing for smooth scrolling, and an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts color and saturation levels to fit your surroundings. In addition, Samsung provided each smartphone with IP68 waterproofing and Gorilla Glass Victus Plus on the front and back — a significant improvement over last year’s standard model’s plastic panel on the back.
Furthermore, each US phone comes with Qualcomm’s new, powerful 4-nanometer CPU, which Samsung claims is its fastest chip to date. The cameras also have new night-time photography capabilities meant to highlight details, portray colors more accurately, and allow more light and an upgraded portrait mode. All three versions have Samsung Wallet and compatibility for up to four generations of Android OS updates and various live-sharing capabilities that can be used with Google Duo.
The 6.1-inch S22 ($799.99) and 6.6-inch S22 Plus ($999.99) have the most in common, with screen size the most visible change. Both include a 10MP front camera and a triple-camera array on the back and 1080×2340 resolution. The S22 Plus, on the other hand, has a slightly larger, 4,500mAh battery and ultra-wideband (UWB), which may be used to pinpoint specific trackers with more precision.
Compared to the less expensive variants, the 6.8-inch S22 Ultra ($1,199.99) has greater memory and storage, with a maximum of 12GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage space. It also has a built-in S-Pen pen — a holdover from the Samsung Galaxy Note — an OLED display with 1440×3088 resolution and a better, 40-megapixel camera on the front.
The S22 Ultra’s camera specs are comparable to the previous generation, including a 108-megapixel primary camera, 3x and 10x telephoto sensors, and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide. It can also shoot in RAW and, like the S22 Plus, can fast-charge at 45W.
Other variations between the S22 Ultra and the S22 are comparatively minor. You may change the refresh rate of the screen from 1-120Hz, for example, and the display can acquire a peak brightness of 1,750 nits when exposed to direct sunlight, allowing you to watch your material more readily when outside on a sunny day (the S22 Plus can achieve the same brightness levels).