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Samsung Galaxy S22: Everything you need to know

Published Mar 15th, 2022 2:45AM EDT
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
Image: Samsung

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Samsung has finally taken the wraps off of the Galaxy S22 series. The phone is tipped to be one of the best of 2022, offering a stunning design, incredible camera, and more. After months of rumors, we already knew almost everything there was to know about the new phone, including the fact that there are actually three Galaxy S22 models: The Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.

Excited about the Galaxy S22? Here’s everything you need to know about Samsung’s latest and greatest phones.

Samsung Galaxy S22 design

The first thing to note about the Galaxy S22 series is its design, and if you’ve seen the Galaxy S21, you’ll immediately recognize the Galaxy S22. The Galaxy S22 and S22+ keep the fluid-looking camera module that melts into the frame around the edge. And, they keep the hole-punch cutout for the front-facing camera.

There are some differences in design between this phone and the Galaxy S21 series. The Galaxy S22 is a little boxier, with slightly flatter sides. And, the phones get a glass back instead of a plastic one, which is great to see. It’s not a huge difference though.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra color options Image source: Samsung

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, on the other hand, is completely different. It’s basically a Galaxy Note. It seems as though Samsung is getting rid of the Note series altogether, instead offering a Note-style phone as the Galaxy S Ultra device. The Galaxy S22 Ultra looks a lot like a Galaxy Note 10, but does away with the camera module, instead offering five camera rings (for four cameras and a flash) on the back. It’s not a bad-looking phone, but it definitely looks different from the other Galaxy S22 devices.

Samsung Galaxy S22 specs

Under the hood, the phones get an upgrade too. They all offer Qualcomm’s latest processor, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. That’s coupled with 8GB of RAM in the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+, and either 8GB, 12GB, or 16GB of storage in the Galaxy S22 Ultra.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will likely offer a slight step up in performance over the Snapdragon 888 from the previous phones, but it probably won’t be groundbreaking.

What about storage? The Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ offer either 128GB or 256GB of storage, while the Galaxy S22 Ultra has options for 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB of storage. Safe to say, there should be something for everyone.

The battery life on the phones should be relatively good too. The Galaxy S22 offers a 3,700mAh battery, while the Galaxy S22+ steps things up to 4,500mAh, and the Galaxy S22 Ultra has a 5,000mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy S22 camera

Perhaps the biggest upgrade to the Galaxy S22 is the camera, thanks largely to the new 50-megapixel ISOCELL GN5 sensor. This is the new main camera on the Galaxy S22, and it offers the new Dual Pixel Pro technology. That allows it to instantaneously focus, and take better night shots.

The new 50-megapixel camera is accompanied by a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera and a 10-megapixel telephoto camera. That telephoto camera offers 3x optical zoom, and up to 30x what Samsung calls Super Resolution Zoom.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra in white
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra in white, with stylus. Image source: Samsung

The Galaxy S22 Ultra doesn’t offer any new cameras, but it should still take excellent photos. The device has a 108-megapixel main camera, with a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera, a 10-megapixel telephoto camera with 10x optical zoom, and a 10-megapixel telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra camera will impress you with its abilities, even if they aren’t anything brand new.

Samsung Galaxy S22 display

The display on the Galaxy S22 series is very high-end. All of the phones support HDR10+, with a 120Hz refresh rate and a hole-punch cutout for the front-facing camera. The resolution on the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ is 1,080p, while the Galaxy S22 Ultra steps things up to 1,440p. The size is a little different too — the standard Galaxy S22 has a 6.1-inch display, while the Galaxy S22+ has a 6.6-inch display and the Galaxy S22 Ultra has a 6.8-inch display.

Samsung says the phones offer a new so-called “Vision Booster,” that can maintain clarity and color saturation even in brighter environments. The Galaxy S22+ and S22 Ultra have a peak brightness of 1,750 nits, while the standard Galaxy S22 has a peak brightness of 1,300 nits.

Samsung Galaxy S22 price and release date

The Samsung Galaxy S22 series is now available to the public, and you can get it from your favorite electronics retailer or from your carrier. The Samsung Galaxy Ultra release date already happened as well, as you’re able to pick it up. Getting these is rather easy, as the Samsung Galaxy S22 starts at $800, while the Galaxy S22+ starts at $1,000, and the Galaxy S22 Ultra starts at $1,200. You can even get the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G and other options at Verizon.

Christian de Looper Senior Reviews Editor

Christian de Looper is based in sunny Santa Cruz, California. He has been expertly reviewing tech products for more than 8 years, and brings experience in deep technical analysis of consumer electronics devices to BGR's reviews channel.

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