Samsung S22 series might be worth the upgrade. S22 Ultra comes with a QHD+ display and S-Pen
Samsung S22 Ultra will now have S-Pen built-in to the phone and improved camera and performance.
Samsung Galaxy S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra are here and it looks better than their S21 family. With upgrades in virtually every aspect of the phone, S22 variants do seem like they really have significantly upgraded, almost.
I know you are hyped for the S22 but let’s settle down and look at all the pros and cons of the Samsung S22 Ultra.
Samsung made a big deal out of their newest Exynos 2200 chip which integrates AMD’s RDNA2 architecture. By the way, which is the same architecture that is used in AMD’s desktop GPUs.
But the Exynos 2200 on the S22 Ultra will only be available for phones in UK and Europe. The rest of the regions will have Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
Historically, only South Korea and the US usually got the Qualcomm chips and the rest of the world got their in-house Exynos chips. It’s different around this time.
Both the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Exynos 2200 are manufactured on a 4nm process which improves its efficiency.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is an octa-core processor with an Adreno 730 GPU. While the Exynos 2200 is also an octa-core processor with a Samsung Xclipse 920 based on RDNA2 architecture.
Samsung Note in disguise
This time around, the Samsung S22 Ultra has brought a huge change by including the S-pen. S-pen was a staple for the Note series and the S Tab series.
The S-Pen is a great addition to the S22 Ultra. The S-Pen has a matte rubber finish to it which makes it easier to use and doesn’t slip off while using it.
The input lag (latency) has also improved with only 2.8 ms with the help of AI.
Design and Chassis
The Samsung S22 is similar to Samsung S21 in overall design but the new S22 sports some minor changes. The camera housing in Samsung S22 Ultra lacks a protrusion like the S21 series and just has the lens protruding on the phone’s back.
The lack of camera housing makes the new S22 Ultra look cleaner, flatter and overall better. But, that’s just me. Some of you might not like the new design. Also, the edges of the S22 Ultra is more “sharper” and might feel a little uncomfortable for some people.
If one thing that Samsung is really good at, it’s the display. Samsung has made so much improvement in display technology over the past years and it shows.
The part that sticks out the most is the increased brightness. The peak brightness of the S22 Ultra and S22+ is 1750 nits which is brighter than the 900 nits that S21 Ultra has.
Also, the earlier S21 Ultra had a display tech called LTPO which allowed the display to have a refresh rate ranging from 10Hz to 120Hz. Now the S22 Ultra can go as low as 1Hz.
All the S22 variants come with AMOLED 2X display but the S22 Ultra comes with a 6.8-inch QHD+ display with curved side edges.
The S22 and S22+ both come with an FHD+ display but S22 is smaller at 6.1 inches and S22+ has a 6.6 inches display. S22 and S22+ both come with the same LTPO as in S22 Ultra but it can only go as low as 48 Hz – S22 Ultra can go as low as 1 Hz.
The S22 Ultra comes with a quad-camera setup. A 108MP primary lens, a 10MP periscope telephoto lens, another 10MP telephoto lens and a 12MP ultra-wide lens.
Both S22 and S22+ come with a triple-camera setup. A 50MP primary lens, 10MP telephoto lens and a 12MP ultrawide lens.
For the front camera, the S22 Ultra has a single 40MP camera and both S22, S22+ has a single 10MP camera.
With software improvements and a more powerful processor under the hood, the camera performance is bound to be better but we will see it once detailed reviews are out.
Another huge advantage that S22 has is the software updates. The phone will receive 4 years of Android updates and 5 years of security updates. Hopefully, soon other brands will follow suit which will extend the life of any Android phone you own.
The phone will run on Samsung’s OneUI 4.1 with Android 12.
Storage & RAM
The only downside this phone has is the RAM and Storage. Compared to the S21 Ultra which had 12GB RAM as the base, if you want 12GB RAM with S22 Ultra you would have to pay more.
The base S22 Ultra variant will come with 8GB + 128GB storage starting at $1199 (~₹89,900). It also has 12GB + 256GB, 12GB + 512GB and 12GB + 1TB variants.
No charger with the Phone
Citing environmental concerns, companies like Apple and Samsung doesn’t provide a charger with their devices. Although it’s a nice effort to be sustainable, it just feels counter-productive because when you get a separate charger, the company is just adding more packaging.
Plus shipping it again just adds more carbon footprint than shipping it with the device.
The Samsung S22 series is available to pre-order globally and in India, the pre-order will be open from February 23. The company expects to ship the orders starting from the first week of March.
The base variant of the Samsung Galaxy S22 with 128 GB is priced at ₹72,999 and the 256 GB is priced at ₹76,999.
The base variant of the Samsung Galaxy S22+ with 128 GB is priced at ₹84,999 and the 256 GB variant is priced at ₹88,999.
The pre-reserve is available in India for ₹1999 which will be a refundable amount. If you go ahead with the purchase, the amount will get adjusted in the final price of the phone and refundable if the purchase is cancelled.
Users who will pre-reserve will also receive Samsung Smart Tag along with the smartphone.