Tuesday, March 28

Samsung Galaxy S22 vs. Galaxy S21 | Digital Trends Spanish

The Galaxy S22 is the latest member of Samsung’s flagship phones. On paper, it might seem like an iterative update to the previous version, but there are big differences throughout. To what extent are they different? In this comparison between Samsung Galaxy S22 vs. Galaxy S21 We’ll see if it’s worth buying or saving some money with an older phone.

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Galaxy S22 Galaxy S21
Dimensions 71.12 x 144.78 x 7.62mm (2.8 x 5.7 x 0.3 inches) 71.12 x 151.63 x 7.87mm (2.80 x 5.97 x 0.31 inches)
Weight 167 grams (5.9 ounces) 169 grams (5.96 ounces)
Screen 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED FHD+ 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED
Resolution 2,220 x 1,080 pixels 2,220 x 1,080 pixels
OS OneUI 4.1 based on Android 12 OneUI 4.0 based on Android 12
Storage 128GB, 256GB 256GB, 512GB
Micro SD slot No No
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 / Exynos 2200 (depends on territory) Qualcomm Snapdragon 888/ Exynos 2100 (depends on territory)
Camera rear: 50 MP Primary, 12 MP Ultra Wide, 10 MP 3x Telephoto

Lead: 10MP

rear: 12 MP Primary, 12 MP Ultra Wide, 10 MP 3x Hybrid Telephoto

Lead: 10MP

Video Up to 8K at 24 FPS Up to 8K at 24 FPS
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.2 Bluetooth 5.2
ports USB-C USB-C
fingerprint sensor Yes (ultrasonic on screen) Yes (ultrasonic on screen)
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Battery 3,700mAh
25W wired charging (charger not included)
15W wireless charging
25W wired charging (charger not included)
15W wireless charging
app store Google Play Store Google Play Store
network support Main suppliers Main suppliers
Colors Black, white, green and rose gold Black, white, lavender and red
Price From $799 dollars Starting at $799 USD (at launch)
Available in Samsung Samsung

Design and display

Galaxy S22

The Galaxy S22 and its predecessor may look similar, but the feel in your hand will be different. While the Galaxy S21 is made of plastic, the new Galaxy S22 is made of glass and has a metal frame that makes it feel much more sophisticated.

Both have a contoured design in which the camera module is perfectly integrated into the side of the phone. The new flagship cell phone has Gorilla Glass Victus+, which should offer greater resistance to falls. Both phones offer water and dust resistance to the IP68 standard.

The Galaxy S22’s 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED display is more compact than the Galaxy S21’s by just 0.1-inch. Both offer a variable refresh rate that can go up to 120 Hz. However, both go down to 48 Hz and not 1 Hz like the more expensive Galaxy S22 Ultra.

Galaxy S21 in a person's hand showing its rear cameras.
Galaxy S21

The shorter, slimmer size should help people with smaller hands get a better feel in the hand. The new Galaxy S22 has a more compact design, the same screen and IP rating.

Although the new glass cover looks and feels much better, keep in mind that the plastic structure of the Galaxy S21 could be more resistant to drops. Actually, there is not much that differentiates the two. This is a draw.

Winner: Tie

Performance and battery

Galaxy S22 seen from the side in a man's hand.
Galaxy S22 Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

Both the Galaxy S22 and S21 are flagship devices. As you might expect, they are equipped with the best chipsets of their respective years. The Galaxy S21 carried the Snapdragon 888. Instead, the Galaxy S22 carries the powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset.

The Galaxy S21 did very well last year and got a rave review. We didn’t experience a single hiccup in multitasking or gaming, and we expect the Galaxy S22 to continue this incredible performance.

There’s plenty of RAM with 8GB inside and you get either 128 or 256GB of storage, even though you don’t get a microSD card slot on either. However, there should be no UI stutters or lag when gaming or multitasking.

Of course, it may not last as long due to the lower battery capacity. The Galaxy S22 has a 3,700 mAh battery, compared to 4,000 in the Galaxy S21. That can be a worrying sign, especially considering the Galaxy S21’s battery life wasn’t stellar.

The adaptive refresh rate and efficiency of the new chips may help, but we’ll reserve our verdict on battery life for our full review.

While the company has upgraded the Ultra variant’s fast wired charging support to 45W, the Galaxy S22 still sticks to 25W. But considering the new phone has a smaller capacity battery, it should charge faster than the Galaxy S21.

Still, this is a draw until we have more time with the Galaxy S22.

Winner: Tie


Galaxy S22 camera module.
Galaxy S22 camera module. Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

Although both phones have three cameras on the back, the lenses are different. The Samsung Galaxy S22 features a 50 MP wide-angle main camera, while the S21 has a 12 MP lens.

As for ultra-wide capabilities, both devices use the same 12 MP ultra-wide lens. On the front, both phones have a 10 MP camera with an aperture of (f / 2.2).

In the telephoto segment is where the performance gets interesting. Samsung has reduced the number of megapixels in its latest flagship phone. The Galaxy S22 has a 10 MP camera with 3X optical zoom, while the S21 has a 64 MP hybrid sensor.

As we’ve said before, the number of megapixels isn’t everything, and it’s the quality of the lens that determines the overall results. The new cell phone has a larger sensor that will allow it to capture more light, which could tip the scales.

The new cameras are likely to outperform the Galaxy S21, which already has impressive image quality. You get great colors and clarity in bright conditions and the device struggled in low light.

However, with the new optics, we expect better camera performance in difficult conditions. You’ll also get better bokeh (out-of-focus points of light), thanks to stereo depth mapping for better portraits.

On both devices there are Samsung features like zoom lock and director mode. While optical zoom capabilities have been improved on the Galaxy S22, both phones have the same 30x maximum digital zoom. However, we expect better images with the new telephoto lens.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S22

Operating system and updates

Two Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus phones in a person's hand for screen size comparison.
Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

The Galaxy S1 shipped with OneUI 3/Android 11, which has since been updated to OneUI 4.0/Android 12. On the other hand, the Galaxy S22 comes with One UI 4.1 based on Android 12.

Both phones have a nice-looking interface, with lots of animations and a subtle use of color. One UI offers a good amount of customization and you can tweak it your way. If you combine it with a refresh rate of 120 Hz.

As expected, the Galaxy S22 will last longer than the Galaxy S21. But in a surprising turn of events, Samsung will support its latest devices for more years than Google supports its Pixel hardware. The company is pressuring other cellphone manufacturers to increase the time for software updates.

Looking at the numbers, Samsung has increased its OS update policy from 3 to 4 years, so the Galaxy S22 can be expected to receive the Android 16 update and another year of security updates.

By comparison, last year’s Galaxy S21 already has its first OS update and will be updated to Android 13 and 14, which is two years younger than the last flagship phone.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S22

Price and availability

The Galaxy S21 launched with a starting price of $799 for the 8GB and 128GB storage variant, and Samsung is keeping it for the same amount of RAM and space as the Galaxy S22. You’ll be able to find both devices at major department stores and retail stores, and most importantly, you’ll find the Galaxy S21 at a lower price.

overall winner

Galaxy S22

Galaxy S22 Plus camera module.
Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

The Samsung Galaxy S22 shares many things with its predecessor, but it takes the lead with its new camera sensors, glass, metal construction, and longer life, thanks to Samsung supporting the software for four years.

The new flagship phone will take better photos and last longer than the Galaxy S21, as well as feel more premium in the hands. It’s a good device to go for, and definitely the winner here. If you’re deciding between the two, buy the Galaxy S22.

But if you’re wondering if it’s worth moving from the Galaxy S21 to the Galaxy S22, well, for now we’d say no. Although the Galaxy S22 is clearly the better phone of the two, the changes are gradual, rather than groundbreaking.

It is a better cell phone, yes, but only slightly, and the advantages are relatively minor if you are already enjoying a Galaxy S21.

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