The first Samsung Galaxy Unpacked of 2022 has arrived and brought us the highly anticipated (and leaked) Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus, and Galaxy S22 Ultra. We also got to know three new tablets: the Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8 Plus, and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. Each of these devices comes packed with features and technical specifications and relatively expected prices.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
The star of Unpacked 2022 was, without a doubt, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. This cell phone is basically the spiritual successor to the Galaxy Note series, now officially extinct (until further notice, you never know…). This phone actually looks and feels like a Note, with a built-in S Pen and screen. ad hoc.
Let’s stay for a moment with the S Pen. Users will no longer have to carry the S Pen separately like they did with the Galaxy Z Fold 3, nor in a separate silicone case like they did with the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Incorporating it into the body of the phone was a necessary step in the evolution of the S Pen, and we’re happy to see it there.
This phone has a 6.8-inch WQHD+ AMOLED 2X display with a variable refresh rate of 120Hz and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor (with some variants from Exynos, depending on the country), and comes in configurations ranging from 8 GB of RAM with 128 GB of storage up to a 12 GB of RAM with 1 TB of storage. All of this is well powered by a robust 5,000mAh battery. It is clearly the most top that you can buy… at least, at this “height” of 2022.
Regarding the camera, the Galaxy S22 Ultra has the specifications that will make it continue its dominant position in the smartphone market. The main sensor is 108 megapixels f / 2.2, which does not use binning to combine nine pixels into one. It is complemented by a 12 MP 120-degree ultra-wide sensor, a 10x optical zoom periscope lens and a 3x optical zoom sensor. The 108MP main camera also supports laser autofocus. On the front we find a single camera for selfie 40 MP.
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The cameras on the back can record 8K video at 24 frames per second (fps) or 4K at 60fps, with auto fps (to optimize frame rate in low light). Additionally, the rear cameras support auto-framing for up to 10 subjects, although that drops the resolution further to Full HD at 30fps. For its part, the camera selfie it also captures at 4K at 60fps. We’ll have to spend some time using it to really get a feel for how it all works, but on paper this is an impressive set of cameras.
Samsung’s reinforcement of this camera setup with stereo depth map technology should allow for better portrait photography, including capturing the ever-elusive strands of hair. Samsung also introduced a pet portrait mode and even a low-light portrait mode. Additionally, Samsung developed its own Expert RAW app, downloadable from the Galaxy Store. This app will give you all the creative control you need over ISO, shutter speed, and more, and you’ll also be able to export photos as 16-bit RAW files.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra comes in Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, or Bordeaux.
Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus
Samsung also showed off its two smaller flagship smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus. If you don’t need an S Pen or 10x optical zoom, these models can be a great – and cheaper – option. Much of the same design language is present, but it has additional color schemes and improvements over last year’s models.
Inside, both phones feature Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor (with Exynos in some countries) and 8GB or 12GB of RAM alongside 128GB or 256GB of storage. Both phones have 6.6-inch FHD+ AMOLED 2X screens on the Galaxy S22 Plus, and 6.1-inches on the Galaxy S22. This time around, the Galaxy S22 Plus and S22 come with a glass back, which makes them somewhat sleeker than last year’s models.
The camera setup on the back and front is identical on the two models. If you choose one of these, you get a 50MP F / 1.8 sensor in its main camera. The 120-degree ultra-wide lens is 12MP, and the 3x optical zoom lens is 10MP, an improvement over the cropped zoom sensor on the Galaxy S21 series. On the front, both phones feature a camera for selfie of 10MP.
Like the Galaxy S22 Ultra, the main rear camera can shoot 8K at 24fps and all cameras can shoot 4K at 60fps. They all have the same camera enhancements seen on the Ultra, like stereo depth map, portrait night mode, auto framing, and auto fps for night video.
The battery is a pretty big differentiator between these two models. The Galaxy S22 has a 3,700 mAh battery, while the Galaxy S22 Plus has a 4,500 mAh one, more typical of a flagship. However, under the hood, the S22 Plus supports up to 45W charging, while the smaller battery only supports up to 25W.
Both phones will be available in Phantom Black, Phantom White, Pink, Gold, and Green.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Samsung insists that tablets are productivity tools, and it intends to prove it with this year’s Galaxy Tab S8 series. The Tab S8 Ultra is Samsung’s thinnest and largest tablet to date, at 14.6-inches diagonal. The display is a 120Hz Super AMOLED panel with a WQXGA+ resolution. The Tab S8 Ultra is designed for working from home and can be used as a second monitor if you deem it necessary.
On its own, the Tab S8 Ultra can be a pretty powerful productivity machine. It features a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of storage. The most notable physical feature is the notch or tab at the top of the screen. Yes, yes: the Tab S8 Ultra comes with a notch that contains the dual 12 MP wide and ultra wide lenses for video conferencing. For their part, the microphones have three different levels of noise cancellation.
On the back of the tablet is a dual-camera module that you probably won’t use much unless you desperately need a camera with a 14.6-inch viewfinder. There’s a 13MP autofocus main lens and a 6MP ultrawide sensor. There are some use cases for cameras located on the back of a tablet, for example in document scanning. The back is also where the S Pen is inserted with a very secure magnetic attachment.
Samsung showed how well the Tab S8 Ultra works with Microsoft Office when working from home. Mind you, the Tab S8 Ultra only has a single USB-C port for charging and data transfer, so you might have to buy a matching USB-C hub. The S Pen is included with the tablet, and Samsung also offers a free keyboard cover if you pre-order.
With the Tab S8 series of tablets, especially the Tab S8 Ultra, Samsung is looking to create an ecosystem of devices that work together. One example Samsung showed off was the ability to use the S Pen on all devices, from tablet to Ultra. You can also use the S8 Ultra in conjunction with an S22 phone as a color picker when drawing. It is a niche, and it still does not reach the level of Apple’s ecosystem, but it must also be recognized that it is very good news.
Tab S8 and Tab S8 Plus
If you’re not looking for an “ultra” range tablet, Samsung also has a couple of interesting offerings for 2022. Both the Galaxy Tab S8 and Galaxy Tab S8 Plus offer plenty of power, albeit with fewer features than its big brother (and more). expensive). The Tab S8 Plus comes with a 12.4-inch WQXGA+ 120Hz Super AMOLED display, while the Tab S8 comes with a 120Hz Full HD LCD.
As for the internals, there are some similarities with the Tab S8 Ultra. All three machines run the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. Both the Galaxy Tab S8 and Tab S8 Plus have 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. All three tablets have the same camera setup on the back, including a 13MP main camera and a 6MP ultra-wide camera. The Galaxy Tab S8 and Tab S8 Plus have a single 12 MP. Quite similar, as we see.
As with the Tab S8 Ultra, if you make a pre-order of the Tab S8 or Tab S8 Plus, Samsung will include a keyboard case with your order. The Tab S8 and S8 Plus will be available in Graphite, Silver and Rose Gold colors.
OneUI 4.1 and other software improvements
Samsung has also rolled out some software improvements to its lineup of phones and tablets. Specifically, One UI 4.1, which includes a more customizable experience that remains consistent across all Samsung devices. If you set your color theme on your phone, that will show up on your Galaxy tablet too. You also get a privacy panel, similar to the one included in Android 12, so you can see which apps have which permissions.
Samsung is also promoting Samsung Knox, which stores private data away from the main operating system. That data can include your digital wallet, digital ID, vaccination pass, digital keys, car keys, payment information and more. Are the days of your old leather wallet numbered? We will see…
Samsung also worked with Google to bring a new collaboration mode to Google Duo. In addition to hosting conference calls on the Google platform, you can now share a whiteboard for true collaboration with your colleagues. You can also all watch YouTube videos together or share locations on Google Maps.
Prices and availability
The Samsung Galaxy S22, S22 Plus, and S22 Ultra will be priced at $800, $1,000, and $1,200, respectively. The pre-orders start today and the devices will ship on February 25. If you pre-order through Samsung.com, you’ll automatically get the higher storage option you choose. Pre-orders also qualify for up to $200 in store credit from Samsung.
The Samsung Tab S8, Tab S8 Plus, and Tab S8 Ultra will be priced at $700, $900, and $1,100, respectively. Pre-orders start today, with shipping at a later date. If you pre-order a Tab S8 or Tab S8+, Samsung is giving you a Slim Book Cover keyboard. Pre-orders of the Tab S8 Ultra will receive a backlit keyboard cover, also free.