On February 9, Samsung held its first Galaxy Unpacked event for 2022, introducing the highly anticipated Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus, and Galaxy S22 Ultra. The Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8 Plus, and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra are the three new tablets. Each of these gadgets has a long list of features and top-of-the-line specifications, as well as a price tag to match. So, without further ado, let us get started.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra was undoubtedly the belle of the ball. This phone is essentially the spiritual successor to the Galaxy Note series, which is now officially mainly gone. This phone has the same appearance and feel as a Note, down to the garaged S Pen and large screen.
The garaged S Pen is the focus of this story. Users will no longer need to carry the S Pen separately like they did with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 or in a separate silicon case like they did with the Galaxy S21 Ultra. This was an important step forward in the growth of the S Pen-capable Ultra, and we’re glad to see it.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 engine (with certain Exynos versions depending on area) and a 6.8-inch WQHD+ AMOLED 2X display with 120Hz variable refresh rate power this phone, which is available in configurations ranging from 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage to 12GB of RAM with 1TB of storage. A large 5,000 mAh battery powers everything. In early 2022, this is unquestionably the top-of-the-line phone to purchase.
From a photography standpoint, the Galaxy S22 Ultra has the specs to maintain Samsung’s lead in the smartphone camera industry. The main sensor is a 108-megapixel f/2.2 sensor with nona-binning, which combines nine pixels into a single pixel.
A 12 MP 120-degree ultrawide sensor, a 10x optical zoom periscope lens, and a 3x optical zoom sensor round out the package. Laser focusing is also available for the 108MP primary camera. There’s a single 40 MP selfie camera on the front.
The back cameras can shoot 8K video at 24 frames per second (fps) or 4K video at 60 frames per second (fps), with auto fps (for lowlight frame rate optimization). Additionally, the rear cameras offer auto-framing for up to 10 subjects, albeit this reduces the resolution to Full HD at 30 frames per second. Meanwhile, the selfie camera records in 4K at 60 frames per second. We’re still working on our complete evaluation, but this is an impressive camera array on paper.
Samsung’s use of stereo depth map technology to this camera arrangement could improve portrait photography, particularly capturing those elusive strands of hair. Samsung also added a portrait mode for pets as well as a portrait mode for low-light situations. Samsung also created its own Expert RAW program, which can be downloaded through the Galaxy Store. This tool provides you complete creative control over ISO, shutter speed, and other parameters, as well as the ability to export photographs as 16-bit RAW files that can be easily imported into Adobe Lightroom.
Phantom Black, Phantom White, green, or burgundy will be available on the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus
Samsung also unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus, two smaller flagship smartphones. If you don’t require a S Pen or 10x optical zoom, these phones may be a better fit for you, as well as more cost-effective. The design language is largely the same, although there are more colorways and enhancements over last year’s models.
Both phones use Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 engine (with Exynos for some overseas variations), 8GB of RAM, and 128GB or 256GB of storage on the inside. The Galaxy S22 Plus will sport a 6.6-inch FHD+ AMOLED 2X display, while the Galaxy S22 will have a 6.1-inch display. This year, the Galaxy S22 Plus and S22 will have glass on the front and back, a clear sign that Samsung indeed did not allow accountants to design the phones.
The camera configuration on the back and front of both phones is identical. For your main camera, you have a 50MP F/1.8 sensor. The ultrawide camera is a 12MP 120-degree sensor, while the zoom camera is a 10MP 3x optical zoom sensor, which could be an advance over the cropped zoom sensor on the Galaxy S21 series from last year. Both phones include a 10MP selfie camera on the front.
The main rear camera, like the Galaxy S22 Ultra, can shoot in 8K at 24 fps, while all of the cameras can shoot in 4K at 60 fps. The stereo depth map, portrait night mode, auto-framing, and Auto fps for nighttime video are all included, just as they are on the Ultra.
Between the two phones, the battery is a significant differential. The varying sizes of the phones, of course, accommodate different-sized batteries. The Galaxy S22 has a 3,700 mAh battery, whereas the Galaxy S22 Plus has a 4,500 mAh battery. The S22 Plus, on the other hand, can charge at up to 45W, but the smaller battery can only charge at up to 25W. Of course, you’ll need to buy a charging brick any way, but the fact that the basic S22 won’t charge as quickly is a little weak (literally).
Phantom Black, Phantom White, pink, gold, and green will be available for both phones.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
Samsung went out of its way to emphasize that “Note” is now an Ultra experience, which applies to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, the company’s top-end tablet. Samsung believes that tablets aren’t simply for entertainment, and the Galaxy Tab S8 series hopes to prove it this year. The Samsung Tab S8 Ultra is the company’s thinnest and largest tablet to date, measuring 14.6 inches diagonally. The screen is a 120 Hz Super AMOLED panel with a WQXGA+ resolution. The Tab S8 Ultra is ideal for working from home and, if necessary, can be utilized as a second monitor.
The Tab S8 Ultra can be a powerful work machine on its own. It has a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, as well as up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. The notch at the top of the screen will be the most noticeable physical feature. The twin 12MP wide and ultrawide sensors for videoconferencing will be housed in a notch on the Tab S8 Ultra, which you read correctly. There are three levels of noise cancellation on the microphones.
A dual-camera module lies on the rear of the tablet, which you won’t use unless you have a pressing need for a camera with a 14.6-inch viewfinder. A 13MP primary sensor with autofocus and a 6MP ultrawide sensor are both included. On a tablet, there are various applications for rear-mounted cameras, such as document scanning. The S Pen is also attached to the rear of the tablet through a highly secure magnetic attachment. Samsung demonstrated how nicely the Tab S8 Ultra integrates with Microsoft Office for customers who work from home. The Tab S8 Ultra, on the other hand, just has a single USB-C port for charging and data transfer, so you might want to start looking for a nice USB-C hub.
While we’re on the subject of working from home, the tablet comes with a S Pen, and all pre-orders will receive a complimentary keyboard cover.
Samsung is attempting to create an ecosystem of devices that work together with the Tab S8 family of tablets, particularly the Tab S8 Ultra. Samsung demonstrated the ability to use the S Pen on many devices, from the tablet to the Ultra. When drawing, you can utilize the S8 Ultra and an S22 phone as a color selector. It’s a little off the beaten path, but it’s also a lot of fun. We’re looking forward to seeing how this ecosystem develops and matures.
Tab S8 and Tab S8 Plus
If you’re not looking for an ultra-high-end tablet, Samsung has a few of other options. The Galaxy Tab S8 and Galaxy Tab S8 Plus are equally powerful tablets, but they lack the features of their larger (and more expensive) brother. The Tab S8 Plus sports a 12.4-inch 120Hz Super AMOLED WQXGA+ display, whereas the Tab S8 has a 120Hz Full HD LCD display.
Internally, the Tab S8 Ultra and the Tab S8 Ultra have some similarities. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU is used in all three machines. Both the Galaxy Tab S8 and Tab S8 Plus offer 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage.All three tablets have the same camera setup on the back, including the 13MP primary camera and 6MP ultrawide. The Galaxy Tab S8 and Tab S8 Plus have a single 12 MP.
As with the Tab S8 Ultra, if you pre-order the Tab S8 or Tab S8 Plus, Samsung will include a type cover with your order. The Tab S8 and S8 Plus will be available in graphite, silver, and pink gold.
OneUI 4.1 and other software improvements
Samsung has released a number of software updates for its phones and tablets. One UI 4.1, in particular, features a more customisable experience that is consistent across Samsung devices. If you have a color theme on your phone, it will also be applied to your Galaxy tablet. You’ll also receive a privacy dashboard, similar to the one found in Android 12, that lets you check which apps have certain permissions.
Samsung Knox, which keeps private data apart from the main operating system, is also being pushed. Your digital wallet, digital ID, vaccine pass, digital keys, auto keys, payment information, and more can all be included in this data. Is your wallet on its last legs?
Samsung also worked with Google to bring a new collaborative mode to Google Duo. In addition to hosting conference calls on Google’s video chat platform, you can now share a whiteboard for true collaboration among your colleagues. You can also watch YouTube videos together or share locations in Google Maps.
Pricing and availability
Samsung will charge $800, $1,000, and $1,200 for the Galaxy S22, S22 Plus, and S22 Ultra, respectively. Pre-orders will begin today, with devices shipping on February 25. You’ll be automatically promoted to the next higher storage choice if you pre-order from Samsung.com. Pre-orders are also eligible for up to $200 in Samsung store credit. Samsung will charge $700, 900, and $1,100 for the Tab S8, Tab S8 Plus, and Tab S8 Ultra, respectively. Pre-orders will begin today, with shipping to follow later. Samsung will include a free Slim Book Cover Keyboard with pre-orders of the Tab S8 or Tab S8+. A free Backlit Cover Keyboard will be included with Tab S8 Ultra pre-orders.
In terms of the quantity and size of gadgets introduced, this was a fairly large Samsung Galaxy Unpacked. With a premium build, excellent functionality (hello, slotted S Pen), and really nice software advancements for working from home or collaborating in general, Samsung’s flagship phones for 2022 are off to a wonderful start. We applaud Samsung for going all-in by developing a tight ecosystem of products and partnering with Google to expand the capabilities available on Samsung devices and Android in general.