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Samsung unveils Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ smartphones

by on09 February 2022

6.1-inch and 6.6-inch smartphones with the same premium design

Samsung has officially unveiled its Galaxy S22 series smartphones at the Galaxy Unpacked February 2022 event, including the Galaxy S22, the Galaxy S22+, as well as the Galaxy S22 Ultra flagship, which is a direct successor of the Galaxy Note series.

The Galaxy S22 and the Galaxy S22+ share a lot of specifications, and, retain the premium design and build quality of the Galaxy S22 Ultra flagship. Coming at two different screen sizes, the Galaxy S22 and the Galaxy S22+ share the chipset, or chipsets to be precise, same RAM/storage options, have the same camera configuration and will be available with the same color options.

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As mentioned, both share the same design and build quality, which is similar to the flagship Galaxy S22 Ultra, so kudos to Samsung on that part. Both have a glass front and glass back, and it is the Gorilla Glass Victus+, as well as an aluminum frame. Both are IP68 resistant as well.

Both phones will also feature either the 4nm Samsung Exynos 2200 SoC or Qualcomm's 4nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, paired up with 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The Exynos 2200 is listed as "international", while the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 should be for the USA, China, and India markets.

The camera system is the same on both smartphones as well, and we are looking at a triple rear-camera system with a 50-megapixel 1/1.56" 1.0µm main sensor with Dual Pixel PDAF and OIS, placed behind an f/1.8, 24mm wide lens. The main sensor is backed by 10-megapixel 1/3.94" 1.0µm, sensor with PDAF, OIS, placed behind a 70mm f/2.4 telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom, and the 12-megapixel 1/2.55" 1.4µm sensor placed behind a 13mm f/2.2 120-degree ultrawide lens.

The front camera comes with a 10-megapixel 1/3.24" 1.22µm sensor with Dual Pixel PDAF, behind a 26mm (wide) f/2.2 lens.

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As these are flagship series phones, the Galaxy S22 and the Galaxy S22+ have premium features from Samsung, like the underdisplay ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, support for Samsung DeX and Wireless DeX, Bixby, and Samsung Pay, as well as the similar connectivity options, including WiFi 6 (WiFi 6E on the Galaxy S22+), Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, USB Type-C 3.2, stereo speakers, and more.

The Galaxy S22 screen is 0.1-inch smaller compared to its predecessor

Samsung has decided to go for a 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X 2340x1080 resolution screen for the Galaxy S22, leaving it with 425ppi of pixel density. The screen has a peak brightness of 1,300nits, a high refresh rate of 120Hz, ranging from 10Hz to 120Hz, which is an improvement compared to the predecessor.

Interestingly enough, the Galaxy S22 has a 0.1-inch smaller screen compared to its predecessor, and there is no plastic this time around, but an all-glass design with Gorilla Glass Victus+.

The smaller screen means that the Galaxy S22 is also smaller compared to its predecessor, which might be something that a certain number of buyers are looking for. It measures 146x70.6x7.6mm (5.75x2.78x0.30-inch) and weighs 168g.

As mentioned, and compared to the Galaxy S22+, the Galaxy S22 supports WiFi 6, and comes with a smaller 3,700mAh battery with 25W wired, 15W wireless, and 4.5W reverse wireless charging.

The Galaxy S22+ has a larger and brighter screen, faster charging

The Samsung Galaxy S22+ ended up with a 6.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2x 2340x1080 resolution screen, with the same 10Hz to 120Hz refresh rate. It also has a higher 1,750nits peak brightness. A larger screen with the same resolution means that it has a slightly lower 393ppi of pixel density. 

As it is larger, measuring at 157.4x75.8x7.6mm (6.20x2.98x0.30-inch) and weighing 196g, the Galaxy S22+ has a larger 4,500mAh battery with faster 45W wired charging. The wireless and reverse wireless charging is still at 15W and 4.5W. As noted, the Galaxy S22+ also supports WiFi 6E connectivity.

Both phones will be available in Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green and Pink Gold color options, as well as Cream, Graphite, Sky Blue and Violet, which will be available only at Samsung's own stores.

The price officially starts at $799.99/€849/£769 for the Galaxy S22 and $999.99/€1,049/£949 for the Galaxy S22+. Both phones are available for pre-order as of today and are expected to ship on February 25th.

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