Samsung’s Galaxy S family will grow this 2022. In an international virtual event, the Korean company has presented three phones and three tablets with different screen sizes, but that share a processor and photographic aspirations as the case phones.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
The most ambitious device of those presented today is the S22 Ultra, the first Galaxy S that inherits the digital pen from the Galaxy Note. The S21 Ultra, launched last year, also supported this accessory, but it had to be purchased separately, and there was no hole in the phone to store it. It’s now built into the device, and Samsung has reduced latency, which means the experience will be more like writing on paper. There are also new applications to quickly write notes without leaving the web browser or other open apps.
The camera is the other feature for which it stands out, as is usual in high-end phones. It has a rear module with four sensors. There is a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle, a 108-megapixel primary wide-angle sensor, and two 3- and 10-megapixel telephoto sensors of 10-megapixel each. On the front, Samsung has integrated a 40-megapixel camera.
Samsung has significantly improved night photography, with better low-light sensitivity and various artificial intelligence routines that allow more detail to be brought out of the dark areas of the image. Portrait mode has been improved, with particular attention to common portrait mode issues such as hair trimming. Samsung has created a more advanced RAW (uncompressed) photo capture feature, with more information on the page. Resulting image for greater editing versatility.
There is also news on video. The phone can automatically select the number of frames per second based on available light during the recording and has a better stabilization system. The camera app can also detect multiple people in the recording field and automatically frame them to look good in the final video.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra debuts Samsung’s new family of processors built on a 4-nanometer process and a new coprocessor for machine learning and AI functions that is twice as powerful as the last generation.
The Ultra is the most significant new Galaxy device, with a 6.8-inch screen and 120 Hz refresh rate. It has a 5,000 mAh battery and can be charged with up to 45W of power. The device can be reserved from today and will be available from February 25 at approximately €1,249 for the entry model, with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.
Galaxy S22 and S22+
The other phones announced today are modest, although they are also high-end models equipped with latest-generation cameras and processors. We talk about the Galaxy S22 and S22+which is an evolution of the current S21, with 6.1 and 6.6-inch screens and a 120 Hz refresh rate.
The phones have three cameras on the back. As in the Galaxy S22 Ultra, there is a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle, a primary angular sensor that, in this case, has a little less resolution, 50 megapixels, and a three and 10-megapixel telephoto sensor. The front camera is also less powerful, with 10 megapixels instead of 40 on the Ultra model.
The video and night photography functions, in any case, are similar, and the phones, such as the Ultra model, have an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor under the screen for biometric identification.
These models also have a smaller battery with a little more diminutive size, and only the S22+ supports 45W charging. The S22 has fast charging but is limited to 25W. They can be reserved from today and will be available in mid-March. The S22 starts at 849 euros with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. The S22+ in €1,049 for the same memory performance.
Galaxy Tab S8
Although the phones are undoubtedly the most crucial announcement, Samsung has also taken advantage of this event to present a new tablet focused on creative and professional users.
It’s about the Galaxy Tab S8, which is available in three screen sizes (11, 12.4, and 14.6 inches with S8, S8+, and S8 Ultra to differentiate between them). It is an AMOLED screen with 120 Hz and a skinny frame, interrupted only by a small notch in the camera area.
The device is very powerful, a direct competitor to Apple’s iPad Pro or Microsoft’s Surface; that can be configured with 16Gb of RAM and up to 1TB of space. Like the Galaxy S, these tablets also use the latest generation of Samsung processors, manufactured with a 4-nanometer process, and boast a 15-minute battery life.
The S-Pen stylus is included with the device and magnetically attaches to the tablet for portability and charging.
Samsung has adapted Android and its OneUI customization layer to take advantage of the larger screen and allow a better experience with multiple windows and apps open simultaneously. But if a keyboard case is attached, the Tab8 can also change the desktop to an environment more like a conventional laptop, with floating windows and mouse pointer support.
The tablet has four speakers and supports Dolby Atmos. Stand out when it comes to playing movies and series, but also during the increasingly frequent -in this era of pandemic- videoconferences. Three built-in microphones allow you to reduce ambient video during video calls and the front camera, which covers an angle of 120 degrees, automatically frames those who participate in them.
It is paradoxical that now that the Galaxy S22, in all its forms, has a personality more marked than ever, it is precisely when they are most reminiscent of the iPhone. Not physically -or physically, because the cheaper models give themselves an air-but as a finished product, flagship, and even as a phone with something to say; it is, without a doubt, the line that all Samsung terminals should follow in the future.
The constellation of lenses on the rear of the Galaxy S22 Ultra occupies almost a quarter of the entire surface and is not suitable for triphones. Despite this, it is elegant, and each abyss makes sense throughout the whole. Meanwhile, his colleagues in the catalog opt for a triple-lens resolved with a simplicity that seems unbelievable that it had not happened so far.
This sense of mature device is helped by the aluminum and glass of their bodies, which fund the checks issued by design: it is as good as it seems. Screen, speakers, and performance should accompany, although it will be necessary to test them more thoroughly.
Galaxy S22 and S22+ benefit a lot from this new look. They don’t look like the cheap version of the primary model, but phones from their range with their characteristics and circumstances. One would have to wonder if they should not be the protagonists and the Ultra’s exaggerated and theatrical version. And it could be, although, in reality, it seems that the variant that is starting to be superfluous in the equation now that the pencil fits in this range is the Note.
When it comes to tablets, the Galaxy Tab S8 and Galaxy Tab S8+ suffer from middle-child syndrome: all the attention is on everyone else. It makes sense because the market for these devices is already a market that seems saturated and with little more to say, while the phones are the absolute protagonists of the launch. For its part, Tab S8 Ultra is the newborn that takes all the looks and cuddles.
The truth is that it makes sense. In addition to being new, it is a giant tablet with a spectacular screen and surprisingly powerful speakers. It is, in a way, like carrying a small – in this comparison – personal movie screen.
The user experience is fantastic, and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is positioned as one more alternative for the still suspicious market of convertibles. Its Android environment isn’t as helpful in posing as an ultrabook as Windows Surfaces can, but it more than makes up for it to the hilt. Of course, the pencil and the keyboard become essential accessories.
However, whatever they say, the size matters, and here sins by excess. Thus, it will be challenging to hold the tablet with one hand (even though weight, thickness, and frames are very well balanced), and you will generally have to rest on your forearm. In prolonged sessions of use, this can be uncomfortable. It remains to be seen whether it will be a point against or a simple asterisk in a device that, for the first time, is it seems galactic.