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The Galaxy S22, introduced at Samsung’s Unpacked occasion.


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At its Unpacked occasion on Wednesday, Samsung unveiled the long-rumored Galaxy S22 sequence (and the Galaxy Tab S8, too). Preorders for the brand new flagship line are out there now. However earlier than you select between the Galaxy S22, S22 Plus and S22 Extremely, there’s some key info you need to know, from the value of every mannequin to their colours and digital camera specs. 

Final 12 months’s Galaxy S21 impressed us with its strong all-round efficiency and a greater stability of options and value than the S20. The Galaxy S21 Extremely blew us away with its unbelievable digital camera setup and its capacity to take very good zoomed-in pictures. So what in regards to the follow-up sequence? Now that the Galaxy S22 has made its debut, here is the whole lot you have to learn about Samsung’s newest telephones.


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All the brand new Galaxy S22 fashions out there

Samsung presents three variations of the Galaxy S22, with completely different specs at a wide range of costs. There’s the bottom Galaxy S22, together with an S22 Plus and the S22 Extremely mannequin, which has the most effective specs — and the best value to match. It is a recipe Samsung has adopted for the previous couple of generations, and as a technique it is working. (This is how the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus and S21 Extremely variants examine.) 

Should you’re on a extra modest price range, it is attainable the corporate may also launch a extra reasonably priced Galaxy S22 FE, or Fan Version, nevertheless it did not launch one with the S22 vary. The Galaxy S20 FE launched in October 2020, eight months after the flagship S20 lineup, and the Galaxy S21 FE launched earlier in January. The Fan Version cellphone made a couple of good options and specs sacrifices to attain a extra budget-friendly value.

Learn extra: Samsung Galaxy S22 vs. S22 Plus vs. S22 Extremely: How the specs examine

The Galaxy S22 is coming Feb. 25 and you may preorder now

Every mannequin within the Galaxy S22 line is offered for preorder at present. Regardless of rumors of possible delay, the Galaxy S22, S22 Plus and S22 Extremely will launch and be available for purchase on Feb. 25. 

Samsung usually launches its S-series telephones in March, nevertheless it bucked that pattern in 2021 by launching the Galaxy S21 line in January. Though Samsung usually follows a 12-month replace cycle, the corporate unwrapped its new Galaxy S22 sequence on Feb. 9. 

Learn extra: The place to purchase Galaxy S22: Preorder offers for Samsung’s latest telephones


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How a lot does the Galaxy S22 price? The value depends upon the mannequin

For 128GB of storage, the Galaxy S22 ranges in value from $799 to $1,199 relying on the mannequin. The bottom Galaxy S22 prices $800 (£769, roughly AU$1,450), the S22 Plus prices $1,000 (£949) and the S22 Extremely prices $1,200 (£1,149). The value, nevertheless, will increase as storage capability will get bigger. 

Gross sales of the Galaxy S20 line did not impress, probably due to the widely excessive costs, coupled with widespread monetary uncertainty attributable to the pandemic. The S21 supplied extra reasonably priced handsets by swapping glass again panels for toughened plastic. (Listed here are all of the variations between the Galaxy S21 and S20.) 

At launch, the bottom S20 got here in at $1,000, whereas the bottom S21 undercut that at $800. As an alternative of elevating costs again to S20 ranges, Samsung’s has mirrored the Galaxy S21’s pricing for the Galaxy S22 sequence.  

Listed here are the Galaxy S22’s US pricing, for reference.

Samsung Galaxy S22 costs

128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
Galaxy S22 $799 $849 N/A N/A
Galaxy S22 Plus $999 $1,049 N/A N/A
Galaxy S22 Extremely $1,199 $1,299 $1,399 $1,599

What colours does the Galaxy S22 are available in? 

Alongside the three new Galaxy telephones, Samsung launched a couple of new colour choices. The Galaxy S22 Extremely is available in black, white, inexperienced and burgundy, whereas the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus are available in black, white, pink gold and inexperienced. 

The Galaxy S22’s inexperienced and pink colours have been teased throughout Samsung’s August 2021 Unpacked occasion. At one level within the presentation (about 46 minutes in), when Samsung talked about the S Pen stylus’s compatibility with the Galaxy Z Fold 3, the phrases “S22 colours” have been seen on the foldable cellphone. The textual content appeared subsequent to a separate window displaying a light-weight inexperienced plaid pair of pants and a child pink blazer that pointed to the phrases “pistachio inexperienced” and “flamingo pink,” however these did not grow to be the official names for the brand new Galaxy S22 colour decisions.

Learn extra: It is about time Samsung phased out the Galaxy Be aware

The Galaxy S22 will ship with Android 12

The Galaxy S22 line runs on Android 12 — introduced in June final 12 months at Google’s I/O occasion and is now out there to obtain — with Samsung’s personal person interface tweaks excessive, together with additions like Samsung Well being, Samsung Pay and its Bixby digital assistant software program.

Learn extra: Android 12 hidden options you may need to strive

Every little thing you have to know in regards to the Galaxy S22 cameras

The Galaxy S22’s digital camera specs look just like that of the earlier era, apart from the S22 and S22 Plus’ bump as much as a 50-megapixel major digital camera. However the firm claims to have made some essential under-the-hood tweaks. Wanting on the high-end mannequin, the Galaxy S22 Extremely encompasses a 108-megapixel broad, 12-megapixel ultrawide and two 10-megapixel telephoto lenses. The Galaxy S21 Extremely has an identical digital camera set-up. Each Extremely fashions additionally sport a 40-megapixel selfie digital camera. 

For the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus, each telephones have a 50-megapixel broad, 12-megapixel ultrawide and a 10-megapixel telephoto lens. 

All three telephones additionally include inner digital camera upgrades that ought to make them higher at taking photographs at midnight and robotically framing topics. 

Earlier than the Galaxy S22 line’s reveal, it was speculated that the S22 Extremely might include a 200-megapixel major digital camera. This might have been the best pixel rely out there for a Samsung cellphone. Samsung Exynos, the digital firm’s division for chipmaking, even flaunted a 200-megapixel cellphone digital camera in a March teaser tweet. Nevertheless, it might imply greater digital camera updates are coming sooner or later. 

Learn extra: The Galaxy S22 Extremely fails to excite this professional photographer. And that is an issue


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The Galaxy S22 in contrast with the S21

For the reason that Galaxy S21 debuted final 12 months, Samsung up to date its Galaxy S line and delivered a group of processor, design, charging and storage upgrades within the type of the Galaxy S22. 

When in comparison with its predecessor, the Galaxy S22 options the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, assist for 45-watt quick wired charging and new colour choices (as talked about above). The Galaxy S22 Extremely additionally comes with an S Pen and an 1TB storage possibility, which wasn’t out there for the Galaxy S21 sequence. 

By way of show dimension, the usual Galaxy S22 is smaller than that of the S21. The S22’s show is 6.1 inches, whereas the S21’s is 6.2 inches. The Galaxy S22 additionally sports activities a smaller battery to match. The Galaxy S21 Plus (6.7 inches) can also be barely bigger than the S22 Plus (6.6 inches). The show dimension of the Galaxy S22 Extremely, nevertheless, remained the identical at 6.8 inches. 

For a extra in-depth have a look at how the Galaxy S22 measures up in opposition to different Galaxy fashions, try CNET’s comparisons of the Galaxy S22 and S21, in addition to the Galaxy S22 and S21 FE

Learn extra: Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely vs. Galaxy S21 Extremely: Specs in contrast


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Different notable Galaxy S22 options: 45-watt charging, 5G, Wi-Fi 6E and 1TB storage

Samsung upgraded the Galaxy S22 lineup with as much as 45-watt wired charging assist, which means it presents quicker charging instances than final 12 months’s Galaxy S sequence. The choice of 45-watt wired charging has been out there in different galaxy units prior to now, however skipped the Galaxy S21 sequence. 

In accordance with tipster Ice Universe, 45-watt quick charging is sufficient to energy the cellphone as much as 70 % in 35 minutes. However, we can’t know the accuracy of the leaker’s claims till CNET places the Galaxy S22 to the take a look at. 

The Galaxy S22, S22 Plus and S22 Extremely additionally every include 5G connectivity, whereas the S22 Plus and S22 Extremely assist Wi-Fi 6E. (The bottom S22 helps Wi-Fi 6.) 

Though Samsung did not add expandable storage or the choice so as to add a microSD card to the Galaxy S22 sequence, the S22 Extremely presents a 1TB storage possibility for many who want the additional area, particularly for these high-resolution pictures and 8K movies. 

For extra, try CNET’s Galaxy S21 FE evaluation, in addition to how the Galaxy S22 compares to the iPhone 13 and Pixel 6

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