Samsung Galaxy S22: 5 upgrades I want to see this week – CNET

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Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Extremely got here out in early 2021, and the S22 lineup may very well be on its approach. 


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Samsung’s subsequent Unpacked occasion is about for this Wednesday, and we’re anticipating to lastly see the Galaxy S22 sequence. The corporate’s upcoming flagship line could also be an thrilling follow-up to final yr’s Galaxy S21 vary, which earned a spot among the many greatest telephones of 2021 for its excellent all-around efficiency. However I’ve my very own wishlist of options I need to see on Samsung’s upcoming flagship. 

The excitement across the S22 has been ramping up for a while now, with some anticipated options resembling a 200-megapixel image sensor and a smaller show. (Take a look at how the Galaxy S22 might stack up towards the Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S21 FE.) We have seen glimpses of the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Extremely in varied experiences and leaks over the previous few months, however we’ll have to attend till the telephone’s reveal to find out if the gossip was true.

Right here then, are my prime 5 needs for the Galaxy S22.

1. The Galaxy S22 wants a greater digicam

The digicam on the S21 Extremely is great, with an superior optical zoom that allows you to get pictures that few different telephones can. Nevertheless it wasn’t an enormous improve over the S20. Each had 100x zooms, each did 8K video, each had 108-megapixel sensors. The S20 Extremely was the large leap ahead, the S21 Extremely simply refined it barely. It is time, then, for an even bigger replace, and a few early rumors counsel a 200-megapixel sensor and much-improved zoom methods on the S22 Extremely.

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The Galaxy S20 Extremely was Samsung’s first 100x zoom telephone.


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That will be pretty, however extra megapixels does not essentially imply higher images, so I might additionally wish to see a good larger picture sensor — possibly a 1-inch sensor. It is no secret {that a} larger picture sensor permits for higher dynamic vary in a photograph. If Samsung paired that decision with an enormous sensor able to capturing tons of sunshine and distinction particulars it might have a fully astonishing digicam system on its fingers. 

However Samsung wants to ensure its software program is on level too. There are extra advances wanted to permit for improved computational pictures and higher uncooked picture seize. Apple’s ProRaw has blown me away: It could possibly seize stunning HDR photographs that also give me full management over modifying in apps like Adobe Lightroom, simply as I might with any uncooked file from a DSLR. Samsung’s software program is not fairly at that stage and I might wish to see extra focus right here.

2. Samsung, please give us expandable storage again

Samsung used to mean you can broaden the bottom storage of its telephones with microSD playing cards, nevertheless it eliminated that possibility with the S21 vary. This implies you are caught with solely the telephone’s built-in storage. 

Which may not be a problem on decrease fashions within the vary, notably in case you do not shoot plenty of video or play many demanding video games, however in case you’re into your images and movies and also you plumped for the Extremely mannequin, that base storage may be limiting. When you shoot 8K movies on the S21 Extremely you will know which you could refill that storage rapidly — and it will go even quicker if Samsung brings 200-megapixel images to the S22. I can not even start to think about how huge these information is perhaps. The 512GB most storage presently obtainable on the S21 Extremely will not final lengthy.

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The S21 Extremely’s 108-megapixel images and 8K video rapidly eat up storage. The S22 Extremely’s potential 200-megapixel sensor will not make that any higher.


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Even in case you’re not into pictures, there are many shiny video games within the Google Play retailer (resembling Asphalt 9: Legends) which might be a number of gigabytes in measurement and should lead to you having to delete different apps or media with a purpose to make room.

Popping in a microSD card would mean you can dramatically improve the storage by 1TB or extra, which might give an enormous quantity of area for all of your apps and movies. However then Samsung would not be capable of cost you additional for a higher-capacity mannequin, so do not maintain your breath for this one. 

3. The Galaxy S22 ought to have devoted AMD graphics

The S21 sequence already presents excellent efficiency throughout, however a partnership between Samsung and graphics chip producer AMD has us hoping for an enormous leap ahead in graphics energy for gaming purposes. This partnership truly occurred again in 2019, however thus far Samsung hasn’t stuffed any sort of AMD {hardware} into its telephones. 

I might like to see devoted AMD graphics on the S22 line that push the boundaries of what we count on from cell gaming. Certain, some telephone video games already come near rivaling the standard you’d count on on older consoles, but when Samsung and AMD might give that processing energy an enormous push ahead, it might permit for lots extra console-standard video games to make their option to telephones, turning your handset right into a succesful cell video games console.

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The S21 Extremely is big. The bottom S21 is a little more pocket-friendly.


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4. I desire a smaller Galaxy telephone

Immediately’s top-end telephones with the very best specs round are, let’s face it, enormous. The S21 Extremely measures a whopping 6.8 inches, whereas even Apple’s iPhone 12 Professional Max is available in at 6.68 inches. That implies that if you need the very best efficiency and the very best digicam, you have to be ready to stretch out these denims pockets to accommodate a large slab of a telephone. And possibly begin performing some thumb workouts to assist them attain throughout the display screen.

I might like to see smaller variations of this telephone — 6 inches or underneath — that do not pressure you to compromise on efficiency. There are rumors suggesting the bottom S22 fashions would possibly get just a little discount in display screen measurement, which is nice information in case you have smaller fingers, however there’s unlikely to be any actual measurement discount within the top-end Extremely mannequin. So but once more we’ll seemingly be in a scenario the place shopping for a smaller telephone measurement means lacking out on these top-end options. Excuse me whereas I am going and stitch growth panels into my pockets.

5. The S22’s value must be extra reasonably priced

Certain, all of us need the very best tech and we would like it wrapped up in a slick design, full of cool new options. However we additionally need it to be reasonably priced. That is a troublesome mixture to realize, however Samsung did handle to make its S21 vary cheaper than the previous S20 sequence. It wanted to, because the S20 sequence did not promote effectively, partly attributable to monetary uncertainty round COVID-19. 

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The a number of S21 fashions meant that completely different choices have been obtainable for various budgets.


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Samsung employed a spread of techniques to make the S21 vary extra reasonably priced, together with swapping out the glass backs on some fashions for strengthened plastic. And you understand what? It labored. It additionally knocked an honest quantity off the asking value. Whereas the bottom Galaxy S20 went on sale for $1,000, the bottom S21 undercut that at $800. So I am eager to see comparable selections being made with the S22 that may permit for an amazing all-round cell expertise at an approachable value. 

So what I am asking for is an excellent highly effective, AMD-equipped telephone with the world’s greatest digicam that’ll additionally match comfortably within the palm of my hand, that is fairly priced and lets me broaden the storage on a budget. That is not an excessive amount of to ask, is it, Samsung? Come on, guys, step up.

For extra, try each rumor we all know concerning the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Extremely thus far. It’s also possible to check out CNET’s checklist of the greatest Samsung telephones to purchase proper now and how one can watch the upcoming Unpacked occasion

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