Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra first take: Get ready for the S Pen – CNET

Samsung’s costliest nonfoldable cellphone is taking a lesson from the corporate’s previous. The Galaxy S22 Extremely, introduced on Wednesday alongside the Galaxy S22, S22 Plus and the Galaxy Tab S8 successfully replaces the Galaxy Notice in Samsung’s lineup. The Galaxy S22 Extremely begins at $1,200 (£1,149, approx. AU$2,170) and launches on Feb. 25, with preorders dwell now.

The Galaxy S22 Extremely is the primary Samsung cellphone for the reason that Galaxy Notice 20 to not solely incorporate S Pen help, just like the Galaxy S21 Extremely and Z Fold 3, but additionally embrace a bodily slot on the cellphone for stowing the stylus. S Pen followers who purchased final 12 months’s Galaxy S21 Extremely had to purchase the stylus individually and go for a selected cellphone case that would retailer it. Different upgrades to the cellphone are extra iterative, together with steps ahead within the processor, digicam and display screen.

Samsung declined to touch upon future merchandise when requested if it might launch new Galaxy Notice telephones sooner or later. However it did say the corporate is now considering of the Galaxy Notice as an “expertise” greater than a product line, and it plans to level Notice followers towards the Galaxy S22 Extremely in future.

The Galaxy Notice, which debuted greater than a decade in the past, was an trade disrupter. It popularized greater screens, and Samsung additional distinguished the road with unique options that have been lacking from different Galaxy telephones. 

However the Notice’s place has turn out to be much less clear. In 2020, Samsung squeezed the Notice lineup in between the Galaxy S20 and S20 Extremely. The Notice line skipped 2021 fully. Now, the Galaxy S22 Extremely represents what seems to be a much-needed merging of the Notice and the Extremely.

A extra Notice-like expertise on the Galaxy S22 Extremely


The Galaxy S22 Extremely seems like a full Galaxy Notice substitute.

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Along with full S Pen help and a spot contained in the cellphone to retailer it, Samsung additionally made some enhancements to the best way its stylus works. The latency is decrease, and it may transcribe handwritten notes to textual content in 88 languages. Within the temporary time I needed to attempt the Galaxy S22 Extremely, the S Pen felt fluid and responsive, though it is onerous to inform if it was any completely different than earlier than. 

The Galaxy S22 Extremely has additionally inherited the Notice’s extra streamlined design, which has sharper edges and a extra angular look in comparison with the usual Galaxy S telephones. This offers it the extra “pocket book” like form that Notice followers are doubtless aware of, and it may very well be useful for studying and reviewing paperwork. The common Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus, which Samsung additionally introduced on Wednesday, have a extra rounded aesthetic by comparability. 

This makes the S22 Extremely really feel indistinguishable from the Galaxy Notice, and it is a visually hanging design that works properly on such a big cellphone. It additionally helps the Extremely stand out from the common S22 and S22 Plus, because it ought to contemplating the hole in worth. The S22 Extremely shall be obtainable in black, white, inexperienced and burgundy.

Samsung’s Galaxy Notice and Galaxy S Extremely telephones are recognized for his or her gigantic screens, and that is no completely different this time round. The Galaxy S22 Extremely’s show measures 6.8 inches diagonally, similar to the Galaxy S21 Extremely, and it has a QHD Plus decision. All three new Galaxy telephones may enhance their screens’ refresh charge to 120Hz for smoother scrolling. 

Samsung can be including a characteristic it calls Imaginative and prescient Booster, which adjusts shade and distinction based mostly in your atmosphere. This could make it simpler to observe darker scenes in films and TV exhibits. It is obtainable on all three Galaxy S22 fashions, however the firm says the Extremely and Plus have Samsung’s brightest screens but. 

An analogous digicam with higher evening pictures

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The Galaxy S22 Extremely has a four-lens digicam, in contrast to the common Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus.

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The Galaxy S22 Extremely’s digicam is just like the one on the Galaxy S21 Extremely, not less than on paper. There is a quadruple-lens rear digicam with a 108-megapixel major sensor, 12-megapixel ultra-wide digicam and two 10-megapixel telephoto lenses. The sector of view on the large and telephoto lenses is barely wider on the Galaxy S22 Extremely in comparison with its predecessor.

However Samsung claims there are different upgrades that ought to make the system higher at taking pictures at evening and framing a number of topics. The Galaxy S22 Extremely can detect as much as 10 topics and regulate the framing accordingly, even when new folks enter the scene. That is a rise in comparison with the earlier technology, in accordance with Samsung. 

Samsung can be emphasizing the cellphone’s potential to take higher pictures and movies at midnight. All of Samsung’s new Galaxy S22 telephones use a course of known as pixel binning, which mixes a number of pixels into one bigger pixel to enhance brightness. This course of by itself is not new to Samsung telephones. However what’s completely different is the best way the S22 lineup combines pixel binning with the decision from the cellphone’s major digicam sensor to enhance each brightness and readability, Samsung says. 

Although this course of works throughout all cameras, the Galaxy S22 Extremely ought to have a bonus on this division over the S22 and S22 Plus because it has a much bigger 108-megapixel major sensor. The opposite two S22 telephones every have a 50-megapixel major digicam by comparability. 

Portrait Mode additionally works at evening due to the S22’s upgraded processor, and Samsung claims the digicam’s new processing algorithms ought to enhance element too. The S22 Extremely’s digicam may seize 4 occasions as a lot knowledge, which ought to deliver basic picture high quality enhancements throughout the board.

When taking pictures video, all three telephones may mix a number of exposures right into a single body to enhance brightness and select the proper body charge routinely to optimize mild.

However by way of what actually units the Extremely other than the usual Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus, not a lot has modified since final 12 months. Lots of Samsung’s basic image high quality enhancements appear to use to all new Galaxy fashions. The 108-megapixel lens, additional telephoto lens and 10x optical zoom nonetheless appear to be the most important differentiators, which can be disappointing to anybody who hoped to see a much bigger leap like Samsung’s new 200-megapixel picture sensor within the S22 Extremely.

Processor and different particulars

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The Galaxy S22 Extremely has a sharper form with extra angular edges, similar to the Galaxy Notice. 

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The Galaxy S22 lineup will run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip within the US and different markets the place Samsung’s Exynos chip is not obtainable. There is a 5,000-mAh battery within the Galaxy S22 Extremely, similar to the Galaxy S21 Extremely, and it helps as much as 45-watt quick charging when plugged in. The beginning configuration will include 8GB of RAM and 128GB of inner storage, whereas the high-end mannequin consists of 12GB of RAM with 1TB of storage.

Many of those upgrades, corresponding to quicker processors and higher cameras, are anticipated from next-generation units. However the Extremely’s new Notice-like options are what distinguishes it from the remainder of the S22 lineup and the broader premium cellphone market.

That is particularly vital since many superior options that have been as soon as reserved for high-end telephones — corresponding to multilens cameras, 5G help and screens with excessive refresh charges — at the moment are turning into the usual on reasonably priced telephones. As such, firms like Samsung must work more durable to persuade folks to splurge on top-of-the-line units. Now we’re getting a greater sense of how Samsung intends to try this on the S22 Extremely.

Try the chart beneath to see how the Galaxy S22 Extremely compares to the remainder of Samsung’s Galaxy S22 lineup. 

Samsung Galaxy S22 Lineup Specs

Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus Samsung Galaxy S22
Show dimension, decision 6.8 inches; QHD+ 6.6 inches; FHD+ 6.1 inches; FHD+
Pixel density TBD TBD TBD
Dimensions (Millimeters) 77.9 x 163.3 x 8.9 mm 75.8 x 157.4 x 7.6 mm 70.6 x 146 x 7.6 mm
Weight (Grams, Ounces) 229g, 8.1oz 196g, 6.9oz 168g, 5.9oz
Cellular software program Android 12 Android 12 Android 12
Digicam Quad digicam with 108MP large, 12MP ultra-wide, twin 10MP telephoto lenses Triple digicam with 50MP large, 12MP ultra-wide and 10MP telephoto lens Triple digicam with 50MP large, 12MP ultra-wide and 10MP telephoto lens
Entrance-facing digicam 40MP 10MP 10MP
Video seize 8k at 24 FPS, 4K at 60 FPS 8k at 24 FPS, 4K at 60 FPS 8k at 24 FPS, 4K at 60 FPS
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
RAM/Storage 8GB RAM with 128GB inner storage 12GB RAM with 256GB inner storage 12GB RAM with 512GB inner storage 12GB RAM with 1TB inner storage 8GB RAM with 128GB inner storage 8GB RAM with 256GB inner storage 8GB RAM with 128GB inner storage 8GB RAM with 256GB inner storage
Expandable storage None None None
Battery/Charger 5,000 mAh with as much as 45W wired charging and 15W wi-fi charging 4,500 mAh with as much as 45W wired charging and 15W wi-fi charging 3,700 mAh with 25W wired charging and 15W wi-fi charging
Fingerprint sensor Sure, ultrasonic Sure, ultrasonic Sure, ultrasonic
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack None None None
Particular options S Pen included, quad digicam, extremely wideband location detection tech, 120Hz refresh charge display screen Triple digicam, extremely wideband location detection tech, 120Hz refresh charge display screen Triple digicam, 120Hz refresh charge display screen
Worth off-contract (USD) $1,200 $1,000 $800
Worth (GBP) £1,149 £949 £769
Worth (AUD) AU$2,170 (transformed) AU$1,790 (transformed) AU$1,450 (transformed)

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