Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra first take: Hello, S Pen – CNET

Samsung’s most costly nonfoldable telephone 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 Word 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 telephone for the reason that Galaxy Word 20 to not solely incorporate S Pen assist, just like the Galaxy S21 Extremely and Z Fold 3, but in addition embrace a bodily slot on the telephone 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 telephone case that might retailer it. Different upgrades to the telephone are extra iterative, together with steps ahead within the processor, digital camera and display screen.

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

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

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

A extra Word-like expertise on the Galaxy S22 Extremely


The Galaxy S22 Extremely seems like a full Galaxy Word alternative.

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Along with full S Pen assist and a spot contained in the telephone to retailer it, Samsung additionally made some enhancements to the best way its stylus works. The latency is decrease, and it could 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 arduous to inform if it was any completely different than earlier than. 

The Galaxy S22 Extremely has additionally inherited the Word’s extra streamlined design, which has sharper edges and a extra angular look in comparison with the usual Galaxy S telephones. This provides it the extra “pocket book” like form that Word followers are doubtless conversant in, 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 Word, and it is a visually placing design that works properly on such a big telephone. 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 out there in black, white, inexperienced and burgundy.

Samsung’s Galaxy Word and Galaxy S Extremely telephones are identified 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, identical to the Galaxy S21 Extremely, and it has a QHD Plus decision. All three new Galaxy telephones may enhance their screens’ refresh fee to 120Hz for smoother scrolling. 

Samsung can also be including a function it calls Imaginative and prescient Booster, which adjusts coloration and distinction primarily based in your atmosphere. This could make it simpler to look at darker scenes in films and TV reveals. It is out there on all three Galaxy S22 fashions, however the firm says the Extremely and Plus have Samsung’s brightest screens but. 

An identical digital camera with higher evening images

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The Galaxy S22 Extremely has a four-lens digital camera, not like the common Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus.

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The Galaxy S22 Extremely’s digital camera is much like the one on the Galaxy S21 Extremely, not less than on paper. There is a quadruple-lens rear digital camera with a 108-megapixel principal sensor, 12-megapixel ultra-wide digital camera and two 10-megapixel telephoto lenses. The sphere of view on the broad 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 gadget higher at taking pictures at evening and framing a number of topics. The Galaxy S22 Extremely can detect as much as 10 topics and alter the framing accordingly, even when new individuals enter the scene. That is a rise in comparison with the earlier technology, in line with Samsung. 

Samsung can also be emphasizing the telephone’s potential to take higher images and movies in the dead of night. 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 telephone’s principal digital camera sensor to enhance each brightness and readability, Samsung says. 

Despite the fact that 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 an even bigger 108-megapixel principal sensor. The opposite two S22 telephones every have a 50-megapixel principal digital camera by comparability. 

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

Learn extra: Photographers, the Galaxy S22 Extremely in all probability is not value your cash

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 fee routinely to optimize gentle.

However by way of what actually units the Extremely aside from the usual Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus, not a lot has modified since final 12 months. A lot of Samsung’s normal 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 largest differentiators, which can be disappointing to anybody who hoped to see an even 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, identical to the Galaxy Word. 

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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 out there. There is a 5,000-mAh battery within the Galaxy S22 Extremely, identical 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, reminiscent of sooner processors and higher cameras, are anticipated from next-generation units. However the Extremely’s new Word-like options are what distinguishes it from the remainder of the S22 lineup and the broader premium telephone market.

That is particularly essential since many superior options that had been as soon as reserved for high-end telephones — reminiscent of multilens cameras, 5G assist and screens with excessive refresh charges — are actually changing into the usual on reasonably priced telephones. As such, corporations like Samsung should work tougher to persuade individuals 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.

Take a look at the chart under to see how the Galaxy S22 Extremely compares to the remainder of Samsung’s Galaxy S22 lineup. For extra, check out how the Galaxy S22 compares to the iPhone 13, Pixel 6, Galaxy S21 and S21 FE

Samsung Galaxy S22 Lineup Specs

Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus Samsung Galaxy S22
Show measurement, 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 digital camera with 108MP broad, 12MP ultra-wide, twin 10MP telephoto lenses Triple digital camera with 50MP broad, 12MP ultra-wide and 10MP telephoto lens Triple digital camera with 50MP broad, 12MP ultra-wide and 10MP telephoto lens
Entrance-facing digital camera 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 digital camera, extremely wideband location detection tech, 120Hz refresh fee display screen Triple digital camera, extremely wideband location detection tech, 120Hz refresh fee display screen Triple digital camera, 120Hz refresh fee 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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