The Samsung Galaxy Note series is a discontinued line of high-end Android phablets and smartphones developed and marketed by Samsung Electronics. The line is primarily oriented towards pen computing; all Galaxy Note models ship with a stylus pen and incorporate a pressure-sensitive Wacom digitizer. All Galaxy Note models also include software features that are oriented towards the stylus and the devices’ large screens, such as note-taking, digital scrapbooking apps, tooltips, and split-screen multitasking. The line served as Samsung’s flagship smartphone model, positioned above the Galaxy S series.
Samsung announced the original Galaxy Note at IFA Berlin in 2011. While some media outlets questioned the viability of the device due to its 5.3-inch screen (which, at the time, was considered extremely large for a phone), the Note received positive reception for its stylus functionality, the speed of its 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, and the advantages of such a large screen size. Like the Galaxy S2 from earlier that year, the camera has eight megapixels and can film in Full HD, 1080p, and the device features Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL to HDMI).
The Galaxy Note was a commercial success: released October 2011, Samsung announced in December 2011, that the Galaxy Note had sold 1 million units in two months. In February 2012, Samsung debuted a Note version with LTE support, and by August 2012, the Note had sold 10 million units worldwide.
Samsung Galaxy Note II
On 29 August 2012, at IFA Berlin, Samsung unveiled a successor to the Galaxy Note, the Galaxy Note II. The new model, released September 2012, featured improvements to the original Note’s hardware (with a quad-core processor and a larger 5.5 inches (140 mm) display, a revised stylus that can reveal Air View tooltips through hovering, and an upgraded digitizer with 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity for more precise pen input, a new hardware design based on that of the Galaxy S III), along with new features such as pen gestures, split-screen multitasking, Air View (which allows previews of content to be displayed by hovering the pen above the screen), and other new features also introduced by the S III.
On 4 September 2013, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 3, which introduced a more “premium” design with a plastic leather backing, and a 5.7 inch (145 mm) 1080p display, 3 GB of RAM, new 4K video recording capabilities at 30 frames per second (up to 5 minutes per video; availability varies per region), 1080p at twice the framerate (60fps “smooth motion” option), a USB 3.0 connector, an infrared transmitter for use as remote control, a third microphone for noise cancellation, multi-windowing, and expanded stylus pen functionality. Unlike its predecessor, it is not equipped with an FM radio. The speaker is placed at the bottom, while placed on the rear side on the Note 1, 2 and 4.
The Note 3 is the only Galaxy Note device to be equipped with thermometer and hygrometer sensors and Air View support for both stylus and fingers, of which the latter is achieved with an additional self-capacitive touch screen layer. It also had additional voice commands, including “Dismiss” and “Snooze” for the alarm, and “Answer” and “Decline” for calls.
In January 2014, Samsung for the first time released a “downgraded” version of the Note 3, the Galaxy Note 3 Neo. It features the S-Pen stylus, 8 MP camera, 5.5″ Super AMOLED HD 720p display, 16 GB storage, 2 GB RAM as well as some of the Note 3’s software features (e.g. screen zoom).
For the first time, it has a Samsung Exynos Hexa 5260 (6 core) processor with a quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 CPU and a dual-core 1.7 GHz Cortex A15 CPU with support for HMP and a Mali-T624 GPU.
The Note 3 Neo lacks both 4K (2160p) and slow motion (720p@120fps) video recording and can record 1080p at only up to 30 frames per second.
On 3 September 2014, at IFA Berlin, Samsung unveiled a successor to the Galaxy Note 3, the Galaxy Note 4. The new model, released in 3 September 2014, introduced a new design with a plastic leather backing and metal frame, a 5.7-inch (145 mm) QHD display, a 16 MP camera with then new Optical Image Stabilization, 15 Watts of fast charging using Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, revised multi-windowing, an improved S-Pen stylus, an upgraded digitizer with 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity and expanded functionality, fingerprint scanner, and other features taken from the Galaxy S5. However, Samsung Air View is only usable with the S-Pen, while it was usable with both fingers and stylus on the Galaxy Note 3.
The Galaxy Note 4 is uniquely equipped with an ultraviolet ray sensor, and the last Samsung flagship phone to be equipped with a user-replaceable battery.
Alongside the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung also unveiled the Galaxy Note Edge, which features a display with a curved portion that wraps around the right bezel of the device. The curved area can be used as a sidebar to display news and information tickers, application shortcuts, and other tools.
The curved right side screen area extends the resolution of the display from 1440×2560 to 1600×2560.
The Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge are the last in the Note series to use micro-SIM cards. Later models in the series use nano-SIM cards.
The Galaxy Note 5 was announced on 13 August 2015. It is based upon the specifications, hardware and exterior design of the Galaxy S6, including its metal frame and glass backing, but with a larger 5.7-inch 1440p display, Exynos 7 Octa 7420 system-on-chip, as well as a new spring-loaded stylus slot. As with the S6 and unlike previous Note models, the Note 5 does not offer a user-replaceable battery or expandable storage. Other removed features include support for Mobile High-Definition Link, a third microphone, and an infrared transmitter. The new “Screen off memo” feature allows the phone to be awoken directly to a note screen when the stylus is removed, and the camera app allows public and private livestreaming directly to YouTube.
The Galaxy Note 7 was announced during a press event in New York City on 2 August 2016. It is largely based on the hardware of the Galaxy S7, inheriting its processor, camera, and the restoration of IP68 water resistance and expandable storage, but with a larger 5.7-inch 1440p display. It is also Samsung’s first device to feature a USB-C connector and the first water-protected device of the Galaxy Note series, having a water-protected stylus too.
The Galaxy Note 7’s display is curved across the sides of the device, and its stylus features higher degrees of pressure sensitivity (4096) and a finer tip. Samsung branded the device as the Note 7 rather than the Note 6 in order to synchronize its branding with the earlier flagship of the same year, the Samsung Galaxy S7 series.
Upon release, the Galaxy Note series earned criticism by a technology journalist of Android Police, criticizing that since 2015’s Galaxy Note 5, not much except a stylus sets the Galaxy Note series flagship apart from the Galaxy S series flagship released earlier in the same year, like it did with the first four generations of Galaxy Note devices.
The Galaxy Note 7 was afflicted by repeated manufacturing problems with their internal batteries, which led to incidents in which they overheated and combusted. After replacement models experienced similar incidents, the Note 7 was officially discontinued on 11 October 2016, and [almost] all the devices were recalled globally.
After the recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Samsung decided to release the Note Fan Edition (FE) as the new Note 7 being released in selected countries on 7 July 2017. Although having an identical form factor, the Fan Edition comes with a smaller battery of only 3200 mAh rather than the original Note 7 which is 3500 mAh due to safety reasons.
Improved changes of the Galaxy Note Fan Edition include Android Nougat with Samsung Experience 8.1 UI, Bixby virtual assistant (excluding Voice), a “Fan Edition” marking on the back and a Clear View Cover case.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was announced on 23 August 2017 at a Samsung Unpacked event. It features a 6.3″ 1440p Super AMOLED Infinity Display, a 3300 mAh battery, Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 support, Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895 processor (depending on location), an iris scanner, IP68 dust and water resistance, a new dual-lens camera setup with a telephoto lens and support for Samsung DeX.
On 27 June 2018, Samsung sent out invitations for the next “Unpacked” event, showing a yellow S Pen image. The Galaxy Note 9 was subsequently announced on 9 August 2018 and became available starting on 24 August 2018.
The Note 9 is a largely refined version of the Note 8. The biggest change from the Note 8 was the addition of Bluetooth functionality to the S-Pen, allowing a user to control the camera, YouTube videos and slideshows remotely.
Internally, the Note 9 uses the Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 processor, with either 6GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage, or 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of internal storage, and a 4000 mAh battery.
The Note 9 uses the same camera hardware seen on Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, with a dual camera setup, a 12MP wide-angle sensor with f/1.5 and f/2.4 dual aperture and a 12MP telephoto sensor with the f/2.4 aperture for Bokeh effects at the back, along with an 8MP selfie camera.
On 1 July 2019, Samsung announced that it would hold its second Unpacked event of the year on 7 August at 16:00 Eastern in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ were unveiled at the show.
The Note 10 marked the first time Samsung offered a Plus model of its Note, with the Note 10 offering a 6.3-inch 1080p display Infinity-O Display and 3400 mAh battery, and the Note 10+ offering a 6.8-inch 1440p display with a 4300 mAh battery. The Note 10 has non-expandable 256GB storage, while the Note 10+ has expandable 256/512GB storage via microSD. Both phones added several new features from the Samsung Galaxy S10, including in-display fingerprint scanners, Wireless Powershare (enabling the phone to be used to wirelessly charge other Qi-compatible devices), and triple camera arrays consisting of a 16MP ultra-wide angle lens and 12MP wide angle and telephoto lenses. Both variants also saw the power button consolidated with the Bixby button on the left side of the phone, with the button now being reprogrammable to be used as a power button or to activate Bixby, and eliminated the headphone jack.
Also introduced with the Note 10 variants were 25 watts Super Fast Charging (with the Note 10+ also being capable of 45 watt Super Fast Charging 2.0), marking the first charging rate increase since the 2014 Galaxy Note 4.
On 3 January 2020, Samsung announced alongside the Galaxy S10 Lite, the upcoming release of the Note 10 Lite. The Note 10 Lite’s main points of interest were that it reintroduced design elements and features had not been used the flagship Note devices in a few generations, such as an entirely flat display (last seen on the Note 5), the reintroduction of the headphone jack (last seen on the Note 9), and the inclusion of an FM radio. Internally, the Note 10 Lite had the older chipset, processor, and GPU from the Exynos version of the Note 9, while incorporating newer features such as the triple cameras seen in the rest of the Note 10 series. In order to position itself, much as the Note 3 Neo had done, as a more affordable Note device, the pricing was much more comparable to midrange handsets of the time at under half the price of the Note 10+ and lesser than the Note 10.
Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra at a virtual Unpacked Event on 5 August 2020. Both came in variants with and without 5G connectivity.
Like the Note 10 line, Note 20 has lesser specifications to justify a relatively lower price point, while the Note 20 Ultra is positioned as a high-end premium device. In this case, the Note 20 Ultra has a 6.9-inch display, 120 Hz refresh rate, 4,500 mAh battery, and expandable storage. The Note 20 lacks several key features of the Note 20 Ultra, including the high refresh rate, microSD storage expansion and “periscope” zoom lens. Both phones have triple camera setups similar to the S20 line, with the Note 20 using two 12 MP wide and ultrawide sensors and a 64 MP telephoto sensor, and the Note 20 Ultra using a 108 MP wide sensor and two 12 MP telephoto and ultrawide sensors. On both models, the buttons and S-Pen have switched places from their positions on the Note 10, with the power and volume buttons now being on the right side of the phone, and the S-Pen dock now moved to the left side of the USB-C port.
This is the last phone launched under the Note series, before Samsung decided to finally add support for S-Pen in the Galaxy S series, beginning with the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The Galaxy S22 Ultra, launched in February 2022, features a built-in S-Pen.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is an 8-inch Android-based tablet computer produced and marketed by Samsung Electronics. It belongs to the second generation of the Samsung Galaxy Note series tablets, which also includes a 10.1-inch model, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
At the Mobile World Congress 2012, Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 10.1, as an alternative to the Galaxy Tab 10.1. It has a 10.1-inch display and uses a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor and supports the Samsung S-Pen stylus input as seen on the original Galaxy Note phone.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
At the 2013 Samsung Unpacked Episode 2 event in Berlin and New York, Samsung announced the successor to the original Galaxy Note 10.1-inch tablet dubbed as the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. Like its predecessor, it has a 10.1 inch display and now supports the improved Samsung S-Pen stylus input also seen in the Note III and it copies the design cue of its lower-end sibling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 which sports the unified Samsung design first used on the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Samsung announced the first Pro line of tablets which included a bigger Samsung Galaxy Note Pro tablet with a 12.2 inch display and also comes with the same S-Pen stylus the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is sporting which is the standard on the Note Series. Its design is similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition which has the Samsung standard simulated stitched-leather back.
Samsung Galaxy Tab series
Subsequently, released together with the first regular Tab A 8.0 and 9.7 models in 2015, Samsung released a model of the Tab A 9.7 equipped with an S-Pen stylus making it the first Samsung Galaxy device to be equipped with the Samsung stylus outside the Note series. In 2017 Samsung released another S-Pen device, the Tab S3. On 1 August 2018, Samsung launched the new tablet: Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 with a new S-Pen. Subsequently, in 2019, Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab S6 with the S-Pen.
Chromebook § Samsung
A Chromebook (sometimes stylized in lowercase as chromebook) is a laptop or tablet running the Linux-based Chrome OS as its operating system. Initially designed to heavily rely on web applications for tasks using the Google Chrome browser, Chromebooks have since expanded to be able to run Android and full-fledged Linux apps since 2017 and 2018, respectively. All supported apps can be installed and launched alongside each other.
Chromebooks can work offline; applications like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Keep, and Google Drive synchronize data when reconnecting to the Internet.Google Play video content is available offline using the Google Play Movies & TV extension with the Chrome browser.
The first Chromebooks shipped on June 15, 2011. Other form factors include Chromebox desktops, Chromebase, which places the computer in an all-in-one unit, an HDMI stick PC called a Chromebit, and Chromebook tablets.
In 2020, Chromebooks outsold Apple Macs for the first time by taking market share from laptops running Microsoft Windows.
The first Chromebooks for sale, by Acer Inc. and Samsung, were announced at the Google I/O conference in May 2011, and began shipping on June 15, 2011. Lenovo, Hewlett Packard and Google itself entered the market in early 2013. In December 2013, Samsung launched a Samsung Chromebook specifically for the Indian market that employed the company’s Exynos 5 Dual core processor.
Critical reaction to the device was initially skeptical, with some reviewers, such as then New York Times technology columnist David Pogue, unfavorably comparing the value proposition of Chromebooks with that of more fully featured laptops running the Microsoft Windows operating system. That complaint dissipated later in reviews of machines from Acer and Samsung that were priced lower.
In February 2013, Google announced and began shipping the Chromebook Pixel, a higher-spec machine with a high-end retail price.
In January 2015, Acer announced the first big screen Chromebook, the Acer Chromebook 15 with an FHD 15.6-inch display.
By March 2018 Chromebooks made up 60% of computers purchased by schools in the United States. In October 2012, Simon Phipps, writing in InfoWorld, said, “The Chromebook line is probably the most successful Linux desktop/laptop computer we’ve seen to date”.
The Samsung Galaxy Book is a Windows 10-based 2-in-1 PC produced and marketed by Samsung Electronics. It is the successor of the Galaxy TabPro S and comes in 2 models: a 10.6-inch model and a 12-inch model.
On 27 February 2017, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Book alongside the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 at MWC 2017.
The introductory price for the 12-inch model was $1,130 (Wi-Fi only) and $1,300 (LTE via Verizon). The 10-inch model started at $630.
The Galaxy Book 10 shares the same fanless design (the 12″ model includes a fan), and the right side of the device houses a USB-C connection. The device weight around 650 grams for the 10.6 model, and 750 grams for the 12-inch model. Compared to the Tab S3, the camera is now located horizontally instead vertically, and there is no home button. There are two stereo speakers located at the top and bottom. The top bezel houses a power button, volume controls, and two microphones.
The device retains several features that are typically found in the Samsung Galaxy Note series, such as Air Command, Smart Select, Samsung Notes, etc. Both models include an S Pen (its first appearance on a Windows product), and a detachable folio keyboard case with a kickstand. The Galaxy Book also supports quick-charge technology, which allows the tablet to charge fully in a shorter amount of time.In terms of battery life, the 10.6-inch option is claimed to last 10 hours, and the 12-inch model slightly longer at 10.5 hours.
It has 1920×1280 TFT FHD (10.6-inch) and 2160×1440 AMOLED (12.0-inch) resolution display with an aspect ratio of 3:2. The S-pen provides 4096 levels of sensitivity.
The Galaxy Book was generally well received with regards to the AMOLED screen, the S-pen input response, strong CPU performance, and the full support of Windows 10. However, criticism has been aimed towards the battery life, issues with heating while multitasking, and the fragility of the keyboard attachment.
S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra
The lineup of the first three devices was unveiled at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event on 14 January 2021. On 9 February 2022, the new Galaxy S22 Series Served as the successor to the Galaxy S21 Series. The phones were released on 29 January 2021.
The “Fan Edition” follow up was unveiled at Samsung’s CES 2022 event on 3 January 2022. The phone was originally planned to be released in October 2021, but was delayed due to the 2020–present global chip shortage. The S21 FE was released on 11 January 2022.
The lineup comprises four devices, with the Galaxy S21 initially being the least expensive with a smaller screen size and a (plastic) polycarbonate back which then is undercut later on by the Galaxy S21 FE with the same material minus the camera bump being also polycarbonate than metal. In contrast to the Galaxy S20+, the Galaxy S21+ is very similar to the S21 spec-wise, with the exception of a larger display, higher battery capacity, and back glass instead of plastic. The Galaxy S21 Ultra has an even larger screen size, battery, and a host of other improvements over the other models, including a more advanced camera setup highlighted by its 108 MP main sensor with laser auto-focus and a higher resolution 1440p display. The S21 Ultra is also the first phone in the Galaxy S series to support the S Pen, albeit sold separately and with limited functionality.
The Galaxy S21 series has a design similar to its predecessor, with an Infinity-O display containing a circular cutout in the top center for the front selfie camera. The S21 and S21 FE’s back panel is reinforced poly-carbonate (plastic) similar to the S20 FE and Note 20 while the S21+ and S21 Ultra use Gorilla Glass Victus. The rear camera array has been integrated into the phone body except for the S21 FE which is made out of reinforced poly-carbonate integrated instead on the back cover and has a metallic surround; the S21 Ultra has a carbon fiber camera surround for exclusive colors.
Galaxy S21 Galaxy S21+ Galaxy S21 Ultra Galaxy S21 FE
The S21 line comprises four models with various hardware specifications. International and Korea models of the S21 utilize the Exynos 2100 SoC, while the U.S., Canadian, Chinese, Taiwanese, Hong Kong and Japanese models utilize the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra was announced at the Galaxy Unpacked event on 14 January 2021, alongside the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is the first phone in the Galaxy S Series to support the S Pen accessory, albeit sold separately and with limited functionality. It features a 6.8″ 1440p “Dynamic AMOLED” curved display with HDR10+ support, “dynamic tone mapping” technology, and a variable 120 Hz refresh rate.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3
Samsung unveiled its third generation of folding phones, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G and Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G on 11 August 2021.
Both the Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 have more durable materials, a redesigned hinge, and IPX8 water resistance.
We all know about the fact that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 ended up being a lot more popular than some might think, and well, Samsung has now confirmed that both foldable devices combined have collectively sold over 1 million units.
Although Samsung did not reveal how many individual Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 were sold. The report does say that 70% are accounted for the Galaxy Z Flip 3, considering the Flip 3 is a more affordable device.
Samsung Rides the Success Wave As the Galaxy Z Fold 3, and Galaxy Z Flip 3 Cross 1 Million Units Sold
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 also appeared to be more popular among the youngsters as 54% of the units sold were taken by the younger demographic. Samsung should be credited for marketing their Flip 3 as a lifestyle product, which played a considerable part.
Over 270,000 Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 units were activated within a day of the launch. As a result, Samsung had to extend the date for activations as well. It is clear that the devices were a massive hit in South Korea, and Samsung wants to keep using that momentum as these devices have made history by being the best-selling foldable devices in the home country.
The South Korean firm has also introduced new trade-in programs to help people trade in their old devices for brand new Fold 3 and Flip 3 devices. The programs will last through October 31st, giving Samsung plenty of time to rack up even more units.
Currently, Samsung has not revealed how many Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 units have been sold globally. Still, you can expect the numbers to be better, considering how there is no competition for these devices anywhere in the world.
Of the three new phones launched in the Galaxy S22 family, none can compare to the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Unlike the previous two “Ultra” variants in the Galaxy S family, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is more like a Galaxy Note device than anything else. In fact, if you just looked at it, you might think it is the true follow-up to the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra from nearly two years ago.
The phone’s boxy shape, flat top and bottom, and curvy sides are all Galaxy Note hallmarks. However, the thing that most ties the Galaxy S22 Ultra to the Note line is the inclusion of an S Pen, complete with a storage slot accessible from the bottom of the phone.
Outside of its Note-like design, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is the natural sequel to the Galaxy S21 Ultra. It has a similar camera setup headlined by a 108MP primary sensor, but with better hardware than we saw in 2021. It has a newer, faster processor, plenty of RAM and internal storage space, and an enormous 1440p display with a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is also the most expensive of the three new phones. It starts at $1,199 (£1,149 / €1,259).
Solid performance • Punchy, versatile cameras • S Pen functionality • Above average software support
The Galaxy S22 Ultra is a throwback to the days of the Galaxy Note.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra looks like a Galaxy Note phone. It has an S Pen just like a Note, a boxy shape just like a Note, and…well, you get the picture. It is by far the top dog in the Galaxy S22 lineup with the best display, biggest battery, best cameras, and most options for RAM and storage counts.
Samsung announced the Galaxy S22, S22 Plus, and S22 Ultra on Wednesday, February 9. These phones are now widely available. As you may expect, the S22 Ultra costs the most, setting buyers back $1,200 for the base 128GB model, while the S22 and S22 Plus start at $800 and $1,000 respectively.
Naturally, there are carrier deals and promos that help drive down the pricing. Samsung will give you a free upgrade to the next storage tier if you pre-order either the 128GB or 256GB model, you can also get 25% off the new Galaxy Tab S8, as well as up to $200 Samsung credit depending on the device you purchase to spend on the new Samsung Freestyle or Galaxy Watch 4.
The S22 and S22 Plus impressed in our hands-on, both striking us as phones that were well built, beautifully designed, and with meaningful internal upgrades over the older S21 models.
Going deeper, we found the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra in particular to be a device that merits its ostentatious “Ultra” name.
“Unquestionably, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is the most multipurpose smartphone you can buy today, and regardless of what you want to do with your phone today, tomorrow, or in two years’ time, its astonishing ability and varied feature set will have you covered. There’s real value in buying a phone so capable, as although the initial outlay for the Galaxy S22 Ultra is high, there won’t be any real need to replace it for the foreseeable future,” Digital Trends’s Andy Boxall wrote in his review.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 inherits a lot of the design stylings of the S21 — albeit ditching the plastic on the base S21 for glass in the S22. This means that the same style of wraparound camera bump will be found on the S22, with the same hole-punch display on the front.
As for the displays themselves, the S22 is the smallest and will sport a 6.1-inch FHD+ 1080p display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The Galaxy S22 Plus takes this up a notch with a 6.6 -inch FHD+ display and a 120Hz refresh rate, and the S22 Ultra leads the pack with a pretty large 6.8-inch QHD+ 120Hz display. All three have variable refresh rates with the S22 and S22 Plus going between 10-120Hz while the S22 Ultra goes between 1-120Hz. This means the phones can conserve battery by using the appropriate refresh rate for what is displayed on the screen.
Samsung says these are its most durable phones yet. All three models sport Gorilla Glass Victus+, a model of the already pretty durable Gorilla Glass Victus that the S21 sports. This will be on the front and the back, protecting you from accidental drops and scratches. Alongside that, the S22 and S22 Plus are equipped with what Samsung calls Armor Aluminum, its “strongest aluminum frame.”
|Galaxy S22||Galaxy S22 Plus||Galaxy S22 Ultra|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB||128GB, 256GB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB|
|Colors||Phantom White, Phantom Black, Green, Pink Gold||Phantom White, Phantom Black, Green, Pink Gold||Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, Burgundy|
The Galaxy S22 is a powerful handset, as we would expect from a next-gen flagship. It will ship with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or an Exynos 2200-processor, depending on carrier and country. While Samsung was not specific, an earlier report from the European publication Let’s Go Digital placed the S22 as coming with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in the U.S. and parts of Asia and Africa, while Korea while the rest of the world will get the Exynos 2200.
While Apple has increased the size of the batteries in the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, Samsung is lowering the capacity of all phones save the Ultra. The S22 line ships with a 3,700mAh battery for the base S22, with the S22 Plus and the S22 Ultra coming with 4,500mAh and 5,000mAh batteries, respectively. This can be attributed to them being smaller phones overall. The company is shrinking the S22 and S22 Plus down from 6.2 inches and 6.7 inches, meaning less physical space for the batteries. Fast charging is still on the menu though, with the company adding support for up to 25W wired fast charging for the S22, up to 45W for the S22 Plus and S22 Ultra, and 15W wireless charging for all three.
Finally, the S22 Ultra marks the return of the S Pen. It’s not just styled after the Note series, it comes with a built-in pen that’s 70% faster than the S21 Ultra’s S Pen. This means that scribbling or writing on the S21 Ultra’s display will be more natural than ever before. For those that want a Note 22, the S22 Ultra is likely to be the closest thing you can get.
Samsung’s Galaxy S21 range had excellent camera performance, rivaling Apple and Google’s own efforts in mobile photography. The S22 series is likely following suit, and Samsung has upgraded the hardware accordingly.
The S22 and S22 Plus are making the jump to a 50-megapixel (MP) main camera that will be paired with a 10MP ultrawide camera and a 10MP telephoto. When compared to the S21’s 12MP sensors, these look like a significant improvement on paper. A 10MP camera sits in the front for selfies and video calls.
As with the S20 and S21, those who want the very best camera experience should focus on the S22 Ultra. It comes with a 108MP main camera, with Samsung adding three additional cameras: One 10MP one for telephoto scenarios, another 10MP periscope lens with support for 10x optical zoom, and a 12MP ultrawide camera. Samsung is also taking on Apple with support for RAW image capture with its Expert RAW app — a clear riff on Apple’s ProRAW. The company claims you’ll be able to have a DSLR-like experience with its suite of editing tools, though that’ll need a lot more hands-on time to verify.
The S22’s camera is not just for seasoned professionals though, Samsung also talks up the A.I. features of its camera. There’s the now de rigueur portrait mode, a new video Auto framing tool, and more features that the company says will make your images look “professional.”
The Samsung Galaxy S22 is powered by Android 12 and One UI 4. While the company has already been excellent with updating its phones rapidly, Samsung has further distinguished its phones further from Google’s experiences by offering a minimum of four operating system updates and five years of security upgrades.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra was announced at the Galaxy Unpacked event on 9 February 2022, alongside the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+. Unlike the Galaxy S21 Ultra and the Galazy Z Fold 3, the Galaxy S22 features an embedded S Pen, with similar functionalities to the Galaxy Note series and with a faster pen latency of 2.8ms.