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New vs. old; comparing the Samsung Galaxy S22 with the S21

Samsung has had its Unpacked event where it officially released the Galaxy S22 lineup. What do the new phones offer? In this article, we compare the S22 series to its predecessor, the S21 series.

To start, the newly released models do not look that different from the models from last year. However, Samsung has made some changes here and there that add up to improve the user experience.

The standard S21 came with a 6.2 inch OLED display and a Snapdragon 888 processor with 8 GB of RAM. However, the standard S22 has a reduction in screen size that you might not notice at 6.1 inches. The S22 is powered by the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip.

Last year, Samsung stuck a triple-camera module on the back with a 12 MP wide, 12M P ultrawide, and 64 MP telephoto lenses that could handle 8K video recording. The S22 still has three cameras but a 50 MP primary lens and 10 MP telephoto lens. A 12 MP ultra-wide lens rounds off the trifecta.

Interestingly, you can use the S-Pen on the S22, giving you a Note-like feel.

Samsung has carried over features like wireless charging, an under-screen ultrasonic fingerprint reader, and IP68-rated protection.

The S21 Plus had all the features of the S21 but used a bigger 6.7-inch screen and a more powerful battery. However, the S22 Plus sports a slightly smaller 6.6-inch display. Most of the remaining specs match the S22, but Samsung added Wi-Fi 6E. The S22 Plus also works with the S-Pen.

The new S22 and S22 Plus now have camera bumps of the same color as the rest of the phone, unlike the S21 and S21 Plus with contrasting bumps.

The largest of the bunch, the S21 Ultra, was suspected of having replaced the Note. However, Samsung did not officially announce this at the time of release. The most expensive S model came with a massive 108 MP primary camera on the back and an equally impressive 40 MP front camera. It also supported the S-Pen and a 6.8-inch.

Samsung has now announced the S22 Ultra, which finally replaces the Note. The new model retains the 6.8-inch screen, although Samsung has ratcheted up the display refresh rate to 120 Hz. However, when you want to save the battery, you can turn it down to as low as 1 Hz and still enjoy the content on the screen.

The cameras have remained unchanged, but Samsung claims to have made several improvements, including better low-light performance. However, this is not limited to the Ultra alone. There is still support for the S-Pen, and unlike its smaller siblings, you can store the S-Pen within the body of the S22 Ultra so that you don’t lose the stylus. This works just as the Note did.

Price-wise, Samsung has made no changes this year. The S22 starts at $799, while that S22 Plus goes for $999. The S22 Ultra remains the most expensive, starting at $1,199.

Samsung announced another Galaxy phone a month before the Unpacked event, the S21 FE or Fan Edition. It occupies a space between the Galaxy and Galaxy A models, giving Samsung fans a taste of the premium devices for less premium prices. The S21 FE has a 6.4-inch display but less RAM and a less powerful telephoto lens. It costs $699, or $100 less than the new S22. It could be a great deal when it is on sale.

In conclusion, the S22 lineup is not a massive improvement over the S21. However, there is no longer doubt that the Note has been retired, with the Ultra carrying its legacy going forward.

Written by HackerVibes

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