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Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus: First Look; a better option over Galaxy S21 FE

Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus goes official alongside the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Both Galaxy phones are better option over the aging Galaxy S21 FE. Galaxy S22 comes with a starting price of USD 799. Whereas, the Galaxy S22 Plus comes with a starting price of USD 949.

With the launch of Samsung Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus and Galaxy S22 Ultra smartphone, the South Korean tech giant brought its flagship lineup for this year. Last month, the South Korea based smartphone maker launched the all-new Galaxy S21 FE. To recall, this Galaxy S21 FE is the toned version of the Samsung Galaxy S21. Last week, during the virtual Unpacked Event, Samsung announced three new smartphone models. These mobile phones come with the name of Samsung Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus, Galaxy S22 Ultra. Besides this Samsung Galaxy S series, the South Korean tech giant also launched the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8.



Samsung Galaxy S22, S22 Plus, S22 Ultra goes official:

The all-new Samsung Galaxy S22 series brings multiple refinements and new features. Although, these changes are not as drastic as the Galaxy S21 series. In terms of design and brand legacy, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra gets the drastic makeover. It adopts the design and functionality of the Galaxy Note series, which was last launched in 2020.

Galaxy S22 Series: Starting Price and Base Models

Model NameRAM/StorageUS PriceIndia PriceUK PriceAU Price
Galaxy S21 FE6GB/ 128GBUSD 700--EUR 699AUD 1000
Galaxy S228GB/ 128GBUSD 800Rs 72999EUR 769AUD 1249
Galaxy S22 Plus8GB/ 128GBUSD 1000Rs 84999EUR 949AUD 1549
Galaxy S22 Ultra8GB/ 128GBUSD 1200Rs 109999EUR 1149AUD 1849

Samsung Galaxy S22 Series: Global Price details

For Samsung Galaxy S22, the vanilla variant comes with a starting price of USD 800. The price of Samsung Galaxy S22 is USD 100 more than the Galaxy S21 FE. To recall, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE comes with a starting price of USD 700. This makes it difficult for users to make selection between both Galaxy smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Series mobile phone comes with a starting price of USD 800, much better than Galaxy S21 FE
Samsung Galaxy S22 Series mobile phone comes with a starting price of USD 800

For India, Samsung Galaxy S22 series price has been officially revealed by the South Korean tech giant. The vanilla Samsung Galaxy S22 price in India starts at Rs 72999 for the base variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. While, the Galaxy S22 Plus price in India begins at Rs 84999 for the base variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB of onboard storage.




Keep in mind, both smartphones are yet to debut in India. The pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S22 Series in India will begin from February 23. Also Read – Upcoming smartphones in 2022; mobile phones expected to launch next year

The pre-orders for Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus will begin on February 23 in India
The pre-orders for Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus will begin on February 23 in India

Samsung Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus: Specifications

Both the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus smartphone have lot of the common specifications. These Galaxy phones feature a triple rear camera setup. The main camera is a 50-megapixel wide-angle-lens accompanied by a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens. The third lens is a 10-megapixel telephoto sensor with 3x optical zoom. For selfies and video calls, each phone gets a 10-megapixel selfie shooter.

  • Storage variants:

As far as storage models are concerned, each Galaxy S22 Series smartphone gets a base variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The other variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage will go live starting February 25. Both Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus runs on Android 12 based One UI 4.1 skin out of the box.



  • Connectivity:

In addition to this, the Samsung Galaxy S22 and the Galaxy S22 Plus comes with NFC support. For device security, the Samsung Galaxy S22 gets an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. Regarding other connectivity options, the Samsung Galaxy S22 series device gets 5G, LTE, Wi-Fi Direct, and Bluetooth 5.2.

Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus packs in 3700mAh and 4500mAh capacity battery
Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus packs in 3700mAh and 4500mAh capacity battery
  • Battery:

For battery backup, the Samsung Galaxy S22 packs in 3700mAh battery along with support for 25W wired charging. While, the Galaxy S22 Plus packs in a 4500mAh battery which comes with support for 45W fast wired charging. In addition to this, both phones get an additional 15W wireless charging and Wireless PowerShare feature. Keep in mind, users will have to purchase the Samsung Galaxy fast wireless charger separately.



Samsung Galaxy S22, S22 Plus: First impression

In terms of hardware, the Samsung Galaxy S22 and the Galaxy S22 Plus gets Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC in the US and other markets. While, rest of the global market including India gets the Samsung Exynos chipset. The battery on both phone shrinks to some extent. The South Korean tech giant claims that despite of smaller batteries, the battery life will not dip. Both the Samsung Galaxy S22 series smartphone runs on One UI 4.1 which is based on Android 12 OS.

Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus features a triple rear camera setup
Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus features a triple rear camera setup
  • Dual-tone colour scheme on rear-end:

Design wise, Both the Samsung Galaxy S22 and the Galaxy S22 Plus retains a similar design like the Galaxy S21 series. However, the camera bump shifts into the side. To recall, the Samsung Galaxy S21 gets the two-tone colour scheme. On Samsung Galaxy S22 this dual tone colour scheme is less flashy. The whole body of the phone is smaller by millimeters. Thus, giving it a slightly boxy like feel. The rear side of the Samsung Galaxy S22 is made up of glass instead of plastic.



  • Brighter displays on new Galaxy phones:

As for the display, the vanilla variant of Galaxy S22 gets 6.1-inch display size. Whereas, the Galaxy S22 Plus supports 6.6-inch display. Furthermore, the display on Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus gets the same 120Hz refresh rate. Both Galaxy phones get 5G support. Additionally, these Galaxy phone gets an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus smartphone gets an ultrawideband support. This will be useful in things like Samsung’s Galaxy Tag Plus tracker.

Side by Side display comparision of Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus
Side by Side display size comparison of Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus
  • Camera improvements on Galaxy phones:

In terms of camera optics, the ultrawide, telephoto and selfie cameras are largely same as the ones available on the Samsung Galaxy S21 series. The main camera gets improvement as 50-megapixel main sensor replaced the aging 12-megapixel sensor. To recall, the Samsung Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S21 Plus comes with 12-megapixel main camera. Furthermore, the sensor not only gets more megapixels, it also gets 23% bigger than the one on the Samsung Galaxy S21. Although, in terms of image quality, we have to wait for the full detailed review.

Samsung Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus and S22 Ultra gets more megapixels in terms of camera
Samsung Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus and S22 Ultra gets more megapixels in terms of camera

During the launch event, the South Korean tech giant touts to improve the low-light performance for both photos and videos. This could be mainly due to the image processing technique. For photos, all the smartphone under the Galaxy S22 series uses a hybrid of pixel binning technique. This allows to create high resolution images with lesser image noise and better details.



  • Improvements in low-light video recording:

Similarly, for video, the South Korean tech giant is adopting something similar to what Apple does with its iPhone. In the low-light situation, the camera will automatically track the ideal frame rate depending upon the scene. Furthermore, this frame rate can even change while recording. Additionally, these latest Galaxy phones can also blend multiple exposures into a single video frame. This can help in improving the videos which are recorded in a dimmer situation.

Final Verdict:

Based on our experience, none of the upgrade appears to be any out of the world innovation. The latest Samsung Galaxy S22 Series appears to be an ordinary upgrade for a yearly phone release cycle. However, on papers the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus smartphone appears to be respectable considering their predecessors the S21 and the S21 Plus. Also Read – Samsung Galaxy Unpacked Event for Galaxy S22 series scheduled for February

Written by Pulkit Sharma

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