Samsung’s three new Galaxy S22 models in a big comparison

Samsung hat seine neuen Flaggschiff-Smartphones vorgestellt. Die Nachfolger-Generation des Galaxy S21 umfasst wie erwartet drei Geräte. Neben dem Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ steht vor allem das S22 Ultra im Fokus.

You could call Samsung’s new smartphones a consistent continuation. Compared to the predecessor, Samsung has improved some points and especially the Galaxy S22 Ultra is now very close to the previous Note series. All three devices have become even more compact and appear in Samsung’s typical design. However, there are also adjustments in the Galaxy S22 models that users might not like as much.

atechbook has already had the opportunity to take a closer look at the Samsung Galaxy S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra. What impression the new smartphones made and what special features the individual models offer, we reveal in the following.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 are similar in so many aspects that the decision about which of the new S22 models to buy is actually mainly made between the S22 and the S22 Ultra. The reason for this is the comparatively few optimizations compared to the S22, which do not really justify the surcharge of 200 Euros after all.

Galaxy S21 in review – great smartphone with annoying savings

Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ – only marginal differences

Sowohl das Galaxy S22 als auch das S22+ verfügen über die gleiche Displaytechnologie und Resolution, haben die gleiche Memoryausstattung sowie einen identischen Processor und unterscheiden sich auch in Sachen Kamera nicht. Wo also liegen die Unterschiede zwischen beiden Smartphones?

Samsung Galaxy S22
The Samsung Galaxy S22 is the most compact of the three new smartphones Photo: atechbook

With its 6.1-inch display, the Samsung Galaxy S22 is the most compact model in the range. The S22+ is once again significantly larger with a display diagonal of 6.6 inches. Still, compared to the predecessors, Samsung has managed to make all three new smartphones a bit more compact. All three models have lost a few millimeters in height and width. Thus, the Galaxy S22 in particular is currently one of the most compact smartphones on the market – and that should arouse the interest of some users.

Die Smartphones verfügen über ein AMOLED-Display mit seiner bekannten farbstarken und kontrastreichen Darstellung. Beim Galaxy S22 und S22+ hat sich Samsung für eine Full-HD+-Resolution von 2340 x 1080 Pixel entschieden. Aufgrund des größeren Formats fällt damit die Pixeldichte beim Plus-Modell etwas geringer aus. Dafür strahlt es aber bei maximaler Displaybeleuchtung heller als das Basismodell. Eine maximale Helligkeit von 1750 Nits (Candela pro Quadratmeter) gibt Samsung für das Galaxy S22+ an (S22: 1500 Nits) – ebenso viel wie beim Ultra-Modell. Dieser Wert wird jedoch nur mit der automatischen Helligkeit erreicht. Uns ist kein anderes Smartphone bekannt, das an diesen Wert heranreicht. Manuell können Nutzer bis zu 1500 Nits einstellen – immer noch deutlich mehr als die 1200 Nits im iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Another minor difference concerns the WLAN. The Samsung Galaxy S22 is the only one of the three models that only supports Wifi 6 instead of Wifi 6E in the 6 GHz band. However, since Wifi 6E is rarely used in Germany so far, this difference should be manageable.

Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+
Visually, the Galaxy S22 and S22+ only differ from each other in size Photo: atechbook

Samsung reduces battery capacity

Besides the size, the battery capacity is another point that differentiates the Galaxy S22 and S22+. The smallest device also comes with the smallest battery because the power consumption is slightly lower overall. The capacity of the S22 is 3700 mAh, and the battery can be charged via cable with 25 watts at a rather average speed. This is much faster in the Galaxy S22+ and also in the Ultra thanks to 45 watts. The battery capacity is also 4500 mAh and 5000 mAh, respectively. However, the matching power adapter has to be purchased separately for all three devices. Samsung has not included this accessory since 2021.

Im Vergleich mit der Vorgänger-Generation, den S21-Modellen, zeigt sich allerdings etwas Enttäuschendes: Samsung hat die Batterykapazität beim Galaxy S22 und S22+ reduziert. Nur beim Ultra-Modell hat es der Hersteller bei 5000 mAh belassen. Um folgende Werte sind sie gesunken:

  • S21: 4000 mAh – S22: 3700 mAh
  • S22: 4800 mAh – S22+: 4500 mAh

Genau 300 mAh weniger Batterykapazität steht Nutzern bei den neuen Smartphones somit zur Verfügung. Das ist besonders ärgerlich, das die Galaxy-Smartphones ohnehin nicht für ihre Ausdauer bekannt sind. Im Gegenteil, in der Vergangenheit klagten Nutzer immer wieder über die schwache Batteryleistung der Geräte. Abzuwarten bleibt, wie sich die Laufzeit bei dem S22-Modellen im Alltag bemerkbar machen wird. Immerhin kommen sie mit einem Processor, der ein energieeffizienteres Arbeiten verspricht.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra – the prime with the stylus

Samsung had already confirmed in the run-up to the unpacked event that the Galaxy S22 Ultra will properly unite the S and Note series for the first time. Although the S21 Ultra from last year already supports the S Pen, it cannot be stored in the casing of this model. This is different for the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which comes with an extra slot in the casing for the S-Pen. Samsung has further improved the latency of the S-Pen itself. With 2.8 milliseconds, it offers a response time that is about 70 percent faster than the pen in the S21 Ultra.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra with S Pen
The Galaxy S22 Ultra now has a slot for the S-Pen and thus inherits the Note series Photo: atechbook

Compared to the Galaxy S22 and S22+, which have a similar exterior to their S21 predecessors, the Ultra comes in a much more adapted design. It is more angular and comes without a protruding camera bump, which is a big advantage over the previous generation. The camera bezel is also missing, which gives the rear camera a very unique design. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is also thicker and heavier than the other models, which is not least due to the pen slot.

Mit 6,8 Zoll ist das Ultra zudem größte der drei Galaxy-S22-Modelle. Wie die anderen auch unterstützt es eine dynamische Bildwiederholungsfrequenz von 120 Hz und mit dem S22+ teilt es sich die hohe Helligkeit von maximal 1750 Nits. Samsung setzt beim Galaxy S22 Ultra jedoch auf eine höhere Resolution von 3080 x 1440 Pixel, wobei sich der AMOLED-Bildschirm sogar etwas um die Ränder herumreicht. Während das S22 und S22+ somit einem geraden Display auskommen, ist es beim Ultra leicht gebogen.

Exynos 2200 for Europe

The Exynos 2200 celebrates its premiere in the Galaxy S22 range. The new chip is found in the models for Europe, whereas Samsung relies on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in the US. The Exynos 2200 is an octa-core chip with a tri-cluster structure. The main focus is on the powerful Cortex-X2 core, which is supposed to show its power and speed especially in gaming. In addition, there are Cortex-A710 and A510 cores and a graphics unit called Xclipse 920 GPU, which is based on AMD’s RDNA2 GPU and already convinced with its high graphics performance and fast refresh rates in the run-up. The chip also has a 5G modem and an enhanced NPU (Neural Processing Unit) for even more powerful artificial intelligence. The latter benefits the camera in particular.

Was den Memory angeht, so setzt Samsung beim Galaxy S22 und S22+ auf die gleichen Versionen, die es auch schon beim Galaxy S21 und S21+ gegeben hat – also 8 GB RAM mit jeweils 128 oder 256 GB Memory. Beim Galaxy S22 Ultra schaut es anders aus. Eine Version mit 16 GB RAM gibt es nicht mehr, da diese vom Exynos-Chip nicht unterstützt wird. Hier bleibt es somit in der geringsten Ausstattung bei 8 GB RAM, die Versionen ab 256 GB Memory kommen hingegen mit 12 GB RAM. Sogar eine Version mit 1 TB internem Memory bietet Samsung an, allerdings exklusiv in seinem Online-Shop. Ein Smartphone mit so hoher Memorykapazität hat der Hersteller zuletzt beim Galaxy S10+ herausgebracht.

Camera: Triple vs Quad

As mentioned at the beginning, the Galaxy S22 and S22+ use a triple camera with identical equipment. Instead of a 64-megapixel telephoto lens like in the Galaxy S21 and S21+, the manufacturer now relies on a wide-angle with 50 megapixels, dual-pixel autofocus and optical image stabilization. In addition, there is an ultra-wide-angle with 12 and a telephoto lens with 10 megapixels. Samsung has adopted the 10-megapixel front camera from the predecessors.

Insgesamt erscheint die Kamera-Ausstattung der beiden Smartphones etwas langweilig. Das liegt vielleicht daran, dass das Unternehmen das Galaxy S22 Ultra mit seiner Quad-Kamera in den Fokus rücken möchte. Statt des zunächst vermuteten 200-Megapixel-Sensors hat es Samsung bei den bereits bekannten 108 Megapixel belassen. Bei diesem wurde im Vergleich zum Vorgänger die Pixelgröße jedoch um das 1,23-fache erhöht, sodass der Sensor nun noch mehr Details und Licht einfangen kann. Zusätzlich zu den vom S22 bekannten Sensoren gibt es jedoch noch einen vierten Sensor in Form eines weiteren Teleobjektives mit 10 Megapixel. Die Front camera macht Bilder mit bis zu 40 Megapixel – also genau so wie beim Vorgänger.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Photo: Samsung

Samsung promises improvements in photo and video quality in the Galaxy S22 Ultra due to a new and twice as fast NPU (Neural Processing Unit), which is responsible for artificial intelligence. Samsung calls it the “best AI camera so far”, which scores by automatically performing many optimizations without users having to make any major settings. It is supposed to achieve better results especially in the revised night mode due to the optimal light calculation in combination with the larger sensor pixels. For videos, the “Super Steady System” mode, which keeps recordings steady even without a tripod, is especially noteworthy.

Those who are familiar with values like ISO, exposure time and white balance can also make these inputs manually via “Pro Mode” and edit their shots professionally afterwards thanks to “Expert RAW”. In addition, the Galaxy S22 Ultra has a zoom that magnifies objects up to 100x.

The smartphones in comparison

Samsung Galaxy S22 Samsung Galaxy S22+ Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Display 6.1 inches, Infinity-O,
Dynamic AMOLED 2x,
adaptive 10-120 Hz, max. 1500 nits
6.6 inches, Infinity-O,
Dynamic AMOLED 2x,
adaptive 10-120 Hz, max. 1750 nits
6.8 inch, Infinity-O,
Dynamic AMOLED 2x,
adaptive 1-120 Hz, max. 1750 nits
Resolution FHD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels), 425 ppi FHD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels), 393 ppi Edge QHD+ (3080 x 1440 pixels), 500 ppi
Processor Samsung Exynos 2200,
4 nm, octa-core (2.8 + 2.5 + 1.7 GHz).
Samsung Exynos 2200,
4 nm, octa-core (2.8 + 2.5 + 1.7 GHz).
Samsung Exynos 2200,
4 nm, octa-core (2.8 + 2.5 + 1.7 GHz).
Memory 8 GB + 128 GB
8 GB + 256 GB
8 GB + 128 GB
8 GB + 256 GB
8 GB + 128 GB
12 GB + 256 GB
12 GB + 512 GB
12 GB + 1 TB
Main camera Triple camera:
50 megapixel (wide-angle), dual-pixel AF, OIS, f/1.8
12 megapixels (ultra-wide angle), f/2.2
10 megapixels (telephoto), 3x optical hybrid zoom, OIS, f/2.4

30x Space Zoom

Triple camera:
50 megapixel (wide-angle), dual-pixel AF, OIS, f/1.8
12 megapixels (ultra-wide angle), f/2.2
10 megapixels (telephoto), 3x optical zoom, OIS, f/2.4

30x Space Zoom

Quad camera:
108 megapixels (wide-angle), dual-pixel AF, f/1.8
12 megapixels (ultra-wide angle), f/2.2
10 Megapixel (Tele1), 3x optical hybrid zoom, OIS, f/2.4
10 megapixels (Tele2), 10x optical hybrid zoom, OIS, f/4.9

100x space zoom

Front camera 10 megapixel (wide-angle), f/2.2 10 megapixel (wide-angle), f/2.2 40 megapixel (wide-angle), f/2.2
Battery 3700 mAh,
Quick Charge with 25 watts, wireless charging with 15 watts, Wireless Power Share
4500 mAh,
Quick Charge with 45 watts, wireless charging with 15 watts, Wireless Power Share.
5000 mAh,
Quick Charge with 45 watts, wireless charging with 15 watts, Wireless Power Share.
Software Android 12,
Samsung One UI 4.1
Android 12,
Samsung One UI 4.1
Android 12,
Samsung One UI 4.1
Security Face recognition, ultrasonic fingerprint sensor Face recognition, ultrasonic fingerprint sensor Face recognition, ultrasonic fingerprint sensor
Connections Bluetooth 5.2, NFC Bluetooth 5.2, NFC Bluetooth 5.2, NFC
Internet WLAN a/b/g/n/ac/ax, LTE, 5G WLAN a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Wifi 6E, LTE, 5G WLAN a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Wifi 6E, LTE, 5G
Other IP68, stereo speakers: Sound by AKG, dual SIM (2x Nano + E-SIM) IP68, stereo speakers: Sound by AKG, dual SIM (2x Nano + E-SIM) IP68, stereo speakers: Sound by AKG, dual SIM, pen operation (2x Nano + E-SIM)
Dimensions and weight 146 x 70.6 x 7.6 mm,
approx. 168 g
157.4 x 75.8 x 7.6 mm,
approx. 196 g
163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9 mm,
approx. 229 g
Colors Pink Gold, Green, Phantom Black, Phantom White
Exclusively in the Samsung online store: Graphite, Cream, Violet, Sky Blue
Pink Gold, Green, Phantom Black, Phantom White
Exclusively in the Samsung online store: Graphite, Cream, Violet, Sky Blue
Burgundy, Green, Phantom Black, Phantom White
Exclusively in the Samsung online store: Graphite, Sky Blue, Red
MSRP 128 GB: 849 Euros
256 GB: 899 euro
128 GB: 1049 euro
256 GB: 1099 Euro
128 GB: 1249 Euros
256 GB: 1349 euros
512 GB: 1449 euro
1 TB: 1649 euro

Galaxy for the Planet

The models of the Samsung Galaxy S22 family are clearly in the upper class. The smartphones are partly made of plastic – on purpose. Samsung announced in a press release before the unpacked event that certain components of the S22 series are made of a material that is made from recycled old fishing nets. Samsung wants to set an example for more environmental protection with the project “Galaxy for the Planet”.

The smartphone’s casing as well as the speakers and the inside of the power button and volume rocker are made from recycled materials, according to the manufacturer. The volume rocker itself, the power button and the inner part of the S Pen holder in the Galaxy S22 Ultra are also made specifically from marine plastic. The volume rocker and power button of the Galaxy S22 and S22+ are made of old plastic that was fished out of the sea.

Otherwise, all three devices have a frame made of Armor Aluminum and Gorilla Glass Victus+ on the front and back, which is supposed to reduce damage from scratches and drops.

Prices and availability

Colors des Samsung Galaxy S22
The Samsung Galaxy S22 comes in different colors Photo: Samsung

Compact and powerful with the Galaxy S22 or the non-plus-ultra with the large but also expensive Galaxy S22 Ultra – no matter which of the new smartphones users decide on, Samsung packs quite a few extras for the launch. Pre-orderers will receive the Galaxy Buds Pro as a free gift during the campaign period from February 9 to 24. In addition, Samsung grants an exchange bonus of 100 Euros for the Galaxy S22 and S22+ or 150 Euros for the Galaxy S22 Ultra plus up to 530 Euros old device value when they exchange their old smartphone.

The new smartphones will be available in stores from February 25. The Galaxy S22 is available at prices starting at 849 Euros (~$849) and the S22+ at 1049 Euros (~$1049) – so they are just as expensive as their predecessors. Buyers have to pay at least 1249 Euros for the Galaxy S22 Ultra.

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