It seems to be like a Note, it acts like a Note. Just do not name it a Note. That’s Samsung’s new Galaxy S22 Ultra, an enormous, 6.8-inch Android cellphone that is styled just like the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra from 2020. The similarity between the brand new S-series cellphone and the Note of yesteryear is greater than pores and skin deep. For the primary time on a Galaxy S, a stylus—the one characteristic that made Note telephones so distinctive—is embedded contained in the system. That may imply the dying of the Note branding Samsung has used for its giant, S Pen-carrying mobiles since 2011.
This $1,200 phablet (are we nonetheless saying phablet?) was introduced at present at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked digital occasion, alongside two different telephones: the brand new Galaxy S22 ($800) and Galaxy S22+ ($1,000). Oh, and three new tablets too. Here’s a breakdown of all six Samsung units.
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Let’s begin with the telephones. There are minor modifications over final 12 months’s wonderful Galaxy S21 vary. The S22 and S22+, for instance, are barely smaller than their predecessors, with 6.1-inch and 6.6-inch screens, respectively. They haven’t got the accented shade on the rear digicam module, which is a downgrade to me. It added a little bit of enjoyable to the S21 lineup, and issues really feel a bit one-note right here (pardon the pun).
The S22 Ultra will get the largest redesign. It takes many cues from the Galaxy Note, together with the built-in S Pen you’ll be able to pull out from its underside. Samsung says its stylus is extra responsive than ever earlier than, however it could possibly do all the identical tips we final noticed on the Note 20 Ultra, together with serving as a Bluetooth controller for the digicam, appearing as a drawing utensil, or getting used as a method to take notes so Samsung’s handwriting recognition software program can convert your scribbles into common textual content. There isn’t any S Pen included with the S22 or S22+, and people telephones don’t assist the stylus both. You’ll should pay for the Ultra when you want to make use of a stylus together with your cellphone.
The different primary distinction between the Ultra and its smaller siblings is within the digicam system. The S22 Ultra stays the one one of many lot with a 10X optical zoom digicam—and it has no peer within the US with comparable performance. Its primary digicam makes use of the identical 108-megapixel sensor as final 12 months’s S21 Ultra, whereas the S22 and S22+ have a brand new 50-megapixel sensor that is 23 % bigger than the sensor of their predecessors. Larger picture sensors have extra light-gathering capabilities, enabling them to provide brighter and sharper pictures. The solely cameras which can be precisely the identical throughout all of the cellphone fashions are the 3X optical zoom telephoto, the 12-megapixel ultrawide, and the 40-megapixel selfie cam.
Despite totally different primary cameras, Samsung says all three telephones use a brand new picture processing approach referred to as Adaptive Pixel to provide brighter high-resolution pictures. Weirdly, this course of would not happen by default. Let me clarify. Just like final 12 months, by default, the brand new units seize 12-megapixel pictures as an alternative of pictures that take full benefit of the sensor dimension—108- or 50-megapixel pictures, relying on the cellphone. This is as a result of it makes use of a course of referred to as pixel binning, the place pixels merge and develop into bigger however fewer in quantity so each can soak up extra gentle. That produces a photograph that is decrease in decision but brighter. It’s a perfect methodology to make use of anytime there is not a ton of sunshine in a scene.