Samsung has refreshed its smartphone lineup with three new Android smartphones: the Galaxy S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra. They’re now formally on sale, however do you have to improve? If so, which of the three do you have to purchase? We break down what’s new with these fashions over their predecessors, what’s completely different between them, and which is best for you. We’ve additionally highlighted a couple of nice Galaxy S22 offers and provides from carriers and retailers.
Be certain to take a look at our Best Samsung Galaxy S22 Cases and Accessories information to enhance your new telephone and our Best Android Phones information if you wish to see what else is on the market.
Updated February 2022: We’ve added particulars from our evaluate and changed preorder language because the telephones are actually accessible.
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The New Tech in All 3 Phones
All three Galaxy S22 telephones (9/10, WIRED Recommends) share many options and specs. They’re all powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, which is the top-end Android chip of the yr, and so they’re a few of the best-performing Android telephones round. They’re made from aluminum and the strongest Gorilla Glass (Victus+) and have IP68 water-resistance to allow them to be submerged in water, an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor, and sub-6 and millimeter-wave 5G help. All have 120-Hz AMOLED screens, and so they share the identical 12-megapixel ultrawide digital camera, 10-megapixel 3X optical zoom telephoto, and 40-megapixel selfie cam.
All the main enhancements over the S21 collection may be discovered on every of those gadgets. That contains smoother Super Steady video stabilization and Portrait mode that does a greater job at ensuring your hair (or your pet’s fur) would not get blurred out. Portrait mode additionally works with Night mode. A brand new video characteristic referred to as Auto Framing will mechanically detect as much as 10 folks and can regulate the digital camera to incorporate everybody within the body, even zooming in if wanted.
The S22 and S22+ make use of a 50-megapixel most important digital camera, whereas the S22 Ultra makes use of a 108-megapixel sensor. The massive new characteristic—Adaptive Pixel—is offered on all three regardless of the completely different most important sensors (you may examine it intimately right here). But as I discovered in my evaluate, it isn’t straightforward to entry and the outcomes aren’t dramatically higher.
All of those telephones will obtain 4 Android OS upgrades and 5 years of safety updates, which is the very best software program coverage round on any Android system proper now. Here’s the place issues begin to differ:
This is the smallest of the lot, however a lot of the options are the identical as on its siblings. The variations are small and won’t even matter to you. For instance, it helps Wi-Fi 6 and never Wi-Fi 6E, however except you are about to purchase a brand-new Wi-Fi 6E router, you are not lacking a lot. This mannequin doesn’t have ultra-wideband (UWB) help, which is usually utilized with sure monitoring gadgets to find them extra exactly.