Samsung held its anticipated “Galaxy Unpacked 2022” event on Wednesday and, as usual, had some excitement up its sleeves. The virtual event saw Samsung spend close to an hour talking more about its Galaxy S and Tab S product lines.
Even after more than a decade of mobile phone production, Samsung has held on to its position as an innovative brand with a diverse range of products that continually appeal to a lot of its users.
In what was probably the most anticipated peak of the event, Samsung came out swinging with one of its most impressive product lineups in recent memory, the S22 range of smartphones and Galaxy Tab S8 tablet series.
Despite the fact that the enthusiasm for these products has been marred by pre-release leaks, Samsung nevertheless had some excitement in the smartphone worth unpacking. Each product line gets three new variants, with the Ultra model boasting the freshest and finest capabilities.
Samsung kicked off the event with a major environmental pitch, followed by the more workmanlike S22 flagship improvements, before ultimately revealing the Note-usurping S22 UltraPlus.
The S22 Android-powered 5G phones include all of the features users would expect from a new phone in 2022. They’re also more environmentally friendly, as they’re all made partly from reused ocean-bound plastic.
In a shocking revelation from the event, Samsung’s Galaxy Note smartphone line appears to be permanently discontinued as the Ultra S22 will look and feel a little like the “phablet” model that hasn’t been updated in two years.
Below are some interesting facts about the unveiled devices.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra was undoubtedly the star of the event. This phone is essentially the successor to the Galaxy Note series, which is now mainly gone. This phone has the same appearance and feels as a Note, down to the garaged S Pen and large screen.
An important improvement is the garaged S Pen. Users will no longer need to carry the S Pen separately as they did with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 or in a separate silicon cover like they did with the Galaxy S21 Ultra. This was an important step forward in the growth of the S Pen-capable Ultra.
The phone comes with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 engine (with certain Exynos versions depending on the area) and a 6.8-inch WQHD+ AMOLED 2X display with 120Hz variable refresh rate power.
From a camera standpoint, the Galaxy S22 Ultra has the specs to maintain Samsung’s lead in the smartphone camera industry. The primary sensor is a 108-megapixel f/2.2 sensor with nona-binning, which combines nine pixels into a single pixel.
The S22 Ultra comes with a 12 MP 120-degree ultrawide sensor, a 10x optical zoom periscope lens, and a 3x optical zoom sensor to round out the package. Laser focusing is also available for the 108MP primary camera. There’s a single 40-megapixel selfie camera on the front.
Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus
Samsung also unpacked its two smaller flagship smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S22 and the Galaxy S22 Plus at the event. These phones are perfect for users who don’t need an S Pen or 10x optical zoom.
The Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus introduced camera upgrades such as a larger primary sensor and improved optical zoom on their telephoto lenses, making them a great choice and a more wallet-friendly option.
Both phones use Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 engine (with Exynos for some overseas variations), 8GB of RAM, and 128GB or 256GB of storage on the inside.
The Galaxy S22 Plus will sport a 6.6-inch FHD+ AMOLED 2X display, while the Galaxy S22 will have a 6.1-inch display. The Galaxy S22 Plus and S22 will both have glass on the front and back this year, indicating that Samsung did not hire accountants to design the phones.
The camera configuration on the back and front of both phones is identical. The main camera has a 50MP F/1.8 sensor. The ultrawide camera has a 12MP 120-degree sensor, while the zoom camera has a 10MP 3x optical zoom sensor. Both phones include a 10MP selfie camera on the front.
All of the cameras can film in 4K at 60 frames per second, with the primary back camera capable of shooting in 8K at 24 frames per second. The stereo depth map, portrait night mode, auto-framing, and auto fps for nighttime video are all included in all of them.
Between the two phones, the battery is a significant difference. Of course, the varying sizes of the phones accommodate different-sized batteries. The Galaxy S22 has a 3,700 mAh battery, whereas the Galaxy S22 Plus has a 4,500 mAh battery. The S22 Plus, on the other hand, can charge at up to 45W, but the smaller battery can only charge at up to 25W.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
The Samsung Tab S8 Ultra is the company’s thinnest and biggest tablet to date, measuring 14.6 inches diagonally. The screen is a 120 Hz Super AMOLED panel with a WQXGA+ resolution. If necessary, the Tab S8 Ultra is ideal for working from home and may be utilized as a second display.
The flagship Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra aspires to be more laptop-like with a detachable BookCover keyboard that instantly switches to DeX mode. The tablet has up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.
The notch at the top of the screen will be the most noticeable physical feature. The twin 12MP wide and ultrawide sensors for videoconferencing will be housed in a notch on the Tab S8 Ultra. There are three degrees of noise cancellation on the microphones.
A dual-camera module lies on the rear of the tablet, which customers are unlikely to utilize unless they have a pressing need for a camera with a 14.6-inch viewfinder. A 13MP primary sensor with autofocus and a 6MP ultrawide sensor are both included.
Samsung demonstrated how nicely the Tab S8 Ultra integrates with Microsoft Office for customers who work from home. The Tab S8 Ultra, features one USB-C connector for charging and data transfer. The tablet’s S Pen is included in the package, and all pre-orders will receive a free keyboard cover.
Tab S8 and Tab S8 Plus
The Galaxy Tab S8 and Galaxy Tab S8 Plus are equally powerful tablets, but they lack the features of their larger (and more expensive) alternatives. The Tab S8 Plus sports a 12.4-inch 120Hz Super AMOLED WQXGA+ display, whereas the Tab S8 has a 120Hz Full HD LCD display.
Internally, the Tab S8 and the Tab S8 Ultra have several similarities. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU is used in all three devices. Both the Galaxy Tab S8 and the Tab S8 Plus offer 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage.
At the rear, all three tablets have the same camera arrangement, which includes a 13MP main camera and a 6MP ultrawide camera. A single 12 MP camera is included on the Galaxy Tab S8 and Tab S8 Plus.
Users who pre-order the Tab S8 or Tab S8 Plus will receive a type cover, just like those who pre-ordered the Tab S8 Ultra. Graphite, silver, and pink gold will be available for the Tab S8 and S8 Plus.
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