At Samsung’s first Galaxy Unpacked event for 2022, the company introduced a new line of Galaxy S22 phones: the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus. Samsung also announced the Galaxy S22 Ultra with an included stylus. It’s essentially a successor to the ever-popular Galaxy Note line.
Samsung claims that the S22 Ultra has a faster response time to the S-Pen. The other changes are slightly less significant, including a slight redesign and updated nighttime capabilities in the camera. The Galaxy S22 and the S22 Plus are also a bit iterative, despite being Samsung’s main flagships. These phones are very similar to the previous year’s models, but are more durable and have a better portrait mode.
Finally, there is also a new powerful Android tablet with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 – which has a notch. This is what Samsung has announced.
If last year’s Galaxy S21 Ultra with a 6.8-inch screen looked like it should have had room for a stylus, it’s because Samsung already thought of it. This year, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is the new Galaxy Note, but with an even better response time of 9 milliseconds for the S-Pen stylus.
The camera hardware is similar to the previous model with a 108 megapixel main camera, 3x and 10x telephoto cameras and an ultra-wide angle lens, but the low-light quality and portrait mode with depth mapping have been improved. RAW shooting is now also available on the device and the device can be quickly charged with 45W.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra starts at $1,199 with 128 GB. It comes in a variety of colors (some of which are exclusive to Samsung’s own store) in a new design that might be a little polarizing.
The Galaxy S22 and S22 plus are very similar to the outgoing Galaxy S21 models, but have some new matching colors for the camera bump and body instead of contrasting colors.
The real physical improvement comes with the addition of Gorilla Glass Victus Plus on both the front and back instead of the cheap plasticky glass the previous base models had. The screens are 6.1 and 6.6 inches respectively, both with a resolution of 2340×1080.
The cameras have been improved with better nighttime images and a better portrait mode. The Galaxy S22 starts at $799.99 and the Plus version starts at $999.99 – both with 128GB of capacity and 8GB of RAM.
Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra has a massive 14.6-inch OLED display and starts at $1,099.99. The Galaxy Tab S8 12.4-inch (Plus) and 11-inch Galaxy Tab S8 models have 120Hz refresh rate screens, but the larger one now has an OLED screen.
They run Android 12, including Samsung’s latest effort to create a better multitasking experience. They can also be connected to a Samsung PC as a second display. The 11-inch Tab S8 starts at $699.99 and the plus model starts at $899.99.
YouTube videos can be watched live with friends using Google Duo
Samsung also continued its trend of partnering with Google to launch features on its phones first. This time it’s remote viewing parties for YouTube in Google Duo and a YouTube Premium trial.
Finally, in other ecosystem news, Samsung promised that Google Assistant support would come to the Galaxy Watch 4, but only indicated that it would be “soon”.