Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S22 Ultra smartphone today, which will be the company’s first flagship for 2022 and the successor to both the Galaxy S21 Ultra from 2021 and the Galaxy Note20 Ultra from 2020. The inclusion of the S Pen by from the legendary Galaxy Note line, in addition to the usual year-on-year improvements, is the actual game here.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra has a flat front, back, top, and bottom with curved sides, similar to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. One of the colors (Burgundy) is even similar to the Note 20’s Mystic Bronze. The S22 Ultra, like that phone, has a more gently curved display. Whereas, t The new camera array is arranged on the back similarly to that of last year’s S21 Ultra.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra is built with an aluminum frame and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+ on the front and back. Both the phone and the S Pen are water and dust resistant to IP68 standards. The new integrated S Pen has a 2.8ms latency and AI-based co-ordinate prediction technology. In addition, Samsung has improved the handwriting to text feature, which now supports 88 languages.
The new Quick Note feature enables you to attach or link content in a Pop-Up note within Samsung apps such as the Browser and Gallery. There’s also a new Collaboration View feature that allows you to sync your Galaxy S22 Ultra with the Tab S8 Series. This allows you to use the S22 Ultra to switch between tools while drawing on the Tab S8.
The S22 Ultra’s display is similar to that of its predecessor. It has a 6.8-inch 1440p Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel with a dynamic refresh rate of 120Hz. Samsung claims a touch sampling rate of 240Hz, a peak brightness of 1,750 nits, and 100 percent DCI-P3 coverage. The display also includes an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.
The 108MP F/1.8 main camera on the Galaxy S22 Ultra is the same as on the Galaxy S21 Ultra. It is surrounded by a 12MP f/2.2 ultrawide camera and two telephoto lenses – a 10MP F/2.4 3x and a 10MP F/4.9 10x periscope.
A 40MP F/2.2 selfie camera is located on the front of the device. Instead of new hardware, the company has introduced new AI enhancements that use the updated NPU to improve photo and video quality in low light and add new camera features.
Auto Framing is one of the new features. The phone can crop in and adjust the shot for the number of people in the frame by using the ultrawide camera on the back. It can track up to ten people at once and will automatically zoom out as more people enter the room. You can also manually zoom in or track one of the group members, and the shot will be framed accordingly.
In addition, Samsung has improved the portrait mode effect, which can now produce cleaner results and better background separation, even on animals. To correct lighting in edit, new studio lighting effects have been added. A night portrait mode, which activates automatically when shooting in low light, has been added.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra will be powered by either Samsung’s new Exynos 2200 SoC or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. Both of these flagship chipsets are based on the new 4nm manufacturing process and have octa-core CPU designs that are similar. The Qualcomm chipset, on the other hand, includes the company’s Adreno 730 GPU, whereas the Exynos chipset will include the new AMD RDNA2-based Xclipse 920 GPU. Both have improved AI processing, with Samsung claiming a signiﬁcant increase in NPU speed over the S21 series.
In terms of memory and storage, the S22 Ultra will begin with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Other variants will have up to 12GB of RAM and storage options of 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB.
The S22 Ultra will includes pre with One UI 4.1 on top of Android 12. It has a 5000mAh battery and can charge at up to 45W using a wired charger and 15W wirelessly.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra will be available in Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, and Burgundy on February 25th, with pre-orders beginning today. Samsung.com will be the only place to get additional Graphite, Red, and Sky Blue color options. Prices for the 8/128GB model begin at $1199/€1249.