2022 Unpacked: Galaxy S22, Tab S8, and Everything Else Samsung Just Announced

2022 Unpacked: Galaxy S22, Tab S8, and Everything Else Samsung Just Announced

Samsung’s first Unpacked event of 2022 is a recap. The company announced the Galaxy S22, S22 plusY S22Ultraalong with three new tablets: The Galaxy Tab S8, S8 Plus and S8 Ultra.

You can see a replay of Unpacked on YouTubeor continue reading for all the details.

With a total of six new devices, there’s a lot of information to unpack (excuse the pun).

Galaxy S22, S22 Plus and S22 Ultra

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Here is the Galaxy S22 in white.

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Arguably the star of Wednesday’s announcement is the latest trio of Samsung Galaxy smartphones. As Samsung has done in previous years, there are two standard models with nearly identical specs. The biggest differentiator between them is size, and the Ultra model offers a premium option to consumers.

All three models are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and will have different memory and storage options available.

The Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus have the same general design, reminding me of an iPhone 5 with beveled edges and flat sides. Both phones have three rear cameras and a single front camera. The triple-camera array features a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 50-megapixel wide camera, and a 10-megapixel telephoto camera. The telephoto camera will give you 3x optical zoom.

As noted above, the biggest difference between the S22 and S22 Plus is the screen size (and a few smaller tidbits you’ll notice in the specs list below). The S22 has a screen that measures 6.1 inches, while the S22 Plus measures 6.6 inches. Both are FHD+ and have a variable refresh rate that tops out at 120Hz, with a 240Hz touch sampling rate when gaming.

All in all, the S22 and S22 Plus are exactly what we expected to see from Samsung in the latest generation of its Galaxy S series of phones. It’s the S22 Ultra where Samsung decided to take a slightly different route.

With the release of the S21 Ultra last year, Samsung added support for the S Pen, but didn’t include anywhere to store the S Pen inside the phone like we’ve seen on previous Galaxy Note devices.

It was the first time we had seen Samsung bring the S Pen to a phone outside of the Note. And now, with the S22 Ultra, Samsung is expanding that capability with what it’s calling the Note experience. That is, taking the S series and adding the most beloved feature of the Galaxy Note line to it.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra with an S Pen.

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The end result is the Galaxy S22 Ultra, complete with an S Pen, and a silo to store it in the phone’s casing, along with all the fancy camera features and impressive display tech that Samsung fans are used to on the Galaxy S22 Ultra. both lines.

The S22 Ultra has a 6.8-inch QHD+ display with the same variable refresh rate and touch sampling as the rest of the S22 lineup. It’s an Edge screen, which is Samsung’s term for the curved edges on both sides. It’s a design approach you either love or hate, but I happen to like it. The curved edges of a screen make a large phone like the S22 Ultra feel smaller and thinner than it really is.

On the back of the phone, you’ll find four cameras, ranging from a 12-megapixel ultra-wide and a 108-megapixel wide to a 10-megapixel 3x telephoto and 10-megapixel 10x telephoto camera. The front camera is 40 megapixels. You can choose the Ultra with 8GB or 12GB of memory and up to 1TB of storage (only the 128GB model has the least amount of memory).

According to Samsung, the S Pen experience is improved on the S22 Ultra with 70% less latency compared to the S21 Ultra.

I really like the look of the S22 Ultra, even if it looks like a boxy Galaxy Note from a few years ago.

Samsung also added several new camera features to the S22 Ultra, including the ability for the camera to zoom in and out while recording video to ensure everyone is in the shot, similar to Center Stage, a feature Apple added to the camera. iPad front. last year.

All three models are available for book from today, February 9with the official launch scheduled for February 25. Here are the specs for each model, in case you’re curious:

Galaxy S22 galaxy s22 plus Galaxy S22 Ultra
Operating system: Android 12/A 4.1 UI Android 12/A 4.1 UI Android 12/A 4.1 UI
Display: 6.1-inch FHD+, AMOLED, 120 Hz, Vision Amplifier 6.6-inch FHD+, AMOLED, 120 Hz, Vision Amplifier 6.8-inch QHD+, AMOLED, 120 Hz, Vision Amplifier
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Memory: 8GB 8GB 8GB, 12GB
Storage: 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Drums: 3700mAh 4500mAh 5000mAh
Rear cameras: 12 MP ultra wide, 50 MP wide, 10 MP 3x telephoto 12 MP ultra wide, 50 MP wide, 10 MP 3x telephoto 12MP ultra wide, 108MP wide, 10MP 3x telephoto, 10MP 10x telephoto
Frontal camera: 10MP 10MP 40MP
Connectivity: 5G, LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 5G, LTE, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2 5G, LTE, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2
Colors: Phantom Black, Phantom White, Rose Gold, Green Phantom Black, Phantom White, Rose Gold, Green Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, Burgundy
Prices: $799.99 $999.99 $1,199.99

Tab S8, Tab S8 Plus and Tab S8 Ultra

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The three models of Samsung Galaxy Tab S8.

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Samsung introduced its latest Android tablets, Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8 Plus and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. All three tablets run Android 12 and Samsung’s proprietary customization skin, One UI 4.1.

Each tablet is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, has a storage range of 128GB to 512GB (Ultra only), and has expanded storage via microSD card by up to an additional 1TB.

For me, the real story of Samsung’s new tablet lineup is the Tab S8 Ultra and its 14.6-inch screen. It’s the largest screen Samsung has offered in a tablet form factor, surpassing the 12.9-inch display on Apple’s largest iPad Pro. I’m intrigued by what the experience will be like on a tablet with a larger screen.

There are also two front cameras on the Tab S8 Ultra. Samsung says that the two cameras will improve video calls by automatically keeping you in the frame during a call, even while moving.

First Look: Products Revealed at Samsung Unpacked 2022 [in pictures]

The biggest question mark surrounding the Tab S8 lineup is the same one I get every year: who’s buying an Android tablet? Google hasn’t done anything significant for Android in years to improve the experience on a bigger screen. Well, actually, Android 12L is currently in beta and is supposed to address those exact concerns, but it’s not available for the Tab S8 at the moment.

Someone is obviously buying Samsung’s tablets so that the company continues to update its line of tabs each year and, in fact, add a third, larger and more expensive tablet to this year’s offering.

You can pre-order the Tab S8, Tab S8 Plus, or Tab S8 Ultra starting today, February 9. When you reserve the S8 or S8 Plus, you’ll get a free Slim Book Cover keyboard. Tab S8 Ultra pre-orders will get the backlit book cover keyboard for free.

Here’s the spec sheet so you can compare all three tablets. In general, they are very similar.

S8 tab Tab S8 Plus Tab S8 Ultra
Operating system: Android 12, a 4.1 user interface Android 12, a 4.1 user interface Android 12, a 4.1 user interface
Display: 11-inch 2560×1600, LTPS TFT, 120Hz 12.4-inch, 2300 x 1752, 120Hz Super AMOLED 14.6-inch, 2960×1848, Super AMOLED, 120Hz
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Memory: 8GB, 12GB 8GB, 12GB 8GB, 12GB, 16GB
Storage: 128GB, 256GB, microSD up to 1TB 128GB, 256GB, microSD up to 1TB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB microSD up to 1TB
Drums: 8,000mAh 10,090mAh 11,200mAh
Rear cameras: 13MP, 6MP ultra wide 13MP, 6MP ultra wide 13MP, 6MP ultra wide
Frontal camera: 12MP ultra wide angle 12MP ultra wide angle 12 MP wide, 12 MP ultra wide
Connectivity: 5G, LTE, Wi-Fi6E, 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.2 5G, LTE, Wi-Fi6E, 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.2 5G, LTE, Wi-Fi6E, 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.2
Colors: graphite, silver, rose gold graphite, silver, rose gold Graphite
Prices: $699.99 $899.99 $1,099.99

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