Samsung’s best ‘camera’ phone is priced too high

Samsung’s best ‘camera’ phone is priced too high

The best and most feature-packed flagship on the Android market today comes from Samsung. Its Galaxy S Ultra line has every feature imaginable, including an incredibly versatile camera system. The zoom capabilities, in particular, are what set a Galaxy S Ultra phone apart from everything else, and it’s mainly the reason why it’s my favorite among all Samsung smartphones.

But the Galaxy S Ultra line is also expensive. The Galaxy S22 Ultra, for example, is just over $1,200 here in India when not discounted. Meanwhile, Google’s Pixel 7 Pro can officially be yours for $200 less than the S22 Ultra for similar zoom quality; naturally, it can also take some amazing photos while providing fairly similar levels of zoom quality and arguably great stills from the main camera that can go toe-to-toe with the competition.

The rest of its specs are also pretty similar to the Galaxy S22 Ultra, and in recent days the Pixel 7 Pro is looking more and more like a better device to me. And I think the main reason is because it provides similar image quality and zoom capabilities to the S22 Ultra, which makes me wish that Samsung would stop keeping the best camera setup exclusive to its high-end flagship (one that does not fold, that is).

Right now, Samsung only offers a maximum of 3x optical zoom on all non-Ultra Galaxy phones, foldable or otherwise. The company advertises them with 30x ‘Space Zoom’, but let’s be honest: more than 10x can’t be used much on Samsung phones that don’t have a dedicated 10x zoom camera. That leaves the Ultra models as the only viable purchases for anyone looking for the best zoom photography from a Samsung device.

Samsung needs to correct the price of its flagship phone

And if the camera experience is what matters most to you, that presents a conundrum if you’re a Samsung fan: the Korean giant is asking $200 more or less than Google for similar image results. In fact, thanks to Google’s well-known AI capabilities, it could be argued that Google’s top-of-the-line flagship takes better photos compared to a Samsung or Apple device.

Google’s Pixel line has some downsides. Google isn’t promising four years of OS updates for any Pixel phone, while Samsung is doing it for a lot of devices. Its Tensor chipset isn’t the fastest or most powerful, and stock Android also leaves a lot to be desired in terms of built-in software features.

But then again, Google’s camera setup is probably the best overall, and for me, the fact that you can get that setup for a lower price than Samsung gives the Pixel 7 Pro big points in my book. I can get by with just three major Android OS updates and the least amount of built-in features, and the Tensor chip is powerful enough to power through any real-life use case, even if it falls behind in benchmarks.

Basically, I wish that Samsung could reduce the selling price of its flagship products, or rather, stop asking us to pay more than $1200 for a camera setup with proper zoom lenses and make it more affordable. The main cameras are pretty similar to each other on various phones these days, especially in daylight photography, so it’s only the zoom capabilities that set them apart from each other.

And right now, Samsung is stuck between a rock and a hard place. The rock in that sentence describes Google’s Pixel Pro smartphones, while the hard place is naturally Apple’s offerings (or vice versa). We’re talking Android phones here though, and Google clearly wins the photos category thanks to its aggressive pricing.

Now, I’m not saying I’m going to go out and buy a Google Pixel 7 Pro. But I’d love to see Samsung bring its excellent periscope zoom cameras to more aggressively priced devices than its Galaxy S Ultra line of phones. You know, like on phones that don’t support the S Pen, a feature that’s another reason why the Galaxy S Ultra line costs so much.

Samsung doesn’t seem too concerned about its high price

However, will that really happen? Samsung doesn’t seem too concerned that sales of its S Ultra smartphones will take a noticeable hit from Google’s Pixel lineup, so it may not want to make any drastic changes to its current formula, at least until the latest news. market conditions and customer preferences change significantly. .

However, I hope all of that happens. Because if I have to spend my own money on phones (I currently live off the review units Samsung ships), I’m just not interested in shelling out a thousand dollars for a phone, let alone $1200 or more.

Google may also raise its prices in the future, but for now the internet giant has the price advantage. And if it stays at the same $899 price with future Pro Pixel devices, recommending the Galaxy S23 Ultra or any other Samsung Ultra phone to anyone could become a difficult thing to do. 200 megapixels and what is not damn.

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