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Samsung Galaxy S22: Everything you need to know
The Samsung Galaxy S22 has arrived
Samsung’s next major set of flashy flagship smartphones have officially been revealed. We now know the full launch date, specs, Australian prices, and more about the Samsung Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+ and Galaxy S22 Ultra.
If you’re looking for a short and sweet rundown to help determine whether or not one of Samsung’s latest Galaxy devices is worth the upgrade, we’re here to help.
Unpacked February 2022: What’s being announced?
Unpacked is the branded event that Samsung’s uses to debut many of its popular consumer-focused gadgets and devices. For instance, the Unpacked event held in August 2021 saw Samsung announce the Galaxy Z Flip3 and Galaxy Z Fold3.
Samsung typically holds between 2 and 3 Unpacked events over the course of each year. However, the exact timing of these hardware-centric events varies from year to year.
Australians looking to tune into Samsung's next Unpacked will be able to do so via a YouTube livestream at 2AM on the 10th of February.
Samsung Galaxy S22 display
As with previous Samsung Galaxy lineups, screen size remains one of the most tangible points of difference between the Samsung Galaxy S22, Samsung Galaxy S22+ and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.
For reference, last year’s Samsung Galaxy S21 had a 6.2-inch display. The Samsung Galaxy S21+ bumped that up to 6.7-inches while the Galaxy S21 Ultra boasted a 6.8-inch display.
This time around, the Samsung Galaxy S22 comes armed with a 6.1-inch display with FHD+ resolution and a 120Hz variable refresh rate. The screen on the Samsung Galaxy S22+ is to be more or less identical, except that it will be larger at 6.6-inches and capable of a higher peak brightness.
The physical footprint of the screen on this year’s Galaxy S22 Ultra matches that of its predecessor. The high-end screen on the S22 Ultra is said to be curved, with a higher QHD+ resolution and a 120Hz variable refresh rate.
Samsung Galaxy S22 battery life: What to expect
Battery life is one of the most important details when it comes to smartphone specs and, as per usual, the smaller devices in Samsung’s 2022 roster are equipped with smaller batteries.
To start with, the Samsung Galaxy S22 has a 3700mAh battery. This means its actually smaller than last year’s Samsung Galaxy S21, which shipped with a 4000mAh battery.
The Samsung Galaxy S22+ will bump this figure up to 4500mAh. Although a notable improvement, this figure still falls short of the 4800mAh battery found in Samsung’s Galaxy S21+.
Finally, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will offer a significantly more sizable 5000mAh battery that’s on par with last year’s Galaxy S21 Ultra.
Samsung Galaxy S22 processor: What to expect
When it comes to the processor inside the Galaxy S22 and its siblings, those keeping score are likely to be surprised.
While some regions will see the latest Samsung Galaxy devices powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, others will get a model made to work with Samsung’s own Exynos 2200 processor.
Australians are typically treated to the Exynos version of Samsung’s Galaxy S devices. However this time around, we’re getting the Snapdragon version.
Samsung Galaxy S22 specs: What to expect
Processors aside, the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ are kitted out with 8GB of RAM and either 128 GB or 256 GB of on-board storage.
Those who decide to pay the premium for the beefier Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra are said to have a choice between several different versions RAM and storage configurations.
The first of these pairs 8GB of RAM with 128 GB of storage. The second gives buyers an upgrade to 12 GB of RAM and the option of either 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB of storage.
Samsung Galaxy S22 camera: What to expect
In line with last year’s Samsung Galaxy flagships, the new Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ are armed with a matching set of triple lens rear cameras.
These multi-lens arrays incorporate a 50-megapixel primary lens, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens.
On paper, this seems slightly different from the triple-lens setup found on the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+. However, the rear cameras on those devices combined a 12-megapixel primary lens, a 64-megapixel telephoto lens and a 12-megapixel ultra wide lens.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will up the ante on this by increasing the sensor on the primary lens to 108-megapixels and adding a second 10-megapixel telephoto lens into the mix. Although this seems like a significant upgrade on the optics found on the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+, it’s more or less identical to the rear camera found in last year’s Galaxy S21 Ultra.
Samsung Galaxy S22 features: What to expect
All three new devices come equipped with the usual flagship features, including IP68 water resistance, Qi wireless charging, Gorilla Glass Victus protection, super fast charging, and an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor.
While the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has gotten a major design overhaul that feels directly inspired by the legacy of the Samsung Galaxy Note, many of the differences between this and last year’s Galaxy S smartphones will involve software rather than hardware.
Across the board, there’s a real emphasis on video content. For example, there’s a new "Super Steady System" that reduces camera shake for the camera on all three devices and a new night portrait setting that lets the Galaxy S22 succeed where the Galaxy S21 stumbled.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 also promises to leverage new AI image processing that promises to add new detail to the way that depth, skin and eyebrows are rendered by the multi-lens cameras found across the range.
Beyond the camera side of things, the Galaxy S22 also features a new Display Vision feature.
When enabled, this analyzes the surrounding environment and optimizes both the refresh rate and tone-map of images displayed on the screen. Samsung says that this should make for better life and better visibility when it comes to using the device in direct sunlight.
How much should you expect to pay for the Samsung Galaxy S22 in Australia?
Australian pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+ and Galaxy S22 Ultra is almost identical to that of last year’s Galaxy S21 series, with local prices as follows:
- Samsung Galaxy S22 from $1,249
- Samsung Galaxy S22+ from $1,549
- Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra from $1,849
When will the Samsung Galaxy S22 launch in Australia?
In Australia, the Samsung Galaxy S22 will launch on the 4th of March, 2022.
Aussies who can’t wait to get their hands on either the Samsung Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+ or Galaxy S22 Ultra have until March 3rd, 2022 to get their pre-order in. From the following day onwards, all three devices will go on-sale via retail and other channels.
Will the Samsung Galaxy S22 be available on a plan?
While Telstra, Optus and Vodafone are all set to range the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+ and Galaxy S22 Ultra, Woolworths Mobile is also likely to carry the new Samsung devices at launch.
Depending on who they go with, early adopters will score a number of additional freebies.
Those who pre-order any of the three devices through Telstra will score a free 12-months of Disney+ and a Samsung Tab A8 tablet.
Going about things through Optus on the other hand gets you a free Galaxy Watch4 (valued at $549).
Voda’s pre-order boasts the biggest numbers. However, there are a few strings attached. Customers who pre-order the Galaxy S22 through the carrier are eligible for up to $720 in trade-in value and $600 in bonus credit.
In addition to the above, there are a number of pre-order bonuses for each device that are included as standard through participating Australian retailers and telcos. Things are a little complicated, but the chart below should help simplify things.
Galaxy S22 Ultra
|Telstra||12-months of Disney Plus + Samsung Tab A8 tablet||12-months of Disney Plus + Samsung Tab A8 tablet||12-months of Disney Plus + Samsung Tab A8 tablet|
|Optus||Samsung Galaxy Watch4||Samsung Galaxy Watch4||Samsung Galaxy Watch4|
|Vodafone||$720 in trade-in value and $600 in bonus credit||$720 in trade-in value and $600 in bonus credit||$720 in trade-in value and $600 in bonus credit|
|Pre-order bonus (option 1)||Wireless in-car charger||Wireless in-car charger + 65W super-fast wall charger + dual port car charger||Wireless in-car charger + 65W super-fast wall charger + Leather cover (black) + dual port car charger|
|Pre-order bonus (option 2)||Wireless charger trio pack||Wireless charger trio pack + 65W super-fast wall charger||Wireless charger trio + 65W super fast wall charger + leather cover (black)|
|Pre-order bonus (option 3)||Galaxy Buds 2||Galaxy Buds2 + Buds case (clear)||Galaxy Buds2 + Buds Simpsons Donut Cover + Buds case (clear)|