At their first Galaxy Unpacked for 2022, Samsung has taken the wraps of the Galaxy S22 series.
Galaxy S22 Ultra
The star of the lineup is the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which features a 6.8-inch Edge QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with a 120Hz refresh rate.
The display also features an in-display Ultrasonic fingerprint reader.
Since Samsung has discontinued the Galaxy Note lineup, the S Pen has made its way to the S22 Ultra. The device now features a dedicated S Pen slot and has some Note styling cues in its body.
Powering the phone is the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip along with up to 12GB of RAM depending on storage options. You can get the S22 Ultra with 128, 256, 512 GB or 1TB of internal storage.
The battery inside the S22 Ultra is a 5,000 mAh one with up to 45W wired fast charging and 15W fast wireless charging.
Other specs of the S22 Ultra include Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, UWB support and NFC for Samsung Pay. The phone and S Pen IP68 are water and dust-resistant.
On the software side, the Galaxy S22 series is running Android 12 witn Samsung’s One UI 4.1.
Cameras on the S22 Ultra include a 12MP Ultra-wide, 108MP wide-angle, 10MP telephoto and a 40MP front camera.
Like the S21 Ultra and S20 Ultra before it, the S22 Ultra has 100X Space Zoom which features 10x Optical Zoom and 100x Digital Zoom.
Colour options for the S22 Ultra in Canada include, Phantom Black, Phantom White, Burgundy and Green.
There are also some colours that are Samsung Canada’s Website Exclusive including Gray, Light Blue and Red.
Below you’ll find the pricing for the S22 Ultra.
- 128GB/8GB RAM – $1,649 CAD
- 256GB/12GB RAM – $1,789 CAD
- 512GB/12GB RAM – $1,929 CAD
- 1TB/12GB RAM – $2,209.99 CAD*
*Exclusive to Samsung Canada’s Website
The Galaxy S22 Ultra is set to launch on February 25th. Pre-orders for the S22 Ultra are available today.
For those that pre-order the S22 series between today and February 24th, you’ll get twice the storage for no additional cost.
Essentially, you can get the 512GB S22 Ultra for the price of the 256GB model etc.
Galaxy S22 and S22+
Moving along to the rest of the lineup, there’s the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+.
The S22 features a 6.1-inch FHD+ display at 120Hz and the S22+ at 6.6-inches and FHD+ resolution. This is a slight decrease from last year, the S21 had a 6.1-inch display and the S21+ had a 6.7-inch one.
Powering the phones are the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip along with up to 8GB of RAM. Storage options include 128 and 256GB.
For the batteries, the S22 has a 3,700 mAh one with 25W wired charging and 15W fast wireless charging. Meanwhile, the S22+ has a 4,500 mAh battery, 45W fast wired charging and 15W fast wireless.
Other specs include Wi-Fi 6E and UWB on the Galaxy S22+ and Wi-Fi 6 on the Galaxy S22.
Cameras on the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ include a 12MP Ultra-wide, 50MP wide-angle, 10MP telephoto and a 10MP front camera.
Colour options for the S22 & S22+ in Canada include, Phantom Black, Phantom White, Pink Gold and Green.
Samsung Canada’s Website Exclusive colours include Gray, Light Blue, Cream and Violet.
Here’s the Canadian pricing for the S22 series.
- 128GB/8GB RAM – $1,099 CAD
- 256GB/8GB RAM – $1,169 CAD
- 128GB/8GB RAM – $1,399 CAD
- 256GB/8GB RAM – $1,469 CAD
The Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ are set to launch on February 25th. Pre-orders for both devices are available today.
Software Updates for Galaxy Devices
In addition to the new devices, Samsung also announced that eligible Galaxy devices will be getting four generations of One UI updates (i.e Android versions) and five years of security updates.
“We work hard to bring our Galaxy users innovative mobile experiences that are built to last. And many of our customers are choosing to keep their devices for longer, whether they love their specific smartphone model or want to help contribute to a more sustainable world,” said TM Roh, President and Head of MX Business at Samsung. “Today we are taking our commitment to innovation one step further with up to four generations of One UI upgrades to ensure our users enjoy the best possible mobile experience for longer.”
These eligible devices include:
- Galaxy S Series: Galaxy S22, S22+, S22 Ultra, Galaxy S21, S21+, S21 Ultra, S21 FE and upcoming S series devices
- Galaxy Z Series: Galaxy Z Fold3, Galaxy Z Flip3 and upcoming Z series devices
- Galaxy A Series: upcoming select A series devices
- Galaxy Tablets: Galaxy Tab S8, S8+, S8 Ultra and upcoming Tab S series devices
- Galaxy Watch: Galaxy Watch4, Galaxy Watch4 Classic and upcoming Galaxy Watch series devices
Previously, Samsung had promised three major Android OS upgrades, which will still be applicable to the Galaxy S20 series, Galaxy Note20 Series, Z Fold2, Z Fold, Z Flip and Z Flip 5G from 2020.
This is a bit better than the three years of major OS upgrades and five years of security updates you get on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.