Samsung’s new high-end smartphones are already available. The Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ are part of a triplet that completes the even more ambitious Galaxy S22 Ultra, and although they share some features of its big brother, these proposals are somewhat more demure.

Still, these are two truly remarkable products that stand out for having the new Samsung Exynos 2200 SoC, a GPU from AMD, and a triplet of promising photosensors in a renewed (and more discreet) rear part.

Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ specs sheet

Galaxy S22Galaxy S22+
ScreenAMOLED 6.1 inch
Full HD+ (2,340 x 1,080px)
LTPO 48-120 Hz1,500 nits
AMOLED 6.6 inch
Full HD+ (2,340 x 1,080px)
LTPO 48-120 Hz1,750 nits
SOCSamsung Exynos 22008 cores, 4nm lithographySamsung Exynos 22008 cores, 4nm lithography
GPUAMD RDNA 2 GPUAMD RDNA 2 GPU
RAM8GB8GB
Storage128 / 256GB128 / 256GB
Rear CamerasMain: 50MP f/1.8
Ultra Wide Angle: 12MP f/2.23X
telephoto: 10 MP f/2.4
Main: 50MP f/1.8
Ultra Wide Angle: 12MP f/2.23X
telephoto: 10 MP f/2.4
Front Camera10MP f/2.210MP f/2.2
Battery3,700mAh
25W fast charge
Wireless charging 15W
4,500mAh
45W fast charge
Wireless charging 15W
Operating SystemAndroid 12 with OneUI 4.1Android 12 with OneUI 4.1
Connectivity5G
Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC
5G
Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax)
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC
Dimensions and Weight146 x 70.6 x 7.6mm
168g
157.4 x 75.8 x 7.6mm
196g
OthersIP68 water resistance
stereo speakers
ultrasonic fingerprint reader
2D face unlock
Samsung DeX
Samsung Pay
IP68 water resistance
stereo speakers
ultrasonic fingerprint reader
2D face unlock
Samsung DeX
Samsung Pay
Prices8/128 GB: $7998/128 GB: $999

A design that is committed to continuity

There are hardly any differences in the design of these phones compared to their predecessors: the back has a camera module with the same format, but with only one difference.

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Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+

It is the color of the camera module. Last year the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ had a different color for that module compared to the rest of the back. Now the color is the same, which makes the module more camouflaged, providing more continuity to those lines.

Otherwise, the chassis is the same as the 2021 models: same metallic sides, same location of buttons or USB-C port, and same front. There is, however, one noteworthy feature: the use of recycled plastic from fishing nets in these casings.

What changes, of course, is the size of these devices, which slightly reduce their diagonals. The Galaxy S22 now has a 6.1-inch screen (it was 6.2 on the S21) and the Galaxy S22+ has a 6.6-inch screen (it was 6.7 on the S21+).

These sizes mark a key section that will undoubtedly be a buying factor for many users: the battery. The Samsung Galaxy S22 has a battery that a priori seems even somewhat fair, but perhaps the new SoC makes that 3,700 mAh more than enough. There is another small disadvantage in this base model: fast charging is only 25W.

In the Galaxy S22+, this section gains quite a few points. The battery reaches 4,500 mAh, and fast charging reaches 45 W, a figure that certainly leaves behind its smaller version. Both, of course, have support for 15 W wireless charging.

The promise of the Exynos 2200 and the AMD GPU

The specifications of the new Galaxy S22 and S22+ are fantastic, but it is true that in some areas the differences with their predecessors are not so notable.

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Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+

Thus, the same display technology -which was certainly already outstanding- and a memory and storage configuration that is already classic in these high-end phones. Perhaps we could even expect a further twist in the storage, in fact: 128 GB is a decent number, but at these prices maybe it’s time to ask for a base capacity of 256 GB. The RAM will only be in 8 GB.

What is the differentiating element of that hardware is the chip used. This is the debut of the Samsung Exynos 2200 SoC, which will face the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and has eight cores in its CPU and a 4 nm lithography.

On paper this chip looks very good, but even more interesting is the GPU integrated into that SoC, which for the first time is an AMD GPU that is based on the RDNA2 architecture. Considering that this is the same architecture used in the GPUs of the PS5 or the Xbox Series X, things are getting interesting for those who want to squeeze the graphics power of the device.

Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+

It will be interesting to see how this SoC performs in both non-gaming and gaming scenarios, but of course, the inclusion of these integrated graphics chips – which even boast support for ray-tracing – could be very interesting.

No concessions in the photographic section

The photographic aspect of the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ is -along with the S Pen – the great element of distinction with the Galaxy S22 Ultra, but although here Samsung makes a less ambitious proposal, the choice of sensors is undoubtedly interesting.

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Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+

Thus, we have above all a promising 50 Megapixels main sensor and f/1.8 aperture, a striking leap compared to the 12 MP sensor of the Galaxy S21. The ultra-wide-angle makes use of a sensor with a resolution of 12 Megapixels.

The telephoto lens, which will be able to offer a zoom of up to 3.5x, is also governed by a 10 Megapixel sensor, also an interesting decision considering that the previous model used a 64 Megapixel sensor with lower zoom capability. It also features 10 megapixels selfie camera.

Pricing and Availability of Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+

Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+

The Samsung Galaxy S22 is back starting from $799.99 for the base model, going up to $999.99 for the Plus model. These are the official prices.

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