Samsung’s latest product briefing introduced three Galaxy S22 smartphones and three Galaxy Tab S8 tablets.
Samsung introduces the Galaxy S22 series of smartphones
Among the updates common to all three models are glass on both the front and back, Bluetooth 5.2, which will bring more stable connections, and the ability to shoot video in 8K resolution and display with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz.
They all support Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6e, which work on the 6 GHz band and ultimately can lead to better uploads and downloads. The artificial intelligence built into these phones will do a better job of making sure that upload and download access is assigned to the apps that need it most, so you don’t have hiccups in your video conference call because you’re smartphone is downloading a Clash Royale update.
But these features all impact the power consumption of mobile devices, so Samsung has also come up with ways that the handsets can reduce energy use when they can. The Wi-Fi chipset, for example, will be put into sleep mode when it’s not being used. And the refresh rate of the display can be but to as low as 10 Hz when possible.
The cameras in these handsets are also a step up from the S21 models of last year. The S22 and S22+ have three lenses on the back, a 12 MP ultra-wide, a 50 MP wide, and a 10 MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom. The S22 Ultra swaps out the wide for a 108 MP version and adds a telephoto with a 10x optical zoom.
The S22 and S22+ have 10 MP front cameras; it’s a 40 MP on the S22 Ultra.
You can also thank Samsung for coining the term, “Nightography”, which it is using to trumpet the ability of the Galaxy S22 devices to capture photos and video in low light conditions.
The other notable addition to the Galaxy S22 Ultra is that it comes with a built-in S Pen, once a feature exclusive to the Note series.
Pricing for the new Galaxy S22 smartphones (RAM, storage):
- Galaxy S22 with a 6.1-inch display: $1,100 (8 GB, 128 GB) and $1,170 (8 GB, 256 GB)
- Galaxy S22+ with a 6.6-inch display: $1,400 (8 GB, 128 GB) and $1470 (8 GB, 256 GB)
- Galaxy S22 Ultra with a 6.8-inch display: $1,650 (8 GB, 128 GB), $1,790 (8 GB, 256 GB), and $1,930 (12 GB, 512 GB)
The Samsung Canada online store is also selling a Galaxy S22 Ultra with 12 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage for $2,210.
Samsung is offering pre-order incentives to get double the storage capacity for no additional cost, saving you either $70 or $140.
Samsung rolls out three new tablets
Samsung’s three new Galaxy Tab S8 mobile devices are significant because of the screen sizes: 11-inch, 12.4-inch, and 14.6-inch displays.
The largest display, on the Tab S8 Ultra, is OLED and is bigger than Apple’s largest screen, the 12.9-inch display on the iPad Pro.
These Android tablets, which will hit shelves on February 23, all support microSD cards for storage expansion and “Super Fast Charging” and they all come with an S Pen stylus.
Keyboard cases are available for the Tab 8 models as an add on, but preorders before February 24 get a Book Cover Keyboard Slim and a pair of Galaxy Buds2 thrown in.
Pricing for the new Galaxy Tab S8 tablets (RAM, storage):