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The S22 & Tab S8 Series revealed at Galaxy Unpacked!

There’s nothing better than starting off the year with leaks and reveals we have to admit. While we attempt to resist making more Galaxy puns, let's cut straight to the chase and reveal that the Galaxy S22 & Tab S8 Series are official and will be in our hands very soon. There’s also good news for those of you desperate to find out the fate of Samsung’s beloved Galaxy Note Series. Is the Note making a comeback? How does the S22 compare? You’ll have to read on to find out!

Galaxy Unpacked February 2022

 

 

 Another Galaxy

With the Galaxy S22 Finally revealed, the first thing that comes to mind are the specs, so before we go further into what makes these devices shine, check out a specs comparison below courtesy of The Verge:

Category Galaxy S22 Galaxy S22 Plus Galaxy S22 Ultra
OS Android 12 Android 12 Android 12
Display 6.1-inch OLED 6.6-inch OLED 6.8-inch OLED
Resolution 1080x2340 1080x2340 1440x3088
Max refresh rate Up to 120Hz Up to 120Hz Up to 120Hz
Dimensions 70.6 x 146 x 7.6 mm 75.8 x 157.4 x 7.6 mm 77.9 x 163.3 x 8.9 mm
Weight 168g (5.93 ounces) 196g (6.91 ounces) 229g (8.08 ounces)
Battery capacity 3,700mAh 4,500mAh 5,000mAh
Processor Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU
RAM 8GB 8GB 8GB, 12GB
Storage 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Rear cameras 50MP (f/1.8) wide, 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide, 10MP (f/2.4) telephoto 50MP (f/1.8) wide, 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide, 10MP (f/2.4) telephoto 108MP (f/2.2) wide, 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide, 10MP (f2.4 / f4.9) telephoto
Front cameras 10MP 10MP 40MP
Front video 4K at 60fps 4K at 60fps 4K at 60fps
Rear video 8K at 24fps, 4K at 60fps 8K at 24fps, 4K at 60fps 8K at 24fps, 4K at 60fps
Ports USB-C USB-C USB-C
S Pen No No Yes
Biometrics Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, facial recognition Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, facial recognition Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, facial recognition
Water and dust protection IP68 IP68 IP68
UWB No Yes Yes
Wireless charging Yes Yes Yes
Wireless 5G mmWave / sub-6GHz, LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 5G mmWave / sub-6GHz, LTE, Wi-Fi 6E (6Ghz), Bluetooth 5.2 5G mmWave / sub-6GHz, LTE, Wi-Fi 6E (6Ghz), Bluetooth 5.2

 


Guarding The Galaxy Again


Yes, it’s that time of the year again when we feast our eyes on the next Galaxy device set to take the throne, with the S22 looking to dazzle and impress all around. It’s design isn’t too different from the Galaxy S21 but to be honest we aren’t complaining as the S21 set a new standard in elegance for smartphones. While the Galaxy S22 clearly follows the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mantra it certainly looks to be a worthwhile upgrade. According to Tom’s Guide who were lucky enough to get their hands on the device, they were impressed by the contour cut build and improved performance, mentioning that Samsung has stated that the neural processing unit of the S22 has been increased by up to 133%. In simpler terms expect a significantly more powerful and faster device! While both the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus include identical specs, the S22 includes a 6.1-inch screen and 3700mAh battery compared to the Galaxy S22 Plus with a 6.6-inch display plus a 4500mAh capacity. Both include 8GB of RAM with 120Hz displays that make your 60Hz device feel laggy!



If you’re wondering how the cameras fare, Tom’s Guide were quite impressed as the Galaxy S22/S22 Plus offers a 50MP wide lens,a 12MP ultrawide lens alongside a 10MP telephoto one. There’s also a 10MP front camera with photos looking as a clear (pun intended) improvement over the Galaxy S21. Tom’s Guide was also impressed with the AI Stereo Depth Map feature, which aims to capture the most minute of details. There’s also 8K video capabilities so your vlogs can look better than ever. We have to admit, Samsung has truly delivered this time!

 


Note Coming

When we said that there’d be good news for fans of the Note, we weren’t joking. In a beautiful decision, Samsung has decided to keep the Note’s legacy ongoing by integrating it into the S Series! Indeed, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is basically the Note22 with a phablet style design and even a stylus. It truly is a fantastic manner of keeping a series with a devoted following, and now a beginning of the year release as opposed to later on in the year only makes it even more enticing. The Galaxy S22 Ultra has been impressing reviewers so far, with CNET praising its ginormous 5000mAh battery, S-Pen support with significantly reduced latency alongside the ability to transcribe handwritten notes to text in an impressive 88 languages. There’s also a massive 6.8-inch display combined with a 1440x3088 resolution with a silky-smooth 120Hz refresh rate plus in terms of RAM, expect 8GB with the 128GB variant and 12GB bundled with the 1TB version. Those of you asking how the Galaxy S22 Ultra will cope with their Instagram addiction will be quite pleased to hear that the Note22… we meant Galaxy S22 Ultra includes a 108MP wide lens, a 12MP ultrawide camera,a 10MP telephoto and front camera so all your exploits will look more than noteworthy. The Note is back and better than ever!

 



Put It On My Tab

The Galaxy S Series isn’t the only range getting some love as Samsung has revealed the newest additions to its Tab Range, The Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8 Plus and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. Check out the specs below of all devices thanks to NextPit:

 

           

Model
Display 11 inches, LTPS TFT, WQXGA 2560 x 1600 pixels, 276 ppi, 120 Hz 12.4 inch, Super AMOLED, WQXGA+ 2800 x 1752 pixels, 266 ppi, 120 Hz 14.6 inch, Super AMOLED, WQXGA+ 2960 x 1848 pixels, 240 ppi, 120 Hz
SoC Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, octa-core SoC, 4 nm technology, up to 3.0 GHz
Qualcomm Adreno 730
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, octa-core SoC, 4nm technology, up to 3.0 GHz
Qualcomm Adreno 730
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, octa-core SoC, 4nm technology, up to 3.0 GHz
Qualcomm Adreno 730
RAM 8 / 12 GB RAM 8 / 12 GB RAM 8 / 12 / 16 GB RAM
Memory 128 / 256 GB
Expandable via microSD (up to 1 TB)
128 / 256 GB
expandable via microSD (up to 1 TB)
128 / 256 / 512 GB
expandable via microSD (up to 1 TB)
Rear cameras 13 MP main camera, f/2.0 aperture + 6 MP ultra-wide, f/2.2 aperture 13 MP main camera, f/2.0 aperture + 6 MP ultra-wide, f/2.2 aperture 13 MP main camera, f/2.0 aperture + 6 MP ultra-wide, f/2.2 aperture
Front cameras 12 MP ultra wide-angle 12 MP ultra wide-angle 12 MP wide-angle
12 MP ultra wide-angle
Software Android 12 with OneUI 4.1 Android 12 with OneUI 4.1 Android 12 with OneUI 4.1
Battery 8,000 mAh
45 Watt Quick-Charging
10,090 mAh
45 Watt Quick-Charging
11,200 mAh
45 watts Quick-Charging
Connectivity 5G (optional), LTE, Wi-Fi 6E (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 5.2, USB-C 3.2, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, ANT+ 5G (optional), LTE, Wi-Fi 6E (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 5.2, USB-C 3.2, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, ANT+ 5G (optional), LTE, Wi-Fi 6E (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 5.2, USB-C 3.2, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, ANT+
Audio Quad stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos, 3 microphones Quad stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos, 3 microphones Quad stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos, 3 microphones
S Pen Yes, included Yes, included Yes, included 
Security Samsung Knox
Fingerprint sensor at the side
Samsung Knox
Under display fingerprint sensor
Samsung Knox
Under display fingerprint sensor
Dimensions 165.4 x 253.8 x 6.3 mm 185 x 285 x 5.7 mm 208.6 x 326.4 x 5.5 mm
Weight 503 grams (WiFi), 507 grams (5G) 567 grams (WiFi), 572 grams (5G) 726 grams (WiFi), 728 grams (5G)
Colors Graphite, Silver, Pink Gold Graphite, Silver, Pink Gold Graphite

             

The Galaxy Tab S8 Series certainly looks to be a safe yet worthy improvement for Samsung’s iPad competitor. According to TechRadar, the Tab S8 is looking to be a solid purchase, offering a vivid display plus 11 inches of goodness with a 2560 x 1600 resolution combined with a buttery-smooth 120Hz screen. The Tab S8 Plus also didn’t fail to impress, housing a 12.4-inch display alongside a 2800 x 1752 resolution. There’s a solid 8GB of RAM and of course S-Pen support. Both include a 13MP camera, 6MP ultrawide lens, and a 12MP front camera. C’mon, you weren’t thinking of using your Tab as a replacement for a high end smartphone camera were you?




TechRadar were also quite enamoured with the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. Bringing a 14.6-inch display screen to the table, the Tab S8 Ultra is almost as big as some laptop screens and with variants that include 8GB, 12GB and even 16GB of RAM, it certainly earns the “Ultra” in its name. Expect a gorgeous 120Hz Super AMOLED 2960 x 1848 display alongside a massive 11,200mAh battery which really changes what to expect from a tablet these days…




With Samsung’s heavy-hitters out of the bag at the beginning of the year, we eagerly await to see how Apple will respond. The return of the Note has truly made our year, and who knows what else we can expect from Samsung. For all the leaks as they come, keep an eye on our Smart Blogs!

 

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