The top three Samsung Galaxy S22 surprises revealed at Unpacked
Although Samsung's latest flagship phones appear to be amazing, there are a few elements that you may have overlooked that make this update even more exceptional.
Three new Galaxy S22 handsets were unveiled at Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event earlier today. The S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra versions offer a variety of features to appeal to a wide spectrum of users, from casual phone buyers to dedicated photographers and gamers. Our Galaxy Unpacked coverage has a complete rundown of the event.
It's easy to become overwhelmed with the amount of information available on the three new handsets – as well as a new tablet line. For further information, we've detailed the S22's major upgrades over the S21 and offered an early review of the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Ultra.
While the primary specifications of the new and old models are easy to compare, there are a number of subtle differences. Even aspects that appear to be identical on the S21 and S22 may be designed very differently. I dug deeper into the new models to bring you some of the less noticeable modifications in order to identify some of these small distinctions.
1. CAMERA CHANGES
We already know that the Galaxy S22 has a three-camera setup on the back. We now have a 50MP wide-angle, a 10MP ultra-wide, and a 10MP telephoto camera instead of two 12MP wide angles and a 64MP telephoto camera. Aside from the wide-angle, this appears to be a step back, but the new arrangement offers far better quality for a variety of reasons.
First and foremost, let's discuss that wide-angle lens. This is the camera you use the most and the one that comes up first when you launch the camera app. Not only does this feature a significant increase in pixels, but it also has a bigger sensor. This means it collects more light, which means it performs better in low-light situations and reproduces colors more accurately.
Optical image stabilization, or OIS for short, is another option. This has been widened by 58 percent for up to 4 times more motion stability. Allowing the lens to move more physically allows it to deal with more intense vibrations while still producing a rock-solid image.
2. INTEGRATED CAMERA EXPERIENCE IN-APP
If you've ever used the camera functionality in applications like Snapchat or Whatsapp, you'll know that it's not the same as using the phone's native camera app. Not only is the spectrum of functions smaller, but the outcomes aren't as appealing. Because third-party apps do not have access to all of the in-camera processing functions, this is the case.
Samsung has given apps like Snapchat access to the phone's complete camera features with the Galaxy S22. This means that using the quick snap-button gives you the same amazing camera experience as using the camera app and importing the image. It's a minor modification, but it'll be appreciated by people that upload frequently.
3. DYNAMIC AMOLED DISPLAY
This is yet another example of a feature on the Galaxy S22 that appears to be the same but is actually redesigned. The S22, like the S21, has a dynamic AMOLED display with a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz. It does, however, now include Vision Booster technology for viewing in strong light. Tone mapping is used to alter the display brightness and colour contrast while taking into account the light intensity around it.
When you don't need the quick reaction, the refresh rate may be reduced to as low as 10Hz (1Hz on the S22 Ultra). When viewing still photos or static pages, this saves battery life.