Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely assessment: The slab telephone retirement plan

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The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.
Enlarge / The Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely.

Ron Amadeo

Is there something left to do within the slab telephone market?

Samsung’s launch of the Galaxy S22 appears like a retirement plan for the corporate’s slab line. After killing the Galaxy Word line and skipping a 2021 launch, Samsung is merging the S-Pen-equipped Word line and the Galaxy S line, reducing the slab telephone flagships all the way down to a single yearly launch.

Have a look at the Galaxy Word 10 from 2019 and you will see that Samsung has basically been recycling its design for 3 years now. It appears like Samsung is standing nonetheless, as if the plan is to have slab telephones slowly trip off into the sundown whereas the corporate directs assets towards a future in foldables.

Galaxy S22 Galaxy S22+ Galaxy S22 Extremely
SCREEN 2340×1080 6.1-inch OLED

48-120 Hz, 422 ppi

2340×1080 6.6-inch OLED

48-120 Hz, 390 ppi

3088×1440 6.8-inch OLED

1-120 Hz, 501 ppi

OS Android 12 with Samsung One UI
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, or Exynos 2200, each 4 nm
RAM 8GB 8GB 12GB or 12GB
STORAGE 128GB or 256GB 128GB or 256GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB
NETWORKING Wi-Fi 6, BT 5.2, GPS, NFC, mmWave (Similar) + 6 GHz Wi-Fi 6E, UWB
PORTS USB Sort-C
REAR CAMERA 12 MP Predominant
50 MP Large Angle
10 MP Telephoto (3x optical)
108 MP Predominant
12 MP Large Angle
10 MP 3x Optical Telephoto
10 MP 10x Optical Telephoto
Laser AF
FRONT CAMERA 10 MP 10 MP 40 MP
SIZE 146×70.6×7.6 mm 157.4×75.8×7.6 mm 163.3×77.9×8.9 mm
WEIGHT 168 g 196 g 229 g
BATTERY 3700 mAh, 25 W charging 4500 mAh, 45 W charging 5000 mAh, 45 W charging
STARTING PRICE $799.99 $999.99 $1,199.99
OTHER PERKS Wi-fi charging, in-screen fingerprint sensor. IP68 water and mud resistance

We’re reviewing the S22 Extremely, however first, let’s speak concerning the lineup as an entire. The Extremely is a Galaxy Word with a Word-style design, whereas the S22 and S22+ share a design that appears similar to the S21 from final 12 months. The largest change is the SoC efficiency bumps in each the Exynos (worldwide) and Snapdragon (US). Aside from that, it is exhausting to credit score Samsung with year-over-year spec progress. The highest-end S22 Extremely configuration has much less RAM this 12 months, all the way down to 12GB from 16GB. The S22 and S22+ are each thinner and lose 300 mAh of battery capability. The S22+ and S22 Extremely are marketed as having 45 W quick charging, however they do not really cost quicker than final 12 months’s fashions.

The costs are all the identical as final 12 months: $800, $1,000, and $1,200, relying on the place you’re within the dimension vary. All of those costs appear means too excessive within the face of Google’s wonderful Pixel 6. You would be hard-pressed to discover a single factor the $1,200 S22 Extremely does higher than the $900 Pixel 6 Professional. There definitely just isn’t $300 price of distinction between the 2 gadgets, and in case you’re out there for an Android flagship and have the choice to purchase a Pixel 6 Professional as an alternative of the S22, it’s best to. In fact, Samsung’s huge benefit is that most individuals do not have the choice to purchase a Google telephone as a result of Google’s small, underfunded {hardware} division solely sells telephones in about 13 nations, whereas Samsung is in 100+.

The bumpy camera setup. Below the volume and power buttons, that's a mmWave window on the side of the phone.
Enlarge / The bumpy digital camera setup. Beneath the amount and energy buttons, that is a mmWave window on the aspect of the telephone.

Ron Amadeo

The S22 line has been plagued with controversies since its launch. Samsung introduced the S21 and S21+ show with dynamic refresh charges from 10 Hz to 120 Hz, after which per week later (after taking preorders), Samsung quietly modified the spec sheets to learn “48 Hz to 120 Hz.” Samsung markets the S22+ and S22 Extremely as having “45 W” quick charging, however the gadgets do not really cost any quicker than final 12 months’s 25 W fashions.

We’re nonetheless undecided what is going on on with Samsung’s choice to throttle 1000’s of video games and apps by means of its “Sport Optimizing Service.” Samsung’s throttling app comprises an inventory of 10,000 apps and video games that may have their CPU efficiency lowered by as a lot as 46 %, and Samsung is controlling this all remotely through the cloud. Unsurprisingly, Samsung has managed to exclude each main benchmark app from its throttling scheme, which, in accordance with Geekbench, makes this a dishonest offense worthy of de-listing from its benchmark charts.

Samsung has promised to ship an “off” button for this throttling app sooner or later, however it has not arrived on our assessment unit but. Stories out of Korea say Samsung is already going through a preliminary investigation from the nation’s Truthful Commerce Fee over the characteristic, and S22 homeowners are gearing up to launch a class-action lawsuit.





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