A series of rumors, leaked specifications, rendering images, to hands-on finally culminated in the introduction of the trio of Galaxy S22 phones.
The looks of the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus haven’t changed much compared to the two previous devices, the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus. It is different with the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which not only looks different, but for the first time also brings the flagship feature of the Galaxy Note series, namely the S Pen stylus.
Samsung S22 More like Galaxy Note than Galaxy S
The S Pen is actually already supported by the Galaxy S21 Ultra. However, the device does not have a special compartment to store the stylus, making it less practical. On the Galaxy S22 Ultra, for the first time Samsung has added a stylus compartment, complete with an S pen inside.
Product Marketing Manager of Samsung Mobile, Samsung Indonesia, Verry Octavianus, likened the Galaxy S22 Ultra to a combination of the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series phones, thus also marrying the creative and productivity aspects of the two smartphone lines.
Not only the stylus, the physical design of the Galaxy S22 Ultra was also revamped so that it resembles the Galaxy Note series with angled corners, instead of rounded like previous Galaxy S devices.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra also looks more like the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (the last Galaxy Note model released by Samsung in 2020) than its two siblings, the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus, whose design is still similar to last year’s Galaxy S21 series. The feel of the Galaxy S22 Ultra in your hand immediately reminds KompasTekno of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
Although it makes the device look more professional and luxurious, the angled corners feel a little “pierced” into the palm of the hand when the phone is used in landscape (horizontal) orientation, for example to play games.
S Pen from successor
The Galaxy S22 Ultra is the latest device to get the S Pen. This lets everyone get more out of their mobile experience, and marks a new chapter in the Galaxy Note legacy. Different from the S Pen for other devices such as the Galaxy Z Fold3, the stylus of the Galaxy S22 Ultra is small, similar to that of the Galaxy Note, because it is intended to be loaded inside the phone body.
The storage compartment is located at the bottom, right next to the speaker grille. To remove the S Pen, the user simply presses it slightly inward. The stylus will then be pushed out by an automatic mechanism. Because the size is similar, the experience of using the S Pen on the Galaxy S22 Ultra is like the Galaxy Note.
It’s not as comfortable as the Fold Edition stylus or the larger tablet version so it looks like a real pen. However, the sensation of writing or drawing on the screen remains consistent and identical to other S Pens. This stylus also feels responsive. There is no lag that is felt between the friction of the tip of the pen and the appearance of strokes on the screen. Samsung claims the S Pen Galaxy S22 Ultra has three times lower latency than the Galaxy Note, which is only 2.8 ms.
Because it is connected to the device wirelessly, the S Pen Galaxy S22 Ultra can also be used as a remote control, for example to advance slides during a presentation or press the shutter button when shooting group selfies from a distance.
Snapdragon inside core
Through the Galaxy S22 trio, Samsung has also changed the habit of embedding the Exynos chip in the Galaxy S line for the Indonesian region. Instead of Exynos (2200), Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus, and Galaxy S22 Ultra are now powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 which is Qualcomm’s top mobile chip. According to Verry, the chip made with 4 nm fabrication is one of the keys to a series of advantages offered by the Galaxy S22 trio.
In addition to Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus are also equipped with 8 GB of RAM and a choice of 128 GB or 256 GB of storage. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S22 Ultra has 8GB/12GB RAM options and 128GB/256GB/512GB storage.
The battery capacities of the three phones are different, namely 3,700 mAh for the Galaxy S22, 4,500 mAh for the Galaxy S22 Plus, and 5,000 mAh for the Galaxy S22 Ultra. The Galaxy S22 supports 25 watts of fast charging, while the S22 Plus and Ultra support 45 watts of fast charging.