It may only be February, but one of the most exciting days in the tech calendar has already arrived. Samsung has unveiled its new range of flagship devices for 2022, including a family of Galaxy S22 phones and a series of Galaxy Tab S8 tablets.
We’re looking at some early candidates for our end of year tech awards here, so let’s dig in a little deeper.
Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ phones take the design language that made the 2021 Galaxy S21 series phones among the most striking of last year and refine it. The Samsung Galaxy S22 is a true pocket rocket, a small and light phone that is easy it handle but still has all the cutting-edge tech you’d expect of a new Samsung hero mobile.
This includes a 50MP primary camera, a high-quality ultra-wide and a 3x zoom, letting you capture countless different photos from wherever you stand.
Want a larger screen for streaming video? Take a look at the Samsung Galaxy S22+, which has a beautiful 6.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display that can go brighter than previous generation Galaxy phones for incredible clarity even on the brightest days.
Both phones benefit from the major machine learning improvements in the latest Samsung Exynos and Qualcomm Snapdragon processors too. You may think a phone’s photos are all down to the camera hardware, but smart software has a big part to play.
Machine learning power
Samsung Galaxy phones’ Night Mode uses clever computational photography techniques to dramatically improve low light performance. The power of these phones’ next-generation chipsets means we’ll get even better night photos than before this year, and we can’t wait to try it out.
The Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ also have a stack of improvements that smooth out your day-to-day experience in other ways. Their batteries are designed to last a full, and pretty hectic, day before needing a charge, and faster charging than ever means quick battery top-ups take even less time.
However, if you want to experience the very best of Samsung in all areas, you might want to consider jumping up to the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. It’s like a greatest hits of all the Samsung features we’ve loved over the years, all brought into the present with new hardware and a striking squared-off frame that sets the Ultra apart from its siblings.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has 10x zoom and 3x zoom cameras, all but guaranteed to make this one of the very best phones in the world for holidays and keen photographers. It also includes an S-Pen, which slots into the phone itself: perfect for digital artwork on-the-go and handwritten note-taking.
Buy direct from Samsung and you can get an ultra-high capacity 1TB storage version of the phones, four times the space of many of the laptops we review. You’ll also be able to claim a pair of highly rated Samsung Buds Pro true wireless earphones, which we called “a great choice if you have a Samsung phone.” Plus a 12-month subscription to Disney+.
More interested in Samsung's tablets? There’s a lot to feast on.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab family
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 comes in three sizes. There’s the standard 11-inch Tab S8, the 12.4-inch Tab S8+ and the 14.6-inch Tab S8 Ultra.
All three have screens large enough to offer plenty of room for complicated apps, to make games look amazing and let you comfortably watch a full-length movie. Samsung makes even greater use of these large, bright and bold OLED displays with split-screen app multi-tasking. You can run apps side-by-side, just as you might on a laptop.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 tablets also have high-power quad-driver stereo speakers that deliver alarming volume and bass for a device just a handful of millimetres thick. They also provide up to 16 hours of battery life, and support Samsung’s pressure-sensing S Pen to let you unwind after work with some digital painting, rather than a movie or game.
Buy direct from Samsung and you can claim a wireless keyboard and a 12-month subscription to Disney+. A keyboard is a particularly handy Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 accessory thanks to a little slice of genius called Samsung DeX.
This is a software layer that makes Android look and feel more like a laptop, perfect if you plan on using a Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 as a work computer rather than just an entertainment tablet. It’s better at the job than you might imagine, particularly now you can get applications like Microsoft Word and Excel for these tablets.
S22: *Pre order/Purchase by 05/04/2022. Claim by visiting: www.samsungpromotions.claims/galaxylaunchoffers within 60 days of purchase or receipt. UK/ROI. 18+ only. For full T&C’s, See www.samsungpromotions.claims/galaxylaunchoffers
S8: *Purchase by 24/02/2022. To claim & for full T&Cs, see: www.samsungpromotions.claims/galaxylaunchoffers by 24/02/22. UK/ROI. 18+ only.
**2022 Disney and its related entities. Promoter: Samsung Electronics (UK) Limited. Offer valid between 09/02/22 & 22/04/22 on purchase of a Galaxy S22, S22+ or S22 Ultra. 18+ UK residents only. Enter via Samsung account to receive code. Redeem code by 11/06/23. RRP £7.99p/m after 12-month subscription unless cancelled. Cancel anytime. T&Cs apply. Visit www.samsung.com/uk/boost/disneyplus & www.disneyplus.com for Disney+ Subscriber Agreement.
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