Samsung Unpacked welcomes Galaxy S22 series and Galaxy Tab S8 series

Samsung Unboxed welcomes Samsung Galaxy S22 series handsets

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Samsung Unpacked February 2022 breakdown

The event opened up explaining that life has changed with society relying on technology, with social and technological progress going hand in hand. They’re looking to make a big impact in this regard, leading to their ‘Galaxy for the Planet’ initiative, building power saving into plugs, reducing landfills, and using reusable plastics. In fact, all products announced in Samsung Unpacked are made of plastic recovered from ocean debris.

Samsung is also working alongside the UN’s sustainable development goals too, primarily with the Samsung global goals app. Samsung is looking to empower youth with the next generation of young leaders with ‘Generation 17’.

Security and privacy went up next. With Samsung patting themselves on the back for their ‘best in class’ security, alongside their 22 research and development hubs around the world. 

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. Credit: Samsung

Looking to ‘rewrite the rules of innovation’, Samsung is looking to empower and be inclusive. Up next was a period drama-comedy, with a lackluster Lord. Macintosh failed to impress royalty with a raincoat, which is then followed by the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy S22. We’re surprised a massive cheese board wasn’t present also…

Anyway, the whole marketing strategy here is an innovation that is meant to invoke creative and visual feelings, focusing on ‘pro grade’ cameras. Let’s face it, Samsung isn’t going to tell you that their latest flagship is going to be pants, are they?

There’s image stabilization, small object detection, and smooth zoom features that work natively with other apps such as Snapchat. Advanced HDR features when recording videos also work natively in Snapchat, Instagram, and TikTok. Nightography is going to create a new standard too apparently, being able to produce ‘lifelike imagery’.

Galaxy S22 will start from $799, with S22+ starting at $999.

Next up was the unveiling of The Samsung Galaxy Spaceship, or what will be commonly known as the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. In other news, my headphones have never made so much bass.

Its camera lenses sink into the handset, removing a camera bar and taking visual notes from the Note. This means the S Pen plugs straight into the S22 Ultra, which is three times more responsive than before thanks to AI. There are some extra S Pen features on compatible apps such as Microsoft Outlook. It’s a glass and aluminum sandwich design, which is built like a tank according to Samsung, but we’d still get a case on it on release.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8 Ultra has nearly 15-inches of screen real estate. Credit: Samsung

Samsung Unpacked then went on to talk about the power of S22 Ultra which includes AI and advanced cooling. This includes gel and nana TIMs that move heat faster to a vapor chamber which goes along the battery and stays away from the PCB and onto a graphite sheet which ultimately distributes heat. A pretty cool design if you ask us.

Once again, Nightography then popped in to tell us that it’s tough to take pictures at night, but Samsung has the perfect solution with the S22 Ultra. Although, it’s supposed to be good on the standard S22 model too? To be honest, it slows down frames captured per second in real-time when recording video in low light, allowing for more light to enter the lens. RAW format is coming to S22 Ultra too which should make pro photographers happy.

Google Duo is also becoming Androids’ answer to Apple’s SharePlay functionality, with Google Duo allowing for video calls whilst watching YouTube.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is available for preorder now starting at $1199.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S series of tablets were announced next, with 30% less latency with the new tablet and SPen combination. It also includes auto framing technology when using the front camera, which can be propped up with help from the new Keyboard and touchpad case. This turns the Tab S8 series tablet into a productivity machine, tablet, and laptop functionality combined.

Expandable storage is included and supports up to 1TB of Micro SD storage, which adds to the powerhouse nature of the lineup, in particular the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. Apparently, it makes the most of ‘work, play and everything else’.

Ranging from $799 from the base model to $1099 for the Tab S8 Ultra model, buying directly from Samsung bags buyers a free keyboard and touchpad case.

Other announcements include a new Samsung Wallet that can store Crypto, ID, various payment methods all via the security of Samsung Knox. Samsung Galaxy Watches are now more customizable than ever including new strap and watch face colors. One UI 4 got some screentime too, which is powered by Android 12, which is also coming to Galaxy Tabs too. Activity can be carried over to Windows PCs too.

Operating system upgrades are now going to cover up to four generations, this means security updates too. Although sustainable choices probably shouldn’t include yearly handset upgrades? Although 99% of Samsungs packaging is now sustainable, plastics are now partially made up of ocean-found materials. Although it’s more for publicity, it’s great to see tech giants putting efforts into sustainability and raising pollution awareness.

Which products were announced?

Samsung is starting 2022 with some heavy-hitting technology that should put them in good sted for 2022, with budget versions such as a Fan Edition most likely coming in Q4 2022. Today’s Samsung Unpacked took place within the Multiverse, something that is showing Samsungs future intentions with digital interaction in their growing Android ecosystem.

Let’s cut right to it, here’s all the awesome tech announced today with some key information:

Samsung Galaxy S22 series

To no one’s surprise, Galaxy S22 series is real. Sarcasm aside, it looks like S22 Ultra is replacing the large screen note models, but there are plenty of nods to the Note design. Here are the specifications for all models:

Samsung Galaxy S22 Samsung Galaxy S22+ Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Display6.06-inch AMOLED, FHD6.5-inch AMOLED, FHD6.8-inch AMOLED, QHD
Refresh rate120Hz adaptive120Hz adaptive120Hz adaptive
Rear cameras50MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP 3x optical telephoto50MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP 3x optical telephoto108MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP 3x optical telephoto, 10MP 10x optical telephoto
Front camera10MP10MP40MP
ChipsetSnapdragon 8 Gen 1/ Exynos 2200Snapdragon 8 Gen 1/ Exynos 2200Snapdragon 8 Gen 1/ Exynos 2200
Battery3,800 mAh4,600 mAh5,000 mAh
ColorsBlack, white, green, pink goldBlack, white, green, pink goldBlack, white, green, red

Samsung Galaxy S22

Featuring a 6.06-inch AMOLED, FHD screen that supports 120hz adaptive refresh rates, this is a stunning entry-level handset.

Samsung Galaxy S22+

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  • The screen in S22+ has the same spec but is 6.5-inch instead. There’s also a boost in battery power to 4,600 mAh, which is most likely to support the bigger screen.

    Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

    Learning from its predecessor, S22 Ultra is a love ‘Note’ to those looking for a bigger screen thanks to its 6.8-inch AMOLED, QHD 120hz screen. The included stylus really helps users make the most of that screen real estate.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 8 series

    Samsung has made it quite clear today that they are a market leader in the Android tablet market. Buying directly from Samsung bags buyers a free keyboard and touchpad case, preorder today from the links below. Here are the specifications for each model:

     Tab S8Tab S8+Tab S8 Ultra
    Display11in, 2560×1600 LCD, 120Hz12.7in, 2800×1752 AMOLED, 120Hz14.6in, 2960×1848 AMOLED, 120Hz
    ProcessorSnapdragon 8 Gen 1Snapdragon 8 Gen 1Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
    RAM, Storage8GB, 128/256GB8GB, 128/256GB8/16GB, 128/512GB
    AudioQuad speakersQuad speakersQuad speakers
    Rear cameras13Mp main, 6Mp ultrawide13Mp main, 6Mp ultrawide13Mp main, 6Mp ultrawide
    Front camera12Mp main12Mp mainDual 12Mp
    Samsung Galaxy Tab 8

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S8

    This entry-level tablet is a good bag of features when looking at the competition. It also includes a smart stylus, something the competition sells separately.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+

    Moving from an 11-inch to 12.7-inch 2800×1752 AMOLED, 120Hz screen, S8+ is aiming for the top premium tablet market. The battery has a 2000 mAh upgrade, but the other specs are pretty much the same as the S8.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

    With a 14.6-inch screen, dual selfie camera upgrade, and up to 512GB of local storage, the S8 Ultra is a powerful proposition for those looking for a powerhouse tablet solution.

    Christian 'Reggie' Waits' is a contributor to PC Guide, having written a wide array of how to and buying guide content.