The Samsung Galaxy S22 series debuted this week as the company’s most advanced and powerful smartphone range. The series includes the regular Galaxy S22, the Galaxy S22+ and the top-class Galaxy S22 Ultra. Among other things, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra comes in a more Galaxy Note-esque design where you have a dedicated space to keep an S Pen. The phone also has a curved screen and premium cameras. In addition to the Galaxy S22 series, Samsung brought the Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8+, and the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra as its three new tablets at the Galaxy Unpacked 2022 event. Samsung’s products can compete with their iPhone and iPad counterparts, but where is the Android competition?
Host Akhil Arora chats with deputy review editor Roydon Cerejo and senior reviewer Aditya Shenoy on this week’s Gadgets 360 podcast Orbital episode to understand how well the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy Tab S8 series stand out from the competition.
The price of the Samsung Galaxy S22 in India has yet to be announced, although the phone will come to the US for a starting price of $799 (about Rs. 60,200). The Samsung Galaxy S22+, on the other hand, starts at $999 (about Rs. 75,300), and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra starts at $1,199 (about Rs. 90,400).
Like the Galaxy S22 series, the Indian pricing of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series has not yet been announced. However, in the US, the Galaxy Tab S8 starts at $699.99 (about Rs. 52,700). The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ has a starting price of $899.99 (about Rs. 67,800), and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra starts at $1,099.99 (about Rs. 82,900).
One of the most distinctive models in this year’s lineup is the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. This new offering comes as the successor to last year’s Galaxy S21 Ultra, although it includes a list of significant changes. These include the included S Pen, the dedicated compartment, and the curved 6.8-inch Edge QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display. The phone has four cameras on the back, with a primary sensor of 108 megapixels.
The arrival of the Galaxy S22 Ultra also marked the end of an era for the Galaxy Note series known for supporting productivity.
Samsung has also modified the hardware for the vanilla Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+. In addition to the Galaxy S22 Ultra, both models come with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC in the global markets. The phones also have a few software tweaks and a glass back.
We discuss that with the Galaxy S22 series, Samsung has again beaten all other Android competitors in the premium market. The South Korean company has also announced an expansion by giving Android OS upgrades for up to four years. This would extend the life of the new flagships. In addition, the phones come standard with Android 12, along with the proprietary One UI 4.1 on top.
In addition to the Galaxy S22 models, Samsung has the Galaxy Tab S8 serves as a counterpart to Apple’s iPad mini and iPad Pro. This seems to be mainly aimed at countering the iPad Pro with M1 that Apple launched last year. The series also brings the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra as the new flagship model this year.
The Galaxy Tab S8 series has the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC on board — just like the Galaxy S22 models. There’s also Android 12 with a tweaked One UI Tab 4 on top. Furthermore, the tablets are available in 5G options in addition to their regular Wi-Fi models.
We’re looking into whether anyone has any Android competition to browse through when looking at the Galaxy S22 series – other than Samsung’s predecessors in the Galaxy S21 models. We also discuss the added value you can get with the Galaxy Tab S8 models if you already have a laptop.
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