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Samsung Galaxy S22 vs Galaxy S22+ vs Galaxy S22 Ultra: What’s different?

Samsung Galaxy S22 series has been launched in India. Picking the right S22 model can be complicated as there are three variants such as Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus, and Galaxy S22 Ultra. The Ultra manages to set itself apart from the S22 and S22+ by offering features like a refined design and support for the S Pen stylus.

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This year, Samsung is also offering a glass back on the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus, making them premium compared to their predecessors. Some of the major highlights include enhanced AMOLED displays, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 / Exynos 2200 chipset, improved camera setup, and up to 5,000mAh battery. Here is a comparison between the S22 variants to know which model is right for you.

Galaxy S22 vs Galaxy S22 Plus vs Galaxy S22 Ultra: complete specs

Specs Samsung Galaxy S22 Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
 Display 6.1-inch FHD+ AMOLED (120Hz) 6.6-inch FHD+ AMOLED (120Hz) 6.8-inch FHD+ AMOLED (120Hz)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
RAM 8GB LPDDR5 8GB LPDDR5 8GB | 12GB LPDDR5
Storage 128GB | 256GB UFS 3.1 128GB | 256GB UFS 3.1 128GB | 256GB | 512GB | 1TB UFS 3.1
OS One UI 4.1 based on Android 12 One UI 4.1 based on Android 12 One UI 4.1 based on Android 12
Rear cameras 50MP + 12MP + 10MP 50MP + 12MP + 10MP 108MP + 12MP + 10MP + 10MP
Front Camera 10MP 10MP 40MP
Battery 3,700mAh 4,500mAh 5,000mAh
Fast charging 25W fast charging 45W fast charging 45W fast charging
Dimensions 146 x 70.6 x 7.6mm 157.4 x 75.8 x 7.6mm 163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9mm
Weight 168 grams 196 grams 229 grams
Price $799 $999 $1,199

Galaxy S22 vs Galaxy S22 Plus vs Galaxy S22 Ultra: display and design

The Galaxy S22 is a compact flagship featuring a 6.1-inch AMOLED FHD+ display, whereas the larger S22+ packs a 6.6-inch AMOLED FHD+ screen. The S22 and S22+ feature a flat display with a centrally positioned punch-hole. The Galaxy S22 Ultra has a massive 6.81-inch AMOLED QHD+ display with a punch-hole and curved edge design. The S22 trio offers a 20:9 aspect ratio, a 120Hz refresh rate, and a 240Hz touch sampling rate.

The S22 offers a max brightness of 1,500 nits, while the other two models peak at 1,750 nits. The Vision Booster feature available on S22 lineup adjusts the screen brightness to offer the best viewing experience in bright sunlight. For security, the S22 trio is fitted with an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner and face unlock.

The Galaxy S22 trio is equipped with Gorilla Glass Victus+ panels on the front and rear with an aluminium frame in between. In addition, they offer IP68 rated dust and water resistance. All three phones measure around 7.5mm. The S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra weigh 168 grams, 196 grams, and 229 grams, respectively. The S22 and S22 Plus comes in colours like Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, and Pink Gold. On the other side, the S22 Ultra can be purchased in hues like Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, and Burgundy. While the Ultra model is available in different colours, its S Pen comes in black only.

Galaxy S22 vs Galaxy S22 Plus vs Galaxy S22 Ultra: complete performance and software

Samsung Galaxy S22

Samsung Galaxy S22

The Galaxy S22, S22+, S22 Ultra are powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset in India. In some other markets like Europe, the S22 trio comes with Exynos 2200 chip that tags an AMD GPU. The Galaxy S22 and S22+ comes in same variants such as 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage. Depending on the market, the S22 Ultra comes in multiple configurations such as 8GB RAM + 128GB storage, 12GB RAM + 256GB storage, 12GB RAM + 512GB storage, and 12GB RAM + 1TB storage.

Galaxy S22 vs Galaxy S22 Plus vs Galaxy S22 Ultra: cameras

Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus

It goes without saying that the Galaxy S22 Ultra promises a better photography experience through its 108-megapixel quad-camera unit as compared to the 50-megapixel triple camera unit available on the S22 and S22+. For selfies, the S22 Ultra gets an autofocus-enabled 40-megapixel front camera, while Samsung has settled for a 10-megapixel fixed-focus selfie snapper on the S22 and S22+.

Coming back to the rear cameras, the Galaxy S22 Ultra gets a 108-megapixel primary lens, a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera with a 120-degree FOV, a 10-megapixel telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom, and a 10-megapixel periscope telephoto camera with 10x optical zoom. The S22 Ultra is capable of offering 100x hybrid zoom (aka 100X Space Zoom). Except for the ultrawide lens, the other cameras of the phone carry support for Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS).

The Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus have the same triple camera unit, which is headlined by an OIS-assisted 50-megapixel Samsung GN5 lens. It is coupled with a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera with a 120-degree FOV and a 10-megapixel telephoto camera with OIS and 3x optical zoom. As can be seen, the S22 and S22+ lack a periscope telephoto lens.

Galaxy S22 vs Galaxy S22 Plus vs Galaxy S22 Ultra: battery

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

The Galaxy S22, S22+, and S22 Plus are equipped with a 3,700mAh, 4,500mAh, and a 5,000mAh battery, respectively. The S22 supports 25W fast charging, while the S22+ and S22 Ultra support 45W fast charging. All three phones offer 15W wireless charging and Wireless PowerShare, which is nothing but reverse wireless charging in Samsung’s world.

Galaxy S22 vs Galaxy S22 Plus vs Galaxy S22 Ultra: other features

The Galaxy S22 series is equipped with dual stereo speakers. The S22 Ultra gets S Pen support and a dedicated compartment for storing it. The S Pen with its 2.8ms response time promises fluid writing experience. The S22 trio lacks a microSD and a 3.5mm audio jack. The three phones offer features such as dual nano-SIM slots, one e-SIM slot, 5G, Wi-Fi 6 (only on S22), Wi-Fi 6E (only on S22+, Ultra), NFC, USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 1, and ultrawide-band (only on S22+, Ultra).

Galaxy S22 vs Galaxy S22 Plus vs Galaxy S22 Ultra: conclusion

The Galaxy S22 is surely for the ones who are looking forward to purchasing a compact flagship that packs in features like an amazing display, 50-megapixel triple cameras, and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The S22 Plus seems to be designed for those buyers who want a large flagship device with better battery life and decent cameras. For those who don’t mind spending more money to get additional features such as S-Pen support, bigger display with QHD+ resolution support, curved-edge display design, 108-megapixel quad cameras with 100X zoom, and bigger battery, the S22 Ultra is the right choice.

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