So, you might be asking, what’s under the hood? The S22 phones sport a new processor and, according to Samsung, faster battery charging, but the most significant improvements are with the camera’s photo and video capabilities. They’re iterative upgrades, though, mostly geared towards low-light and nighttime shooting.
More megapixels and bigger image sensors: The main rear camera on the S22 and S22+ has been upgraded with a larger sensor, and the resolution has been bumped from 12MP to 50MP. A larger sensor captures more light, which is useful if you shoot at night or, say, in a dimly lit restaurant. But more megapixels doesn’t always mean better quality photos or videos. We’ll be putting both to the test soon.
New AI camera tricks: As with last year, the camera advances in the new models are largely software-based. Samsung says its new and enhanced AI-assisted tools can automatically sharpen details and reduce noise in photos, depending on your lighting conditions. The S22 Ultra’s zoom has been boosted from 30x to 100x, so you can take more detailed shots of, say, your kid across the soccer field or your favorite band at a concert. For videos, the phones can automatically adjust the frame rate, as well as the focus based on how many people join your shot.
For pro-level photography, Samsung says, the S22 phones’ new Portrait mode does a better job of distinguishing human or pet hair from the background—a detail that separates a great photo from an okay one—and the Expert RAW app provides DSLR-like controls for adjusting white balance and changing ISO and shutter speed settings when editing and shooting.
Faster battery charging: The S22+ and S22 Ultra both support 45W charging, compared to the slower 25W charging in previous models. This means you could fully charge your phone in as little as 20 minutes, according to Samsung. Stand by for results from our battery life tests.
New processor: The S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra are the first Samsung phones to use a 4nm processor. In theory, that should lead to better AI processing and graphics performance. It’s not likely to help you solve Wordle, but it could give you a performance boost if you’re running a more graphics-intensive game like Call of Duty.