When Samsung didn’t replace the Galaxy Note 20 with a Note 21, many thought it marked the end of Samsung’s revered line of high-end phablets. Rejoice, then, at the arrival of the Galaxy S22 Ultra, a colossal smartphone that brings Note series features into the Galaxy S22 range.Read More...
When Samsung didn’t replace the Galaxy Note 20 with a Note 21, many thought it marked the end of Samsung’s revered line of high-end phablets. Rejoice, then, at the arrival of the Galaxy S22 Ultra, a colossal smartphone that brings Note series features into the Galaxy S22 range.
Equipped with a vast 6.8” screen and supplied with an improved S Pen, there’s little doubt the S22 Ultra is the logical heir to the Note range. But it’s also packed with high-end phone features, including a powerful new 4nm processor, and a camera with Samsung’s incredible 100x ‘Space Zoom’. A raft of design and feature improvements make this not just a worthy successor to the Note 20, but a brilliant flagship for the whole Galaxy range.Read less
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If it absolutely has to be the best smartphone Samsung has to offer, allow us to introduce the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Launched alongside the S22 and S22+ in February 2022, the 22 Ultra shares much of its internals with its flagship Galaxy stablemates, but don’t be fooled: this huge phone with its included S Pen is a Galaxy Note 22 in disguise.
For a start, the Galaxy S22 Ultra has a different design direction to the smaller S22 and S22+. It’s much more like an evolution of the Galaxy Note 20, with curved edges, and no hump for its four-camera array. Its S Pen fits in a neat compartment, while the bright, 6.8” display offers stunning 1,440x3,080 resolution - better than the other S22 models.
Like the rest of the S22 range, the S22 Ultra benefits from Samsung’s four-update promise. Launched with Android 12, it should see updates all the way to Android 16, making it a cracking long-term investment.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra doesn’t look like the other S22 phones. Its five cameras are mounted flush into its back panel, while the phone’s sides are much more heavily curved. The display, too, is curved at the edges, rather than entirely flat as on the smaller flagships. Like other S22 models, the front and back are protected by Corning’s latest Gorilla Glass Invictus+, said to be 12.5% tougher than the glass on S21 series handsets.
At 158x78x8mm, this is a big phone, and it weighs in at a portly 228 grams. Even so, it’s fractionally smaller and lighter than an iPhone 13 Pro Max, despite offering a slightly bigger and significantly more detailed screen.
Like the other S22 models, you can get the Galaxy S22 Ultra in four ‘base’ colours, with a further three available when you buy new from Samsung. While it doesn’t look quite as up to the minute - and there’s no disguising its sheer size - it’s still a sleek device that’s likely to turn heads.
Among the Galaxy S22 range, the S22 Ultra stands out for its breathtaking camera array. While the other phones make do with a triple-camera setup at the rear, the S22 Ultra gets four lenses, and some serious sensor upgrades.
Star of the show is the main, wide-angle camera, bristling with 108 megapixels (MP) for insanely detailed images. More importantly, this uses a monster sensor nearly 2cm across - about three times bigger than the other phones in the range. This extra size ought to help it scoop up far more light in dim conditions, helping raise its night photography to new levels.
Further down the billing, the phone gets a similar 10MP, 3x zoom telephoto lens to its siblings, but also a 10MP, 10x zoom device. This gives the S22 Ultra the ability to close right up to even distant subjects, and it can be enhanced digitally up to a dizzying 100x zoom - enough to read the time on your neighbour’s watch. Completing the array is a 12MP ultrawide camera, great for indoor and landscape shots alike.
Even the front camera gets a hefty upgrade over the 10MP unit in the rest of the range. The Galaxy S22 Ultra rocks a big 40MP sensor, again promising improved detail in good conditions, and less noise at night.
As is often the case in smartphone cameras, what’s good for photography is good for video. Specifically, big sensors, hoovering up more light, make for better detail and less noise in night environments. Samsung also says it’s improved the optical image stabilisation in the S22 Ultra, steadying the action over a wider angle of movement, and using AI object tracking for blur-free video.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will shoot 4k video from any of its five cameras at up to 60 frames per second (fps). It’ll also shoot 8k at 24fps from the main, wide-angle rear camera - that gives it the edge over an iPhone 13 Pro for outright resolution.
This phone gets one of the biggest, brightest, most detailed screens you’ll find on any smartphone. Its 6.8” OLED offers 1,440x3,080 resolution, along with a retina-melting 1,750 nits of maximum brightness - around double the norm on cheaper OLED phones. Unlike an iPhone, there’s no big camera notch to spoil the party - just a small ‘hole punch’ for the 40MP front-facing camera. You’ll not notice the fingerprint sensor, either - there’s an ultrasonic one hidden under the display.
Gamers will delight in this screen’s size, resolution and brightness, but also in its 240Hz touch sampling rate when in Game Mode. Like other S22 phones, the display’s variable refresh rate tops out at a smooth 120Hz, but here it can drop as low as a single refresh per second - a great battery-saving feature.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra gets the same Samsung Exynos 2200 chip as the rest of the Galaxy S22 range. This can’t keep up with the latest iPhones, but it’ll kick sand in the eyes of most Android mobiles. The new chip is Samsung’s first to use smaller 4 nanometre technology, allowing it to do more number crunching with less power. The result should be less heat and less battery drain for the same amount of work.
Fortunately, battery use is unlikely to be an issue thanks to this phone’s hefty 5,000mAh unit. It packs a lot of power, and the new efficient processor and ultra-low refresh rate should help to make the most of it. If you do need a top up, there’s support for Qi wireless charging up to 15W, and 45W super-fast charging - you’ll need to buy a suitable power supply yourself, though.
You can get a Galaxy S22 Ultra with a choice of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or a whopping 1TB of storage - although Samsung will charge you £1,499 for the latter. If you are buying from Samsung, you can choose from three exclusive colours: graphite, sky blue or red. Wherever you’re buying, there’s a choice from four ‘base’ colours: burgundy, black, white or green.
Like almost any modern phone, the S22 Ultra doesn’t come with a power adaptor or ear buds - you just get a charging cable. It’ll work with any USB C charger, but you’ll get the quickest charging from one capable of delivering at least 45W.
It’s already available! The phone was announced on 9 February 2022.
As much as other flagship phones, yes. It’s rated IP68, which means it’ll tolerate a little rain or splashing. We wouldn’t recommend taking it swimming, though.