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What to Expect - Samsung Galaxy S22 vs. Samsung Galaxy S21

Axel Nash

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A new year brings new things, and Samsung Galaxy fans know this pretty well. As it is the norm with the company, Samsung Galaxy S22 has seen the light of the day early in the year with the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2022.

The Galaxy S22 will bring a quicker processor, improved camera performance, and a smaller form factor than its sibling, Galaxy S21. Now the Samsung Galaxy S22 is official, it's time to take a proper look at the three phones that make up the range. So, let's dive in and discuss the Samsung S22 details and how this phone stacks up against its predecessor. Go and visit our Best Samsung Phones: Which Galaxy Model You Should Buy page to learn more about the upcoming design and which one will be better for you. 

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Part 1. Samsung Galaxy S22 vs. Samsung Galaxy S21

Specs Samsung Galaxy S22 Samsung Galaxy S21
Display 6.06-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, 1300 nits 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, 1300 nits
Resolution 1080 x 2,400p, 434 ppi density 1080 x 2,400p, 421 ppi density
Memory 8GB RAM/128GB, 8GB RAM/256GB, 12GB RAM/256GB (non-expandable) 8GB RAM/128GB, 8GB RAM/256GB (non-expandable)
Main camera 50MP (wide), 10MP (telephoto), 12MP (ultrawide). It can shoot 8K at 24/60fps. 12MP (wide), 64MP (telephoto), 12MP (ultrawide). It can shoot 8K at 24fps.
Selfie camera 10MP (wide). It can shoot 4K at 30/60fps 10MP (wide). It can shoot 4K at 30/60fps
Operating system Android 12, Samsung One UI 4 Android 11, Samsung One UI 3
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 895 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Battery capacity 4,000mAh 4,000mAh
Starting price $799 $799

1. Pricing and release date

If you want to pre-order the phone, you can do so from today (February 9), with the retail release coming on February 25th. So, it's a matter of being patient.

It has been confirmed on the Galaxy Unpacked that Samsung's kept the starting prices for the S22 the same as those for the S21 series, which is $799 for Galaxy S22, and Galaxy S22 Plus will cost $999, with Galaxy S22 Ultra costing $1,199.

2. Display and design

As we're approaching the launch date, there are lots of speculations about the looks of the Galaxy S22 series. Compared to the S21, the S22 model is slightly smaller and more pocket-friendly. It measures 146 x 70.5 x 7.6 mm, which is way smaller than its predecessor's 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9 mm. Put simply, it's slightly bigger than the miniature S10e.

Meanwhile, both phones boast the beautiful Dynamic AMOLED display, although the S21 features a slightly bigger display at 6.2 inches. As expected, both phones max out at 1080p resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. You can even drop the refresh rate to 48Hz if the task at hand is not that demanding. Overall, the display is perfect for watching videos, movies, and playing games.

3. Cameras

Camera-wise, S22 brings some sweeping changes to the table. That's because the new series is tipped to house a new rear camera design, which could see them take a "P" shape. However, that's not all; the main lens gets a 50MP upgrade alongside the 10MP telephoto and 12MP ultrawide. In addition, the telephoto lens gets a 3x optical zoom, which is a significant upgrade on the S21's 1.1x.

Think that's anything? It claims that the phone could pack a record-shattering 200MP main camera. If anything, this could be the highest pixel count on any Samsung smartphone, considering Galaxy S21 Ultra maxes out at 108MP wide-angle lens. The upgrade could be the fruit of the much-hyped Olympus partnership.

The camera upgrades don't stop there. Samsung could offer a white sub-pixel to the traditional RGB (Red, Green, and Blue). The RGBW setup on the 50MP main camera will help the phone better highlight high-contrast scenes. Another thing, Galaxy S22 can shoot 8K at 60fps, which is an improvement from the 24fps on Galaxy S21.

4. Processor

According to speculation by Ice Universe, Samsung Galaxy S22 could be powered by the newly launched Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. As a result, it's possible to imagine that the phone will score higher than its predecessors in terms of speed. Qualcomm says that the Kryo CPU that runs the chipset offers 20% faster processing speed and 30% more power savings.

In the meantime, LetsGoDigital, a Dutch blog, claims that Galaxy S22 may also feature an active fan mode, similar to what you have on your PC. This will offer the much-needed cooling effect during intensive usage, making the phone perfect for 4K streaming and online gameplay.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 on Galaxy S21 is no slouch either. This modern-era smartphone processor supports simultaneous 4K resolution video streaming with high-dynamic imagery. For photos, Snapdragon 888 uses advanced AI training to give precise photo focus and brightness. But all in all, the newer and faster processing power is the main shining point of Galaxy S22.

5. RAM and Storage

Again, the Samsung S22 details regarding the memory capacity are very scant. But assuming Samsung sticks to its latest tradition, expect the S22 and S22 Plus to offer 128GB and 256GB non-expandable memories. Rumor even has it that the S22 Ultra could come with a 512GB version. As for the RAM, Samsung Galaxy S22 is expected to run on an 8GB storage. Of course, this is the industry standard for most high-end smartphones these days.

6. Battery capacity

Both phones come equipped with a 4,000mAh battery capacity. Now that's more than enough for a smartphone this size, although it's a pity the developer doesn't up to things a little bit in this case. But the improved chip efficiency on the Galaxy S22 will likely offer its users a few hours more battery juice.

In addition, fast charging in Galaxy S22 will be via USB-C PD, just like its predecessor. But expect Samsung only to package a USB-C cable in the box as it does with Galaxy S21. This means you'll have to purchase the 25W charger if you don't have one. This unpopular decision was made in line with the company's goal to conserve the environment by reducing electronic waste emissions. And yes, the company will save money in the process.

It's also worth noting that the Galaxy S22 series could pack 25W wireless charging under the hood. This is a notable upgrade over Galaxy S21's 15W charging. Obviously, this means faster charging for Galaxy S22 users, although a specific stand will be needed. So, all said, expect a solid battery life with the Galaxy S22 model.

Part 2. Pro tip: A must-have software before switching a new phone

You must be itching to get the soon-to-be-launched Galaxy S22 series. But as exciting as it sounds, transferring your old data from Android/iPhone to Samsung can be challenging. For example, you may need to backup and restore WhatsApp chats on your new phone. Therefore, use Wondershare MobileTrans to transfer all your data to your Samsung phone and continue where you left on the old phone. It's simple actually; just install this program on your Mac or Windows PC, connect the two devices using a USB cable, and follow these steps:

Best alternatives to Samsung Smart Switch

Although Smart Switch is developed by Samsung, it is not an ideal method to transfer your data. To overcome its limitations, you can simply use MobileTrans - Phone Transfer by Wondershare. It can directly transfer all kinds of data including WhatsApp data from one phone to another instantly.

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1. Open the Backup & Restore function.

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Install and run MobileTrans on your PC and tap the Backup & Restore tab. Then, choose one of the following options:

  • Phone Backup & Restore: If you click this tab, you'll transfer all information on your old phone to PC before backing up on the new phone. This can be messages, videos, audio, documents, contacts, etc.
  • App Backup & Restore: Click this tab to import and backup WhatsApp, WeChat, WhatsApp Business, Line, Viber, and Kik. This includes data like individual chats, group chats, status updates, documents, etc.

Either way, just tap the Backup button to open the backup function you choose.

2. Enable USB debugging on your phone.

  select the backup app and enable usb debugging

So, let's assume you want to backup and restore WhatsApp data. In that case, choose WhatsApp under App Backup & Restore and then follow the instructions to allow USB debugging. You'll see your phone indicated as the source once USB debugging is enabled. Make sure you choose “Transfer Files” on your Android phone to enable USB debugging.

3. Select data to export to PC.

select data to import to pc

Now choose whether you want to backup videos, photos, starred chats, and so on. After that, click Start to transfer your data.

4. Restore data on your new phone.

Last but not least, connect your new phone to your PC and enable USB debugging to link it to the software. Then, click Restore, set the destination phone, and tap Start. MobileTrans will immediately back up and restore all your WhatsApp data on your new phone. It's that easy!

Final Words: Samsung Galaxy S22 s Samsung Galaxy S21: We Can't-Wait!

Having said that, Galaxy S22 series has offerred better overall performance than its predecessor, Galaxy S21. This premium device will house a sharper camera, pocket-friendly design, and improved battery life.

Add in the powerful and highly efficient Snapdragon 895 chipset and a pocket-friendly price tag of $799, and this phone becomes even a wiser purchase than the premium-class Galaxy S21 FE. Keep it locked on this page for more updates on the Samsung Galaxy S22 launch date. And grab the useful tool for the convenience of phone data transfer before make a phone switch, fully prepared for your phone data backup, like contacts, photos, videos,files, etc.

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Axel Nash

Axel Nash

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