Samsung Galaxy S22 vs. Galaxy S22 Plus vs. Galaxy S22 Ultra

Samsung’s Galaxy S22 range has been out for a while now, and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. The latest range is technically formed of three smartphones, but the Galaxy S22 Ultra is something of an outlier this time around. It has a slightly different look from the other two models in the range and an upgraded camera — but the really big difference is the inclusion of a built-in S Pen, much like the now-defunct Galaxy Note line.

But does that make the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra the best smartphone in the range? It’s certainly the biggest, but is it the best? A lot of factors go into whether a smartphone is right for you, and you may be wondering whether the base Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus, or Galaxy S22 Ultra is the best choice — or what the major differences are. Here, we’ll explore that and tell you which smartphone may be right for you.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Size 146 x 70.6 by 7.6mm (5.75 by 2.78 by 0.30 inches) 157.4 by 75.8 by 7.6mm (6.20 by 2.98 by 0.30 inches) 163.3 by 77.9 by 8.9mm (6.43 by 3.07 by 0.35 inches)
Weight 167 grams/168 grams (mmWave) (5.89 ounces) 195 grams/196 grams (mmWave) (6.88 ounces) 202 grams (7.2 ounces)
Screen size 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X 6.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X
Screen resolution 2340 x 1080 pixels (425 pixels per inch) 2340 x 1080 pixels (393 ppi) 3080 x 1440 pixels (394 ppi)
Operating system Android 13 with OneUI 5 Android 13 with OneUI 5 Android 13 with OneUI 5
Storage 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
MicroSD card slot No No No
Processor Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (Exynos 2200 outside the U.S.) Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (Exynos 2200 outside the U.S.) Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (Exynos 2200 outside the U.S.)
RAM 8GB 8GB 8GB, 12GB
Camera Triple lens 50-megapixels wide, 12MP ultrawide, and 10MP telephoto rear, 10MP front Triple lens 50MP wide, 12MP ultrawide, and 10MP telephoto rear, 10MP front Quad lens 108MP wide, 12MP ultrawide, and 10MP telephoto rear, 40MP front
Video 8K at up to 24 frames per second, 4K at up to 60 fps, 1080p at 240 fps 8K at up to 24 fps, 4K at up to 60 fps, 1080p at 240 fps 8K at up to 24 fps, 4K at up to 60 fps, 1080p at 240 fps
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 5.2 Bluetooth 5.2 Bluetooth 5.2
Ports USB-C USB-C USB-C
Fingerprint sensor Yes (in-display ultrasonic) Yes (in-display ultrasonic) Yes (in-display ultrasonic)
Water resistance IP68 IP68 IP68
Battery 3,700mAh

25W wired charging (no charger included in the box)

15W wireless charging

Reverse wireless charging

4,500mAh

45W wired charging (no charger included in the box)

15W wireless charging

Reverse wireless charging

5,000mAh

45W wired charging (no charger included in the box)

15W wireless charging

Reverse wireless charging

App marketplace Google Play Store Google Play Store Google Play Store
Network support All major carriers All major carriers All major carriers
Colors Phantom Black, white, Pink Gold, green, Graphite, Sky Blue, Violet, Cream Phantom Black, white, Pink Gold, green, Graphite, Sky Blue, Violet, Cream Phantom Black, white, Burgundy, green, Graphite, red, Sky Blue
Price Starting at $800 Starting at $1,000 Starting at $1,200
Buy from Samsung Samsung Samsung
Review score 4 out of 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars 4.5 out of 5 stars

Design, display, and durability The Galaxy S22, S22 Plus, and S22 Ultra.Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

There’s no way to sugarcoat this — the Galaxy S22 Ultra shares more with the Note 20 Ultra than its stablemates. While the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus share a clear design language with rounded corners and flat displays, the S22 Ultra goes its own way with more angular corners and a curved display. That makes sense, given Samsung’s intent was to blend the S-range with the Note, but it does mean the range doesn’t feel particularly combined. But that’s a fairly small complaint, and they’re all stunning smartphones, regardless.

Size could be an issue for you, though. If you have smaller hands, you may find the S22 Ultra a little bit too large, and it has the potential to be unwieldy even for those with large hands. Weirdly, it was the smaller S22 that really enchanted us during our initial hands-on time, and unlike previous generations, Samsung cut no corners with the smallest model’s build quality, too. So you’ll find metal builds on each of these phones, which is a big draw if you’re a fan of smaller phones.

All three have a Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with a 120Hz refresh rate, but the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s higher resolution means it’s technically the str

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