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Which Samsung Galaxy S22 Model Should You Buy?

The most notable change is the overall design, the S22’s screen has actually shrunk, going from 6.2-inches on the S21 to 6.1-inches on the S22.

The Galaxy S22 phones come with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, which should provide an incremental bump in performance over the processor used in the S21.

The S21 has two 12-megapixel cameras, one wide, one ultra-wide and a 64-megapixel telephoto camera. On the Galaxy S22 there’s a single 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 50-megapixel wide camera, and a 10-megapixel 3x optical zoom telephoto shooter.

Another difference is in the battery,  the S21 has a 4,000mAh battery, while the S22’s battery comes in at 3,700mAh, but considering the 0.1 inch display reduction, difference in battery life should not be noticeable.

Samsung Galaxy S22 vs. Galaxy S21: Specs

FeatureGalaxy S21Galaxy S22
Operating System:Android 12, One UI 4Android 12, One UI 4.1
Display:6.2-inch FHD+ AMOLED, 120Hz6.1-inch FHD+, AMOLED, 120Hz, Vision Booster
Processor:Qualcomm Snapdragon 888Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Memory:8GB8GB
Storage:128GB, 256GB128GB, 256GB
Battery:4,000mAh3,700mAh
Rear Cameras:12MP ultra-wide, 12MP wide, 64MP telephoto12MP ultra-wide, 50MP wide, 10MP 3x telephoto
Front Camera:10MP10MP
Connectivity:5G, LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.05G, LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2
IP rating:IP68IP68
Charging:Fast charging 25W
USB Power Delivery 3.0
Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W
Reverse wireless charging 4.5W
Fast charging 25W
USB Power Delivery 3.0
Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W
Reverse wireless charging 4.5W
Colors:Phantom violet, phantom gray, phantom white, phantom pinkPhantom black, phantom white, pink gold, green
Pricing:800$800$
Infographics from Samsung

So, should you upgrade from the Galaxy S21 to the Galaxy S22?

  • If you want to a bigger or smaller phone than the S21 you own, the yes.
  • If you want the latest from Samsung, the yes.
  • If you can trade in an old phone and get a nice price cut, the yes.
  • If you want that ~25% bump in performance, the yes.
  • If you broke your S21 🙂

Otherwise, for daily use, browsing the internet, calls and maybe some lite gaming, I don’t think you should upgrade.

In general, performance wise, the upgrade from one year to another is not worth it, but this year the performance jump is a little up from the usual 20% to maybe 25%.

In the end, you decide if you really need it.

The Galaxy S22 compared to the Galaxy S21
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