Samsung Galaxy S21 vs S22: Are the differences worth upgrading?


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with Samsung Galaxy S22 The smartphone maker has added three new phones to its lineup. There are two basic forms, and S22 and S22 Plusthen a sophisticated model very similar to the Galaxy Note in the form of a file Galaxy S22 Ultra.

I will only focus on the Galaxy S22 and how it compares to last year Galaxy S21. If you’re curious about how the rest of the S22 lineup compares and contrasts with its 2021 counterpart, be sure to check out Matthew Miller’s details on S21 Ultra and S22 Ultra.

Back to S21 and S22.



The most notable change is the overall design. The S21 has a more rounded look, while the S22 ditches the rounded bezels in favor of a flat-edged design. Next is the display size. The S22’s one-touch screen has shrunk, going from 6.2 inches in the S21 to 6.1 inches in the S22.


Internally, the S22 uses Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, while storage and memory options remain the same. Just like the screen size, the battery inside the S22 has also gone down. The S21 has a 4000mAh battery, while the S22 comes with a 3700mAh battery. I’m not sure how low battery capacity will affect the overall battery life.


Another big change is the camera system on the back of the phone. The S21 has two 12MP cameras – one ultra-wide and one ultra-wide – and a 64MP telephoto camera. Based on specs alone, it’s clear that Samsung has focused its efforts on giving Galaxy S21 owners a better experience when zooming in to take pictures.

With the Galaxy S22, Samsung reversed course. There are still three cameras on the back of the phone, but this time there is one 12MP ultra-wide camera, 50MP ultra-wide camera, and a 10MP 3x telephoto camera. I’d be curious to see Samsung’s usage analytics and how often S21 owners have taken full advantage of the 64MP telephoto camera. Based on the S22’s camera setup, I would venture to guess that it hasn’t been used much.


So, if you are deciding whether to upgrade from S21 to S22 or not, I recommend stopping by.

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There are differences between the two phones, but the differences are unlikely to translate into a meaningful impact on the experience. That’s, of course, unless you’re taking a lot of photos and would benefit from the 50MP main (wide) camera on the S22.

If you’re upgrading from an older iPhone or Galaxy, the S22 looks (on paper) as a worthwhile option. It runs the latest Android version, has a spec sheet that’s sure to provide a consistently great experience, and it costs $799.

Tale from the tape

Speaking of the spec sheet, while it won’t tell the full story of what you should expect, it does provide some additional insights when you’re comparing two devices side by side. With that in mind, here’s the spec sheet for the S21 versus the S22:

advantage Galaxy S21 Galaxy S22
The operating system: Android 12, One UI 4 Android 12, One UI 4.1
Show: 6.2 inch FHD + AMOLED, 120 Hz 6.1 inch FHD +, AMOLED, 120 Hz, Vision Booster
Healer: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
memory: 8 GB 8 GB
storage: 128 GB, 256 GB 128 GB, 256 GB
battery: 4000 mAh 3700 mAh
Back cameras: 12 MP Ultra Wide, 12 MP, 64 MP Telephoto 12MP wide camera, 50MP wide, 10MP 3x zoom
front camera: 10 mega pixel 10 mega pixel
Delivery: 5G, LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0 5G, LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2
Colors: Phantom Violet, Phantom Gray, Phantom White, Phantom Pink phantom black, phantom white, rose gold, green
Pricing: $799.99 $799.99