Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Galaxy Unpacked 2022: Samsung Takes The First Step At Unifying Their Hardware Families

The writing was on the wall. After skipping a 2021 release, the Samsung Galaxy Note series might have already made its last appearance.

However, Samsung is fully aware that the Note has its fair share of fans. After all, they were among the first company that started to expand their devices in size and added a stylus to a mobile phone device. This is, despite declarations that a stylus on a touch device, at one point in time, was unthinkable.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Series
From left to right: Galaxy S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra.

Fast forward to 2022, we see that the stylus is very much alive and well, considering that the Korean chaebol made the effort to include it in the Samsung S21 in 2021. But following Samsung’s Unpacked 2022 event, we might truly see the last of the Note series.

With the announcement of the new Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, this Galaxy phone will finally feature a slot to holster the S-Pen, but before we get into that here’s a whole slew of devices Samsung announced on 10 February 2022 –

DeviceKey Specifications
Galaxy S22 5GQualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
6.1-inch FHD+
Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display
Super Smooth 120Hz refresh rate (10~120Hz)
3,700mAh Battery
Galaxy S22+ 5GQualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
6.6-inch FHD+
Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display
Super Smooth 120Hz refresh rate (10~120Hz)
4,500mAh Battery
Galaxy S22 UltraQualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
6.8-inch Edge QHD+
Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display
Super Smooth 120Hz refresh rate (1~120Hz)
8GB / 12GB RAM
5,000mAh Battery
Galaxy Tab S8Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
11-inch LTPS TFT Display
8,000 mAh Battery
Galaxy Tab S8+Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
12.4-inch Super AMOLED Display
10,090 mAh Battery
Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra 5GQualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
14.6-inch Super AMOLED Display
11,200 mAh Battery

While it might be plenty to take in, this line-up is what we’ve come to expect from Samsung. The thing to really focus on here would be the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra 5G. It’s easy to focus on the flagship devices but it’s good to note that these devices do give us a possible hint as to how the direction of the company might be heading.

After all, with processors in continued high demand, it does make sense for the company to figure out how to streamline its product offerings. Sadly, it does seem like the Note series might not make the cut in the future. We’re sure the company would not confirm nor deny the end of the Note’s run, but having the Galaxy S22 Ultra combine the best of both worlds into one package gives us strong hints of this possibility.

To take it one step further, both the S22 and Tab devices are definitely looking to write their way into how Samsung rolls out their products for the future. The missing piece here is ensuring that each hardware family is able to seamlessly operate with one another. At this point, while both the Ultra and Tab both have access to the S-Pen, a single stylus is still unable to work reliably well on different devices. For Samsung to look like it is serious in building out its own tech ecosystem, it must rely on their portable devices to lead the charge. Will the present-day circumstances spur them on to make the change? That choice is for them to seize.

Regardless, the Galaxy S22 Ultra has shaped itself up to be the one device we have our eye on for the early part of 2022. Based on our initial impressions, it’s definitely one to consider if you’re looking for an upgrade.