With the Galaxy S20 5G, Samsung is doing more than just turning it up to 11. With 100x zoom, 108-megapixel sensor and 8K video, the specs for the Galaxy S20 5G family are also much larger than its predecessors. Indeed, though smartphone makers have added cool new features, the underlying camera technology has held constant, with 12MP cameras and 2X optical zoom. Which begs the question: Is the S20 for real? Or is Samsung just turning it up to the proverbial 11, and calling it 20?
Samsung has unveiled its Galaxy S22 smartphone with a smaller screen, improved nighttime photography and the first appearance of the firm's stylus in the S series. The latest addition to the Korean tech giant's S series is available in three models – the standard, starting at £769, the Plus, from £949, and the Ultra, which goes from £1,149 to an eye-watering £1,499 depending on memory capacity. For the standard model, Samsung has shrunk the screen size very slightly, down to 6.1 inches from the 6.2 inches of last year's standard Galaxy S21. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S22 Plus has a slightly bigger screen – 6.6 inches compared to 6.5 inches in last year's S21 Plus. Samsung's Galaxy S22 Ultra, the largest handset in the new family, has a hefty 6.8-inch screen like its predecessor, but it also includes the S-Pen, marking the stylus' first ever appearance in Samsung's S-series.
Samsung on Wednesday unveiled new smartphones in its Galaxy A series at an online Unpacked event. Samsung offers a range of smartphones with the A-series, S-series, Note line, and new foldable Android smartphones. The Galaxy A52, Galaxy A52 5G, and Galaxy A72 sport punch-hole OLED screens with high refresh rates and cameras with optical image stabilization (OIS), and they are IP67 water and dust resistant -- all features that Samsung previously reserved for flagship smartphones. While the company isn't announcing US pricing or availability yet, it has confirmed European pricing: €349 for the Galaxy A52 (about $415), €429 for the Galaxy A52 5G (about $510), and €449 for the Galaxy A72 ($534). OIS is the biggest draw for the new models.
Google's latest flagship smartphones -- the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL -- are finally shipping to customers, and the reviews are unanimous: The rear camera and dual selfie cams are best in class. But as good as those cameras might be, they're a bit puzzling -- and sort of paradoxical. The original Pixel and Pixel XL have two cameras: one front and one rear. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have two cameras: one front and one rear. And the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have three cameras: two front and one rear.
Samsung is attempting to fully replace high-end cameras and out-zoom its smartphone competition with the new Galaxy S21 Ultra, the firm's first to feature a large 10x optical zoom. Announced as part of the company's Unpacked live-streamed event, the new £1,149 Android superphone has two different optical zoom lenses for switching between 3x and 10x magnification. It leads Samsung's Galaxy S21 line for 2021 which also includes two smaller and cheaper models. The phones each have 20% faster processors than the S20 series last year, up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, plus faster fingerprint scanners in their screens. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is the largest of the bunch with a 6.8in 120Hz OLED screen, a big battery, and a glass and metal body with a new camera cluster design that wraps around the side of the device.