So even though we’re more than 4 months away
from the Unpacked event for the Galaxy S22,
leakers are already out in full force indicating
that the Galaxy S22 will be a full-fledged
gaming machine masquerading as a phone, But
before that let’s talk about the addition
of a new hardware feature on the S22 and S22+
that will make the camera experience than
You see some of you might find this surprising
but the S21 and S21+ only offer 1.1x optical
That’s right, just 1.1x pure optical zoom.
So to offset this shortcoming Samsung used
a 64MP sensor and cropped into the image to
offer their “3x hybrid optical zoom”.
For those of you who don’t know optical zoom
is always better because it gets up close
and personal by using an actual lens adjustment
without sacrificing any quality.
The Hybrid zoom on the S21 just crops the
image to zoom in and while the images come
out good because of the high megapixel count,
but if there was a dedicated 3x optical zoom
hardware then the quality would have been
Thankfully, that’s not going to be the case
with the S22 and S22+.
Because GalaxyClub reports that the handsets
will get a proper 3x 10MP optical zoom camera.
In fact, it seems like it’s the same 3x zoom
camera we have on the S21 Ultra that’s also
expected to land on the S22 Ultra.
So coupled with a big 50MP main sensor, the
cameras on the S22 and Plus will see a significant
improvement in hardware.
With that said, it’s guaranteed at this point
the S22 lineup will have AMD GPU.
We’ve heard a lot about this in the past few
Rumored to have console-level features like
ray tracing and variable rate shading is more
than capable of blowing any modern-day mobile
GPU out of the water.
That showed in various graphics benchmarks
where it outperformed Apple’s and Qualcomm’s
best GPU offerings.
Today we have yet another benchmark leak that
paints the same picture.
The latest benchmark test run shows the AMD
GPU is around 1.5 times faster than A14 on
If you’ve noticed the AMD GPU has performed
slightly worse than the last time.
Well, the likely reason for that is cooling.
It was reported a while ago that Samsung would
use a vapor chamber cooling system for the
S22 lineup instead of graphite on the S21.
But the upper management at Samsung is suggesting
the mobile division to continue using graphite
cooling to keep the costs down.
Samsung’s mobile head didn’t make a decision
yet so we don’t know what cooling solution
we’re going to get on the S22.
But it’s possible, Samsung could have used
graphite for this test run and to keep the
temperatures low they might have reduced the
But nonetheless, these numbers are still way
more than the competition, and likely it’s
enough to keep even the upcoming iPhone 13’s
A15 chip at bay.
Anyway, One UI 4 will also have system-level
improvements to take advantage of the AMD
GPU and it seems the launch is pretty near
at least in the beta form.
Samsung has released a new version of the
One Hand Operation+ app on the Galaxy Store,
and its changelog mentions Android 12 support
which means the beta version of One UI 4 will
likely launch in September with Android 12.
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