Newest Samsung Phone: A Complete Guide [2022]



Thinking about getting yourself a Samsung phone? Want to know what the newest Samsung phone is? Read on for everything you need to know…


Unlike Apple, Samsung makes A LOT of phones. In fact, Samsung makes a phone for pretty much every price niche there is – from ultra-expensive flagship phones to foldable phones and ultra-budget options.

This is why Samsung is the world’s #1 smartphone brand by sales: it hits literally every single price bracket from $2000 right down to $150, covering off the entire market.

If you go with a Samsung phone, you have a ton of options too. There’s flagship phones, foldable phones, mid-range Android phones, budget phones, and ultra-budget phones.

But what are the latest and newest Samsung phones?

Let’s take a look at what Samsung’s newest phone models are and then cover off some additional things you’ll probably want to know before committing to buying one…

Newest Samsung Phones (2022)

ModelPrice TierRelease Date
Samsung Galaxy S22Entry-Level FlagshipFebruary, 2022
Samsung Galaxy S22 PlusFlagshipFebruary, 2022
Samsung Galaxy S22 UltraUltra-FlagshipFebruary, 2022
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4Ultra-FlagshipAugust, 2022
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4FlagshipAugust, 2022
Samsung Galaxy S21 FEMid-RangeJanuary, 2022
Samsung Galaxy A73Mid-RangeMarch, 2022
Samsung Galaxy A53 5GBudgetMarch, 2022
Samsung Galaxy A33 5GBudgetApril, 2022
Samsung Galaxy M53 5GAffordableApril, 2022

Samsung Galaxy S22

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Samsung’s latest flagship release is its Samsung Galaxy S22 range which includes the Samsung Galaxy S22, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus, and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra – the Ultra is the most expensive and the best from a hardware and technical specifications perspective.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 ($799) is the entry-level model, the Galaxy S22 Plus ($999) is the mid-tier flagship model, and the Galaxy S22 Ultra ($1199) is the ultra-flagship model, packing in the best specs and hardware possible. But it does come with a rather hefty price tag.

With respect to specs and hardware, the difference between Samsung’s three 2022 Galaxy S models is quite diverse. I could go into a huge amount of detail on this subject alone, but it is probably easier to just display everything in a table – then you can see, side-by-side how they compare.

Samsung Galaxy S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra Specs Compared

SpecificationGalaxy S22Galaxy S22+Galaxy S22 Ultra
Display6.1in, 120Hz, FHD+, AMOLED display6.6in, 120Hz, FHD+, AMOLED display6.8in, 120Hz, QHD+, AMOLED display
CPUSnapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200
RAM8GB RAM8GB RAM8/12GB RAM
Storage128/256GB128/256GB128/256/512GB/1TB
Battery3700mAh battery4500mAh battery5000mAh battery
Wired Charging25W45W45W
Wireless Charging15W15W15W
Cameras50Mp, f/1.8, OIS main
12MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide
10Mp, f/2.4, OIS 3x zoom telephoto
50Mp, f/1.8, OIS main
12MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide
10Mp, f/2.4, OIS 3x zoom telephoto
108Mp, f/1.8, OIS main
12MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide
10Mp, f/2.4, OIS 3x zoom telephoto
10Mp, f/4.9, OIS 10x zoom telephoto
5GYesYesYes
WiFi SupportWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi DirectWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi DirectWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth Version5.2, A2DP, LE5.2, A2DP, LE5.2, A2DP, LE
IP RatingIP68IP68IP68
Display ProtectionGorilla Glass Victus+Gorilla Glass Victus+Gorilla Glass Victus+
Dimensions70.6 x 146 x 7.6mm75.8 x 157.4 x 7.6mm77.9 x 163.3 x 8.9mm
Weight168g196g229g
Android OSAndroid 13Android 13Android 13

The main differences between Samsung’s Galaxy S22 and the Galaxy S22 Ultra relate to its camera, storage capacity, battery size, and the amount of RAM used in the phone. It’s basically bigger and better in all of these areas which is important if you want the best possible performance.

The S22 Ultra has up to 12GB of RAM, 1TB of storage, a 5000mAh battery, and the largest 6.8in 120Hz QHD+ display. The base models – the S22 and S22+ – but have 120Hz refresh rates but their resolutions are limited to Full HD+ (1440 x 3088 pixels).

The Galaxy S22 Ultra has the most advanced camera of the lot with two telephoto lenses, a 108MP main sensor, and a 12MP ultrawide lens. The Galaxy S22+ also has a telephoto lens, as does the Galaxy S22, but these models are limited to 3x optical zoom, whereas the S22 Ultra will do 10x Optical Zoom.

Both the S22 and S22+ use less potent main lenses as well; the S22 Ultra’s main is a 108MP, whereas the S22 and S22+ use 50MP lenses for their main sensors. They’re all excellent, of course, but the S22 Ultra’s packs in significantly more detail and image quality.

The S22 Ultra’s big draw, however, is its 10x optical zoom and overall image quality which, when combined, makes it one of the best camera modules on the market right now. Even when compared to Apple’s newer iPhone 14 Pro Max and the Google Pixel 7 Pro.

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But, as I noted earlier, Samsung makes a huge range of phones. This means the Galaxy S22 range isn’t the only new phone Samsung released in 2022. Samsung actually released 10 new phones in 2022 across its myriad ranges of phone brands.

What is The Best Samsung Phone?

The best Samsung phone will depend entirely on your needs, your budget, and what you want from a phone. If you want the best specs, the best camera, and the best overall performance, you’ll have to go with the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra – it is the company’s current flagship.

If you just want solid performance and you can live without all the fancy bells and whistles of the Ultra model, the base model Galaxy S22 will be fine. Ditto the Galaxy S22 Plus, if you want something a little fancier but still cheaper than the Galaxy S22 Ultra.

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If you want to go the budget route, Samsung’s Galaxy A72 is an excellent option. It packs in things like an OLED display, an impressive triple-lens camera, and 5G, so you’re pretty much future-proofed with respect to specs, hardware, and connectivity.

Most think Samsung’s biggest selling phones are its flagships, but this is not the case. The majority of Samsung’s phone sales are made up of its cheaper models from its Galaxy A and Galaxy M range of phones. The Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 being two of the most popular options with consumers.

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Which Samsung Phone is Biggest?

If you’re interested in finding out about the sizes of Samsung’s phones, we have a dedicated post that compares the different sizes and dimensions of Samsung’s phones, so check that out for more information on how they all compare with respect to screen size, dimensions, and weight.

The biggest current Samsung phone is the Galaxy S22 Ultra; it has a 6.7in OLED display and the largest footprint of Samsung’s current flagship models. Unfolded, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 has the biggest display, it is over 7in, so you’re very much in tablet territory here.

The Galaxy S10e is one of the smallest Samsung phones you can buy right now. But it is no longer getting Android updates, so you’ll have to run something like LineageOS on it. If you can live with that, the phone is still a very good, budget option for 2022.

It has a 5.8in OLED panel that, thanks to the phone’s design being more or less all display, makes for a seriously portable (and really potent) smartphone experience. The S10e is now pretty cheap too, thanks to the fact that it is a couple of years old.

What About Android Updates?

Samsung now offers three years’ worth of Android updates on select models in its Android phone range. If you buy either a Galaxy S line phone or a Galaxy Fold, you’ll get three years’ worth of Android updates.

The following Samsung phones will get three years’ worth of Android updates and four years’ worth of security updates:

  • Samsung Galaxy S22
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

This is a good thing because running the latest build of Android makes your phone more secure and more useful. Sadly, not ALL Samsung phones get the same support.

Galaxy A series phones will get three years worth of updates, but it is currently limited to the following handsets:

  • Samsung Galaxy A73
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy A71 4G/5G
  • Samsung Galaxy A72
  • Samsung Galaxy A51 4G/5G
  • Samsung Galaxy A52 4G/5G
  • Samsung Galaxy A90 5G

Similarly, the following Samsung Galaxy Note phones are included in Samsung’s three-year Android update initiative:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G/4G
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G/4G
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G/4G
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 5G/4G
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite

Therefore, if you want the best possible support with Android updates, you’ll need to use one of Samsung’s more expensive phones – either one of its Galaxy S-brand phones or one of its foldable Fold phones.

What’s The Best Value Samsung Phone?

If you do not want to pay big bucks for your next Samsung phone but you still want flagship performance and decent specs, your best bet is the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE – it is just as good as the Galaxy S21, minus a few non-essential specs and tweaks.

Similarly, the Samsung Galaxy A72 5G is another excellent option. This phone punches well outside its weight for sheer performance, specs, camera performance, and battery life. It isn’t an S series phone. But with this kind of value for money, who cares?

Best Way To Buy A Samsung Phone

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One of the keys to Samsung’s success is that it has excellent distribution and support from phone networks and carriers. All major phone networks and carriers carry Samsung phones. And most carry ALL of Samsung’s models too.

Here’s a breakdown of ALL the networks and carriers that carry Samsung phones:

Alternatively, if you want to buy your Samsung phone outright, you can do so direct from Samsung itself – it has a great web store. Samsung also offers 0% finance on many of its new phones, so you can spread the cost of buying a new phone over 12 or 24 months without paying any interest.

Of course, you’ll have to be approved for the credit. But once you are, you could buy the new Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra for a very manageable $30/£30 a month over the next 18-24 months. The longer your finance agreement, the lower your monthly fees. And vice versa.

Or, you could buy a refurbished Samsung phone and save 40% compared to buying a new one.

And remember: a refurbished phone looks and functions like a new phone, it isn’t the same as a “used” phone . It has been vetted, tested, restored, and essentially made as good as new before being resold.

Also check out all of the latest news and leaks about the Samsung Galaxy S23 series which is due to land in early 2023.

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Richard Goodwin

Richard Goodwin has been working as a tech journalist for over 10 years. He is the editor and owner of KnowYourMobile.

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