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Samsung Galaxy S22 5G or Galaxy S21 5G: Which One’s Better

It’s official.  The specs are set and the new Samsung Galaxy S22 5G smartphone is scheduled to be released, along with the other top-tier S22 models in the series. It’s currently in production, set for a release date early this year.  Those rocking the Galaxy S21 smartphones may be wondering if the new S22 smartphones are worth the purchase. This article here aims to bring to light the similarities and differences between them in hopes to see if the new Galaxy S22 is worth the buy.



Samsung Galaxy S22 5G

Samsung Galaxy S22 5G

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G


Samsung Galaxy S22 5G Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
Network 5G / LTE / 3G / 2G 5G / LTE / 3G / 2G
Display 6.1-inch, Dynamic AMOLED, FHD+, 1080 x 2340, 120Hz 6.2-inch, Dynamic AMOLED, FHD+, 1080 x 2400, 120Hz
CPU Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (4nm) (EUR) / Exynos 2200 (4nm) (International) Snapdragon 888 (5nm) (USA/China) / Exynos 2100 (5nm) (International)
Memory 8GB RAM 8GB RAM
Storage 128GB/256GB 128GB/256GB
OST Android 12, One UI 4.1 Android 11, One UI 3.1
Rear Camera Triple Camera,

50 MP, f/1.8, 24mm (wide),

12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide),

10 MP, f/2.4, 70mm (telephoto)

8K@24fps video recording

Triple Camera,

12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide),

12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide),

64 MP, f/2.0, 29mm (telephoto)

8K@24fps video recording

Front Camera 10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide)

4K@60fps video recording

10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide)

4K@60fps video recording

Colors Phantom Black, White, Pink Gold, Green Phantom Gray, Phantom White, Phantom Violet, Phantom Pink
Battery 3700mAh, 25W wired, 15W wireless 4000mAh, 25W wired, 15W wireless
Weight 167g 169g




Samsung Galaxy S22 5G
Front and back view of the Samsung Galaxy S22 5G.


In early 2021, Samsung released the Galaxy S21 smartphone. This year, with a scheduled date of the end of February 2022, Samsung will release the next Samsung Galaxy S22. The Galaxy S21 came with some interesting specs, such as a large screen, a new smartphone design, fast performance, good battery life, and a good triple-lens camera that is able to take good pictures and videos.

The Galaxy S22, however, promises to beat the current S21, with even more interesting specs and features, such as a better camera, longer battery life, faster performance, etc. If you have a Galaxy S21 and feel you need to change, let this article help you decide if it’s worth changing to the newer Galaxy S22.  We’ll explore the main notable features and compare them to see which one is best for you.      





With the display, there’s a difference in sizes.  The Samsung Galaxy S22 5G has a 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen, whereas the Galaxy S21 has a 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED. 


Samsung Galaxy S22 5G
Front and Back views of the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G


The Galaxy S21 has a taller display than the S22, but they both come with a similar 1080p screen, and similar screen technology, which means they both deliver good quality and detailed views. The Galaxy S22, however, comes with an adaptive refresh rate between 10Hz and 120Hz, whereas the S21 comes with an adaptive refresh rate between 48Hz and 120Hz. 

What you need to understand here is that the S22 has smoother animations, and smoother scrolling, which also increases the S22’s battery life. The Galaxy S22 may be shorter in size but it also comes with a better adaptive refresh rate that helps to optimize the overall navigation and display quality.  





If you compare the design of the Galaxy S21 and the Samsung Galaxy S22 5G, you will notice that they are exactly the same.  Same camera positioning.  Same button positioning. 


Samsung Galaxy S22 5G
Exclusive colors of the Samsung Galaxy S22 when you order online: Sky Blue, Cream, Violet, and Graphite.


The Galaxy S22, however, looks more refined and premium, as it comes with improved Gorilla Glass front and back protection to increase durability, whereas the Galaxy S21 comes with Gorilla Glass Front and plastic back. Then the S22 comes in exciting colors such as the standard Phantom Black, White, Pink Gold, and Green.  If you purchase the S22 online you get access to other more exotic colors such as Graphite, Cream, Sky Blue, and Violet. In short, Samsung Galaxy S22 5G comes with more choices of colors, has a more premium look, and comes with improved glass protection. 





Looking at the smartphone specs, both the Galaxy S22 and the S21 come with good performance chips, that can help to optimize the speed and performance of the smartphones. The S22, however, will include the latest processing chips upon release from Snapdragon and Exynos.  And if it includes a 4nm 8-core processing chip, then it means the S22 will be faster and perform better.  


Samsung Galaxy S22 5G
The unique design of the Samsung Galaxy S21.


For now, we cannot say which one is the better performance smartphone just from specs.  Until the S22 is reviewed, tested and benchmark scores are taken, then we can compare and say which is the better-performance smartphone.        



Battery Life


With battery capacity, the Galaxy S21 comes with a 4000mAh, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S22 5G will include a 3700mAh battery pack. The Galaxy S21 comes with a larger battery pack that upon moderate use, can last up to 4 days on one charge. With the improved refresh rate on the S22, which can help preserve battery power, until the S22’s battery life is tested we cannot compare it yet until review. 

For now, the idea to include a smaller battery in the Galaxy S22 is not a good one because a smaller battery means shorter battery life.  Let’s hope that, upon review, there’ll be other features included in the S22 to help preserve even more battery life. 





Samsung Galaxy S22 5G
The Triple camera layout.


The Galaxy S21 and the Samsung Galaxy S22 5G smartphones have the following similarities:

  • The rear triple-sensor camera  
  • The 12 MP ultrawide sensor at the rear
  • The main camera supports 8K video recording
  • The 10 MP wide sensor at the front camera
  • The front camera supports 4K video recording


The difference here is that the S22 comes with a 50 MP wide sensor camera, whereas the S21 comes with a 12 MP wide sensor camera. The S22 will come with a 10 MP sensor (will include 3x optical zoom), whereas the Galaxy S21 comes with a 64 MP (includes 3x hybrid zoom).      

The camera features are all well and good.  They are both capable of taking incredible pictures and videos that are clear, sharp, and detailed. The 3x optical zoom on the S22 will look better than the 3x hybrid zoom on the Galaxy S21 as the zoom quality will look better. 

For now, I can say we cannot really compare which one is better off unless we take pictures with either phone and compare picture quality.  But the S21 does do a good job of taking great pictures.  We hope the S22 can match it or even be better.  





Samsung Galaxy S22 5G
The standard choice of colors of the Samsung Galaxy S22, starting from Phantom White, Green, Pink Gold, and Phantom Black.


The starting price for the Samsung Galaxy S22 5G smartphone is US$799.  When the Galaxy S21 was released it was in the same price range, but make no mistake, upon release of the Galaxy S22, the S21’s price will drop.     





Samsung Galaxy S22 5G
The front and rear views of the Phantom White Samsung Galaxy S22.


From what we can see, the Samsung Galaxy S22 5G is the better choice of smartphone. From the specs, we expect it to be fast performing, with good camera features that capture detailed pictures and videos, and minor improvements in the design.  I also like the different colors available, especially the Phantom Black.  

Compared to the present Galaxy S21, the smartphone is taller and has a bigger battery, which means a bigger screen and longer battery life. Yes, they have a lot of similar features but right now it’s too early to say which one is the better smartphone for you.  But for now, my money right now is on the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G.  Because it will be cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S22 5G.

Thank you for checking out my article.  If you like my post or have questions or comments, please write them down and add them below. If you want to find out more about the Samsung Galaxy S21, then click here to see my review.  There’s also the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, which is also a great smartphone to see. Click here to see my full review. 



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This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Annette

    Can’t wait to see Samsung S22’s exciting colors with easy smoothing features compared to its predecessor, but what will make this gadget more favorable among users is the latest processing chips upon release.  inclusion of a 4nm 8-core processing chip, will make S22 faster and perform better, the friendly pricing encourages consumers to flock for this particular gadget during release, though the battery size has been downgraded to 3700mAh hope it will serve the purpose.

    1. LGMadyibi

      Indeed. I agree with you there. 

      The processing chip in the Galaxy S22 will be faster than the one in the Galaxy S21, but the battery in the Galaxy S22 is smaller, which could mean shorter battery life.  At this stage, we can only wait for the review of the S22 to see if it has a better battery life or not. 

  2. Gail

    I currently have an S21 phone and I really like it so I’m excited to see the upgrades that are coming in the S22. I thik that the question for me is whether there be a price rise and will it be worth it? Sometimes I think I’m upgrading my phone just for fashion, which upsets me as part of me thinks we should be reusing and recycling phones a lot more. 

    1. LGMadyibi

      The selling price of the Samsung S22 is US$799. That’s about the same price when the S21 was released. If you decide to trade in your S21 for the S22, you can get the new smartphone at a lower price. Click on the link here to find out more. In my opinion, the S21 is still a great smartphone. Keep it for another year or two.    

  3. Matthew/Deloris

    We do have the S21 and do like to features it holds along with the three cameras that are equipe to the phone. Glad to see that the S22 is faster with longer battery life. The phones that you present in this article and the other related topics.


    1. LGMadyibi

      Yes. The Galaxy S22 will include three camera sensors and it will be faster thanks to the processing chip, but it has a smaller battery which might shorten its battery life.
      Unless reviewed and tested we cannot say how long the battery life will be for the Galaxy S22 but looking at the specs, it’s going to be a good smartphone overall.

  4. Chas

    I have not updated my Samsung phone in ages. I am not a fashion fanatic, and my phone still works well. I admit I am jealous of all the new features, and the triple cameras. Mine is the old Galaxy 7 and it takes very nice pictures and does videos well too. I can just imagine how much better these new phones take pictures!
    I wonder if they reduced the battery size because you get much better optimized performance from the phone and the smaller battery life would be comparable to the bigger battery. I am sure that this phone will be a nice package. And I love the choice of those cool colors.

  5. Ceci

    Thanks for the in-depth review.
    I currently own a S21 and I think it has such awesome features already. I see that the additional upgrades to S22 would provide some enhanced features, but I’m unsure whether those will justify the expected price hike. Furthermore, I always like to wait a while to see that there are no glitches before jumping on the bandwagon of new releases. I certainly LOVE the beautiful colors available in the S22.

    I will definitely switch but not immediately the S22 is released.

    1. LGMadyibi

      I agree. Don’t switch your S21 yet. There’s no need to rush. If it still works, then I say keep it. The S22 will feature a lot of good things but most of them are similar to the S21. To further decide, wait for the review of the S22.

  6. Matt

    The outlook for S22 & S21 5G is identical, so I cannot tell which one is S22 5G or S21 5G. And, the camera modules are very close to each other. I cannot decide which one suits me the best. Thanks for sharing this comparison. I prefer to go to the retail store to use them and select. Maybe I will choose the cheaper one because once S22 is launched, the old model S21 price will drop. 🙂

  7. Schalk

    I actually own the Samsung Galaxy S21, so it was very interesting to read about the differences. To be honest, before stumbling upon your article, some random YouTube ads popped up some days ago and the video I watched was also about the Samsung Galaxy S22. He revealed some hidden cool features of the S22 which is not really that public, but he also mentioned that he does not feel that currently it necessarily warrants upgrading if you have the S21. Thanks so much for a very informative article.

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