The Galaxy S22 series will be here once the pre-order period is through. Even if the base S22 and Plus models stick to the tried-and-true recipe, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is a different story. It has a Galaxy S flagship moniker and camera system; however, it is essentially a Galaxy Note disguised as a Galaxy S premium handset.
According to reports, Samsung’s goal was to integrate the best of both worlds into a single smartphone, including the Galaxy S’s capable camera and the Galaxy Note’s iconic S Pen. However, whether or not this was accomplished is questionable.
What is clear is that the Galaxy S22 Ultra is a competent Galaxy Note replacement. Even though the phone lacks the renowned Note moniker, Samsung knows that many Galaxy Note 10+ owners may consider this new entry in the S line a potential upgrade. As a result, we’ve decided to examine how they compare.
Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Galaxy Note 10 plus: Specifications
|Model Name||Galaxy S22 Ultra||Galaxy Note 10+|
|Colors||Black (Black)White (White)Pink Gold (Pink Gold)Green (Green)Red (Red)||Silver (Silver)Black (Black)White (White)Blue (Blue)|
|Announced||2022, February||2019, August|
|Released||2022, February||2019, August|
|Dimensions||Bar: 163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9 mm||Bar: 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 mm|
|Operating system||Android 12||Android 11|
|One UI version||4.1||3.0|
|SIM||Dual SIM model||Dual SIM model (Hybrid SIM slot)|
|SIM card sizes||Nano-SIM (4FF)||Nano-SIM (4FF)Nano-SIM (4FF)|
|Technology||Dynamic AMOLED Display|
|Size||6.8 inch / 172.72 mm|
Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Galaxy Note 10 plus: Internal hardware
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is the first phone to have the new 4nm Exynos 2200 processor. It uses AMD graphics — a first in the smartphone industry — specifically the Xclipse 920 graphics chip.
At least in some markets. In other words, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, and whether Samsung’s solution is better than Qualcomm’s is a question for another time.
For the time being, we can confidently state that the Galaxy S22 Ultra is vastly superior to the Galaxy Note 10+, regardless of whether it is powered by the Exynos 9825 or the Snapdragon 855.
The most recent chipsets were built on a 4nm technology rather than a 7nm process, which means they feature more but smaller transistors and give better performance while using less energy.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra offers 5G everywhere, but it also comes standard with less storage and RAM. Samsung’s latest flagship sports at least 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, while the Galaxy Note 10+ has 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Furthermore, the new flagship lacks a microSD card slot.
On the other hand, Samsung offers a 1TB Galaxy S22 Ultra model with 12GB of RAM, but it is only accessible online. The maximum storage capacity of the Galaxy Note 10+ is 512GB.
Both phones support 45W fast charging, although the Galaxy S22 Ultra has a larger 5,000mAh battery rather than a 4,300mAh battery. The updated model has improved connectivity features such as Bluetooth 5.2, UWB (Ultra Wideband), and Wi-Fi 6E.
Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Galaxy Note 10 plus: Display
Samsung’s flagship screens seldom, if ever, disappoint, and the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel is no exception. More so than the Dynamic AMOLED Galaxy Note 10+.
They have the same dimensions, but the Galaxy S22 Ultra has a refresh rate of 1-120Hz. It can be as low as 1Hz when drawing static pictures to save battery life and as high as 120Hz when generating UI animations and performance in mobile games.
The Galaxy Note 10+’s panel can’t go as low as 1Hz and can only reach 60Hz. Therefore, it can only render half the number of frames as the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s panel. To top it all off, the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s display has a maximum brightness of 1,750 nits, while the Galaxy Note 10+ has a maximum brightness of 1,200 nits.
Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Galaxy Note 10 plus: Cameras
The Galaxy Note 10+’s origins may be traced back to the ‘pre-Ultra’ era of Galaxy smartphones. And as for the definition of ‘Ultra,’ you guessed it. It has something to do with cameras.
The first Galaxy ‘Ultra’ smartphone, the S20 Ultra, also has the ‘Space Zoom’ feature and a high-resolution main sensor.
The Galaxy Note 10+ features a primitive camera set up by today’s flagship standards. It has a 12MP main camera, a 16MP ultra-wide camera, and a 12MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom.
The 2019 flagship can’t compete with the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s superior camera combo; that’s essentially what it comes down to. Newer technologies are used in the 2022 model, such as a 108MP primary camera, a 12MP ultra-wide camera, a 10MP periscope telephoto shooter with 10x optical zoom, and a 10MP telephoto sensor with 3x optical zoom.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra has a 40MP sensor for selfies, which isn’t much different. The Galaxy Note 10+ only has a 10MP selfie camera.
Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Galaxy Note 10 plus: Design
In 2019, the Galaxy Note 10+ surprised the mobile industry with its ‘Aura’ color spectrum, particularly the mesmerizingly reflected Aura Glow option. The Galaxy S22 Ultra now has a matte texture, making it less appealing to fingerprint sensors.
Both phones include Gorilla Glass display protection and rear panels, although the Galaxy S22 Ultra has the latest Victus+ technology, whereas the Galaxy Note 10+ has Glass 6.
More crucially, the Galaxy S22 series is the first in the Galaxy S range to feature an Armor Aluminum frame, making it much more resistant to bending and scratching.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra sports a more polished camera housing design than the Galaxy S22. The 2022 model resembles an updated Note 10+, which isn’t necessarily bad. However, for better or worse, the S pen is now on the left side rather than the right.
Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Galaxy Note 10 plus: Software Experience
The Galaxy S22 Ultra is more than simply a Galaxy S21 Ultra with an S Pen integrated. This year, AI prediction advancements and a new Wacom IC have reduced latency from 9ms to 2.8ms (integrated circuit). The latter has 480 cycles per second rather than 360.
In addition to AI and hardware upgrades, the Galaxy S22 Ultra enhances Samsung Notes by supporting 12 more languages for handwriting-to-text capability and new features like Quick Note in and Collaboration View.
Both phones run Android 12, although as of this writing, the Galaxy Note 10+ is confined to One UI 4.0. If the Galaxy Note 10+ obtains One UI 4.1, it may gain at least some of the aforementioned software enhancements.
However, this will not last long if these two phones provide a reasonably similar software experience. Because of Samsung’s new firmware policy, the Galaxy S22 series will receive four major Android OS upgrades, up to Android 16. The Galaxy Note 10+, on the other hand, will only support Android 12. Read More; Samsung S23 – Everything We Know So Far
Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Galaxy Note 10 plus: The cost of upgrading
As a (base) Galaxy Note 10 owner, I find the Galaxy S22 Ultra highly appealing. And, despite the slightly lesser difference between the (2019) Plus and (2022) Ultra variants, I assume many Galaxy Note 10+ owners feel the same way.
Though the Galaxy S22 Ultra lacks expandable storage, especially considering the cheapest edition has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in memory, the 2022 flagship is objectively a superior phone.
Aside from the obvious RAM decrease, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is simply too fantastic in too many other areas to overlook. And, if you plan to pre-order the phone, you can pay the price of the 128GB model for the 256GB model.
The question then becomes whether the Galaxy S22 Ultra is a worthy improvement from the Galaxy Note 10+. On paper, it appears to be a step up from the 2019 model. In practice, Samsung appears to be making it simple for Galaxy Note 10+ 5G owners to move to the Galaxy S22 Ultra via trade-in. Read Also; Samsung Galaxy S23 Series Will Reportedly Only Use Qualcomm Chipset: Ming-Chi Kuo
Customers in the United States can save $500 on the Galaxy S22 Ultra by trading in their Galaxy Note 10+ 5G. They may also pre-order the 256GB model for $800 after a $100 immediate rebate. Don’t forget that SamMobile subscribers can save an extra $50!