Galaxy S22 and Tab S8 Ultra can take on iPhone 13 and iPad Pro – but where’s the Android competition?


The Samsung Galaxy S22 series debuted this week as the company’s most advanced and powerful line of smartphones. The series includes the standard Galaxy S22 as well as the premium Galaxy S22+ and Galaxy S22 Ultra. Among other models, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra comes in a more Galaxy Note-like design where you have a dedicated room to keep an S Pen. The phone also features a curved display and top-notch cameras. In addition to the Galaxy S22 series, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8+ and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra as its three new tablets during the Galaxy Unpacked 2022 event. Samsung’s products can clearly compete with their counterparts iPhone and iPad, but where is the Android competition?

Host Akhil Arora chats with Associate Reviews Editor Roydon Cerejo and Senior Reviewer Aditya Shenoy on this week’s episode of the Gadgets 360 Orbital podcast to understand just how great the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy Tab S8 series are stand out from the competition.

The price of the Samsung Galaxy S22 in India has yet to be announced, although the phone is coming to the US at a starting price of $799 (roughly Rs. 60,200). The Samsung Galaxy S22+, on the other hand, starts at $999 (around Rs. 75,300) and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra starts at $1,199 (around Rs. 90,400).

Just like the Galaxy S22 series, the Indian price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series has yet to be revealed. The Galaxy Tab S8, however, starts at $699.99 (around Rs 52,700) in the US. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ carries an initial price of $899.99 (around Rs. 67,800) and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra starts at $1,099.99 (around Rs. 82,900).

One of the most distinctive models in this year’s lineup is the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. This new offering succeeds last year’s Galaxy S21 Ultra, although it does come with a list of significant changes. These include the S Pen that comes with the dedicated compartment as well as the 6.8-inch Edge QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X curved display. The phone also has four rear cameras, with a 108-megapixel primary sensor.

The arrival of the Galaxy S22 Ultra also marked the end of an era for the Galaxy Note series, known for supporting productivity.

Samsung has also tweaked the hardware of the vanilla Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+. Both models – alongside the Galaxy S22 Ultra – ship with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC in global markets. The phones also have some software tweaks and a glass back design.

We are discussing that by bringing the Galaxy S22 series, Samsung has once again defeated all other Android competitors in the premium market. The South Korean company also announced an expansion this time by offering Android OS upgrades for up to four years. This would improve the longevity of the new florets. Additionally, the phones come with Android 12 out of the box, along with the proprietary One UI 4.1 on top.

Besides the Galaxy S22 models, Samsung offers the Galaxy Tab S8 series to counter Apple’s iPad mini and iPad Pro. This year, the series also introduces the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra as a new flagship model. This notably seems to be aimed at countering the iPad Pro with the M1 that Apple launched last year.

The Galaxy Tab S8 series incorporates the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, as do the Galaxy S22 models. There’s also Android 12 with a modified One UI Tab 4 on top. Additionally, the tablets are available in 5G options alongside their usual Wi-Fi models.

We take a look at whether there’s any Android competition to go when looking at the Galaxy S22 series – barring Samsung’s own predecessors in the Galaxy S21 models. We also discuss the added value you could get with the Galaxy Tab S8 models if you already have a laptop.

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