Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2022 live blog: Galaxy S22, Galaxy Tab S8 and more Leave a comment


And we’re kicking off! There’s plenty to look forward to at this year’s first Galaxy Unpacked, especially since we’re expecting the debut of the Samsung and AMD Exynos 2200 chip with RDNA 2.

Samsung states the AMD RDNA 2 tech allows for hardware-accelerated ray tracing and variable rate shading. This means mobile gamers will experience gaming laptop-level simulated light and smoother frame rates on their smartphones, and the chip is also expected to improve the overall experience in social media apps and photography. 

The Exynos chip isn’t all about graphics, as it’s also set to feature support for a 4K display at 120Hz or QHD+ 144Hz, a 200 MP camera, 8K resolution at 30fps video recording, LPDDR5 RAM, 5G connectivity and more. Check out the reveal video below.

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We’re not expecting a Galaxy Watch reveal, but Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic owners can expect some nifty updates.

This includes a list of health and fitness features, including the built-in body composition analysis now integrating with popular digital fitness program Centr, support for interval training targets, and a new sleep coaching program with eight sleep symbol animals. What’s more, Samsung is introducing new burgundy and cream sports straps, along with new fabric and link bracelets to dress your Galaxy Watch all fancy.

Check out all the Galaxy Watch 4 updates in more detail. 

Speaking of the Galaxy Watch 4, the latest update revealed the name for Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone. Surprise, surprise — it’s named the Galaxy S22. 

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Spotted by our sister site Techradar on Reddit, the screenshot shows a list of what’s included in the upcoming update. You’ll find the first bullet point talking about the Galaxy S22’s Wallpaper. The name of the next Galaxy S series is assured, although this will hardly come as a surprise for anyone that’s been keeping tabs on Samsung’s upcoming smartphone. The word we’re looking for is “expected.” 

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Samsung tells us to watch the Unpacked event until the very end, and we’re positive many will since the immensely popular South Korean boy band BTS will be tagging along. Samsung and BTS have partnered up to work on saving the planet, and we’ll find out how during the livestream. 

About that Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series — the iPad Pro may be in trouble. According to recent rumors and leaks, the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra model is set to be the star of the show, with the flagship Android tablet expected to sport a 14.6-inch, 2960 x 1848-pixel, Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, along with the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra render

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All of the Tab S8 tablets are expected to be equipped with that Snapdragon chip. It boasts a “4th gen Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System,” which can reach an impressive 10 Gigabit download speeds. Wi-Fi are also expected to see a jump in speeds, supporting up to 3.6 Gbps over Wi-Fi 6 and 6E.

Plus, Qualcomm claims this new chip will deliver desktop-level gaming experiences. Thanks to the new Qualcomm Adreno GPU, gamers can expect a 30% boost in graphics rendering capabilities and a 25% improvement in power savings when compared to previous models. Needless to say, we can’t wait to get our hands on this tablet. 

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Only three hours to go! Wondering how to watch the Unpacked livestream in the metaverse? Luckily, you can do it right on your browser.

For the first time ever, fans can watch Galaxy Unpacked in the metaverse. The event will take place at Samsung 837X in Decentraland, and you don’t need an account to check it out. Those interested can visit Decentraland and 837X as a guest, where they can create an avatar and explore the virtual 837X building. For logged-in users, expect to experience quests, browse NFT collections, buy and sell exclusive digital assets, and more.

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The Samsung Galaxy S22 series is expected to stick closely to the design of their Galaxy S21 counterparts. The Galaxy S22 Ultra, however, is another matter entirely. A massive design leak from @OnLeaks and Ice Universe details a variety of alterations that would leave the Galaxy S22 Ultra as the heir apparent to the Note throne. Later leaks from Jon Prosser showed a similar design for the Galaxy S22 Ultra, so once again, confidence in this new design is high.

The biggest change is the integration of a silo for the S Pen. The phone would pick up some additional Note DNA with the flat top and bottom and more rounded edges of the Note. Is this how the Ultra will turn out? Not long until we find out. 

With just under two hours to go, we’re not far from finally seeing what the Galaxy S22 brings to the table. In the meantime, let’s look back at Samsung’s other recently talked-about smartphone: the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE.

The Galaxy S21 FE had a tough act to follow as the Galaxy S20 FE was one of our favorite phones of 2020 and 2021. While it sticks to the same recipe, Laptop Mag’s smartphone expert Sean Riley thought some of the ingredients are past their sell-by date.

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Taken as a whole, the Galaxy S21 FE is still solid hardware with a Snapdragon 888 processor, a triple camera array with telephoto, a bright and vivid 120Hz display and a large 4,500mAh battery. However, the $699 price point that made it a standout in late 2020, now places it just $100 shy of the main Galaxy S series that is about to be refreshed again (in just a couple of hours).

Check out the full Samsung Galaxy S21 FE review

The hype for Samsung’s next flagship tablets is real, with the Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7+ still being the best Android tablets on the market. Considering the previous generation came out in 2020, we’re expecting some significant upgrades with the Galaxy Tab S8 lineup.

As previously reported, a Samsung device was spotted in the Geekbench database that is expected to be the Galaxy Tab S8 Plus with 5G support, revealing potential specs for the upcoming tablet. According to the listing, the Galaxy Tab S8 scored a single-core score of 1,211 and a multi-core score of 3,193. This is similar to the 3,159 Geekbench score seen by GSMArena, stating the listing was leaked benchmarks for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 expected to be in the Ultra model.

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The listing reportedly shows details about the Plus variant, stating it will have 8GB of RAM and will run Android 12. Putting the Geekbench score into context, the Xiaomi Pad 5 achieved a multi-core score of 2,614 (Snapdragon 860), while the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus scored 2,910 (Snapdragon 865+). However, the iPad Air (2020) scored 4,262 (A14 Bionic). 

We won’t really know how well it handles until we get our hands on the Galaxy Tab S8, and we can’t wait. 

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