Samsung Galaxy S22+ vs S21 FE vs S21+: Differences Compared
(Pocket Ribbon) – Samsung announced the Galaxy S22 range at its Unpacked event on February 9.
The company unveiled the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+ and Galaxy S22 Ultra, as the successor to the S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra from 2021. The latest devices also sit above the recently announced Galaxy S21 FE.
With that in mind, here’s how the Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ compare to the Galaxy S21 FE and the Galaxy S21 and S21+. If you want to know how the Galaxy S22 Ultra compares to its predecessor, read our separate feature.
S22: 146 x 70.6 x 7.6mm, 168g S22+: 157.4 x 75.8 x 7.6mm, 196g S21 FE: 155.7 x 74.5 x 7.9mm, 177g S21: 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9mm, 172g S21+: 161.5 x 75.6 x 7.8mm, 202g
The Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ follow a similar design to their predecessors, but change the rear camera body slightly. The S22 and S22+ have color-matched camera bodies that wrap around the frame, like the Galaxy S21 FE.
The Galaxy S21 and S21+ both have camera housings that also wrap around the frame, although apart from the black model, the housings on the 2021 models are a different color than the back.
All the devices compared here feature flat panel displays and a centralized pinhole camera on the top and all are IP68 water and dust resistant, while offering a ‘glasstic’ back and metal frames.
In terms of physical dimensions, the Galaxy S22 is smaller than the Galaxy S21, while the Galaxy S22+ is smaller than the Galaxy S21+. The Galaxy S21 FE, meanwhile, sits in the middle of the standard and plus models of the Galaxy S22.
S22: 6.1-inch, Full HD+, 10-120HzS22+: 6.6-inch, Full HD+, 10-120HzS21 FE: 6.4-inch, Full HD+, 120HzS21: 6.2-inch, Full HD+, 48 -120HzS21+: 6.7-inch, Full HD+, 48-120Hz
The Samsung Galaxy S22 comes with a 6.1-inch screen, which offers a Full HD+ resolution. The Galaxy S22+ comes with a 6.6-inch screen, which also offers a Full HD+ resolution.
In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE comes with a 6.4-inch display, also with a Full HD+ resolution, while the Galaxy S21 has a 6.2-inch display and the Galaxy S21+ has a 6.7-inch display. , both with Full HD+ resolutions.
The Galaxy S21 FE has a refresh rate of 120 Hz, although it is not variable, while the S21 and S21+ have variable refresh rates between 48 Hz and 120 Hz. The S22 and S22+ also offer variable refresh rates, albeit between 10 Hz and 120 Hz, indicating some improvements over the S21 devices.
All the devices compared here offer flat screens with fingerprint readers under the screen.
Hardware and Specifications
S22: Qualcomm SD 8 Gen 1/Exynos 2200, 8GB RAM, 128/256GB, 3700mAhS22+: Qualcomm SD 8 Gen 1/Exynos 2200, 8GB RAM, 128/256GB, 4500mAhS21 FE: Qualcomm SD888/Exynos 2100, 6GB/8GB RAM, 128/256GB, 4370mAhS21: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 or Exynos 2100, 8GB, 128/256GB, 4000mAhS21+: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 or Exynos 2100, 8GB, 128/256GB, 4800mAh
The Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor or the Exynos 2200, depending on the region. They both offer 8 GB of RAM and the storage options are 128 GB and 256 GB.
The Galaxy S21 FE, Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ all run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset or the Exynos 2100 depending on the region, so the Galaxy S22 models will see a bump in the processor across all three models.
The Galaxy S21 FE comes in 6 GB and 8 GB RAM variants, while the S21 and S21+ come with 8 GB RAM. All three models offer 128GB and 256GB storage options, and none offer microSD support for storage expansion, which the Galaxy S22 models don’t offer either.
In terms of battery capacity, the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ come with 3700mAh and 4500mAh cells respectively and the charger does not come in the box. The Galaxy S21 FE has a 4370mAh battery, while the S21 and S21+ have 4000mAh and 4800mAh batteries respectively, so the new models lower the capacity.
S22/S22+: Triple rear (50MP + 12MP + 12MP), 10MP front cameraS21 FE: Triple rear (12MP + 12MP + 8MP), 32MP front cameraS21: Triple rear (12MP + 12MP + 64MP), 10MP front camera the frontS21+: Triple rear (12MP + 12MP + 64MP), 10MP front camera
The Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ have a triple rear camera, consisting of a 50-megapixel main sensor, plus two 12-megapixel sensors for ultra-wide-angle and telephoto, with the telephoto camera capable of 3x optical zoom.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21+ both come with a triple rear camera, but a different make up with a 12-megapixel main sensor with a 1.8 µm pixel size, f/1.8 aperture and optical stabilization (OIS), a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with 1.4 µm and f/2.2, and a 64-megapixel telephoto sensor with 0.8 µm, f/2.0 and OIS.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, meanwhile, also has a triple rear camera, but again, the makeup is different. The S21 FE has a 12-megapixel main camera with f/1.8 aperture and OIS, 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with f/2.2 and an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor with f/2.4 on board.
There is a 10-megapixel, 1.22 µm, f/2.2 front camera on both the S21 and S21+ as well as the S22 and S22+. The S21 FE has a 32 megapixel camera on the front.
S22: from £769S22+: from £949S21 FE: from £699/$799S21: from £769S21+: from £949
The Samsung Galaxy S22 costs from £769 in the UK and the S22+ costs from £949 in the UK.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 started at £769 in the UK when it first launched and $799 in the US, while the S21+ started at £949 in the UK and $999 in the US, although you should find them cheaper after. the launch of the S22.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is cheaper than the Galaxy S21 and therefore the S21+, and the S22 models. The Galaxy S21 FE starts at £699 in the UK for the 5G model and $799 in the US.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ offer a similar design to their predecessors, but in smaller packages, and they are even more similar in design to the Galaxy S21 FE.
They of course offer processor and camera improvements and there are some minor screen changes too, but otherwise the S22 and S22+ are more about incremental improvements this time than a drastic redesign.
Obviously the S22 model wins out on paper in terms of specs, but the smart move would probably be to opt for the S21 FE, where you get a good mix of features and value.
Written by Britta O’Boyle.