Samsung’s Galaxy S22 display isn’t as good as we thought


Now that the dust has settled following Samsung’s announcement of the Galaxy S22 series, more details are starting to emerge about the specifics of these latest handsets. This time around, it seems that Samsung might have fibbed a little bit when it came to describing the panels being used on the Galaxy S22 and S22+.

During the event, Samsung claimed that both the S22 and S22+ would feature displays that offered a variable refresh rate that automatically adjusts between 10Hz and 120Hz. If this were the case, it would make for an intriguing reason to upgrade from last year’s S21 models. However, thanks to Ross Young of DSCC, it seems that this is not actually the case and Samsung has even gone so far as to update the spec sheets on its own website.

Instead of using an LTPO panel as we all assumed, Samsung is actually using an LTPS display that offers a variable refresh rate that adjusts between 48Hz and 120Hz. Instead of being a selling point, it turns out the display is pretty much the same on both the Galaxy S22 and S22+ compared to last year’s models.

It’s definitely more than a bit frustrating to see spec sheets changed after the fact, but there is one major reason (display-related) that you might want to still upgrade. The Galaxy S22+ can still reach a higher peak brightness than what’s offered by the Galaxy S21+. According to Samsung, the Galaxy S22+ can reach a peak brightness of 1750 nits, which is a pretty substantial upgrade compared to the 1300 nits offered by its predecessor.

Those who are worried that Samsung might have tried to pull the wool over our eyes when it comes to the Galaxy S22 Ultra have nothing to worry about. Samsung is using the new LTPO 2.0 display panel, which offers a variable refresh rate between 1Hz and 120Hz. Plus, it can reach a peak brightness of 1750 nits, matching that of the Galaxy S22+, and is one of the most impressive displays that we’ve ever seen.


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