Samsung has introduced its Galaxy self-repair program in Europe, expanding its availability beyond the US and South Korea. Starting from the end of June, the program will be accessible in Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
The new Galaxy S22 line of smartphone look nice and hold a lot of promise. But are they worth the money Samsung asks?
First, let’s look at what this flagships look like on the paper.
BODY Dimensions 146 x 70.6 x 7.6 mm (5.75 x 2.78 x 0.30 in)
Weight 167 g / 168 g (mmWave) (5.89 oz)
Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus+), glass back (Gorilla Glass Victus+), aluminum frame
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (2 Nano-SIMs + eSIM, dual stand-by)
IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
DISPLAY Type Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1300 nits (peak)
Size 6.1 inches, 90.1 cm2 (~87.4% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~425 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+
PLATFORM OS Android 12, One UI 4.1
Chipset Exynos 2200 (4 nm) – International
Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (4 nm) – USA/China/India
CPU Octa-core (1×2.8 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3×2.50 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A510) – International
Octa-core (1×3.00 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3×2.40 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4×1.70 GHz Cortex-A510) – USA/China/India
GPU Xclipse 920 – International
Adreno 730 – USA/China/India
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM
MAIN CAMERA Triple 50 MP, f/1.8, 24mm (wide), 1/1.56″, 1.0µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
10 MP, f/2.4, 70mm (telephoto), 1/3.94″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 120˚ (ultrawide), 1/2.55″ 1.4µm, Super Steady video
Features LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama
Video 8K@24fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR10+, stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS
SELFIE CAMERA Single 10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/3.24″, 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF
Features Dual video call, Auto-HDR
Video 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps
SOUND Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack No
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
USB USB Type-C 3.2, USB On-The-Go
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (under display, ultrasonic), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Samsung DeX, Samsung Wireless DeX (desktop experience support)
Bixby natural language commands and dictation
Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
BATTERY Type Li-Ion 3700 mAh, non-removable
Charging Fast charging 25W
USB Power Delivery 3.0
Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W
Reverse wireless charging 4.5W
MISC Colors Phantom Black, White, Pink Gold, Green, Graphite, Sky Blue, Violet, Cream
Models SM-S901B, SM-S901B/DS, SM-S901U, SM-S901U1, SM-S901W, SM-S901N, SM-S9010, SM-S901E, SM-S901E/DS
SAR EU 1.21 W/kg (head) 1.59 W/kg (body)
Price $ 799.99
If data security is important to you, then this is a big deal. Samsung has put a special chip in Galaxy S20 for the sole purpose of security.
This chip is called Secure Element. What is does is separate de memory from the storage space of the device.
In doing so it creates an isolated space where it puts what’s really important. Stuff like your PIN, your passwords and your biometric data like fingerprint and facial recognition data, will be saved here.
So if a hacker gets access to your storage data he can’t copy your passwords and other sensitive data.
It doesn’t mean it’s impossible for a hacker to steal your data. It means that he has to breach another layer of security to do so. It’s now an impenetrable vault, it’s just harder to break in. Which is a good thing, obviously.
The Secure Element chip has a CC EAL 5+ (Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level) certification for security. The best level is 7.
So it’s not perfect but it’s pretty good.
Samsung says that it’s security chip will work against reverse engineering and other sophisticated attacks like those using laser beams. Yes’ it’s a thing.
This Secure Element security chip seems like a good reason for a business man to buy Samsung’s new Galaxy S20 flagship, doesn’t it?
The first photo of the Galaxy S10, the next top of the Samsung smartphones line, has come online unofficially and it seems to confirm some of the rumors so far.