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Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Phones Are the Cheapest We’ve Seen Them

You can get some seriously great phones for less than $500 these days, but there are still reasons to shell out for fancier models. Maybe you really want wireless charging. Or perhaps you want the brightest, smoothest screen so you don't have to squint when it's sunny out. If that's the case, you'll be happy to know that our favorites out of all the flagship smartphones we've tested this year—Samsung's Galaxy S22 range—have hit their lowest prices yet

The Galaxy S22 is $700 ($100 off), and the Galaxy S22+ and Galaxy S22 Ultra are now $200 off, priced at $800 and $1,000, respectively. The Galaxy S22 has dipped to this price in the past, but we haven't seen the other two this cheap before.

★ Best for Most—Galaxy S22 for $700 ($100 off)AmazonBest BuyLuxe Pick—Galaxy S22 Ultra for $1,000 ($200 off)AmazonBest BuyAlso on Sale—Galaxy S22+ for $800 ($200 off)AmazonBest Buy

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What's WIRED and TIRED About These Phones?

WIRED: It's hard to find many faults with the S22 series (9/10, WIRED Recommends). Sure, the software isn't as well-designed or smart as on Google Pixel phones, but Samsung currently bests Google in terms of software support: All of these phones will receive five years of security updates and four major OS updates, meaning they'll last you a long time and will stay up to date.

Most people will be happy with the cheapest S22 (we break down the differences between them here). The standard S22 is the smallest of the lot, with a 6.1-inch AMOLED screen, yet it has nearly the same features, from the high-end Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor powering it to IP68 water resistance (you can submerge it), robust 5G support, and a smooth 120-Hz screen refresh rate

The S22+ steps it up to a 6.6-inch screen and adds the new Wi-Fi 6E capabilities (you'll need a Wi-Fi 6E router to take advantage, though). It has ultra-wideband to track nearby items with “Galaxy Tags” trackers and a slightly larger battery and brighter screen. 

The S22 Ultra packs the S Pen stylus inside, so you can whip it out at any time to jot down notes on the gargantuan 6.8-inch screen (or snap a selfie remotely). It's also the only one of the trio with an optical 10x zoom camera. Yes, the camera can zoom up to 10x and still deliver crisp, detailed photos. This isn't something that'll benefit shutterbugs. Want to take a better pic of your kid on the soccer pitch or on stage? This 10x camera will do the job.

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TIRED: All of these are pretty big phones, so for those who have smaller hands or like a more compact device, there are better options. Battery life is fairly typical for these, and slightly worse (a full day) on the standard S22. Samsung's camera app is also bloated with a lot of features to sift through.

If you pick up any of these devices, make sure to grab a case to protect them. Our Best Samsung Galaxy S22 Cases and Accessories guide can help (plus we have recommendations for charging adapters, cables, and wireless chargers). 

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