Samsung didn’t upgrade the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s OLED display generation this time
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On first read, the Galaxy S22 Ultra specs sound like it sports Samsung’s newest, M12 generation of LTPO OLED displays compared to what’s on the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Last year’s Samsung flagship uses an M11 generation of OLED materials but the record 1750 nits brightness and the new 1Hz-120Hz adaptive refresh rate range could’ve austensibly meant a next-gen OLED tech is inside.
Granted, such brightness levels will only be possible when you are watching HDR content in high ambient light settings, yet the same requirements are valid for the S21 Ultra’s panel which is able to reach “just” 1500 nits.
The more granular refresh rate control down to the single hertz hence means more efficient display power consumption, too, at least on paper, as in reality the S22 Ultra didn’t fair better than the S21 Ultra in our battery tests. Both screens have active digitizer layers that allow them to react to Samsung’s S Pen, with the big difference that on the S22 Ultra the stylus is always in the phone, while the S21 Ultra has it as a tack-on in a separate (and unwieldy) case.
When we add the drastically decreased input lag of the new S Pen stylus and the higher WACOM digitizer sensitivity for handwriting, it’s another win for the S22 Ultra here despite that it uses the same generation OLED material that is in the S21 Ultra.