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Samsung Galaxy S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra: hands-on

By Harry Tucker March 1, 2022

The brightest smartphone screen in a Samsung Galaxy, cameras that see in the dark, and an ultra-long-lasting battery – Samsung’s latest flagship phones have arrived, and we’ve found plenty to be excited about.

Announced earlier in the month and available to pre-order now, Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Series takes all the things we loved about last year’s Galaxy S21 Series and turns the notch up to 11 – especially when it comes to vivid displays and impressive camera systems.

This year’s line-up is headlined by the powerhouse Galaxy S22 Ultra and joined by the Galaxy S22+ and Galaxy S22. Pricing starts at $1,849 for the Galaxy S22 Ultra, $1,549 for the Galaxy S22+, and $1,249 for the Galaxy S22.

We got our hands on all three models – here’s what we love.

Samsung’s superpower: the display

For years Samsung has been one of the leaders in the mobile market when it comes to smartphone displays, and with the Galaxy S22 series it outdid itself again – especially on the 6.8-inch Galaxy S22 Ultra.

Do you know that moment where you go to turn up your screen brightness in the middle of the day, and it’s still not enough? Well, that shouldn’t be a problem with the Galaxy S22 Ultra.

It packs the brightest phone display Samsung has ever built, going head to head with the dreaded midday sun. Not only does it mean that direct sunlight is mostly a concern of the past, the brightness also makes colours super vivid and really pop out at you from the screen wherever you are.

Like the Galaxy S22 Ultra, both the 6.1-inch display Galaxy S22 and 6.6-inch Galaxy S22+ also feature Samsung’s bright and vibrant new Dynamic AMOLED 2x display tech and support up to 120Hz refresh rate. Scrolling through Instagram has never looked smoother.

There is genuinely a big difference in the hand between the smaller Galaxy S22 and the S22 Ultra – which we think is great. It means if you’re someone who prefers a smaller device, you can still get flagship level features inside a device size suited better for you.

Shooting for the stars

If the screen doesn’t catch your attention, the upgraded camera systems certainly will.

The camera systems have been spec’d up from the inside out, with Adaptive Pixel technology, on top of already huge sensors.

Speaking of sensors – the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra packs an updated 108-megapixel main lens like last year’s Galaxy S21 Ultra. The Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ share the same 50-megapixel main camera and 12-megapixel 3x telephoto lens, which are no slouches, either. All three phones also share the same 12-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, while the Galaxy S22 Ultra has a 10-megapixel 10x optical zoom lens to go along with its 3x telephoto lens.

While megapixel count isn’t everything – Samsung use a couple of clever software tricks – pixel binning and Adaptive Pixel tech.

Usually having a large megapixel count means you need to sacrifice how much light reaches the camera sensor – on a high level, when enabled, pixel binning combines the sensor’s pixels to allow more light to reach the sensor for better quality images.

A lot of manufacturers also do this with their cameras – but it means that in low-light conditions the sensor will take images in a lower resolution so enough light reaches the lens for a good picture – so that 64-megapixel shot might end up as a 12-megapixel photo, for example. The advantage though, is when you compare the pixel size of a regular 12-megapixel lens, it’s often smaller than a “binned” pixel, with less light to work with.

The best example of this is comparing the 50-megapixel Galaxy S22 sensor against last year’s Galaxy S21 12-megapixel sensor – with Samsung claiming quite a large 23% improvement in light reaching the sensor on the S22.

Samsung’s new Adaptive Pixel is something we haven’t seen on a Samsung phone before though and works with the pixel binning technology to get the best shot possible. Essentially, it combines the light information from the lower resolution “binned” image with the full 108-megapixel image so you can get the level of detail from the full resolution photo without sacrificing light.

Updates to the camera software make an even bigger difference though – especially if in low-light and of your furry friends, with new Night Portrait and Pet Portrait modes. Low-light modes have improved for incredible night photography – not only is the new Night Portrait mode enabled on the main cameras, you can also use it for better pub selfies this weekend.

No matter the angle in our tests, the night portraits feel sharp, and the details are defined. And you get the same 8K video resolution as the S21, but it’s way better in low light.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra also has a 512GB option to hold all those photos and videos, more than many laptops, which if you’re a keen photographer planning to take photos in RAW (one photo can be over 100mb in size) is a must.

Have you written that down?

Writing notes and drawing on images is loads of fun with the new S-Pen.

It’s back. Back in a big way.

“What’s back?” you ask.

The S-Pen. And for the first time in an S-Series device, there’s a slot built into the Galaxy S22 Ultra for it to slide into when you’re not using it. If you were missing Samsung’s Galaxy Note series, Samsung has heard you.

Not only is it the first time an S-Pen has been seen like this in a S-Series, but Samsung claims it’s also – faster than the Galaxy Note20’s S-Pen. Numbers don’t mean a lot if you can’t feel the difference – and with the Galaxy S22 Ultra you really can. Handwriting, drawing and even just using the S-Pen to navigate around the phone feels more natural than ever before.

You might be thinking that with that extra space needed to fit the S-Pen, the battery life will take a hit in the Galaxy S22 Ultra. But nope, based on our experience of moderate usage, this monster will go all day and then some. And if you do manage to run it down, both the Galaxy S22 Ultra and Galaxy S22+ support 45W fast charging* which will have you back up to 50% in 20 minutes.

On the outside of the Galaxy S22 Ultra body, the ArmourAluminum frame and Gorilla Glass Victus+ are like an impenetrable water-resistant suit of armour – Samsung say it’s the most durable Galaxy S device yet!

*45W Power Adapter and data cable required and sold separately. S22 does not support 45W fast charging.

S Pen comes with S22Ultra only, otherwise sold separately.

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What we love about the new Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

By Luke Hopewell January 22, 2021

Samsung’s 2021 flagship is here. The Galaxy S21 range demands attention with its bold new design. We’ve spent some time with the top of the range Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, and there’s a lot to love.

A camera that continues to impress…

The 108-megapixel, five camera shooter on the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G takes photos that boggle the mind.

And with 8K video recording at 24 frames per second to boot, this smartphone is ready for the future of screens. You’ll need an 8K screen to watch 8K content on playback

Samsung also takes close note of how its customers actually use their phones, and design new modes in a bid to make life easier.

The Single Shot mode is perfect for anyone with kids or pets. With other cameras, there’s a solid chance you’ll miss a precious memory because your shutter finger isn’t as fast as you’d like it to be. And countering your own shutter speed with burst mode delivers a blurry result overall. The S21 Ultra 5G makes up for it with Single Shot: press one button and 15 seconds of video and photo rolls. Then the clever software figures out the significant moments and creates a slew of photos, collages, videos, boomerangs and effect shots for you to choose from. It takes the guesswork out of capturing a great memory that will truly last forever.

And then there’s the zoom performance.

…with a zoom lens that delivers the goods…

Putting a solid zoom lens into a smartphone is tricky. You have to get around the need to pack it full of glass, keep it as thin as possible but still deliver an incredible experience. The Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G delivers a crisp and seamless zoom experience thanks to a clever new zoom system.

There’s a difference between optical and digital zoom. Optical zoom uses lenses to get you closer to your subject, delivering a beautiful image without distortion. Digital zoom crops the image itself to bring you closer to the subject which can lead to some image distortion.

Samsung has cleverly put a 10x optical zoom into the S21 Ultra 5G, while simultaneously reducing the size of the camera bump. Samsung has cleverly put a 10x optical zoom into the S21 Ultra 5G, while simultaneously reducing the size of the camera bump. The Note 20 Ultra offers 5x optical zoom but the S21 Ultra manages to fit double the zoom into a slimmer design.

The experience with the optical zoom is truly phenomenal. You can get really close to a subject without losing quality on your image. It’s a technical masterclass.

And for when you need to get really close, there’s the 100x Space Zoom. Zoom levels above 10x rely on digital zoom rather than optical. That’s when you may experience some image distortion. You notice the distortion as you get closer to 100x on the S21 Ultra 5G, but even at a wild zoom of 30x it’s a beautiful balance between a crisp shot and a tight zoom.

That being said, however, you’ll get such a good level of detail and user experience out of a cropped photo at 10x optical zoom, it’s rare you’ll need to venture beyond it.

The S21 Ultra 5G is more than just its camera, however. It’s a great tool for getting stuff done.

…and S Pen support for the best of both worlds…

For the first time on a Galaxy S device, the S Pen is here to play.

The S Pen is Samsung’s stylus that – until now – was exclusively reserved for the Galaxy Note range. One of the Note’s best features now plays well on the S21 Ultra 5G so you can get more stuff done.

The S Pen accessory for the S21 Ultra 5G relies on the technology in the screen to recognise the device. If you’re looking for all the features offered by a Bluetooth S Pen experience, the Note 20 range is still your best bet.

The S Pen on the S21 Ultra 5G can handwrite notes; edit excel documents; annotate images and screenshots and so much more on the go.

It’s a larger S Pen than we’re used to, which feels great in the hand.

And, if you’re upgrading from an older compatible Note model, it reduces the e-waste as you can reuse your S Pen again!

…all on Telstra’s massive 5G network

5G is here to stay, and the Galaxy S21 range really cements it with an extensive 5G lineup. Don’t worry if you’re not in a 5G area, either: the device still features 4G/3G connectivity also.

We’re now in more places than ever with Telstra 5G, so you can experience the true power of the Galaxy S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra 5G out of the box5. Check our website for coverage, and to find out more about when this awesome tech will be available near you.

Pricing and bonus offers

We’re excited to carry the Samsung Galaxy S21 range on our incredible network.

We’ll be stocking:

Outright MRO 12-months MRO 24-months
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G 128GB $1248 $104 $52
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G 256GB $1344 $112 $56
Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G 128GB $1536 $128 $64
Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G 256GB $1632 $136 $68
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G 128GB $1848 $154 $77
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G 256GB $1944 $162 $81

Pre-orders open from 8am (AEST) on 15 Jan 2021. The devices will hit the shelves at 9am (AEST) on 28 January 2021.

To the pre-orders go the spoils! If you pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G or Galaxy S21+ 5G before 11:59pm on 28 January 2021 (AEST), you’ll get the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live in Mystic White included (RRP $319). Pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G before 11:59pm on 28 January 2021 (AEST) and you’ll get the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro in Phantom Silver (RRP $349).

Those who purchase a Samsung Galaxy S21 series handset our flexible XL Plan will save big too. If you take up a $115 XL plan, you’ll receive a $50 bill credit for 12 months. That’s a saving of $600, and a whopping $180GB of included data per month for $65.

And if you trade-in your old eligible Samsung device, you can get up to $600 credit on your bill when traded in at Telstra6.

Finally, if you find a better deal on your Samsung Galaxy S21 series device, let us know within 7 days and we’ll credit the difference back to your bill. That’s our 7-Day Price Match at work! Find out more about Price Match on

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Bringing life back to Melbourne streets with the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G

By Luke Hopewell August 28, 2020

We know that Melbourne’s streets and landmarks are deserted right now due to lockdown restrictions in the state. That means nobody’s out and about enjoying the incredible street art on offer all over town. To brighten your day, we’re bringing the vibrant art of Melbourne’s streets to you with our virtual art gallery, all thanks to the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G.

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G features the incredible new S-Pen, and also packs in our incredible 5G. Put the two in the hands of some incredible artists and you have the recipe for an incredible real-time collaboration.

Melbourne-based illustrator Brolga and Sydney-based artist Mulga are showing the power of the new device and our new 5G to build out bare Melbourne streetscapes with bright, illustrated scenes on this, the week of Melbourne’s 185th birthday.

Using the Note20 Ultra over our 5G network means that they can collaborate better than ever, despite being separated by vast distances. Their creations bring colour, creativity and life back to Melbourne’s once-buzzing cityscape, which has been left bare and devoid of energy.

With technology, we’re showcasing the talents of two Australian artists, while demonstrating that we can keep Australians connected, even if they’re apart. The possibilities 5G offers is extensive. Its potential to deliver high speeds and low latency can enable not only fast download speeds for our customers, but also unlocks capacity for thousands of new devices working together on our network.

The two artists used the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G to create these stunning works, and will collaborate live via Telstra 5G to create another incredible work.

Check out our hands-on with the Note20 Ultra 5G on Telstra Exchange.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G: hands-on with the future of smartphone cameras

By Luke Hopewell March 11, 2020

The Samsung S20 range is here, and we’ve ripped off the wrapping to learn all about it. We took the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G out for a spin, and we’re blown away by what it can achieve. Here’s why it’s the smartphone-sized pro camera of your dreams.

It has a whopping 108-megapixel pro-grade camera…

Samsung says that the S20 range is “designed to change photography”. The S20 range certainly changes what we thought was possible with smartphones.

That 108-megapixel sensor is one of the largest we’ve ever seen in a smartphone before, and it’s what makes the incredible zoom possible.

The sheer size of the sensor gives you more pixels across an image, meaning you get a larger image overall. That means you can snap a shot and pinch in to see details right up close.

And a larger image sensor means it’s capturing more light at night, and a revamped Pro mode means you can customise a shot to your heart’s desire.

…with a huge 100x zoom…

The S20 Ultra 5G has a number of zoom levels, including the 10x Hybrid Optic Zoom. Its real party trick, however, is 100x Space Zoom.

Space Zoom really makes that 108-megapixel sensor shine. Samsung says it’ll take you from the back of a room to on-stage in a click, and it really means it.

When we were testing the S20 Ultra 5G, it was a snap to go from a wide shot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to seeing the flag fill the display at 100x zoom.

The overhauled camera software even comes with a target viewfinder so you can hunt out specifics in an image at zoom, making sure you never miss a detail.

And most importantly, thanks to a range of cameras on the S20 Ultra 5G, zoom looks great at a bunch of different magnifications, including 2x, 4x and 10x.

…and 8K video to boot…

You’ve heard of 4K – with video quality 4x as crisp and clear as high-definition – but Samsung’s new flagship is here to leap ahead, with incredible 8K video capabilities. That’s right: the S20 Ultra 5G’s incredible camera is not just capable of taking beautiful photos, it supports 8K video recording!

On top of astounding quality and stabilised shooting, the S20 Ultra 5G makes sure you don’t miss a thing, thanks to the ability to select 33-megapixel stills right out of an 8K video. So if you’re recording your kid’s baseball match, you can record them hitting the game-winning home run, and have both a high-resolution video and high-resolution still to mark the moment.

It also supports a range of other high- and ultra-high definition recording formats with high frame rate capabilities to make video buttery smooth on playback.

…powered by Australia’s best 5G!

We continue to roll out Australia’s best 5G to more and more cities and regional centres, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra is built to access the incredible speeds our network has to offer.

The possibilities 5G* offers are extensive. Its potential to deliver high speeds and low latency can enable not only fast download speeds for our customers, but also unlocks capacity for thousands of new devices working together on our network.

Check our coverage maps to find out more about 5G near you.

How to get one

The S20 range is available for online and in-store now!

The whole Galaxy S20 range will be available for both outright purchase and via our 24- and 36-month payment terms.

Outright MRO 24-months MRO 36-months
Samsung Galaxy S20 128GB (4G) $1349 $56.20 $37.47
Samsung Galaxy S20 128GB (5G) $1499 $62.45 $41.63​
Samsung Galaxy S20+ 128GB (5G) $1649 $68.70 $45.80
Samsung Galaxy S20+ 512GB (5G) $1899 $79.12 $52.75
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 128GB (5G) $1999 $83.29 $55.52

As for the Z Flip, we’ll be confirming the pricing and release date shortly.

Exclusive Telstra pricing

For a limited time, Telstra consumer and small business customers who purchase the Samsung Galaxy S20 or Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G on a 24 or 36-month plan will receive a $150 credit, applied to their bill. This offer is available from 6 March to 3 April 2020.

Additionally, Telstra consumer customers who add a new Samsung device onto their month-to-month plans will net themselves up to 80,000 Telstra Plus points if they redeem online. For all the details, visit This offer is available from 12 February to 31 March 2020.

And finally, any customer who pre-orders any Samsung Galaxy S20 device (S20, S20+ or S20 Ultra) will receive the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ (in white). This offer is available during the pre-order period only from 12 February to 5 March 2020, and customers will have until 12th April to redeem their bonus Galaxy Buds+ via the Samsung website.

* 5G: Telstra currently offers 5G in selected areas and is progressively rolling it out to other areas. To find out more about Telstra 5G, check here or ask in store.

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Samsung Galaxy Fold joins our line-up with iconic new design

By Luke Hopewell October 30, 2019

Every few years, the sea of black rectangles is parted to make way for an incredible new smartphone design. This year, it’s the entry of the Samsung Galaxy Fold that has cut through, with its incredible new folding design. The new Samsung Galaxy Fold is set to hit stores today. Here’s where you can get your hands on it!

A new benchmark

The Samsung Galaxy Fold is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before in Australia.

Samsung has worked hard on improving the design of the highly anticipated Galaxy Fold and has ended up with a product that is deserving of the term ‘iconic’.

The device starts off as a compact smartphone that fits in one hand, and with the new Infinity Flex Display, unfolds into a game-changing 7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED masterpiece. Complete with six pro-grade cameras, you’re guaranteed to get amazing photos from every angle.

The six cameras include a zoom lens for great close-ups; a wide-lens to capture more of your life; an ultra-wide lens for all your rich landscapes and more for selfies! And with loads of power and built-in storage, you can snap till your heart’s content.

The top protective layer of the Infinity Flex Display extends beyond its bezel with additional reinforcements to protect the device. Compared to its previous iteration, the hinge has been strengthened with new protective caps; additional layers of metal have been added under the Infinity Flex Display to make it stronger, and the space between the hinge and the body of the device has been made smaller.

Prioritising the user journey, Samsung has optimised apps for an ideal foldable user experience.


The Samsung Galaxy Fold will go on sale in select Telstra retail stores from 30 October 2019.

All Telstra-branded stores can order the Galaxy Fold for customers. To get hands-on with the Galaxy Fold, the following stores will be offering demonstrations:

Adelaide; Chadstone; Chermside; Hobart; Melbourne Discovery; Perth Hay St; Queens Plaza; Southland, and Sydney Discovery.

The Galaxy Fold will be available from $2999, which works out to $124.95 a month when you add it to any month-to-month mobile plan and stay connected for 24 months, or $83.30 a month when you add it to any month-to-month mobile plan and stay connected for 36 months, plus your chosen plan cost.

Groundbreaking Design

The Galaxy Fold represents yet another landmark in phone design for Samsung.

Through the launch of Samsung’s first foldable mobile phone, Galaxy Fold, let’s revisit some of our favourite phone design evolvements of years gone by.

Samsung Galaxy Note

As small, black rectangles started to saturate the mobile space back in 2011, Samsung decided to supersize the concept with the company’s very first Galaxy Note, giving rise to the term “phablet”: where a phone and a tablet would be blended together into the one pocketable device.

Compared to phones of today with displays over 6-inches, the Galaxy Note looks positively tiny with its 5.3-inch WXGA display. But at the time, the Note went up against the relatively diminutive iPhone 4S.

The Note also popularised the built-in stylus for the smartphone generation. While PDAs had styluses, the Note made them easier to use than ever and evolved it into the essential S-Pen platform we love on the Galaxy Note10 range all these years later.

Motorola RAZR V3

The Motorola RAZR V3 was the first phone to truly go viral. At its core, it was a simple feature flip phone, but what it represented was more important than what it could do. For millennials, the RAZR V3 was the phone to be seen with, thanks to its striking colours and comparatively thin clamshell design.

It was the phone that Hollywood got around with too, after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences included them in the gift bags for the 77th Academy Awards.

Nokia N-Gage

Before phones had app stores and seemingly endless storage, gaming on the go was considered almost impossible. That was, unless you had 2003’s hottest device: the Nokia N-Gage.

Packing a 2.1-inch TFT display and a four-way directional pad, the N-Gage was the first gaming phone fusion. It was able to connect to gaming multiplayer services via the N-Gage Arena platform, and if you and a friend had a device each, you’d be able to game over Bluetooth together.

The N-Gage saw 58 game titles come to the system, including Call of Duty, Civilization II and The Sims, among others.

Hiptop/Sidekick 3

The HipTop 3 – also known as the Sidekick as it was sold in North America – was an iconic phone for its time. Sold exclusively in Australia by Telstra in 2006 and built by Danger and Sharp, the HipTop 3 featured a trackball for navigating the menus and a screen that flipped 180-degrees, revealing the full raised QWERTY keyboard deck that made it perfect for messaging your mates.

It improved on previous iterations of the HipTop/Sidekick range by packing in a 1.3 megapixel camera (up from the previous mode’s VGA camera), and featured MP3 playback via the cutting-edge MicroSD card slot support. It also featured a web browser and an amazing data plan that allowed users to browse to their heart’s content via Telstra’s 2G network.

The HipTop 3 was so iconic that it got its own designer iteration from the likes of Diane von Furstenberg!