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Samsung Galaxy S22 review

Written by Nuel

Introduction

Now that we’ve covered the Galaxy S22+, as well as the S22 Ultra in their own respective in-depth reviews, it’s time we take a closer look at the vanilla Galaxy S22 as well.

Most of you are likely already familiar with the Galaxy S22 lineup in at least some extent, but we still feel like we need to preface the review by saying that expectations towards the trio should be moderated. Not regarding the quality of the products. That is still excellent, but rather regarding any major generational changes or innovations. Those are few and far between on the S22 line. Well, perhaps sans for the reincarnation of the Galaxy Note line in the S22 Ultra, but without the legendary “Note” branding.

Whileostensibly getting progressively exhausting (or tamer for absence of better words) throughout the most recent couple of years, Samsung’s lead offers aren’t anything if not predictable. That has a ton of legitimacy in itself. Apple demonstrated that much endlessly time again with its gradual year-over-year system. All in all, what’s going on with the S22 this year? Indeed, bringing everything together before we plunge into the low down – you get another camera arrangement, new chipsets and somewhat less battery that Samsung guarantees it will balance through better chipset and show proficiency. The presentations on the vanilla and in addition to are currently marginally more limited yet guarantee specific innovative enhancements.

The vanilla S22, which is the subject of this specific audit, has contracted down in general size impressively contrasted with its Galaxy S21 ancestor. To such an extent, truth be told, it can now be viewed as a component of an uncommon type of “minimized” leader gadgets. All in relative terms, obviously.

The phone measures 146 x 70.6 x 7.6 mm and it tips the scale at 167 grams (168 for the mmWave version). Compare that to the S21 and its 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9 mm, 170g, or so, body. The new 6.1-inch display on the S22 has gotten shorter, which is a trend across the entire S22 line. Unfortunately, a smaller body has also mandated a smaller 3,700 mAh battery back. Down from 4,000 mAh last year.

Aside from the obvious move to the latest flagship chipset generation – the Exynos 2200 in Europe and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 pretty much everywhere else, the S22 also has a new main 50MP camera, with a 23% larger sensor than last year’s 12MP model. Also, a new 10MP telephoto with optical rather than hybrid 3x zoom. The ultrawide and selfie cams are carried over from the S21.

Samsung Galaxy S22 5G specs at a glance:

  • Body: 146.0×70.6×7.6mm, 167g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus+), glass back (Gorilla Glass Victus+), aluminum frame; IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins), Armour aluminum frame with tougher drop and scratch resistance (advertised).
  • Display: 6.10″ Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1300 nits (peak), 1080x2340px resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 425ppi; Always-on display.
  • Chipset: Exynos 2200 (4 nm) – Europe, Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (4 nm) – ROW: Octa-core (1×2.8 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3×2.50 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A510) – Europe, Octa-core (1×3.00 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3×2.40 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4×1.70 GHz Cortex-A510) – ROW; Xclipse 920 – Europe, Adreno 730 – ROW.
  • Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
  • OS/Software: Android 12, One UI 4.1.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 50 MP, f/1.8, 23mm, 1/1.56″, 1.0µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS; Telephoto: 10 MP, f/2.4, 70mm, 1/3.94″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom; Ultra wide angle: 12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 120-degree, 1/2.55″ 1.4µm, Super Steady video.
  • Front camera: 10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/3.24″, 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF.
  • Video capture: Rear camera: 8K@24fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR10+, stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS; Front camera: 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps.
  • Battery: 3700mAh; Fast charging 25W, USB Power Delivery 3.0, Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W, Reverse wireless charging 4.5W.
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader (under display, ultrasonic); NFC; Samsung DeX, Samsung Wireless DeX (desktop experience support), Bixby natural language commands and dictation, Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified).

Something else Samsung has been doing especially above and beyond the beyond scarcely any Galaxy S ages is division. Clearly, the Ultra is in its very own element class this year, regardless of whether it’s deficient with regards to a “Note” moniker. Contrasting the vanilla S22 with the S22+, however just uncovers a couple of tremendous contrasts. The S22+ is clearly greater, with a bigger 4,500 mAh battery and promoted 45W quick charging support rather than the 25W that the S22 conveys forward from more seasoned Samsung gadgets. We’ll dive into more detail in the charging area, however, spoiler ready, the 45W oversight is not really huge. The exclusion of Ultra-Wideband (UWB) support on the vanilla S22 is not really a big issue as well. The distinction in show boards between the two is somewhat more intricate and goes past size. We’ll plunge into that also, yet the vanilla S22 passes up the little yet clever generational OLED brilliance upgrades of the S22+ and S22 Ultra.

Samsung Galaxy S22

None of these “oversights” in the vanilla S22 are that significant and scarcely detract from its undisputed and balanced leader nature. That is the thing we mean by extraordinary division – for most planned purchasers, the decision between a S22 and S22+ will come down to measure and, obviously, cost.

 

Discussing financial plan, Samsung has remained amazingly predictable on that front too. You can actually look at nitty gritty evaluating on the whole S22 arrangement and the Galaxy Tab S8 here, however the S22 fundamentally begins at $800, €850 or £770, which is basically the first S21 MSRP. Getting a similar sticker cost is definitely not an irrelevant accomplishment given the continuous predicament in regards to store network and material deficiencies in the tech business all in all.

Samsung Galaxy S22

So, that’s the S22 in a nutshell – an incremental boring upgrade for some, a consistently-solid all-around flagship with no unexpected potentially deal-breaking surprises or price hikes for others. As usual, the devil is in the details. Follow along as we dig through them and really see what makes the Galaxy S22 tick.

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