Galaxy S22 Ultra in Phantom White.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely

MSRP $1,199.99

“The Galaxy S22 Extremely is astonishingly succesful in virtually all facets, from digital camera to productiveness, and also you in all probability will not want to contemplate upgrading for years.”


  • S Pen is handy and extremely correct
  • Versatile digital camera takes nice images
  • The newest processor for energy
  • Lengthy software program assist
  • Lovely excessive refresh charge display


  • Not very quick battery charging
  • Massive and heavy

Editor’s notice: The Samsung Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Ultra at the moment are official, so you might wish to maintain off …

Is the Galaxy S22 Extremely for productivity-focused individuals who miss the Galaxy Be aware, or for individuals who liked the Galaxy S21 Extremely and its unimaginable digital camera? Or is it for each, or a completely new set of individuals? The S22 Extremely combines a lot of what we love in regards to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and the Galaxy S21 Ultra, so getting confused about it’s comprehensible, however don’t be. Consider this heavyweight expertise powerhouse as virtually all of the cellphone you’ll want for the following few years no matter what you wish to do with it, and also you’ll have it found out. There’s rather a lot to speak about right here, so let’s dig in.


The Galaxy S22 Extremely is very critical, particularly within the Phantom Black coloration you see in our images. It’s not quirky or a bit playful just like the Galaxy S21 Extremely and even its different S22 relations, the Galaxy S22 or S22+ telephones, which share no design similarities with it other than being smartphones. It’s all enterprise with its flat finish caps, sharp traces, and squared-off corners. Its total design has undoubtedly been influenced extra by the Galaxy Be aware 20 Extremely than the S21 Extremely.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra in Phantom Black with S Pen.
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It’s as tall because the Galaxy S21 Extremely and Google Pixel 6 Pro, however a number of millimeters wider than each, and at 228 grams, it’s one of many heaviest smartphones you will get. The perimeters are sharply curved, the sq. corners are unforgiving in the best way they dig into your palm, and the practically 9mm thick physique all imply it’s actually not essentially the most snug cellphone to carry, particularly with one hand. A yr in the past, we in all probability by no means thought of that the Galaxy S21 Extremely — an enormous of a cellphone — could be extra hand-friendly than any sequel, however it completely is.

You’ll must make it even larger if you need it to final. The flat display and (principally) flat rear panel imply it’s fairly slippery, and as a result of dimension and weight, I do suppose it’ll take just a few probably damaging tumbles, so wrap it in a case when you plan to maintain it for just a few years. The matte black end doesn’t appeal to fingerprints, but when it’s something just like the S21 Extremely, it’ll be liable to scuffs and marks, which have an effect on its attractiveness over time.

The back of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.
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The built-in digital camera module from the Galaxy S22 and S22+ has not been included within the design right here, and the digital camera lenses are all individually set within the again panel. It’s minimalist and fairly fairly, but in addition liable to being messy as mud and lint collect round every one.

Does it sound like I’m coming down onerous on the S22 Extremely? I’m not likely. The Galaxy S22 Extremely is fantastically made, each panel and line is millimeter excellent in its match and end, and when you select it in one of many different colours — burgundy is gorgeous — it does lose a few of its seriousness. However I do suppose it’s vital for anybody contemplating this cellphone to know the way it’s not the friendliest of designs, and never the best of telephones to wrangle each day both.

S Pen

The Galaxy S22 Extremely comes with an S Pen stylus inside a particular storage slot on the underside of the cellphone, and it’s an identical to the system used on the Galaxy Be aware 20 Extremely. The S Pen is formed the identical too, in that it’s fairly small and skinny, and isn’t particularly snug to carry when you have large fingers. It connects to the cellphone utilizing Bluetooth, and its inside battery is charged when it’s docked contained in the cellphone.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra with an S Pen in its holder.
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It’s a must to make some extent of extracting the S Pen, so there’s no likelihood of doing it by accident, and while you do take it out, the corresponding menu instantly seems on the display. You are able to do varied various things with it, together with creating notes, scribbling on the display, routinely translating textual content, and creating enjoyable, creative photos to be used in issues like Instagram Tales. It might probably additionally double as a distant shutter for the digital camera.

Samsung has diminished the S Pen’s latency to 2.8 milliseconds, and it actually does really feel instantaneous. Evaluating it instantly with the Galaxy Be aware 20 Extremely’s S Pen, which has a 9ms latency, you’ll be able to really inform the distinction. There’s a fragile immediacy to the S22 Extremely’s S Pen, and it means you are taking neater notes and work together with the stylus and the display extra naturally. I’m no artist, however I think about anybody with expertise right here will discover it a pleasure to make use of.

However for everybody else, it’s debatable as to when and even when you’ll ever use it. It’s undoubtedly helpful, however except you draw or take notes day by day, it’s in all probability not going to be helpful all that always. I like the interpretation characteristic and the distant shutter motion, however these aren’t known as into motion usually. I’m completely happy the options are there, but when they weren’t, I in all probability wouldn’t actually discover. Nonetheless, this doesn’t change the very fact the S Pen works exceptionally properly and is a refined and handy piece of tech when you frequently attain for a stylus.

It’s additionally a part of what makes the S22 Extremely just a little complicated. The S Pen is an outright productivity-focused characteristic, and it made the Be aware collection so beloved by these much less curious about cameras and gaming.  The S Sequence has by no means actually been about that, and as a substitute has centered on nice cameras, a slick design, and excellent media means. Has that been sidelined? Let’s proceed.


That is nonetheless a terrific digital camera cellphone. In actual fact, it’s nonetheless one of many best digital camera telephones you will get, however it isn’t a large step ahead over the Galaxy S21 Ultra, and even the Galaxy Be aware 20 Extremely in locations. Samsung has improved the 3x, 10x, and 30x zoom ranges, offering better element and extra pure and correct colours, however the principle and wide-angle cameras give a lot the identical outcomes because the cameras on each these predecessors.

The camera lenses on the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.
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I haven’t come throughout a scenario the place the Galaxy S22 Extremely’s digital camera gained’t do the job. The number of high-quality optical zoom modes makes it massively versatile, the principle and broad cameras take lovely images with vibrant colours and glorious stability, and the newly up to date portrait mode could be very efficient. The app is easy and simply personalized, so you’ll be able to shortly entry the options you utilize most.

The place does it stunble? Work nonetheless must be executed on the colour accuracy and publicity on the 3x and 10x zoom settings, the selfie digital camera can produce mushy images and isn’t significantly good in lowlight, and there’s proof of edge enhancement while you look intently on the zoom images. However none of these items take a lot away, and many individuals gained’t look at the images so fastidiously that they’ll even discover as a result of in terms of taking shareable images shortly, the S22 Extremely is a superb companion.

Single Take mode is a superb instance of why. You are taking a brief video as much as 15 seconds lengthy, which on the S22 Extremely may be prolonged by one other 5 seconds when you want it, and the cellphone’s A.I. generates a number of photos and movies from it. For instance, you get a spotlight video, just a few filtered photos, a fast-forward or slow-motion video, and a boomerang video of a spotlight. It takes seconds for these clips to be generated, and so they can all be edited and shared.

I like Single Take since you focus on capturing the scene, not what mode to make use of to finest seize it. Samsung has additionally labored with social networks Snapchat and Instagram to incorporate its digital camera instruments of their apps, so you’ll be able to instantly use the totally different cameras and modes with out capturing within the S22 Extremely’s digital camera app after which shedding high quality when importing them.

I doubt you’ll come throughout a time the place the Galaxy S22 Extremely gained’t take an excellent picture.

For the extra technically minded, Samsung has a Professional mode for stills and video, plus a brand new Skilled RAW app accessible to obtain from the Galaxy Retailer. Skilled RAW supplies management over the telephoto cameras, helps HDR seize, and permits information to be saved as lossless information able to edit in apps like Adobe Lightroom. In the identical approach, the S Pen takes the Galaxy S22 Extremely past being only a big-screened cellphone, a wide range of pro-level digital camera modes present extra alternatives for these completely happy to become familiar with the intricacies of pictures.

The 108MP mode has gained just a little extra performance with the Element Enhancer. It makes use of Samsung’s A.I. to extend element, sharpness, and coloration in these gigantic images, and it’s very efficient. The 108MP images are big at 12,000 x 9000 pixels and take up about 25MB every, however the Element Enhancer makes cropping all the way down to a good-quality smaller picture very straightforward. Check out the examples above. Do bear in mind the principle images have been contracted to make them web-friendly.

I doubt you’ll come throughout a time the place the Galaxy S22 Extremely gained’t take an excellent picture, no matter your individual private ability stage. There’s additionally nice potential for progress as a result of Skilled RAW mode,and the general versatility of the totally different modes and cameras. You’ll be able to see a gallery of images taken with the Galaxy S22 Extremely above, and for extra in-depth examination of its expertise, check out our comparison with the Galaxy S21 Ultra, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, and the Apple iPhone 13 Pro.

Display screen

The Galaxy S22 Extremely has a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh charge and a most decision of 3088 x 1440 pixels. It helps HDR10+ and is roofed in Gorilla Glass Victus+, plus it has a peak brightness of 1,750 nits. For reference, most telephones hover across the 1,000 nits of brightness stage. That is enabled by a characteristic Samsung calls Imaginative and prescient Booster, and it’s designed to enhance outside viewing, particularly in sunshine.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra features squared-off corners.
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A comparability doesn’t reveal a lot distinction when viewing straight forward, maybe it’s just a little brighter with barely crisper whites, however there’s a particular enchancment when viewing at an angle in vivid situations. It’s onerous to seize, however the picture on the precise within the gallery under exhibits it subsequent to the Galaxy S21 Extremely, and it’s fairly clear the S22 Extremely’s display is extra legible.

This apart, I can’t see any actual distinction between the S22 Extremely’s display and the S21 Extremely’s, however this isn’t a destructive. The Galaxy S22 Extremely’s huge display is superb, displaying beautiful colours, deep blacks, and all of the options you want — together with HDR10+ and Dolby Atmos — for a beautiful multimedia expertise. Sound is delivered by way of stereo audio system, and there’s a useful equalizer characteristic to tune the audio to your liking. I discovered switching it to Pop only, however whereas there’s loads of quantity and readability, plus little or no distortion even at full quantity, there’s not a lot bass in any respect.

Software program and efficiency

I’m utilizing the U.Okay. model of the Galaxy S22 Extremely, which suggests it has Samsung’s Exynos 2200 processor, whereas variations bought within the U.S. use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. The most cost effective mannequin comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB space for storing, however we’d suggest shopping for no less than the following mannequin up with 12GB RAM and 256GB space for storing. The cellphone doesn’t have area for a MicroSD card, so the one approach so as to add storage in any other case will likely be to make use of a cloud-based service.

It’ll come as no shock that the S22 Extremely shrugs off nearly any process. It has performed Asphalt 9: Legends and Genshin Influence, multitasked with YouTube taking part in in a floating window, and managed all the standard social networking, e-mail, and app duties with out concern or a touch that it’s getting sizzling and overworked.

The software program is equally unfazed. The cellphone has Android 12 with Samsung’s OneUI 4.1 put in, and it’s quick and engaging, with logical settings and dependable notifications. I’ve not skilled many bugs or issues, all my apps have put in and operated appropriately, and I just like the depth of customization accessible. I did discover setup was just a little awkward, because the cellphone didn’t switch my Google account successfully, and since then, Autofill has didn’t work even after altering it from Samsung’s choice.

That is maybe the least pleasant a part of the S22 Extremely — and Samsung telephones basically. Samsung closely pushes its personal ecosystem merchandise, together with forcing you to signal right into a Samsung account, prioritizing Samsung Pay, updating apps by way of the Galaxy Retailer, and ignoring different apps whereas selling its personal core instruments just like the calendar and messages app. It’s not distinctive to Samsung, however it’s irritating when capabilities don’t work as you count on till altering some settings. It’s one thing for folks coming from different ecosystems to pay attention to.

The side of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.
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Name high quality has been good, however the vibration alert for incoming notifications is sort of weak, and I discovered myself lacking calls and messages with the amount off. There’s an choice to extend the extent of vibration, however it’s at most by default. I’ve additionally seen the sign power, in line with the reception bars, isn’t as sturdy as I’d count on. It has failed to connect with a 4G community in poor protection areas, the place different telephones have nonetheless managed to tug in a sign. It’s one thing I’ll proceed to observe, as it could change after launch with a software program replace from Samsung or my service.

Battery and charging

The battery contained in the S22 Extremely is rated at 5,000mAh, and Samsung has geared up the cellphone with assist for 45-watt quick charging, however doesn’t embody the related charging block contained in the field. Purchase one from Samsung and it’ll price $50, however what when you use one other charger? I’ve used the extra versatile $40 Elecjet X21GaN Pro charger, which helps the right Energy Supply PPS commonplace wanted for Samsung’s Tremendous Quick Charging system to activate.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra with the S Pen in its holder.
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Positive sufficient, the cellphone’s display exhibits Tremendous Quick Charging is energetic, and the S22 Extremely took 59 minutes to achieve 100% capability from 3%. That is quick, however nothing particular, contemplating OnePlus will halve that cost time on the OnePlus Nord CE 2, which prices a lot lower than the Galaxy S22 Extremely. If you happen to use a charger with out Energy Supply PPS or a smaller wattage, count on the cost time to extend, however not by a lot. Assessments present it’ll be round 70 minutes, so there’s little must rush out and purchase a brand new charger within the hope of lightning-fast charging. The Galaxy S22 Extremely additionally helps 15W wi-fi charging.

How lengthy does the battery final? To this point, after a rocky first couple of days whereas the cellphone adjusted itself to my use, it has leveled out to have sufficient energy for a full day of heavy use, and two days of average use. By average, I imply not taking part in video games, streaming video or music for hours, or continually switching between a 4G and 5G connection. I’ve been testing the cellphone with its display at full decision and the dynamic refresh charge energetic, so when you drop the decision all the way down to FHD+, you might enhance outcomes.

Value and availability

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely prices $1,199 for the 8GB/128GB model. If you’d like extra storage, you’ll pay $1,299 for a 12GB/256GB mannequin, $1,399 for a 12GB/512GB mannequin, or $1,599 for the highest 12GB/1TB model. We’d recommend selecting fastidiously as there is no such thing as a expandable space for storing, so do you have to run out, you’ll must delete content material or apps, or switch them to cloud storage.

You’ll be able to see the Phantom Black mannequin in our images right here, however it’s additionally accessible in burgundy, inexperienced, or Phantom White. Order from Samsung, and there’s an extra alternative of three unique colours: Graphite, Sky Blue, or pink.

Within the U.Okay., the S22 Extremely prices 1,149 British kilos for the 8GB/12GB mannequin, 1,249 kilos for the 12GB/256GB mannequin, 1,329 kilos for the 12GB/512GB mannequin, and 1,499 kilos for the 12GB/1TB model. It’s accessible in the identical coloration selections as above.

Our take

Unquestionably, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely is essentially the most multipurpose smartphone you should purchase as we speak, and no matter what you wish to do along with your cellphone as we speak, tomorrow, or in two years time, its astonishing means and diverse characteristic set may have you coated. There’s actual worth in shopping for a cellphone so succesful, as though the preliminary outlay for the Galaxy S22 Extremely is excessive, there gained’t be any actual want to interchange it for the foreseeable future.

The proof is there in our comparisons between it, the Galaxy S21 Extremely, and the Galaxy Be aware 20 Extremely. Upgrading to the S22 Extremely from both of those is pointless. As a result of the three are nonetheless so shut in means, that’s unlikely to drastically change this time subsequent yr both, and because the Galaxy S22 Extremely combines what’s nice about each these telephones, count on it to be even longer-lasting.

Sure, you’ll must handle a large, heavy cellphone with charging that isn’t as quick because the competitors, and shopping for a model with essentially the most storage you’ll be able to afford is prudent, however in any other case, the Galaxy S22 Extremely is among the most secure, most forward-looking tech purchases you may make in the meanwhile.

Is there a greater different?

Desire a large smartphone with an excellent digital camera? If you happen to’re sticking with Android, the Google Pixel 6 Professional ticks these bins, and when you don’t thoughts switching to Apple, then check out the iPhone 13 Professional Max.

What when you personal the Galaxy S21 Extremely or the Galaxy Be aware 20 Extremely? Is it price upgrading? In all probability not, except there’s something improper along with your cellphone. The digital camera just isn’t an enormous development over the S21 Extremely’s, and whereas the S Pen has decrease latency than the one within the Be aware 20 Extremely, when you’re glad, there’s little purpose to maneuver on. We’d recommend ready.

How lengthy will it final?

The Galaxy S22 Extremely goes to final you years. First off, it’s powerful. The identical Armor Aluminum steel used on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 has been used for the steel chassis, whereas Gorilla Glass Victus+ covers the remainder. The cellphone additionally has an IP68 water resistance score. It’s superb information on the software program facet, too, as Samsung guarantees 4 Android model updates and 5 years of safety updates.

That’s earlier than you take into account the expertise inside it, which is as up-to-date as you will get. Then there’s its huge means, whether or not it’s taking images, taking part in video games, or utilizing it for work. It’s an costly smartphone, however you possibly can simply use it for the following three or 4 years and never fear about upgrading.

Must you purchase it?

Sure. This immensely highly effective smartphone will final you for years.

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