Rear panel of a white Galaxy S22

Samsung Galaxy S22

MSRP $799.00

“The Galaxy S22 is a reasonably succesful cellphone that needs to be on high of your Android cellphone shopping for record due to its useful construct, top-notch efficiency, succesful cameras, and long-term software program replace coverage.”


  • Pleasingly compact and durable construct
  • A beautiful flat OLED display
  • Greatest-in-class Android OS improve coverage
  • Dependable cameras
  • Fluid efficiency


  • Small battery that drains shortly
  • Charging speeds actually need a lift
  • Ultrawide digicam has a distortion quirk
  • Runs sizzling shortly underneath load

Editor’s observe: The Samsung Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Ultra are actually official, so you could wish to maintain off …

Samsung Galaxy S22, probably the most reasonably priced machine within the firm’s 2022 flagship sequence, has flown underneath the radar. The Korean electronics large reserved all the flowery stuff for the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which additionally carries the heavy Note legacy on its shoulders. However that doesn’t imply the vanilla Galaxy S22 deserves to reside in its shadow. In truth, that is one unassuming cellphone that hits heavier than its weight. Right here’s the nitty-gritty in regards to the cellphone earlier than you determine to provide Samsung just a few hundred {dollars} out of your pockets.

Design and construct high quality

The Galaxy S22 hasn’t seen something by way of aesthetic refinements. For people coming from the Galaxy S21, Samsung’s newest flagship appears plain boring given the nearly indistinguishable design. However put it in opposition to another flagship cellphone on the market, and the Galaxy S22 will maintain its personal.

The Phantom White trim that we have now for overview is sort of gorgeous, due to the pearly white rear panel that gives a refined distinction in opposition to the metallic luster on the rails and digicam island. The cellphone can also be up for grabs in a shocking phantom black shade, alongside inexperienced and sand pink colours. But it surely’s the white that basically exudes a definite aura of a premium machine with a minimalist attraction.

Rear panel of Samsung Galaxy S22
Samsung Galaxy S22 in white Digital Developments

But it surely’s not simply in regards to the appears. The construct high quality is top-notch as nicely. Samsung has eschewed the Galaxy S21’s plastic rear panel in favor of a glass sheet that’s protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass Victus on high. After having used the machine for over three weeks with none protecting cowl, I couldn’t discover any scuff marks on the rear panel. Nonetheless, the show was one other story. After just a few days of use, it had seen indicators of minor scraping all throughout.

The Galaxy S22’s show is one other stunning sight, with uniformly skinny bezels on all sides. It appears attractive and places the notch-loving iPhones to disgrace. The facility and quantity buttons supply a passable click on and are positioned comfortably inside attain. After all, it helps that the Galaxy S22’s type issue is refreshingly compact and suggestions the scales at simply 167 grams.

Packing a 6.1-inch display, the Galaxy S22 isn’t precisely small. However in comparison with the beefy Max and Ultra class phones on the market, the Galaxy S22 presents itself as a kind of uncommon telephones that received’t stretch your palms or fingers an excessive amount of. Falling in the identical dimension territory because the Pixel 4a and iPhone 14, the Galaxy S22 provides an unbeatable mixture of terrific in-hand really feel and pocketable dimension.

In hand picture of Samsung Galaxy S22

Samsung has additionally switched to utilizing an X-axis haptic motor for its newest flagship. The vibration suggestions is smoother and evenly distributed all through the entire physique, however the depth has taken successful. Evaluating it in opposition to the Galaxy S21, there’s a tangible distinction, however it’s a subjective debate. Some customers choose a stronger and localized vibration suggestions, whereas others choose a softer however extra uniform haptic response. Personally, I choose the Galaxy S22 on this occasion.

Samsung has additionally made just a few compromises to realize that comparatively compact type issue. The three.5mm headphone jack is once more a no-show, as is the microSD card slot for storage growth. And sure, the digicam bump nonetheless makes the cellphone wobble when it’s mendacity on a flat floor.

Digital camera

Samsung has armed the Galaxy S22 with an upgraded 50-megapixel principal digicam, assisted by a 12-megapixel ultrawide snapper, and a 10-megapixel telephoto digicam with 3x optical zoom output. Selfie duties are dealt with by a 10-megapixel principal digicam. To place it merely, these cameras imply enterprise.

The principle digicam produces crisp footage with spectacular colours, tight distinction, loads of particulars, and sharpness. Samsung has apparently tweaked the colour chemistry this 12 months, because the “Signature Samsung Saturation” has been toned down considerably. Colours are rather a lot nearer to the true shades of an object, and much from the oversaturated mess of older Samsung telephones. Floor particulars are retained nicely and topic separation can also be on level.

I used to be notably dazzled by the portrait mode. The digicam did a formidable job at edge detection and rendered a pleasant depth of discipline impact. Even the studio lightning results for portrait pictures turned out to be in the identical league because the iPhones. Furthermore, the telephoto digicam additionally did a formidable job capturing portrait pictures.

The ultrawide digicam was no completely different, retaining coloration uniformity in opposition to scenes captured by the principle digicam. Nonetheless, one space the place it faltered was the warping, particularly with linear parts within the picture. Check out the indoor shot clicked by the Galaxy S22 and its Extremely variant (under), each of which make use of the identical ultrawide digicam {hardware}, however just one has that bizarre warping impact across the edges. Regardless of being sharp and well-exposed, the ultrawide photograph taken with the S22 appears as if its angular symmetry has been crushed.

Galaxy S22 Ultra ultra-wide sample
Ultrawide pattern clicked by Galaxy S22. Discover the partitions on the left aspect.
Ultrawide sample clicked by Galaxy S22 Ultra
Galaxy S22 Extremely ultrawide pattern.

There is no such thing as a macro digicam right here, however the principle digicam takes some gorgeous close-up images. If you wish to go nearer, the telephoto digicam is your pal. The zoom digicam does a commendable job at macro images. Simply just be sure you have actually secure palms or the cellphone is rested in opposition to fastened assist, as a result of the main target lock will get finicky at shut vary.

It’s nice to see that Samsung has ported evening mode assist for all three cameras, however it’s the 50-megapixel principal snapper that brings the very best out of this lowlight images trick. The principle digicam succeeds at discerning objects within the body, even in extraordinarily darkish eventualities, and introduced out colours with a wholesome accuracy.

The ultrawide digicam takes a few seconds longer to seize evening mode pictures, however the outcomes aren’t as dramatic as these captured by the principle digicam. The 3x telephoto digicam goes slightly too aggressive at boosting the distinction, which additionally leads to a extra grainy image at the price of illumination. On the optimistic aspect, the floor textures seem extra legible.

After all, Samsung has additionally baked in a smorgasbord of digicam tips resembling Single Take, portrait video, Director’s View, and Tremendous Gradual-Mo, amongst others. Director’s view enables you to seize a scene from each the back and front, providing the comfort of utilizing all three rear cameras.

The ten-megapixel selfie digicam additionally does a suitable job, however in comparison with the rear cameras, it tends to lighten the pores and skin tone and increase the saturation even with none filters. Nonetheless, some customers really choose the extra punchy appears of their self-portraits which are tailored for social media.

Evening mode selfies are well-executed in terms of exposing extra particulars and colours, however they’re a tad noisier and softer in comparison with lowlight pictures clicked by the rear cameras. The distinction could be stark in some eventualities, as proven within the samples under:

Galaxy S22 low light selfie standard mode Galaxy S22 Selfie night mode

Coming to video seize, they’re loads of choices, each by way of body charge and determination that goes all the best way as much as 8K. Nonetheless, I discovered 1080p at 60 frames per second (fps) to be the candy spot by way of coloration accuracy and stabilization. I had some enjoyable with tremendous slow-motion mode, which produced some spectacular clips in daylight, however low-ight and indoor eventualities nonetheless lead to a banding impact in such movies.

General, the Galaxy S22 has a really succesful set of cameras that’s proper up there in opposition to the iPhone 13, apart from the latter’s extra spectacular videography chops. Nonetheless, the Galaxy S22 provides the added versatility of a 3x telephoto digicam that produces good leads to each long-range and shut encounters.

Display screen

Samsung Galaxy S22 punch hole display
Digital Developments

Samsung has armed the Galaxy S22 with a 6.1-inch HDR10+ Tremendous AMOLED show with an FHD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) decision and 120Hz refresh charge. Now, there’s a key distinction within the underlying excessive refresh charge know-how employed by Samsung on the Galaxy S22 Extremely and the vanilla Galaxy S22.

Whereas each the telephones can hit a peak of 120Hz, the Galaxy S22 can solely drop to a minimal of 48Hz, whereas the LTPO tech on the coronary heart of the Extremely sibling permits the display refresh charge to go as little as 1Hz relying on the on-screen content material, saving some battery juice within the course of.

After some preliminary confusion, Samsung revised the specs sheet and clarified that the Galaxy S22’s display refresh charge can fall as little as 48Hz. However that, too, seems to be an inaccurate estimation. I enabled the native display refresh charge overlay to verify the values when the cellphone is sitting idle and seen that the refresh charge dropped to a secure 24Hz. Even within the YouTube app, the refresh charge dropped as little as 24Hz, whereas different UI interactions occurred at 120Hz.

Refresh rate of Samsung Galaxy S22 display

However that isn’t to take something away from the usual Galaxy S22. In truth, the entry-level Samsung flagship provides one of the vital stunning screens on a high-end Android cellphone. Viewing angles are nice, daylight legibility can also be spectacular, and colours merely come out. The Pure preset in show mode retains the true colours, however it’s the slight bump in saturation supplied by the Vivid mode that basically brings out the very best of this display.

I in contrast the Galaxy S22 in opposition to the Galaxy S22 Extremely on just a few artificial assessments for banding, distinction, viewing angle, and saturation. The vanilla Galaxy S22 held its personal in opposition to the Extremely model on all counts, and solely barely misplaced edge when evaluating distinction blocks within the lighter areas of the colour scale.

Surprisingly, the usual Galaxy S22 fared higher than the Extremely variant’s display (picture under) within the backlight management testing for rendering grayscale blocks in opposition to a darkish background. One other distinction is that the Galaxy S22’s show is barely colder with a bluish tinge, whereas the S22 Extremely prefers hotter coloration chemistry with extra aggressive auto-brightness controls.

Samsung Galaxy S22 and Ultra display comparison

The deep blacks supplied by the AMOLED panel shine when Darkish Mode is enabled. Over the course of utilizing the machine, I didn’t really feel the necessity to crank up the brightness to devour content material, even underneath direct daylight. Watching HDR content material was a pleasure on the display. However do remember that solely HDR10+ and HDR HLG assist is obtainable, and never Dolby Imaginative and prescient.

Software program

The Galaxy S22 examined for our overview runs One UI 4.1 based mostly on Android 12 with the Might safety patch on high. The appears are acquainted, however the assist for Android 12’s Materials You theming is a recent aesthetic perk. Primarily based in your wallpaper, icons within the notifications shade and different native UI parts modify their coloration accordingly, with some nice transparency results in tow.

The expertise is sort of refined although, and there are a ton of useful options which are lacking on inventory Android. One UI 4.1 wasn’t a lot of a useful improve, however it launched a handful of recent options resembling Sensible Calendar, which mechanically acknowledges dates and instances in messages and suggests them as calendar entries.

Home screen of Samsung Galaxy S22

Samsung Pay has additionally been beefed up, as it might now retailer driver’s licenses (availability could range), automobile keys, and film tickets amongst different issues. There’s additionally a brand new additional brightness toggle that lets customers crank up the brightness in the event that they deem it lower than good. Nonetheless, the auto-brightness system must be disabled for it to work. Widget stacking is one other new function that saves treasured display actual property and works flawlessly.

The Edge panel has additionally been refined and provides a ton of useful instruments resembling deciding on and saving a portion of the on-screen content material with out having to fiddle with the modifying controls within the Gallery app. I notably cherished utilizing the native GIF maker software, which turns a specific portion of the on-screen exercise right into a GIF nearly immediately.

However the greatest benefit of shopping for the Galaxy S22 is Samsung’s promise of delivering 4 years of Android OS upgrades and 5 years of safety updates at a quarterly or half-yearly cadence. That’s a 12 months greater than what Google guarantees for its personal Pixel smartphones, and a good bit greater than what rival Android smartphone makers from China have to supply.


The Galaxy S22 is available in two flavors – one with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 system on a chip and the opposite packing the in-house Exynos 2200 processor. Our overview unit was the Qualcomm variant, however no matter the chip inside, efficiency throughout each models is on the summit.

The cellphone breezed previous each activity I threw at it. I attempted a few of the most demanding video games on the market with the graphics settings maxed out, and the cellphone dealt with it with ease. The system on a chip does its job simply in addition to one would count on from flagship silicon, however the Galaxy S22’s compact dimension additionally means house is extraordinarily constrained underneath the hood, and that takes a toll on the thermal efficiency right here.

Throttling on Samsung Galaxy S22

The processor performs ably, however the warmth it produces ultimately chokes the efficiency. Simply check out the efficiency graph above and the way it downgrades inside quarter-hour of placing it via an artificial stress check.

The comparatively inferior thermal {hardware} additionally impacts the Galaxy S22’s benchmark efficiency when in comparison with the Galaxy S22 Extremely, which reached a multi-core tally of 3106 on Geekbench, whereas its smaller sibling might solely handle a rating of 2932 in our assessments.

I seen that the shutter button sometimes turned unresponsive after taking plenty of images or capturing high-resolution movies. Body drops and jitters have been additionally noticeable after taking part in Name of Obligation: Cell at peak graphics settings for about 40 minutes.

Be it demanding video games or intensive digicam utilization, the Galaxy S22 additionally will get sizzling fairly shortly, particularly within the higher area. The metallic body additionally doesn’t assist with blocking the warmth generated by the innards. Nonetheless, the cellphone by no means despatched a warning message for killing an app as a result of excessive temperatures.

Battery and charging

Rear panel of a white Galaxy S22

The battery state of affairs is on a downhill trajectory with the Galaxy S22. Samsung has shaved 300mAh value of ion juice from its predecessor, leaving the Galaxy S22 with a comparatively small 3,700mAh unit. That’s one of many smallest batteries you’ll discover in a contemporary smartphone launched after 2021, save for the iPhone mini line. And it really makes a tangible distinction in day-to-day use.

I remained linked to the web all through the day, closely surfed social media, used at the least 5 communication apps, watched just a few YouTube movies, and listened to music for about three hours every day over Bluetooth headphones. Even with none gaming by any means, the cellphone barely went previous a day.

On days that I had just a few video calls, the battery emptied whereas on the commute again dwelling. However the numbers will range based mostly in your utilization eventualities. I acquired wherever between 4and 5 hours of display time, which isn’t the very best determine I’ve seen on a flagship cellphone, even the smaller ones. Nonetheless, in case your cellphone utilization is much less demanding and you’ve got cultivated a behavior of plugging in your cellphone as quickly as work hours are over, the Galaxy S22 shouldn’t sound any alarms.

Talking of charging, there’s no charger in the box. Samsung sells the 25-watt charger individually, which can also be the height wired charging pace the cellphone has to supply. Once more, it’s not the very best, because the competitors has already touched the 120W mark at a lower cost. Relying in your provider or most popular retail buying outlet, you simply may get the 25W charger as a freebie.

Samsung Galaxy S22 splash screen digitaltrends

The charger takes half an hour to fill the empty tank as much as 60%, whereas a full cost normally took an hour when the cellphone isn’t in use. Wi-fi charging assist can also be on the desk at a peak wattage of 15W. I didn’t discover any heating points whereas juicing up the cellphone on a wi-fi charging mat.

Whereas taking part in Name of Obligation: Cell at peak graphics settings, the cellphone misplaced about 10 p.c battery juice whereas the CPU temperature went up by 8 levels Celcius throughout a 20-minute session. The sport booster dashboard permits a point of system-level optimization between efficiency and temperature monitoring, however it doesn’t make an excessive amount of of a distinction.

What actually bothered me was the idle battery loss. Even when the cellphone was mendacity on a desk with mobile web enabled and communication apps operating within the background, the cellphone misplaced practically 10% to15% of the battery inside a few hours. And that’s with the Adaptive Refresh charge tech enabled. The Might replace considerably slowed the idle battery loss, however it’s nonetheless there.

Value and availability

The Galaxy S22 at present begins at $799 on Amazon and is $600 with new activation at Best Buy, whereas Samsung’s official web site will take as a lot as $660 off if you happen to trade an eligible machine. Carriers are even have some aggressive provides which are undoubtedly value testing if you happen to don’t wish to change traces.

When you pay the complete quantity without delay for an unlocked unit, the 128GB variant of the Galaxy S22 could be yours for simply $675 from the Samsung retailer, whereas the 256GB model will price you $725. Except for the same old Phantom Black, Phantom White, inexperienced and Pink Gold, the Samsung retailer additionally has 4 unique coloration choices: Graphite, Cream, Sky Blue, and violet.

Our take

The headline says all of it — the Galaxy S22 is boringly good. It comes geared up with all the basic traits of a pure Android flagship. For its worth, the Galaxy S22 provides dependable cameras with a neat set of cool options, a quick processor, glorious construct high quality and in-hand really feel, and an unparalleled software program replace coverage within the Android ecosystem.

There are just a few blemished although. The battery may very well be greater with faster charging speeds and the thermal administration isn’t the very best on the market. However the extra essential query is the way it measures as much as rival telephones. Each the iPhone 13 and the Google Pixel 6 undercut the Samsung flagship by a wholesome $100 or extra, and supply polished software program married to top-notch {hardware}, dependable cameras, and extra importantly, significantly better battery life figures.

However Samsung is attempting to make up for it with aggressive provides. There are shops which are bundling the charger without spending a dime with the Galaxy S22 and Samsung itself is handing over a good-looking trade bonus.

How lengthy will it final?

The Galaxy S22 is constructed to final, which is evidenced by the truth that it’s set to obtain software program updates for the subsequent 5 years. Samsung has used top-notch supplies resembling Gorilla Glass Victus and durable aluminum to create an IP68-certified cellphone. In a nutshell, it might deal with a swim within the pool or just a few drops from the desk. With 4 assured OS upgrades, the cellphone will maintain including new options and received’t skimp on the safety facet both. On the longevity facet, the Galaxy S22 nearly matches Apple’s venerable iPhones.

What are the alternate options?

The obvious competitor is the Google Pixel 6, which begins at $600 and provides reliable cameras and polished software program in a neatly designed bundle. Over in Apple’s ecosystem, the iPhone 13 retails on the similar worth as its Samsung rival. With the iPhone 13, you get a pair of stable cameras, a safe iOS ecosystem with long-term software program assist, and significantly better battery life figures.

Must you purchase it?

By itself, the Galaxy S22 is a terrific value-for-money smartphone. For Android loyalists hoping to avoid the Pixel 6’s buggy popularity, Samsung’s cellphone is undoubtedly the most suitable choice. When you’re gravitating towards the iPhone 13, the Galaxy S22 leapfrogs it with an additional telephoto digicam, quicker charging, a extra trendy design, and a much less restrictive working system. So, right here’s the ultimate verdict: In case you are out there for an Android cellphone with clear appears, good cameras, and feature-rich software program, however don’t wish to shell out over a thousand {dollars}, the Galaxy S22 is your greatest wager.

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