Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 2022 Review: The Next Galaxy Note
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 2022 has finally arrived. With its hot new design and upgraded specs, it hopes to finish first place in the race against many other top-range smartphones.
Speaking of other top-range smartphones, is better than its predecessor? Is it really as great as we hope it to be? Before we can truly say that, let’s check out my review of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
6.8 inches, dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1440 x 3088 pixels
BUILD, WEIGHT, DIMENSIONS
Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus+), glass back (Gorilla Glass Victus+), aluminum frame | 229 g (8.04 oz) | 163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9 mm (6.43 x 3.07 x 0.35 in)
CPU & GPU
Octa-core, Exynos 2200 (4 nm) – Europe, Qualcomm SM8450 / Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (4 nm) – International | Xclipse 920 GPU – Europe / Adreno 730 – International
RAM & STORAGE
128GB 8GB RAM | 256GB 12GB RAM | 512GB 12GB RAM | 1TB 12GB RAM
Android 12, One UI 4.1
MAIN CAMERA & VIDEO
Quad camera | 108 MP, f/1.8, 23mm (wide), 1/1.33″, 0.8µm, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS | 10 MP, f/4.9, 230mm (periscope telephoto), 10x optical zoom | 10 MP, f/2.4, 70mm (telephoto), 3x optical zoom | 12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), Super Steady video | features LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama | up to 8K@24fps video, HDR10+
FRONT CAMERA & VIDEO
Single-camera | 40 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide) | features Dual video call, Auto-HDR | up to 4K@30/60fps video
Li-Ion 5000 mAh, non-removable | Fast charging 45W | Fast wireless charging 15W | Reverse wireless charging 4.5W
COLORS – Phantom Black, White, Burgundy, Green, Graphite, Red, Sky Blue | CONNECTIVITY – Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot | Bluetooth 5.2 | USB Type-C 3.2, USB On-The-Go | features IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins) | features Stylus, 2.8ms latency (Bluetooth integration) | Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (2 Nano-SIMs + eSIM, dual stand-by)
Reason to Buy
Reason to Avoid
I’m surprised that Samsung didn’t call this new top-tier smartphone a Note S22 (or something similar) because it definitely looks like one. I’m sure they have their reasons, but I guess they like the name ‘Ultra’, so they sticking to it.
This is the top-range smartphone in the Galaxy S22 series. This one also comes with most of the top features and specs, just like the Galaxy S21 Ultra did last year in the S21 series.
On the outside, you will see a 6.8-inch display, with a single teardrop 40MP camera. At the back, there’s the 108MP main camera with four lenses to take pictures and videos. The exterior is covered in a tough glass covering back and front and encased in an aluminum frame.
There’s also a new slot at the bottom section of the phone where you can pull out the S Pen. Pretty neat.
Under the hood, is an 8-core 5G processor from Exynos or Snapdragon (region depending), a range choice of 8GB or 12GB of memory, and a range choice of 128GB to 1TB storage.
What you get in the box is the S22 Ultra smartphone, the S Pen stylus, a USB-Type C data cable, and an ejection pin. No brick charger plug and no earphones.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 2022 has some good specs that rival the other top-range smartphones in the market today. but what makes it tick? What do we like about this phone?
What’s to Like
We like the design of the S22 Ultra, even though it looks and feels like Samsung’s previous Note models. I guess you can say this is the new ‘Note S22’. It comes with round edges on the side, giving it a more premium look.
It’s covered with tough glass and a strong aluminum frame exterior to improve durability. The phone includes 7 choices of colors to choose from. Overall. Great new design. Nice choice of colors. Great durability.
Performance-wise, the S22 Ultra comes with the latest performance chips. As expected, the display moves seamlessly smoother, with fast loading of apps, fast load of web browsing, and an attractive user interface.
From testing and benchmarking, the performance is fast, fluid, and smooth, which has become a standard top-range feature for top-tier smartphones.
Battery life is pretty good with the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. Upon testing, at moderate use, you’re looking at about 4 days and 12 hours before the battery runs flat. That’s pretty good battery life.
Next is the display. So the S22 Ultra comes with a 6.8-inch screen, with a 120Hz refresh rate and a 1440p FHD+ screen resolution. You can’t help but be amazed.
The screen comes with good brightness, displaying detailed and sharp images and video, and good color accuracy. It makes it a joy to look at high-quality videos and images. Overall. Stunning display.
In terms of the camera, the overall experience has been wonderful. During the day the pictures on a normal wide camera are detailed, with bright colors and great detail. The ultrawide images are good but there is some loss of detail.
The zoom function, however, is a great feature. you can zoom up to 3 times or even 10 times and the image quality still looks great. At low light, the camera takes stunning pictures with excellent detail.
For video recording, the S22 Ultra can record up to 8K videos at 24fps. If you’re worried about storage then 4K videos are better off or FHD as they are even more smooth and more detailed. Overall. Impressive pictures and videos.
What’s not to Like
The Samsung S22 Ultra comes with stunning features, but there are a few things that we must note about it. So here’s a list of what we don’t like about this phone.
The S22 Ultra is a nice and tall phone. But it may be too large to fit in your pocket. If you like keeping it stored safely in your pocket, then this phone is not for you. Rather get a separate pouch to keep it safely stored on you.
The battery life may be great with the S22 Ultra smartphone but the charging speed isn’t. With a 25W charger, in 30 minutes the phone is charged 61%, whereas with a 45W charger the phone is charged 60%.
Not much difference there. It’s just disappointing that a 45W charger performs this way as we expected a faster charge speed than the 25W.
Sticking to the battery life, with the S22 Ultra you can get a good 4 days and 12 hours of battery life, whereas with the older S21 Ultra, on moderate use, you can get up to 4 days and 18 hours of battery life. You may be thinking it’s only a few hours difference but a few hours difference goes a long way.
All I can say is, well done Samsung. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is by far the best looking, best performing, and best features smartphone of 2022 so far. If this phone is the apple of your eye, or you plan to get it any time soon, then you’ve made a great choice.
It would be nice to know there’s a 45W charger out there that outperforms the existing 25W charger in terms of charge speed. And the battery life difference between the S22 Ultra and the S21 Ultra may not seem much but it helps to have more.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is a great smartphone to buy. I highly recommend it. Get it now, while stocks last.
There are other great alternatives out there like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. It’s last year’s model, but still the best. There’s also the older Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. It’s 2 years older but a lot cheaper. Click on the links to check out my reviews.
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