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Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra review

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra review

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra review

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is one of the best smartphones in the history of the company. It boasts not only the most powerful hardware, but also thoughtful software, many convenient features and an S Pen stylus.

There is a huge 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display, Exynos 2200 processor and a main camera with a resolution of 108 MP. The flagship can rival the latest iPhones and outperforms any model from Google, OnePlus or other manufacturers. This is probably the best Android smartphone on the market right now.

Specifications Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Screen

6.8" Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, 3088×1440 pixels, 500 ppi pixel density, 1750 nits peak brightness, 19.3:9 aspect ratio

CPU

Exynos 2200 (4nm): Octa-core (1x2.8GHz Cortex-X2 + 3x2.50GHz Cortex-A710 + 4x1.8GHz Cortex-A510)

Graphic arts

Xclipse 920

RAM

8/12 GB

Inner memory

128/256/512 GB UFS 3.1 or 1 TB

System and software

Android 12, One UI 4.1

Main camera

108MP, f/1.8, 23mm, wide-angle, PDAF, OIS + 12MP, f/2.2, 13mm, ultra-wide, 120˚ + 10MP, f/4.9, 230mm, periscope telephoto, 10x optical zoom + 10MP, f/2.4, 70mm, telephoto, 3x optical zoom

Front camera

40 MP, f/2.2, 26mm, wide-angle

Video recording

Main: 8K@24fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps

Front: 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Communication and connections

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE, NFC, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, NFC, USB Type-C 3.2, USB On-The-Go

networks

GSM/CDMA/HSPA/EVDO/LTE/5G

Sound and audio

Stereo speakers, no 3.5mm

Water protection

IP68 (up to 1.5 m for 30 minutes)

Sensors and features

Fingerprint scanner (under display, ultrasonic), accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass, barometer

Battery

Li-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable, fast charging 45 W, wireless charging 15 W, reverse wireless charging 4.5 W

Colors

Graphite, blue, red

materials

Gorilla Glass Victus+ front and back, aluminum side bezels

Dimensions and weight

163.3×77.9×8.9mm, 228g

Unpacking and kit

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra smartphone comes in a black cardboard box, which has become even smaller, with a stylized number “22” on the lid and a shiny letter S.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Over the past couple of years, unpacking high-end Galaxy has become a breeze as the packaging is very poor. Chargers are a thing of the past - the reverse side of a small box. Inside you will find at least:

Smartphone

USB-C cable

SIM eject key

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Design and appearance

In terms of appearance, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is not unique, it is a mixture of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and S21 Ultra.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

From the first, he took the overall design of the body, and from the second - the location of the cameras at the back. Despite the repetitive design, the S22 Ultra looks great, and all three colors - graphite, blue and red - are very successful.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

A good decision was the rejection of the convex camera module - the sensors are located directly on the back cover, although they protrude slightly.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

The sides of the front and back are strongly rounded, but the bottom and top are completely flat. The display and back surface are covered with Gorilla Glass Victus + glass, and the side frames are aluminum.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

The Galaxy S22 Ultra has IP68 protection - the smartphone can be submerged in water to a depth of 1.5 meters for 30 minutes. The body of the phone is huge, like other flagships from Samsung. This is definitely a smartphone for two-handed use, especially if it is in a case. The power button is located on the right side of the case, and a little higher are the volume keys.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

The SIM card slot has moved down, and the memory card cannot be inserted into it. It is strange that Samsung installed a microphone close to this slot - you can accidentally damage it with a SIM-card eject key if you mix up the holes. On the bottom side, you'll find a USB-C port, a speaker, and an S Pen stylus port.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Screen and sound

Samsung has long set the standard for display quality in smartphones, but with each new model, Samsung manages to raise the bar even higher.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

The screen diagonal of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is 6.8 inches, the resolution is 3088 × 1440 pixels. This is a Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel with a 19.3:9 aspect ratio, a 120Hz refresh rate, and a 240Hz touch layer polling rate.

The quality of the Galaxy S22 Ultra's display is incredibly high: the contrast is huge, and the colors are rich and vibrant.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Peak brightness reaches 1750 nits - in this regard, no other phone can compare with the Galaxy S22 Ultra. In Game Mode, the 240Hz touch layer polling rate is activated. This is not as much as on some gaming smartphones like the Asus ROG Phone 5 (300 Hz), but enough for any modern game with intense gameplay.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

There are many settings available: blue tint filter, color profile selection, white balance setting and much more. The image can be adjusted to your liking, and the screen here is one of the best among the competition.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

The S22 Ultra has one speaker at the top and one at the bottom, forming a stereo pair. There is support for Dolby Atmos, but the sound is not too impressive - the volume is high, although the bass is almost inaudible.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

S-Pen stylus

Getting the S Pen stylus out of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is easy - with a slight pressure on the stylus, it slides out.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

The S Pen coating has become more comfortable and prevents slipping in your hands. There is also a button that allows you to take a picture, or switch to the next page during the presentation.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

If you remove the stylus from the slot, the Notes application for writing and drawing will automatically launch, although you can choose another default application. There is a setting for font thickness, color and other parameters.

The quality of work is improved compared to previous generations, this is the best stylus for smartphone now.

As before, the S Pen supports 4000 pressure levels, but the response time has been reduced to 2.3ms. Thanks to this, it feels like you are really writing with a pen on paper - the records are displayed on the display instantly.

Galaxy S22 Ultra Cameras

Samsung has always been famous for its cameras, especially in the Note and Galaxy S models.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Every year a new sensor or shooting mode is added, but the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra hasn't changed much. The cameras are the same as on the S21 Ultra: a 108MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide angle, and two 10MP telephoto lenses. Ahead is the same 40 MP camera.

The image processor has become more powerful, so photos look better. Focus is sharp, exposure is well-adjusted, and colors are pleasingly saturated.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Ultra wide camera

The telephoto lens provides a 10x optical zoom, while the ultra-wide-angle camera shoots with a 120˚ field of view. It is important that when switching between cameras, the color gamut does not change.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Zoom Mode

When shooting with the front camera of the S22 Ultra, Portrait mode is available, but the bokeh effect is unnatural. The definition of the borders is also imperfect - some of the hair may be blurry. In addition, when shooting at night, the sharpness of the photo decreases.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Night shooting

But the Galaxy S22 Ultra is ideal for shooting video, although it falls short of the iPhone 13 Pro . The Auto Framing feature tracks up to 10 people in the frame and automatically adjusts the focus on them even when the smartphone moves. Shooting is available in 8K, although 4K/60 fps is best.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

In general, in terms of photo quality, the Samsung flagship is not inferior to its competitors. The Google Pixel 6 Pro has the highest color accuracy , but the S22 Ultra looks richer and nicer. And the iPhone 13 Pro Max  is the best smartphone for video recording.

Software

In terms of software, Samsung was able to surprise everyone - all S22 will have four years of operating system updates and five years of security.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra runs on Android 12 with One UI 4.1 shell. True, the phone has a lot of pre-installed applications from Samsung and Microsoft - the companies have been cooperating with each other for a long time. Some apps can be uninstalled, but not all. Moreover, sometimes Samsung ads even appear in notifications, which is unacceptable for such a price.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

The huge Galaxy S22 Ultra display is suitable for multitasking, which is even more thoughtful in One UI 4.1.

You can create pairs of apps that automatically launch in split-screen mode, one of Samsung's best features. The 6.8-inch display ensures both windows fit enough content and don't feel cramped.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Samsung DeX mode lets you easily connect your smartphone to your Windows PC and access your phone's features on a larger screen. You can use some applications, view photos and respond to notifications, the S22 Ultra screen will act as a trackpad.

Component performance

In Europe, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra runs on a 4nm Exynos 2200 processor.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

The Samsung chipset has eight cores: one Cortex-X2 (2.8 GHz), three Cortex-A710 (2.50 GHz) and four Cortex-A510 (1.8 GHz). The Xclipse 920 video accelerator based on AMD RDNA 2 architecture is responsible for the graphics. It supports ray tracing and variable shading frequency technology, so everything looks great in games.

RAM can be 8 or 12 GB, and internal UFS 3.1 - from 128 GB to 1 TB.

With its power, the Galaxy S22 Ultra will please both gamers and ordinary users. The results in performance tests are excellent: on GeekBench 5, the device scores 1180/3657 points in single-core and multi-core modes.

In AnTuTu 9, it has 968 thousand points - the best result among all Android smartphones. The GFX Car Chase ES 3.1 graphics test (offscreen 1080p) produces a result of 76 fps.

Battery autonomy

5000 mAh batteries have become the norm for today's flagships, and inside the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is just such a battery.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Despite the FHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate, after a full day of use, the smartphone showed 25-35% energy. Wired fast charging speed can reach up to 45W, although there is no adapter included. Using my 45W unit, it took about an hour for the S22 Ultra to fully power up.

The phone supports 15W wireless charging, and it takes almost two hours to restore the battery from 0 to 100%. There is 4.5W reverse wireless charging.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S22 Alternatives

Besides the Galaxy S22 Ultra, Samsung has plenty of other great smartphones out there, even if they came out a year or two early.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra remains an excellent choice , and now it costs much less. If you don't need an S Pen, check out the Galaxy S22 Plus that came with the S22 Ultra. Not so long ago, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE appeared with Android 12 and One UI, although in terms of price and quality, the new S22 looks preferable.

For photography lovers, the best option would be the Pixel 6 Pro . The hardware is not as powerful as the Galaxy S22 Ultra, but the cameras are among the best on smartphones and software support is long. Most importantly, its price is much lower.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

If Android is not to your liking, you should choose the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The Apple phone is all right with battery life and image quality, and the M1 processor guarantees incredible speed.

Outcome

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra combines the best hardware and technology from the Korean company to date. The huge Dynamic AMOLED 2X display delivers amazing image quality, the S Pen lets you take notes in a convenient way, and the cameras are some of the best Android smartphones around.

Software support is five years, which even Google will envy. Based on Android 12, One UI 4.1 is replete with useful features, and the 6.8-inch display is ideal for multitasking. The only problem is that the S22 Ultra is almost impossible to use with one hand.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Is it worth buying

The Galaxy S22 Ultra is the most powerful and feature rich Android smartphone on the market today. It will not suit only those who do not like Samsung and huge screens.

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