Samsung introduced the Galaxy S22 series in February, with three models to choose from: the regular Galaxy S22, the Galaxy S22 Plus, and the Galaxy S22 Ultra. The most popular has been the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
Mostly because it’s another Note-pattern phone and it has been a year and a half since the last Galaxy Note phones hit store shelves. However, at a starting price of $799.99, the entry-level Galaxy S22 is the one to buy if you want a top-rated Android phone without paying over a thousand dollars.
The best way to think about the Galaxy S22 is to consider the value it delivers. Opt for this model, and you’ll get the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset that powers Samsung’s flashier S22 options. You will also get a bright display and the same impressive camera setup as the S22 Plus. And all this comes in a package that starts at less than $800 — $200 cheaper than the next model in Samsung’s lineup.
Other than its Note-like design, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is the natural sequel to the Galaxy S21 Ultra. It has a similar camera setup headlined by a 108MP primary sensor, but with better hardware than we saw in 2021. With a newer, faster processor, plenty of RAM and internal storage space, it has an enormous 1440p display with a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate. Let’s find out the 6 features to see in the Galaxy S22 Samsung Phone you should look for when buying this device.
6 Features to See in Galaxy S22 Samsung Phone
1. Design and Display
One of the smallest flagship Android phones currently available.
The flat display means a better fit for screen protectors and cases, and the AMOLED panel looks great.
You will not find any microSD card or headphone jack, same as the Galaxy S21 series.
The Galaxy S22 is your typical flagship-class slab of glass and aluminium. It’s one of the smallest Android phones you get with high-end hardware at the moment, at just 6.1 inches across the display, but that’s not saying much — the only competition there is the 5.9-inch Asus Zenfone 8.
The Galaxy S22 has Android 12 and One UI 4.1 out of the box.
Google and Samsung are working more closely together on software. The Galaxy S22 is running Android 12 out of the box, the latest available version, with One UI 4.1 on top. Samsung’s One UI changes nearly every aspect of Android, and has many built-in applications that serve the same functions as Google’s own applications. This approach definitely isn’t for everyone, especially if you’re a fan of the software experience on Google Pixel phones or other devices that stay close to “stock” Android. I ended up using a mix of Samsung and Google’s applications (Gmail for email, Samsung Calendar for the calendar, etc.).
3. Performance and Battery life
The Galaxy S22 uses a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset in the United States and a few other countries, and an Exynos 2200 chip everywhere else.
All versions of the phone have 8GB RAM.
The 3,7000mAh battery might be too small for demanding smartphone owners.
The Galaxy S22 uses Qualcomm’s latest flagship chipset for smartphones, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. That means everything from gaming to scrolling through Twitter is fast and responsive, especially paired with that 120Hz display. Both models of the Galaxy S22 (128GB and 256GB storage) have the same 8GB RAM, which is the same amount found in all versions of the Galaxy S22 Plus and most Galaxy S22 Ultra variants.
The Galaxy S22 has a 50MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide, and a 10MP telephoto.
Photo and video quality are good, but zoom photos won’t look nearly as good as with the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
It has three rear cameras: a 12MP main camera (actually 50MP, but with binned pixels), a 12MP ultra-wide, and a 10MP telephoto. That’s almost the same setup as the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 FE, though the Galaxy S21 had a 64MP telephoto. If you want that higher resolution telephoto camera, you have to go for one of the phones in the Galaxy S21 series as the camera setup is the same on the Galaxy S22 Plus as well.
Samsung still pumps up colour saturation on its cameras more than some other smartphone manufacturers, but the results from the main 12MP camera are still sharp and detailed. Indoor or outdoor, light or dark, the Galaxy S22 is up to the task. Even low-light performance is usually solid (seemingly comparable to the Galaxy S22 Ultra), and in areas that are almost completely dark, you can switch the camera to Night Mode to improve image brightness.
5. Galaxy S22 Ultra’s S Pen
Last year, the Galaxy S21 Ultra supported the S Pen. This was the first time ever that a Galaxy S device has supported it. However, the phone didn’t come with an S Pen and didn’t have a slot to store it. Instead, you needed to buy a case for the phone that had space to slot the stylus.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, though, is all-in on the S Pen. Like previous Galaxy Note phones, the S Pen comes with the device and fits right into the storage slot in the phone itself.
Samsung has also upgraded the S Pen when compared to previous Galaxy Note phones. The company says it has a lower latency than previous S Pens, which should make writing feel more like “pen-to-paper” than ever. It also has an improved handwriting-to-text feature with support for 88 languages.
Finally, as with previous Galaxy Note devices, the S Pen is Bluetooth-connected to the phone, allowing it to act as a shutter controller, music controller, and many other tools. When stored in its slot, the S Pen leeches battery power from the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
6. Price and availability
This phone is available at every major wireless carrier, as well as a few MVNOs like Google Fi, Xfinity Mobile and Visible. Retailers such as Amazon and Best Buy sell the phone, too, and you can buy it directly at Samsung.com, where the Galaxy S22 is available in four Samsung-exclusive colours.
The Galaxy S22 starts at $799 for a base model with 128GB of storage. You can bump that up to 256GB for another $50. The best Galaxy S22 deals can help you lower that price tag, though you’ll likely need to trade in a current phone or sign up for an unlimited data plan (or do both) to reap substantial savings.
When buying this phone, make sure you check out our list of Samsung hidden features that will change the way you use your phone.