Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Long-Term Review Check Specs Performance Price

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Long-Term Review Check Specs Performance Price

New Delhi: If there has been one flagship smartphone that grabbed all the attention in 2022, it has to be the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. Although the Galaxy S22 Ultra looks similar to the outgoing Galaxy S21 Ultra, there are significant changes that are more than meets the eye. This is also why it took me almost three months to write your review and it is certainly impressive! Whether it’s the stellar cameras, the build quality, or the overall powerful user experience, this smartphone feels like a complete package. Also, this is the first time that a Galaxy S series flagship with Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC instead of Exynos chipsets has been launched in India.

Those who were bummed to learn that Samsung had done away with its iconic Galaxy Notes line after the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in 2020 would know that Samsung had revived the immensely popular Galaxy Note series. In fact, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is a union of the Galaxy S line with the retired Galaxy Note series. The Galaxy Note 22 Ultra has soaked up the feature and design goodness, and the added sweetness here comes courtesy of the S Pen, which also brings productivity to the Galaxy S series for the first time. It is certainly an expensive proposition with a starting price of Rs 1,09,999 for the 12GB + 256GB storage model. What makes the Galaxy S22 Ultra such an impressive package? Find out in my full review.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Design, display, look and build

As I mentioned earlier, the Galaxy S22 Ultra has a design heavily borrowed from the now-retired Galaxy Note line and is nothing like its smaller siblings, the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+, which are more lightweight and handy devices. The Galaxy S22 Ultra is a flagship device that has a real presence on stage. The overall design is a familiar Samsung design complete with metal and glass and hardware that doesn’t disappoint either. However, this time the microSD card slot is missing, which might annoy some people.

Samsung has used an armor-plated aluminum frame to make the Galaxy S22 ultra-tough and has also added a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+ on the back and yet managed to keep it lighter than its biggest rival, the Apple iPhone 13. ProMax. . However, as with all glass-bodied smartphones, investing in a good case is highly recommended to increase the security and grip of the phone. Also, this is definitely a two-hand device for people with small hands. The good thing is that the volume controls and the power key have good tactile feedback and a solid construction.

The design of the camera module on the back is a welcome change from last year’s Galaxy S21 series, even as its smaller siblings, the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+, still follow the same design language. This time around, the camera bumps simply rise up from the back plate of the housed device and there’s no clutter around it.

Thanks to the revamped camera design, upgrading to the Galaxy S22 Ultra will bring a more refined feel. There is also a downside to the camera design: the camera rings always seem to have some dust on them and they collect very quickly and cleaning them is a difficult task. This device is large and has a matte finish but that doesn’t make it slippery. Yes, there is a layer of Gorilla Glass Victus+ on both the front and back, but it’s still not recommended to use the Ultra without putting on a screen protector and protective back cover.

Now, Samsung has been the undisputed leader in making AMOLED screens for years and this flagship undoubtedly has the company’s best AMOLED screen in its class with a 120Hz dynamic refresh rate. The screen is reminiscent of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra with curved sides and flat bottom and top, and also features HDR10+ and has a maximum brightness of 1750 nits. To make things easier in extreme lighting conditions, there’s a VisionBooster technology that boosts colors and contrast. Samsung’s Vision Booster technology is one of its most prominent features and works by dynamically adjusting tones and enhancing screen colors and contrast in direct sunlight. One should note that this function does not work when the “Eye Comfort” function is activated and that is a bummer.

We all know that Samsung has bundled the S Pen with the Galaxy S22 Ultra this time as it is more responsive and at least 70 percent faster with less latency than previous generation styluses. Good thing the S Pen is also IP68 rated for water and dust resistance, but as I mentioned earlier, the camera rings are dust magnets.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Camera

Samsung brought remarkable cameras to the market with the Galaxy S21 Ultra and this time too, the cameras on the S22 Ultra are excellent. How does the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s camera compare to its predecessor’s? Well, Samsung hasn’t changed much and there’s a versatile quad camera setup on the rear dominated by a 108MP primary sensor that produces non-paneled images by default, a 12MP ultra-wide sensor with a 120-degree angle. field of view, two 10MP sensors and for video calls and selfies, there’s a 40MP front-facing sensor housed in a hole-punch cutout.

Images taken in daylight were bright and had very good dynamic range. The camera’s autofocus was sharp and color accuracy was on point. However, as with other Samsung phones, some of you may find the images a bit saturated compared to other flagships like Oppo Find X Pro or iPhone 13 Pro. Speaking of more saturated images, it’s not too strong to seem unrealistic. and ruin the images. Images had good exposure and great white balance in daylight.

However, I was a bit disappointed with the HDR images as some parts of the images were underexposed and thus gave the images an unnatural look. In terms of macro shots, the Galaxy S22 Ultra gave enough detail, color, and white balance. I think night photography is what separates the flagship models from the “flagship killers” and the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s low-light images worked well even without the help of night mode. However, some of the images had a slight red tint to them, but the low-light images were good. Each of the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s zoom cameras performs well outdoors and in well-lit scenes.

Portrait imaging on this device was a charm, definitely a notch higher than last year’s S21 Ultra. For portraits, the camera automatically switches to the 3x telephoto sensor, but there is an option to jump to the main sensor. Portrait shots on the Galaxy S22 Ultra had excellent, clear edge separation. Samsung relies on the NPU, which allows the camera to differentiate faces from the background to capture better separation between background and foreground. I tested the camera under different lighting conditions and some of the samples are below:

Galaxy S22 Ultra battery and performance

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra was snappy during my use and there were lags or stutters even when playing games and running various apps in the background. This could be attributed to the top-tier 4nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, a first for a Samsung flagship to ship with the Snapdragon chipset in India. Samsung also offers its proprietary 4nm Exynos 2200 SoCs in other regions. The smartphone packs 12GB of RAM, which helped in ultra-smooth multitasking and switching between multiple apps. There’s an under-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor that’s fast and accurate. Facial recognition was also quite fast this time.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra packs a 5,000mAH battery, but is that enough to power a beast like this? Well, Samsung claims it can last more than a day in a typical usage scenario, but I found that it lasts a day and a half in average usage that includes browsing multiple apps, checking emails, running Spotify and social media apps. One problem with the device was that the battery got hot. I felt that the top half of the phone got hot to the touch during prolonged browsing of videos and games and sometimes while charging the device as well. Although the company says that the Galaxy S22 Ultra supports 45W fast charging, a charger needs to be purchased as the phone does not ship with a charging brick.

Samsung claims that the Galaxy S22 Ultra supports 45W fast charging, as long as you purchase a compatible charger separately. Samsung did not send me its own charger to verify the claim. I plugged in with my standard 68W USB-PD charger and it took 30 minutes to charge the S22 Ultra from zero to 50%, which is decent. The battery also drained faster when the phone got hot.

We all know how polished Samsung’s proprietary One UI has been and it’s safe to say that the One UI 4.1 that the Galaxy S22 Ultra runs on is perhaps the best custom Android skin out there. The Galaxy S22 Ultra runs One UI 4.1 based on Android 12 OS out of the box and quickly got the March security patch during my use. The company also recently announced four years of OS updates and five years of security updates for the Galaxy S22 series, making the S22 Ultra future-proof. The only complaint I have with One UI is the spam pop-ups in the Galaxy Store and My Galaxy that kept popping up from time to time.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Final Verdict

Those looking to invest in this device may be deterred by the ultra-premium price. However, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is better than the now retired Note and any Galaxy S series phone and that is due to the merger of the Note and Galaxy S series. The S22 Ultra is a powerful flagship that brings great productivity, courtesy of the included S Pen and coupled with capable cameras and a beautiful display, the smartphone doesn’t have a clear-cut opponent on the market right now.

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