Flagship Phone with the Right Power (and size too)
The Galaxy S series is one of the most anticipated releases every early of the year, giving potential users most of the improvement and enhancements to the device that comes with its flagship class processor.
Three devices has been announced for this year’s Galaxy S Series, which is the Samsung Galaxy S22, S22 Plus and S22 Ultra, all which can be differentiated easily with its sizes just with your eyes looking at it, but to dive deeper, one will have to look at the specifications and features in details.
Today we will specifically review the Samsung Galaxy S22+ 5G, the bigger brother in terms of size of the Samsung Galaxy S22 phone under the S Series lineups.
The SAMSUNG Galaxy S22+ comes in a Eco friendly recyclable phone box. Upon unboxing you will get the following as below
- Galaxy S22+ Phone
- USB C to C charging cable
- SIM Ejector
- User Manual & Quick Start Guide
Do take note that the Galaxy S22+ 5G does not come with headphone, charger or USB C to 3.5mm audio adaptor, but its pretty easy to get one at any of your favorite phone accessories shop or you can just visit any Samsung Online Store or any Samsung Authorized Outlets to purchase one. We would recommend to get Samsung’s 25w charger and the Galaxy Buds Pro or Buds 2.
The Galaxy S22+ 5G design is built on a same form factor from the previous S21 series with a weight of 195 Grams, slightly lighter compared to last year’s S21+ which brings the compact size really suitable for placing it in your handbag or pocket comfortably that much caters towards a wide range of users.
Over to the back/rear of the phone, it is made of Gorilla Glass Victus + but still carrying the same 2021 S series iconic design language which does not leave any smudges or fingerprint marks, yet easy to clean and maintain with it’s smooth groove design that is seamlessly constructed and pieced together with no sharp edges.
Towards the camera portion is an island of contour cut design with a slight bump consisting of three camera sensors and a flash. Bump wise, buying a case will definitely solved your problem, which you can simply purchase any brand online.
Over to the sides of the Galaxy S22+ 5G, towards the right hand side, there is a volume up and down button and a power button, while the top houses one microphone. Over to the bottom of the phone there is one dual NanoSIM slot, one microphone, one USB C port and a bottom firing speaker. All of the phone sides are made of shining gloss material with the same color tone overall finish to it.
Gone is the 3.5mm headphone jack which is expected as most of the flagship phones today does not include one, and with the increasing adoption of Bluetooth earbuds today, it should be easy to purchase one as majority earbuds today are relatively affordable, and if you are still interested with the Galaxy Buds 2, which is a perfect companion as well.
Besides that the phone is also IP68 dust & water resistant up to 1.5m for 30 minutes and color choices wise, there is Phantom Black, White, Pink Gold and Green to choose from.
Display & Audio
The display of the Galaxy S22+ 5G came with a generous 6.6 Inch FHD+120Hz Dynamic AMOLED 2X screen with Gorilla Glass Victus + that supports HDR10+ and Wide Color Gamut. Display is brilliant on with great accuracy on color display, a dynamic adaptive refresh rate that goes up to 120Hz vibrant which is clearly meant for today’s standard balancing between display vibrance while also adjusted down as low as 10Hz according to usage to preserve its battery use. On top of that, the fingerprint sensor is located beneath the display. Experiencing the Galaxy S22+ 5G with browsing, streaming and replying e-mails is good with smooth scrolling and response when I am gaming as well with a maximum boost of the brightness up to 1750nits combined with the new Vision Enhancer which even viewing under the sunlight is still very visible. Widewine support is there with L1 certification for FullHD streaming with Netflix. Audio wise, by default it is on dual speaker setup tuned by AKG for further immersive sound and music effects that also has a built in equalizer.
The Galaxy S22+ 5G has sets of camera setup that is bumped and upgraded from the original S21 5G. Starting from the rear camera setup you will have one main 50MP wide lens with Dual Pixel PDAF and OIS, one 10MP telephoto lens and another 12MP ultra wide lens accompanied with a flash. Experience with the rear camera capture is similar but improved from the S21 5G with very good color reproduction and contrast level on most environment and portrait mode is well represented. Zooming above 10x may produce some noises but blur level is not noticeable . However when it comes to video recording, it support up to 8K 24FPS recording, but to my usage thus far, having 4K recording up to 60FPS fits myself and perhaps everyone as the stabilization is so good, thanks to the embedded Gyro OIS in the camera hardware.
Selfie camera wise, it came equipped with a 10MP sensor with HDR and Dual Pixel PDAF, live portrait video recording is also supported with capture satisfied picture quality that makes it a good candidate as a vlog phone for all your social media feeds and posting.
All the sample shots above are taken with the Galaxy S22 Plus 5G in various mode and environments with a mixed of 10x zoom, normal, 50MP, 30x zoom, Portrait, Selfie and automatic shots. Updated : Moon Shot as well with a max of 30x zoom
Hardware and specs wise, the Samsung Galaxy S22+ 5G is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Octa Core SOC with 4nm process, up to 256GB of internal storage and 8GB RAM. All of these is running on Android 12 over Samsung’s OneUI 4.1 that brings in a fresh and improvement from RAM Plus extension to enhancements over camera features and Priority mode on your daily device usage needs. Call quality is good whether its over VOLTE, while WoWIFI option is available as well when enabled, delivering constant HD voice quality with the Carrier that we tested so far.
5G with UWB connectivity readiness is there equipped with WiFi 6E support, Bluetooth 5, NFC with payment capability were all present with all the stability there while streaming, gaming, browsing, downloading over my home internet connection has no issues at all. With WiFi 6 band you will also gain much speed over 2000mbps transfer rates with ease with my local NAS.
Gaming wise, this phone is a solid performer with some games such as Mobile Legends can reach over 90FPS with very minimal drop on frame rate and smoothness is felt on all times. Surely games like Genshin Impact will be needed to be set between High and Medium graphic settings to ensure the best experience you can get over domain and party hunting on large maps.
Benchmark performance is on par as a flagship device, delivering incredible benchmark points results as shown above. This is pretty much one of the best premium SOC that you can get in the market right now today and I say again, this is a beast, and a very powerful one within its category of high end phones.
Battery performance wise, you will get roughly around 11 hours of it, a mix of calls, surfing, email, streaming, and a few Mobile Legends matches. Turn on the battery saving mode under 20% will get you around extra 2.5 hours of conservative usage. Basically you can use the phone moderately for the whole day. The Galaxy S22+ 5G does not come with a charger, you can always get any third party compatible PD charger. A 25w charger will charge up the phone in slightly less than 2 hours from 20% to 100%.
|Display||6.6-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display, 120Hz refresh rate|
|Security||Optical Fingerprint, Face Unlocking|
|Dimensions & Weight||157.4 x 75.8 x 7.6 mm , 196g|
50 MP, f/1.8, 23mm (wide), 1/1.56″, 1.0µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
10 MP, f/2.4, 70mm (telephoto), 1/3.94″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 120˚ (ultrawide), 1/2.55″ 1.4µm, Super Steady video
10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/3.24″, 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SOC, 4nm 64-bit Octa-Core Processor|
|Memory||8GB RAM with 256GB internal storage OR 8GB RAM with 128GB internal storage|
|Charging||45W Wired, 15W Wireless, Wireless PowerShare|
|OS||Android 12 with OneUI 4.1|
|Network||2G GSM,3G WCDMA,4G LTE FDD,4G LTE TDD,4G 4×4 MIMO band,5G Sub6 FDD,5G Sub6 TDD, 5G 4×4 MIMO band|
|Payment||Samsung Pay with NFC|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor|
Conclusion and Verdict
The Samsung Galaxy S22+ 5G is the right size and dimension device that is meant to look for a right upgrade, needing for a powerful flagship specs hardware that goes along with you for work and play with a very well placed segment screen size in the segment, at least for 2 years with future Android OS upgrades. Additionally you get to enjoy what a flagship series users enjoy as well, such as 5G, WiFi 6E, Samsung DeX which is a desktop environment that further enhances the productivity usage together with your laptop or PC of your choice. With the price starting from RM4,099 for the 128GB model and RM4,299 for the 256GB model, we can say this may be the right choice with a flagship Qualcomm SOC and plenty powerful and with Samsung’s long support on software updates, this may be a great device as a start in 2022.
- 120Hz Refresh Rate Display
- Has reverse charging
- Flagship class processor
- Great Android software and security update support
- No MicroSD Card Slot
- Hoping for a larger battery capacity
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