Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra review
The S22 Ultra is the spiritual successor to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra – and that’s no bad thing
At the point when Samsung uncovered the new Universe S22 territory, it was generally the same old thing – for the System S22 and S22+, in any case. The World S22 Ultra, then again, offers a considerably more extreme change that brings it closer than at any other time to the Universe Note range, with an upgraded undercarriage and an underlying S Pen.
The inquiry is, does the otherworldly replacement to the World Note 20 Ultra proposition to the point of enticing clients, particularly at such an exorbitant cost point? While it’s not the ideal cell phone, there’s a ton to cherish about Samsung’s top-end Cosmic system S22 Ultra in 2022.
We currently likewise know precisely how the Snapdragon and Exynos variations of the top-end System S22 think about. Peruse on to figure out more.
Design & Build
- Galaxy Note design language
- Slick, premium build
- Slightly curved frame is nice in the hand
Contrasted with Universe cell phones before it, some could say the World S22 Ultra looks a piece oversimplified – however I think straightforwardness looks perfect on a cell phone. We don’t all need right in front of you plans, refractive glass designs, or huge, brilliant garish logos, particularly on such an exceptional piece of unit.
With regards to the S22 Ultra, toning it down would be best, with a smooth mix of metal and glass that does the greater part of the talking.
The most eminent distinction contrasted with the remainder of the S22 line is the absence of a camera ‘island’ encompassing the back confronting cameras. While it distances the S22 Ultra from the remainder of the reach, it connects to the moderate plan, with little subtleties like cleaned metal lodging around the cameras adding to the very good quality look.
The sharp, made right corners are suggestive of the Universe Note 20 Ultra plan (I can’t help thinking about why… ) and assist with making the S22 Ultra stand apart from the ocean of adjusted cell phones, however not at all like the level sided iPhone 13, it includes very delicately bended edges to assist it with sitting easily in the palm.
The bended edges of the 6.8in presentation aren’t remotely close as outrageous as cascade shows like that of the Motorola Edge a couple of years prior, with no genuine issue with inadvertent screen presses or message vanishing off the edge of the showcase. It’s barely sufficient to see a touch of curve on the edge, which likewise makes for a smooth side-swipe insight.
That 6.8in presentation – bigger than the iPhone 13 Ace Max – implies that the S22 Ultra can be a piece clumsy on occasion, estimating in at 8.9mm thick and 229g. It’s anything but an issue for me with genuinely huge hands, yet showing the S22 Ultra to companions truly exhibited how it’s not exactly intended for more modest gloves – particularly with regards to one-gave use.
In any case, the Cosmic system S22 Ultra closely resembles a superior cycle of unit with a strong vibe in the hand. It’s safeguarded by Gorilla Glass Victus+ on the back to assist with shielding it from harm, and there’s IP68 residue and water obstruction.
I’ve seen various different surveys get scratches on the back apparently too effectively, however conceivably from having a second telephone in their pocket which isn’t commonplace use. My example took a tumble across a tiled floor and endure the episode solid.
The Universe S22 Ultra is accessible in a scope of varieties including Ghost Dark, Apparition White, Green and Burgundy.
- Stunning 6.8in AMOLED display
- Buttery-smooth 120Hz adaptive refresh rate
- Impressive brightness
The 6.8in AMOLED show of the S22 Ultra is without a doubt one of the features of the cell phone and a critical motivation to get it over different telephones. It offers a splendid, striking, definite involvement in a smooth revive rate.
The showcase sports a 3088 x 1440 (WQHD+) goal that likens to a pixel thickness of around 500ppi – an unmistakable difference to Apple’s top-end iPhone and its 2316 x 1080 (FHD+) show.
Before you get too invigorated, it’s important that the S22 Ultra comes running a lower 2316 x 1080 (FHD+) goal out of the crate and you’ll need to change the setting yourself physically. That is on the grounds that that high goal can truly deplete the battery, particularly while gaming. Fortunately, even at the FHD+ goal, the showcase looks quite fresh.
One saving variable is the versatile revive rate, which not just causes applications and games look and to feel smooth, yet the capacity to move from 1-to 120Hz means it’ll draw less battery power than a standard 120Hz showcase with no genuine perceptible contrast in execution.
The S22 Ultra is not difficult to use outside, even in direct daylight, with one of the most splendid cell phone shows available at the present time. Samsung claims at standard levels it can reach up to 1250nits, while a helped brilliance mode (ideal for open air use) wrenches it up to a considerably higher 1750 nits.
Regardless of whether it hit very such grand levels in benchmarking, scoring 711 nits through a Spyder X, it’s easily more splendid than most different leads at the present time. That is thanks to some extent to Samsung’s Vision Sponsor tech that will naturally change the brilliance, varieties and seriously relying upon encompassing lighting conditions for an ideal survey insight.
Secret underneath the showcase is a ultrasonic finger impression peruser, and keeping in mind that they’ve had unfavorable criticism before, I tracked down it to work close completely on the S22 Ultra. It’s found around 33% of the way up from the base edge, which is where my thumb normally lands, and the open interaction is close immediate.
You in all actuality do likewise have facial open, yet it’s not generally so secure as PIN or unique mark – it’s no Face ID, all things considered.
There’s likewise a little 40Mp holepunch camera, halfway positioned at the highest point of the presentation, yet the enormous components of the showcase implied it was scarcely perceptible in everyday use.
- Incredible low-latency performance
- Stored within the smartphone when not in use
- Pressure and tilt sensitive
While last year’s World S21 Ultra offered similarity with the S Pen pointer, the S22 Ultra goes full-Note by adding support for an incorporated S Pen, in this way finishing its progress to Note-yet not-Note. Assuming you love the experience on offer from the Note 20, the System S22 Ultra is its replacement on the whole yet name.
The light and adaptable pointer is concealed inside the body of the telephone when not being used, open by pushing down on the pen to pop it out. It’s not prone to drop out inadvertently either, with a grippy finish on the pen expecting you to effectively haul it out of its hidey-opening.
While it’s by and by somewhat little for this commentators’ hands, the pointer is a delight to utilize – and that is chiefly down to Samsung’s dormancy enchantment, diminished from 9ms to an inconceivable 2.8ms on the S22 Ultra.
That means close moment reaction while composing text, giving all the more a characteristic pen-to-paper feeling while writing notes in a hurry and doodling utilizing PenUP – particularly when joined with Samsung’s jotting sound effects.It’s effectively one of the most outstanding pointer encounters available, in any event, when contrasted with the Apple Pencil 2’s 9-20ms reaction time, and it comes at no additional charge by the same token.
Beside being convenient for notetaking and drawing, the S Pen empowers additional usefulness, including the capacity to make brilliant choices of anything on screen, explain screen captures, doodle in AR and the capacity to make an interpretation of written by hand text to plaintext.
The button on the pointer even bends over as a remote trigger, permitting you to set off photographs and recordings without being behind the camera.
Not every person will take advantage of the additional usefulness on offer from the coordinated S-Pen, however the capacity to utilize an excellent pointer at whatever point you like is something that will engage a great deal of clients – particularly with an encounter as consistent with life as the S Pen. It’s effectively my #1 element of the S22 Ultra, and the component I’ll miss most once I move back to my normal cell phone.
- One of the best rear camera setups around
- Big improvements to the 100x space zoom
- Great low-light performance
Many respected the Cosmic system S21 Ultra’s camera arrangement as the best in the market in 2021, and it appears Samsung concurred – in light of the fact that the sensors on the back of the telephone are practically indistinguishable from its ancestor.
The S22 Ultra has a similar 108Mp primary wide focal point, 12Mp 120-degree ultrawide and double zooming focal points offering 3x and 10x optical zoom on the back, with the last equipped for reaching out to 100x, and a 40Mp selfie camera on the front.
Here is an assortment of shots taken on the S22 Ultra during testing:
One of the main outstanding changes to equipment is the pixel size of the super 108Mp snapper, which has expanded to a noteworthy 2.4μm. Joined with the f/1.8 opening, that means significantly better low-light photography with additional detail, light and more adjusted contrast.
It’s as yet not exactly as clear as daytime shots, but rather it’s surely amazing to perceive the amount it can get in dim circumstances.
There’s likewise superior optical picture adjustment (OIS) and a superior picture signal processor (ISP), however the consequences of these progressions are more diligently to see in everyday use. All things considered, a large portion of the camera upgrades appear to be programming based and that is not something terrible considering the equipment is as yet first in class in many respects.
As far as one might be concerned, the S22 Ultra has unfathomably further developed the Really Consistent Framework utilized with the 100x space zoom, which helps keep those super close-ups from wobbling as you take snaps.
It appears to be the picture handling of these limit zoom pictures has been improved as well. While it’s as yet hazy now and again, there is at last the possibility to get usable pictures for sharing via virtual entertainment. They actually have the Picasso-esque watercolor impact, however it’s substantially less perceptible this time around.
There are likewise enhancements to Samsung’s pixel-binning tech on the vitally 108Mp focal point, named Versatile Pixel by Samsung. The thought is basic; it takes a nona-binned picture (consolidating 9 pixels into 1 for better picture light, differentiation and detail) and joins that with a full 108Mp picture with extraordinary outcomes.
There’s a lot of detail, differentiation and dynamic reach are nailed, and colors look lively, while perhaps not excessively immersed on occasion. Critically, you can appreciate exceptionally itemized photography without putting away full-res 108Mp pictures.
In all honesty, that is a repetitive subject across all the S22 Ultra’s cameras, which can convey probably the best snaps I’ve seen on a cell phone. Is it true that they are awesome around? That is possible down to individual inclination, however there’s unquestionably a great deal to appreciate with Samsung’s competent camera tech.
Video catch is similarly as amazing at up to 8K@24fps with noteworthy optically-settled video catch, no recognizable artifacting and incredible sound quality as well. It has endeavored to take on Apple’s Realistic Video mode with Picture Video, however it’s not exactly as cutting edge as what’s on offer from lead iPhones, simply ready to apply the fake bokeh to recordings with faces obviously apparent.
In any case, with advantages like the capacity to switch between focal points on the fly and the capacity to stop – not end – a video recording are extremely convenient choices not accessible on Apple’s lead, so it’ll to a great extent rely upon your video utilizes.
Specs & Performance
- Exynos 2200 lags behind Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in benchmarks
- Not noticeable in use, feels snappy in the hand
- Occasional freeze/restart
Like its ancestors, the chipset found inside the Samsung Cosmic system S22 Ultra relies upon where you are on the planet. Assuming you’re in the UK or Australia, you’ll find Samsung’s own 4nm Exynos 2200 chipset inside, while those in the US and most different regions are blessed to receive Qualcomm’s 4nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
That is matched with either 8GB or 12GB of LPDDR5 Slam and 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB of super-quick UFS 3.1 capacity. All things considered, I was provided with a 12/256GB variation for survey.
I’ll dive into the distinction between the two chipsets in more detail beneath, however the Exynos 2200 execution appears to be similar in the computer chip division in benchmark tests when contrasted with close indistinguishable 8 Gen 1 telephones like the Oppo Track down X5 Ace.
Nonetheless, Exynos 2200 illustrations execution at WQHD+ limps along 8 Gen 1 telephones, and it’s just when the S22 Ultra drops down to FHD+ that it beats the QHD+ execution of any semblance of the Oppo Track down X5 Star and Xiaomi 12 Expert in tests – as you would anticipate.
It likewise can’t exactly contend with Apple’s iPhone 13 Ace Max and its A15 Bionic in the computer chip office, however Macintosh’s lead in such manner is obvious as of now.
While that gives a smart thought about broad Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 execution, I figured out how to get my hands on a Snapdragon variation of the S22 Ultra to set the two in opposition to one another, straight on.
Considering the abovementioned, it shouldn’t come as a very remarkable shock that while looking at the two forms of the System S22 Ultra, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 variation dominates the Exynos 2200-prepared model in GPU benchmarks – and by a seriously way in certain tests.
Nonetheless, while the Snapdragon variation offers better sheer execution, it’s outperformed by the Exynos with regards to battery proficiency. It’s not just barely either, with the Exynos model contribution an additional hour or so of screen-on time by and large.
That implies you could hypothetically pick either the Exynos and Snapdragon variations relying upon whether you esteem execution or battery duration more, yet with possibly either accessible in many districts all over the planet, it’s anything but a decision you can undoubtedly make.
Obviously, benchmark numbers just recount a portion of the story, and execution is by and large quick across the two variations, with the Exynos-prepared System S22 Ultra ready to deal with pretty much everything I could come up with in genuine use.
Applications will generally stack in a flash, there’s tiny falter (beside Twitter, which I accept at least for now that is a bug in the application) and games run well, even in titles like Extraordinary mission at hand Portable with top of the line surfaces and VFX empowered. It feels receptive to the touch thanks to the versatile revive rate, with rich smooth activitys adding to the general very good quality exhibition on offer.
There are bugs that should be figured out, with the telephone totally freezing and restarting two times in my drawn out test, however I’m certain that Samsung will get on top of these issues rapidly.
Execution to the side, the Samsung Universe S22 Ultra accompanies every one of the extravagant accessories you’d anticipate from a top-end lead in 2022 including support for the most recent 5G network, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, UWB tech and NFC for computerized installments.
Battery Life & Charging
- All-day battery life
- Could squeeze 1.5 or even 2 days with screen adjustments
- Faster charging, but not as fast as rivals
The Samsung Universe S21 Ultra packs similar 5000mAh battery as its ancestor, so it ought to shock no one that battery duration is equivalent with last year’s S21 Ultra in testing.
In general battery duration relies upon factors including revive rate and goal, with the S22 Ultra ready to endure the entire day with the blend of a versatile revive rate and WQHD+ goal with normal use, yet it will not exactly length an entire second day. That can be stretched out to around 1.5 days assuming you drop down to FHD+ however – something that will not be recognizable to most clients at any rate.
In testing, the S22 Ultra figured out how to most recent 10 hours and 30 minutes in our benchmark test at full WQHD+ goal, and dropping down to FHD+ gave an additional two hours of battery duration, coming in at 12hrs 30 minutes.
Charging is a region where the S22 Ultra has improved, up from a somewhat common 25W to a quicker – yet at the same time not driving – 45W when charged by means of USB-C. The catch is, as most other Samsung telephones, you don’t get a 45W charger in the container.
In the event that you really do get your hands on one, hope to see around 66% in 30 minutes and a full charge in close to 60 minutes. That is not at a similar level as the Dark Shark 4 Expert’s 120W quick charging tech, however it’ll do the trick for most of clients.
It’s a comparative story with remote charging, with the 15W lingering behind the super-quick remote charging on offer from key opponents – however essentially the low power prerequisites mean you’ll have the option to utilize most outsider Qi chargers.
Software & Apps
- Ships with the latest Android 12 with Samsung OneUI 4.3
- Advanced features – especially photo-editing tools – baked in
- Samsung committed to up to four years of OS updates
The Samsung World S22 Ultra comes forcing the most recent Android 12 to leave the crate with Samsung’s OneUI 4.3 applied on top.
It’s not the most emotional change to the Android operating system contrasted with skins like Xiaomi’s MIUI and Oppo’s ColorOS, however there are subtleties to the plan and usefulness that can take a tad of becoming acclimated to – particularly as Samsung chose to transport its own renditions of the Messages application and Schedule application close by pre-introduced Google variations.
It is one of the more grounded Android skins however, particularly with regards to its photograph and video-altering capacities. Utilizing the inherent altering instruments inside the Exhibition application, you can perform activities like article expulsion, reflection evacuation and that’s just the beginning, with for the most part noteworthy outcomes.
There’s likewise the additional advantage of DeX support, which gives a work area PC experience when connected to a screen.
Vitally, Samsung has focused on ‘up to four ages’ of Android operating system refreshes, not simply security refreshes, which might actually see the Universe S22 Ultra upheld the entire way through Android 16 – something else to most Android makers. Indeed, Google just focuses on three years of operating system refreshes for its Pixel range!
Price & Availability
The Universe S22 Ultra is among the most premium cell phones available, beginning at £1,149/$1,199 for the 8GB/128GB variation, albeit that addresses a $100 drop contrasted with its ancestor.
You can get a redesigned 256GB of stockpiling and 12GB of Slam for an extra $100/$100, with extra 512GB and 1TB models accessible for those that need significantly more capacity.
This is the way much the Samsung Universe S22 Ultra will impair you in the entirety of its setups:
- 8GB + 128GB: $1,199/£1,149/€1,279
- 12GB + 256GB: $1,299/£1,249/€1,379/₹109,999
- 12GB + 512GB: $1,399/£1,329/€1,489/₹118,999
- 12GB + 1TB: $1,599/£1,499/€1,689
Those interested in buying the premium smartphone outright can do so from the likes of Samsung and Amazon in the UK and US, while those interested in a contract can head to carriers including EE and O2 in the UK and Verizon in the US.
There’s a ton to cherish about the Samsung World S22 Ultra; it looks exceptional, the WQHD+ AMOLED show is first class, the cameras are among the best around the present moment and, interestingly, the Ultra model has an inherent S Pen – very much like the Note line.
This, combined with the way that the plan reflects the Note 20 Ultra a bigger number of than the remainder of the S22 territory, implies that the World S22 Ultra is a System Note on the whole however marking – and that is no terrible thing. The S Pen execution is amazing, offering lower inertness than the Apple Pencil for an unparalleled composition and drawing experience.
Regardless of Samsung’s work with AMD on the GPU of its new Exynos 2200 chipset, it lingers behind close indistinguishable Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 cell phones in benchmarks. All things considered, it isn’t so much that observable in regular use, offering a to a great extent rich smooth experience when Instagramming and gaming.
It’s not the ideal cell phone – the charging speeds are a lot more slow than rivals, the huge aspects will put some off and it’s extravagant – however the World S22 Ultra will mark a great deal of boxes for a many individuals.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Specs
- 6.8in, 120Hz, WQHD+, AMOLED display
- Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200
- 8/12GB RAM
- 128/256/512GB/1TB storage
- 5000mAh battery
- 45W wired charging
- 15W wireless charging
- Rear camera: 108Mp, f/1.8, OIS main camera, 12MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide camera, 10Mp, f/2.4, OIS 3x zoom telephoto camera, 10Mp, f/4.9, OIS 10x zoom telephoto camera
- 40Mp, f/2.2 front camera
- Wi-Fi 6E
- Bluetooth 5.2
- Gorilla Glass Victus+
- 77.9 x 163.3 x 8.9mm
- Android 12 with One UI 4.1