I just had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with the new Samsung Galaxy S22 smartphone, and here are my first impressions!
Samsung Galaxy S22 : Hands-On Experience!
The Samsung Galaxy S22 arguably offers the best bang for your buck in the new Galaxy S22 family!
Here is our hands-on experience of this compact flagship smartphone!
6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display
The Samsung Galaxy S22 comes with a large 6.1-inch display, with a Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel.
Its wide colour gamut of 100% DCI-P3, a peak brightness of 1300 nits, and a contrast ratio of 2 million:1 will guarantee the best possible image quality, whether indoors or outdoors.
Gamers will love its high dynamic refresh rate of up to 120 Hz, with a touch sampling rate of up to 240 Hz.
The display is truly magnificent. In addition, it is super bright, so there’s no problem using it outdoors in bright sunlight!
4nm Flagship Mobile Platform
The Samsung Galaxy S22 is built around the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 mobile SoC, which is fabricated on the latest 4nm Samsung process technology.
Together with a powerful Adreno 730 GPU, it has eight processor cores in a triple-tier architecture :
- a Cortex-X2 prime core running at up to 3 GHz,
- three sustained-performance Cortex-A710 cores running at up to 2.5 GHz, and
- four energy-efficient Cortex-A510 cores running at 1.8 GHz.
So far, it has no problem handling everything I threw at it, but I will have proper benchmark numbers up for you shortly.
Memory + Storage Options
Samsung will be offering just two memory and storage options :
- 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage
- 8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage
Unfortunately, it does NOT support any storage expansion through a microSD card.
As a Samsung flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S22 comes with a smorgasbord of cameras!
In the front, it has a 10 MP camera, with a wide f/2.2 aperture.
In the back, it has a triple-camera system that consists of :
- a 50 MP Dual Pixel camera, f/1.8 aperture,
- a 12 MP ultra-wide angle camera, f/2.2 aperture, and
- a 10 MP telephoto camera with 3X optical zoom, f/2.4 aperture
Built To Last
The Samsung Galaxy S22 has a tough Armor Aluminium frame, and is protected in the back and front by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+.
Thanks to its heft and Armor Aluminium frame, it feels really solid in my hand.
On top of that, it is IP68-rated against dust and water ingress. That means it can withstand immersion in up to 1.5 metres of fresh water for up to 30 minutes.
Battery + Charging
The Samsung Galaxy S22 comes with a 3,700 mAh battery, which supports wired charging at up to 25 watts, and wireless charging at up to 15 watts.
Despite having a relatively small battery, the Galaxy S22 appears to have a long battery life. I will have its battery test results up shortly.
It also supports Wireless PowerShare, allowing you to recharge other smartphones and wearables like the Galaxy Buds2.
Samsung Galaxy S22 : Specifications
|Specifications||Samsung Galaxy S22|
|Display||6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display
– 120 Hz dynamic refresh rate
– 240 Hz touch sampling (Game Mode)
– 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut
– 1300 nits peak brightness
– 2 million:1 contrast ratio
|Protection||Armor Aluminium + Gorilla Glass Victus+|
|OS||One UI 4.1 (Android 12)|
|Platform||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1|
|CPU||1 x Arm Cortex-X2 core (3.0 GHz)
3 x Arm Cortex-A710 cores (2.5 GHz)
4 x Arm Cortex-A510 cores (1.8 GHz)
|GPU||Qualcomm Adreno 730|
|8 GB RAM + 128 / 256 GB storage|
|Front Camera||10 MP camera, f/2.2|
|Main Cameras||50 MP Dual Pixel camera, f/1.8
12 MP ultra-wide camera, f/2.2
10 MP 3x zoom camera, f/2.4
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi : Up to Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth : BT 5.2
USB : USB Type C
|Fingerprint Sensor||Yes, Under Display|
|Other Sensors||Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyroscope,
Hall, Light, Proximity
|GPS||GPS, Beidou, Galileo, Glonass, QZSS|
|Battery||3,700 mAh Li-Po battery|
|Charging||25 watt wired charging
15 watt wireless charging
|Dimensions||70.6 mm wide
146.0 mm tall
7.6 mm thick
Samsung Galaxy S22 : Price + Availability
Samsung is offering the Galaxy S22 in four colour options – Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, Green and Pink Gold.
I had the opportunity to attend an exclusive Samsung preview event, to check out the colours for ourselves.
Note : Samsung only allowed us to use digital cameras, so the video is not stabilised as it would be with smartphones that I generally use.
Here in Malaysia, it is available starting 10 February 2022 in two variants, at these price points :
- 8 GB + 128 GB : RM 3,499 (about US$836 / £617 / A$1,164 / S$1,122)
- 8 GB + 256 GB : RM 3,699 (about US$884 / £652 / A$1,230 / S$1,186)
You can now pre-order the 8 GB + 256 GB model from now until 3 March 2022, to receive this offer!
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