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Samsung Galaxy S22+ review: a versatile high-end phone without “Ultra” flab

Samsung Galaxy S22+


The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is a flagship smartphone with several strengths. It maxes out on almost every front – design, display, imaging, productivity features, ingress protection, charging technology, user experience, and more. The phone is expensive though. That brings us to the next best in the series, the Samsung Galaxy S22+. Priced at Rs 84,999 and up, the Galaxy S22+ has the same underpinnings as the Ultra model but without the fancy bells and whistles. That said, let’s take a look at how this high-end smartphone behaves on a daily basis:


Design




The Galaxy S22+ is a lightweight smartphone made of premium material – aluminum body with Gorilla Glass Victus+ protection on the front and back. It is available in three color options: phantom white, phantom black and green. The phantom black variant (review unit) has a frosted glass cover on the back. It is a flat glass lid with neat chamfered edges for comfortable ergonomics. Like the rear, the front of the phone has a flat glass over the screen. That said, the phone looks uniform from all sides. However, it doesn’t look much different from its predecessor, the Galaxy S21+ (review). Nonetheless, the Galaxy S22+ looks premium and boasts IP68 protection for water and dust resistance.


Display and audio

The Galaxy S22+ sports a 6.6-inch FullHD+ AMOLED display with a variable refresh rate of 120Hz (48Hz – 120Hz). The screen dominates the entire front, leaving negligible bezels on the sides. Importantly, the bezels are uniform on all sides, and the otherwise thick bottom bezel on many other smartphones is thin on the Galaxy S22+. When it comes to quality, the display delivers top-notch performance despite lacking the fancy bells and whistles that are part of the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s display. It is bright, lively and responsive. It remains readable in direct sunlight and is easy to read in all lighting conditions.

Stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos complete the dazzling display. The speakers are powerful, balanced and clear. With Dolby Atmos enabled, the speakers deliver an immersive audio experience with a fine surround sound effect. For gamers, there’s a dedicated “Dolby Atmos for Gaming” audio profile in the sound settings; it boosts speaker performance in some game titles.


Camera

The Galaxy S22+ brings a new triple-camera setup, featuring a 50-megapixel primary wide-angle sensor with optical image stabilization (OIS), a 12MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, and a 10MP telephoto sensor with OIS. The camera on the front, however, features the same 10MP sensor as the predecessor.

Details aside, the Galaxy S22+ delivers a healthy imaging experience. It shines especially in low light conditions and portraits. Importantly, this is the primary camera which delivers consistent performance in all lighting conditions. Ultra-wide-angle and telephoto cameras perform well in well-lit environments, but they aren’t well suited for low-light conditions. Not that they’re bad, just not flagship quality. The OIS-supported telephoto lens, however, impresses with stabilized shots of distant objects. Zoomed shots (up to 3x) through the telephoto lens are detailed, and thanks to optimized algorithms, you can zoom up to 10x and still get a usable photo.

New value-added features such as Expert RAW complement imaging performance. Available through a separate app of the same name, available on Samsung Galaxy Store, the Expert RAW app enables manual mode to capture still images in 16-bit RAW format. It’s good to see Samsung enabling this feature across the entire Galaxy S22 lineup, not just the Ultra model. Additionally, the experience of editing the RAW image on the phone itself using apps like Adobe Lightroom is also worth enjoying.

As for the front camera, it is a good performer when it comes to photos and videos. Although it’s the same sensor as the predecessor, the Galaxy S22+’s front camera takes better portraits with polished edge detail and smooth background bokeh. The portrait magic extends to video and the quality is impressive.


Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S22+ is a versatile device, thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 system-on-chip. From regular day-to-day operations to CPU- and graphics-intensive tasks, the Galaxy S22+ handles it all with ease. Importantly, it does not heat up even after prolonged use of CPU and graphics intensive tasks such as gaming and video recording. Rounding out the performance, the Android 12-based OneUI 4.1 interface is easy to use. It comes with a lot of add-on features from Samsung, in addition to Android 12’s privacy and security features. the user interface.


Battery

Smooth and fast performance is backed by a 4,500mAh battery, which keeps the show going for about a day with regular use. While not outstanding, the phone’s overall power efficiency is decent and in line with other high-end smartphones. Likewise, the phone’s 45W fast charging is good but the phone does not register with it. Important to note, the Galaxy S22+ does not come with a charging adapter in the box but just the USB-C cable.

Samsung Galaxy S22+: price and specs














To display 6.6-inch FullHD+ AMOLED with 120Hz adaptive refresh rate
Rear camera 50MP OIS wide-angle, 12MP ultra-wide, 10MP OIS telephoto
Front camera 10MP
Battery 4,500mAh, supports 45W fast charging
SE OneUI 4.1, based on Android 12
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
RAM 8 GB
Storage room 128 GB and 256 GB
protection IP68, Gorilla Glass Victus+
Price From Rs 84,999


Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S22+ is a versatile smartphone with something in store for everyone. It delivers a wholesome experience despite lacking the fancy bells and whistles of the Galaxy S22 Ultra (review). That said, consider the Galaxy S22+ for its lightweight design, smooth experience, full connectivity, and feature-rich visuals.