Samsung has been nailing in providing premium Android flagship phones for years now. The latest Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is unique with the Note lineup’s exclusive S-pen being infused on this one. Coming with no compromises on the latest tech, let’s know why this is one of the best smartphones money can buy right now in our Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Review.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Review
Design and Display
This premium flagship flaunts a premium design. Protected by Gorilla Glass Victus Plus on both front sides, the frame is a military-grade aluminum alloy for toughness. The camera module has become better with a quad setup rising from the device, making it seamless. The top side is clean with just a secondary mic while the bottom consists primary speaker grill, a USB Type-C port, and a dual nano-SIM card tray. The phone feels great to hold but is a bit slippery. The device is intended for two-hand usage and might not feel comfortable for those shorthands.
The 6.8′ inch Super AMOLED panel is a visual treat. Sporting a Quad HD+ panel and 120Hz refresh rate with LTPO 2.0, the refresh rate doesn’t stay static and varies with the contents on the screen. As a result, scrolling and switching through apps feel effortless and quick. For sunlight readability, the display is super bright and can shine brightly up to whopping 1750 nits. The colors look excellent with a superb amount of contrast and details. The inky blacks and vivid picture quality makes movie time great with dual stereo speakers.
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Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra boasts flagship optics too. The quad-camera setup on the back features a 108MP main lens with f/1.7 aperture, and a 16MP Ultrawide sensor, followed by a 3X Telephoto lens and 10X Telephoto with Optical Zoom. As expected, things get awesome from the camera of this phone.
The main lens capture a stellar shot with high details, excellent dynamic range, and superb contrast. In the daytime, there remains no room to complain and even in the nighttime, pictures come with a respectable amount of detail in the night mode. It captures 16MP shots under the pixel binning formula. For videos, it can shoot up to 8K high resolution with 24fps. Similarly, it can also do 4K at both 60fps and 30fps. Footages look stable and carry well details. With ultra steady mode turned on, the video gets capped at 1080p and ensures enhanced stabilization.
Coming to the ultrawide camera, the 16MP sensor captures superb shots in the daytime even though the edge distortion is minimal and it retains the quality and details. The FOV might not be too wide but it’s okay. With night mode turned on, you can get a stellar shot even in low-light situations too. As night shots take some time, you need to hold it stable though.
The 3X telephoto lens is an absolute charm when it comes to portrait photography. Combining with AI, the outputs are no less than that of a professional DSLR. Skin tones come naturally with adequate separation of the subject from the background. Edge detection is almost perfect except for some strands of hair, nevertheless, it is amazing. With normal shots too, the 3X lens beholds a nice amount of details and contrast. For low light though, you might want to switch to the dedicated night mode.
The 10X periscope lens is a no-brainer here. The optical 10X zoom is by far the best one on a phone camera. Subjects look sharp with a respectable amount of detail. Clicking a close object produces this shallow depth of field throwing a vibe of a professional camera. It can zoom up to 100X and be honest, it has improved a lot from its predecessor S21 Ultra. Even for videos, you can zoom in 10X optically and there is no room to complain.
The device packs in a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, a powerhouse 5G chip from Qualcomm. As the name implies, the new Gen chip is blazing fast in terms of multitasking, editing, gaming, you name it. But great power comes with heating too. It can get hot within some minutes of graphics or CPU-intensive tasks. Especially during using the camera, the side next to the camera module gets noticeably hot. This thermal issue persists in all Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 devices across the market.
Besides that, OneUI 4.1 feels fast and fluid with that 120Hz adaptive refresh rate. Switching through the app, scrolling contents look appealing with swiftness. Samsung has packed in a superb quality AMOLED with WQHD+ resolution. As the screen is a big one, setting the resolution at Full HD+ might not be wonderful for gaming and videos. Hence I recommend going for the WQHD+ resolution. The RAM management is also very commendable and apps stay for a long in the memory. There are no major bugs or any lags in the software. Samsung has evolved as one of the best OS skin providers in the Android arena.
FPS games like PUBG and CODM can run in full 60fps with no lags or frame drops. Of course here too, with higher graphics settings the device gets hot and can reach the temperature of 42°C with prolonged usage. It’s summer already and with this, caliber chipset, the heat is imminent. You can throw any games on it and can enjoy amazingly with full fps on an AMOLED display except for the heat generated from the silicon. There is a gaming toggle that appears on the status bar. From there, you can apply for DND mode, screen recording, priority mode, etc.
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This phone derives the legacy of the Note series exclusive S Pen in it. Even better than the previous generation, the latency is now reduced drastically, which now feels almost like a real pen. You can write notes, doodle, and sketch in a go with the S Pen. OneUI automatically pops up a note menu as soon as you take out the S Pen from the device. And from there, you get a bunch of useful features.
Also, if you take out the S Pen while the device is locked, you get to directly write the notes as if using a real pen and paper. The air gesture also works fine. Plus the button on the pen can be used as a camera shutter key too. Primarily, it is used for erasing notes. Also, it gets its juice from the device itself and stays always on the line for usage. You can also activate an alert for not to lose it. The phone sends an alert in case you start going away from it.
The S22 Ultra comes with great horsepower and a higher resolution screen. It sports a 5000mAh cell with support of 45W Fast charging. On my usage, I found the battery life to be good most of the time during moderate usage. It can last for a day with causal gaming and usage. But using CPU-intensive apps like gaming and camera, the battery is going to drain quickly with the Snapdragon Gen 1 heat. Samsung has surprisingly managed to keep the battery life good to go for a day for moderate users. You can get more than 6 hours of SOT on that.
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The phone offers you everything at a flagship level. Be it the optics, display, or software, it is top-notch. With a premium price tag, it does not compromise on providing the best features. Samsung itself being an AMOLED veteran, the display is also superb in every aspect. Contents look vibrant and details are plenty. So, watching movies, series or normal videos provide you a sense of satisfaction in terms of quality. And the stereo speaker setup is also a charm. S Pen was a pleasure to use with quick notes, air gestures, shutter key, and so on.
The quad-camera combo is a monster. Every single lens on this phone gives you quality images. Each one has a different job, so so there is no room for complaining during the daytime. The primary sensor captures the best shots while the ultrawide is also very capable. The 3X and 10X telephoto lenses are worth every buck you are paying for. The portrait looks appealing with natural skin tones and the 10X optical shots deserve a round of applause.
OneUI 4.1 on top of Android 12 is providing a terrific experience. Also, the company has promised four 4 years of major Android updates and 5 years of security updates. So, you don’t have to worry about updates here. The only downside is the heat generated from Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. There is no doubt about its performance but heating prevails while using a camera or playing heavy games. As a result, battery life takes a hit from the thermals. Besides that, the phone is an absolute beast in all departments. You can check other best flagship phones available in Nepal here.
|Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 heating
|State of the Art AMOLED Display
|Fast battery drain while using the camera
|S Pen with Multifunction
|No charger in the box
|Nice Battery Life
So that was our Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Review. What do you think about this flagship beast from Samsung? Isn’t picture output great? Also, a dedicated camera review is coming very soon, please stay tuned. Do write us your thoughts in the comment section below.
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