We’re finally here – the Galaxy S22 is in the office and we can start reviewing it. The youngest flagship of the S22 took his time this year. We’ve encountered delays in so many markets across Europe that some impatient readers have even gone the conspiracy route – we’ve heard we’ve deliberately abandoned our S22 review, but the truth is that the Samsung Store took a long time to send out our device.
Anyway, here’s a new one – you’ll get a Galaxy S22 (we have Mystic White), a SIM tool, and a USB cable. The fund is smaller this year, which reduces Samsung’s carbon footprint.
One of the biggest stories of this year’s S series is that it’s different from last year: the Ultra gets an S Pen and a distinctive note design, while the Plus and Vanilla are a little smaller. You won’t feel that different with the S22+, but the Galaxy S22 is even smaller than its already compact predecessor. However, the difference is easier to feel than it appears in the photos.
The new phone also looks identical to the old phone. But it’s made of better materials – all metal and glass, not plastic on the outside. It’s a welcome change in our minds.
In other respects, the Galaxy S22 is very close to the S21. The biggest difference is in the camera setup – the main camera is now a 50MP sensor, while the zoom is no longer an HD sensor for its short – 10MP 3x zoom, instead of the regular 64MP camera. The ultra-wide range displays the same 12MP sensor which is more than capable but lacks autofocus. It’s almost a pending violation at this point.
We have an Exynos 2200 chipset on our S22 models and can’t really say we feel a tangible difference in how smoothly they run. This is a best-in-class Galaxy phone with all the speed and power of a premium flagship.
It will be interesting to see if the smaller battery can match the capacity of the 2021 phone.
The Samsung Galaxy might fly a bit under the radar because it’s the smallest in Samsung’s flagship S line, but it might be the best compact phone you can get. It beats the iPhone 13 mini and is a smaller phone than any other flagship phone. Closest to the Galaxy S22 are the Xiaomi 12 and 12 X, but both are slightly larger and lack a telephoto camera.
Stay tuned for the Galaxy S22 review that will arrive by the end of the week!
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