Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is AMAZING (full review)
This is Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Information & Review. It’s Samsung’s flagship phone for 2022 that provides value for money features.
And if the last few years are anything to go by, this should set a new benchmark for what a smartphone can do. But is it worth dropping what you’re doing, sprinting to your computer, and smacking that pre-order button right now? Let’s talk about it.
S-PEN in Galaxy S22 Ultra
So the very first development of note is that the S22 Ultra has an S-pen stylus built into it and it’s kind of amazing. Samsung used to have two different sets of flagships. They had the S series which focused on having a faster chipset and big camera improvements and then they had the note series which focused on productivity through the use of this pen. But the S22 Ultra is both of these things, plus the S-pen has never felt better. While their last version had a latency or lag of about nine milliseconds which was already bordering on indistinguishable from a real pen. This time around thanks to AI that cannot just know where the stylus is but also predict where it’s going to be. They have managed to trim that lag all the way down to just 2.8 milliseconds.
Design of S22 Ultra
Just to give you context here, we loved the design of the S21 Ultra. It was comfortable to hold, it was clean but at the same time, it had the character in the form of this camera housing that kind of melts into the top corner. And with the S22 Ultra, it feels like Samsung’s taken the next logical step forward. It’s almost identical in terms of dimensions and finish and even the position of each camera lens. But they’ve now upgraded the glass all around for 12.5% more strength and they stripped away that bulky camera housing leaving the lenses themselves as the only protruding parts. It’s very clean. And the colors are enchanting which you’ll love it.
The fact that the housing is gone gives the whole phone just a flatter, more uniform profile. It looks a bit plain now. It’s so utilitarian that it’s almost lost some of its characters. The lenses are now a bit more exposed but the biggest gripe with this design is its sharpness. Our hand is not a bookshelf. It’s just unnecessarily pokey and a bit less comfortable than it should be. It’s still a good design, it’s just if their last phone was a nine this is an eight.
Display of Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
It has nailed the screen. Samsung has become the largest display company in the world for a reason. The display is yet again very beautiful. But some part of us will be disappointed that they haven’t tried to push themselves beyond this cookie-cutter display format. The fact that from the front this doesn’t look much different to the 2019 Galaxy note 10. But on the other hand, through iteration, you could argue that they’ve perfected the format they do have. The S22 Ultra screen takes the last already stunning panel and dials the peak brightness up from 1500 nits all the way to 1750. It does so whilst actually consuming less power.
Their last phone used something called LPTO tech which meant that whenever you are looking at something static say a webpage, it could dial back its refresh rate from 120 hertz down to 10 hertz. But the S22 Ultra can dial it all the way back to just 1 hertz.
Software of S22 Ultra 5G
People’s opinion on Samsung software is changing. There was a time when Samsung phones were so stacked with useless apps that they made them bloated. They had a user interface that looked like it was designed for five-year-olds. And buying a Samsung phone felt like you were signing away any hopes of getting software updates on time. But they really tightened up their game.
The bloatware is still a problem. Samsung really wants you to use Samsung apps and they won’t stop trying to make you, but their updates are now way quicker. And not just that, they are now promising four full years of them which will take this phone from android 12 to android 16. As for the skin that sits on top of that android the S22 phone all ships with Samsung’s one UI4 which is a fitting number because there are 4 things you will like about it.
1) Color palette feature – which automatically matches the theme of your whole phone to the color of your wallpaper which keeps it fresh without you really needing to think about it.
2) New design language – with more transparency which gives their phones a lighter feel and more importantly you won’t feel like you’re in pre-school by using it anymore.
3) The camera app – has now been neatened up, it looks slicker, it works faster, and you can now hold down the photo button to immediately start taking a video.
4) Settings – they have reworked the settings with everything set out in a slightly more congruent structure. They even reward you with a smiley face if you manage to not screw your phone up.
The battery of the S22 Ultra
The battery is looking great. We have the same high capacity 5000 mAh cell as the S21 Ultra but it should last longer, thanks to various efficiency improvements. Just lots of little things like the phone being able to put the Wi-Fi to sleep automatically when not in use and it should also charge faster, thanks to the maximum charging power being bumped from 25 watts to 45.
All of this stuff- the S-pen, display, software, battery these are pretty minor improvements over last year, and to be honest if this was all that had changed, we would say to you skip this phone. But there are two major improvements that really do matter. The first is cameras and performance.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Camera
It might not be obvious why the camera is a major improvement. The hardware looks largely identical and on the software side, all the new features they added are highly optional. One of them is auto fps where when you’re shooting video the phone can decide the best frame rate for you based on the lighting conditions. And auto framing can adjust the zoom level based on how many people are in the image. It does add a level of dynamism but it used digital zoom which is gonna completely kill your video quality.
The main camera has a 58% wider optical image stabilization system, so there’s just significantly room for the camera to move and therefore counteract your hand movements and stabilize itself. Even though the main camera has the same 108-megapixel resolution as last year, each pixel you do get is now 1.23 times bigger which should mean more details and more accurate colors. The phone still has two telephoto cameras, one three times optical zoom the other time times. Samsung has upgraded the sensors such that when you’re zooming in further that the image should look cleaner. There’s a new camera app called row that lets you shoot photos in 16-bit raw format for an insane degree of editability.
Third-Party APP & Samsung
Samsung’s also working with third-party apps like Snapchat to integrate their first-party features like my mode into them. The S22 phones all come with a new chipset and they can use that chipset’s power to improve images. So now when you take a normal photo using this phone it has the power to take two photos instantly- one super high resolution 108 megapixel shot for detail and then one lower-resolution 12 megapixels shot for brightness and then fuse them as Samsung is saying the best of both worlds.
Thanks to the more intelligent neural engine that also come as a part of this chip upgrade, they’re saying that this will snap the most realistic portrait mode ever. S22 Ultra will take far better portrait mode video. Galaxy S22 Ultra will be able to remaster your old photos more intelligently and be able to take crisper photos and videos in the dark. It seems like a surprisingly big improvement given how similar the hardware looks.
Now, none of this changes the fact that Samsung is 100% playing it safe with this hardware. You could very easily argue this is the same company that just unveiled a 200-megapixel sensor last year, where is it? But we reckon this phone will be better off because of it. It’s not as exciting from the perspective of having like a new toy to play with but based on early impressions the camera does feel extremely fast and polished. That’s most likely because they haven’t had to rush around trying to optimize a completely brand new set of hardware from scratch. It’s building on the strong foundations of its predecessor.
Performance of S22 Ultra
This is the first phone in the world powered by Samsung’s Exynos 2200 which is their next-generation chipset made in collaboration with AMD using the same graphics architecture as a PlayStation 5. Samsung itself titled this chip as game-changing even going as far as to use the slogan “Playtime is over”. Which is an odd choice of words given that it’s geared for gaming but the point stands- this should load things faster, multitask more fluidly and gain with higher fidelity than ever before.
All that said it’s not completely smooth sailing. There are a couple of sneaky quirks that you need to be aware of. Number one is the memory.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Memory
Now, this is a $1200 2022 Ultra flagship but the base model only starts with 8 GB of RAM, last year phone had 12. Samsung’s justification for this is the new virtual RAM feature in their latest version of one UI which can kind of repurpose some of your normal storage into temporary RAM when needed.
Price of Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra in Nepal
The price of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra in Nepal will start from NPR 150,000. and there is four variant of the phones that will hit the market.
Writer:- Kushal Bhandari
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