Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Review: The Complete Package?

The Galaxy S22 Ultra is Samsung’s flagship this yr, and was launched alongside the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+. The spotlight of the Galaxy S22 Ultra is its assist for an S Pen stylus, which to this point, has been unique to the Galaxy Notice collection. Samsung has additionally chosen the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC for the Indian market, which is a primary since all earlier flagship Galaxy telephones right here have used Samsung’s personal Exynos SoCs. Whereas my first impressions of the smartphone had been optimistic, it is time to discover out what it is wish to stay with Galaxy S22 Ultra.


Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra worth in India

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra begins at Rs. 1,09,999 in India for the bottom variant with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The greater variant with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage is priced at Rs. 1,18,999. In different areas, the Galaxy S22 Ultra can be out there with 128GB and 1TB of storage, however not in India. Samsung affords the Galaxy S22 Ultra in Phantom Black, Phantom White, and Burgundy. I had the latter for this evaluate.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra design

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has a really completely different design in comparison with the the Galaxy S22 and the Galaxy S22+, and even its predecessor. It borrows design cues from the Galaxy Notice collection, and components equivalent to the large show with curved sides however flat prime and backside are all paying homage to the Galaxy Notice 20 Ultra (Review). The spotlight of the Galaxy S22 Ultra must be the in-built S Pen which will get its personal silo within the telephone itself, thereby carrying on the legacy of the Galaxy Notice collection.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra sports activities a big 6.8-inch show with a centred hole-punch cutout on the prime. This panel has very skinny bezels on the prime and backside. Its sides observe the curvature of the aluminium body, making this telephone look tremendous premium, and this additionally helps to masks its precise width. The Galaxy S22 Ultra suggestions the scales at 228g and this weight is noticeable within the hand. Nonetheless, Samsung has distributed the burden fairly nicely which helps with one-handed use.

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The S Pen stylus has its personal silo within the Galaxy S22 Ultra


The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has a quad-camera setup on the again, but it surely is not raised like we have seen on the Galaxy S22 and even the Galaxy S21 Ultra (Review). As a substitute, the person digicam lenses  jut out of the physique, giving the rear a extra minimalist look. One other ring homes the laser autofocus sensor. The remainder of the again panel is totally flat and plain, aside from a Samsung brand. On the underside, the telephone has the S Pen tucked away in its personal silo, a USB Sort-C port, a speaker, and the SIM tray. The prime of the body solely has a microphone.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra specs and software program

Samsung has lengthy used its home-grown Exynos SoCs for the Galaxy S collection in India, however issues have modified this time. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, which is at the moment probably the most highly effective SoC you may get in an Android smartphone. Storage growth is not out there, however even the bottom storage ought to be satisfactory for many customers.

The huge 6.8-inch AMOLED show sports activities a quad-HD+ decision and a 120Hz peak refresh price. This panel is HDR10+ licensed and has a peak brightness of 1750 nits. The decrease half has an built-in ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. Samsung has used Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+ on the entrance and the again of this telephone for scratch safety. The Galaxy S22 Ultra has a variety of wi-fi connectivity requirements equivalent to Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6, Ultra-wideband (UWB), NFC, and 5G in addition to 4G VoLTE. The SIM tray has area for 2 bodily nano-SIMs, or you should utilize one bodily SIM and an eSIM.

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The Galaxy S22 Ultra has Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+ on the entrance and the again


The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and the S Pen are IP68 rated for mud and water resistance. The telephone additionally has stereo audio system which might be loud and work with Dolby Atmos.

Samsung has packed the Galaxy S22 Ultra with a 5,000mAh battery. It is the identical capability that final yr’s Galaxy S21 Ultra had. That is commendable contemplating this telephone is roughly the identical dimension as its predecessor and among the area contained in the chassis has been allotted to retailer the S Pen. The Galaxy S22 Ultra can change at as much as 45W. You do not get a charger within the field; solely a USB Sort-C to Sort-C cable.

Samsung ships the Galaxy S22 Ultra with One UI 4.1, which is predicated on Android 12. My unit was working the February 2022 Android safety patch but it surely acquired an replace to the March patch throughout the evaluate interval. Samsung guarantees 4 years of OS upgrades and 5 years of safety updates for the Galaxy S22 collection, which ought to maintain it related for fairly a while.

The UI is polished and feels intuitive. I by no means needed to spend an excessive amount of time trying to find the suitable setting or menu. Samsung does preinstall plenty of apps equivalent to Spotify, Fb, and Netflix, aside from its personal apps and others from Microsoft and Google. Samsung’s apps equivalent to My Galaxy and the Galaxy Retailer had been pushed a number of spammy notifications.

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The Galaxy S22 Ultra runs One UI 4.1 on prime of Android 12


The consumer interface of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra feels precisely like that of every other Galaxy S collection smartphone, proper till you pull the S Pen out. That is when the Galaxy Notice genes spring into motion. The telephone brings up a fast actions menu with an inventory of S Pen options each time you eject the stylus from its silo. You possibly can add your individual shortcuts to continuously used apps right here. Pulling the S Pen out with the display screen off lets you take fast notes. That is fairly helpful when it’s good to rapidly jot one thing down on the go.

Many options from Android 12 equivalent to privateness indicators that notify you when the digicam or microphone are being accessed, are current. It additionally has an indicator for clipboard entry however this must be enabled. The permission supervisor provides you an entire record of apps which have accessed your location and the completely different sensors on the smartphone.

Samsung has a ‘Recreation booster’ characteristic that allows you to block distractions whereas gaming. I seen an ‘Auto handle’ efficiency toggle that claimed to throttle efficiency when temperatures acquired too excessive. This may be switched off to stop efficiency drops. Samsung was lately within the information for throttling the efficiency of almost 10,000 apps utilizing its Recreation Optimising Service. Samsung will reportedly be rolling out a software program replace to permit customers to disable this.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra efficiency and battery life

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has a crisp AMOLED show with glorious viewing angles and punchy colors. This made watching movies very satisfying and the stereo audio system added to that have. Efficiency was snappy and even heavy apps and video games had been fast to load.. Because of the 12GB of RAM, multitasking was a breeze. Samsung does permit as much as 8GB of storage to be allotted as extra RAM. It was set to make use of 4GB of storage by default on my unit. Samsung’s ultrasonic fingerprint scanner labored very nicely and by no means wanted greater than a single try and unlock the telephone. Face recognition was additionally fast and pretty dependable.

In addition to taking notes, the S Pen may also be used as a distant for the telephone’s cameras. It lets you swap between completely different sensors and taking pictures modes, and naturally take an image. It is usually fairly helpful whereas looking web sites as you may hover the tip of the S Pen over hyperlinks to load previews of the pages they result in.

I ran a couple of artificial benchmarks on the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. In AnTuTu, the telephone managed to attain 8,51,648 factors, which was decrease than what the Motorola Edge 30 Professional (Review) in addition to the iQoo 9 Professional (Review) scored. In Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core assessments, the telephone scored 1,231 and three,313 factors respectively. The Galaxy S22 Ultra fared nicely in graphics benchmarks. maxing out 3DMark’s Sling Shot take a look at suite. That is among the many prime performers on the market, but it surely is not the very best, not less than when it comes to benchmark scores.

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Samsung solely features a Sort-C to Sort-C cable within the field


Actual-world gaming efficiency was good and I might play Asphalt 9: Legends on the ‘Excessive High quality’ preset and full-HD+ decision with none points. Nonetheless, I did discover the S22 Ultra getting heat. I performed Name Of Responsibility: Cellular on the ‘Very Excessive’ graphics settings and ‘Max’ body price at full-HD+ decision. The Galaxy S22 Ultra might run it nicely at these settings, however after about 20 minutes of taking part in, I seen a six p.c drop within the battery degree and the telephone was barely heat to the contact. Should you are likely to play for lengthy durations, you’ll discover the higher half of the telephone getting heat.

Battery life was nice for my utilization, and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra usually lasted for a day and a half with none points. Nonetheless, I did discover a faster drop within the battery degree after gaming or throughout digicam utilization. In our HD video loop take a look at, the telephone lasted 16 hours and 21 minutes earlier than shutting down, which is an honest time.

Samsung claims that the Galaxy S22 Ultra helps 45W quick charging, offered you buy a suitable charger individually. Samsung did not ship me its personal charger to confirm the declare, so I attempted a 68W USB-PD normal charger that I had. It is onerous to say what actual price it was in a position to cost the telephone at, however the Galaxy S22 Ultra acquired from zero to 60 p.c in half-hour and as much as 95 p.c in an hour, which is fairly fast. This telephone can cost wirelessly at 15W and might wirelessly powershare as nicely.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra cameras

Samsung hasn’t fiddled a lot with the digicam setup on the Galaxy S22 Ultra in comparison with its predecessor. Nonetheless it does declare to ship improved low gentle efficiency, which is marketed as “Nightography”. The Galaxy S22 Ultra has a flexible quad-camera setup consisting of a 108-megapixel major digicam that saves nona-binned pictures by default, leading to 12-megapixel saved information. This telephone additionally has a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digicam with a 120-degree subject of view. The different two cameras have 10-megapixel sensors every, with 3X and 10X periscope-style optical zoom lenses. For selfies, the telephone has a 40-megapixel entrance digicam.

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The quad-camera setup on the Galaxy S22 Ultra is sort of versatile


The 100X ‘Area Zoom’ functionality, first seen on the Galaxy S20 Ultra, remains to be current. Framing a shot at greater zoom ranges is quite a bit simpler now, and the identical implementation was seen within the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The second you transcend 20X, a secondary viewfinder pops up with a snapshot of the body at 20X together with crosshairs to assist information you to your topic. As soon as focus has been locked and your palms are regular sufficient, the secondary viewfinder turns yellow indicating that the gadget is able to take the shot.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Samples at completely different zoom ranges (faucet to see resized picture)


Other than the 3X and 10X optical zoom ranges of the 2 respective telephoto cameras, the digicam app affords onerous stops at 2X, 4X, 30X, and 100X. I discovered picture high quality to be excellent on the optical zoom ranges but it surely dips while you the telephone makes use of hybrid zoom past that. Objects shot at 100X had been recognisable however did not have the highest quality.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra daylight digicam samples. High to backside: Ultra-wide-angle digicam, major digicam, telephoto digicam (faucet to see full dimension)

Daylight pictures taken with the first digicam had excellent dynamic vary. Autofocus was fast and colors had been correct. Switching to the ultra-wide-angle digicam didn’t trigger a noticeable shift in color tone but it surely did trigger a slight dip intimately, which was evident after magnifying pictures.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra digicam samples. High to backside: shut up, portrait, macro samples (faucet to see full dimension)

Shut-ups turned out excellent, with pleasing sharpness. The laser autofocus ensured little or no to no focus looking even in low gentle. Samsung has a spotlight enhancer characteristic that robotically switches to the ultra-wide-angle digicam to assist seize excessive close-ups or macro pictures. For portraits, the Galaxy S22 Ultra switches to the 3X telephoto digicam by default however you do can swap again to the first digicam in the event you want a wider perspective. Photographs shot in Portrait mode had glorious edge detection and punchy colors.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra low-light digicam samples. High to backside: auto mode, Night time mode (faucet to see full dimension) Review

Low-light pictures taken with the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra turned ok to be shared immediately on social media, with no need to hassle with Night time mode. Nonetheless, I seen some noise within the darker areas of poorly lit scenes upon nearer examination, which could be eradicated in the event you use Night time mode. You should use the telephoto cameras even in low-light situations however color accuracy is a bit off. In Night time mode, you’re restricted to 10X zoom and the telephone solely makes use of the first or 10X telephoto cameras.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra selfie digicam samples. High to backside: daylight portrait, low-light portrait selfies (faucet to see full dimension)

Selfies taken with the 40-megapixel shooter had been pixel-binned to 10-megapixels and got here out nicely whether or not taken in daylight or low gentle. Video recording topped out at 8K 24fps for the first digicam however the body is closely cropped at this decision with a purpose to stabilise the footage. The selfie digicam can document as much as 4K 60fps movies. Movies had been fairly detailed, with good stabilisation and correct colors in daylight in addition to low gentle.


The Galaxy S21 Ultra (Review) was the primary telephone exterior the Galaxy Notice collection to assist an S Pen, and searching again, the writing on the wall couldn’t have been clearer. The inevitable merger of Samsung’s Galaxy Notice and Galaxy S collection is now full with the Galaxy S22 Ultra, making it. the last word Samsung smartphone. It brings collectively the very best digicam capabilities of the Galaxy S collection and the productiveness attract of the Notice collection.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra sports activities highly effective {hardware} and polished software program that collectively ship a flagship expertise. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC can deal with just about something you throw at it. Samsung has maintained its lead when it comes to digicam efficiency over many of the competitors. In case you are a heavy consumer, you would possibly discover the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC getting heat underneath load. The excessive worth may even be a deterrent for a lot of followers.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra will attraction to a wider viewers than its predecessor might need, and since there isn’t any telephone out there with the identical characteristic set, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is just about unopposed. Should you do not thoughts its excessive worth, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is unquestionably top-of-the-line Android smartphones out there in the meanwhile.

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