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Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
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8.9/10
Informr score
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra currently has an Informr score of 8.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 68 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is a massive, flashy piece of tech. It includes an improved camera with new features, a beautiful display, and top-of-the-line performance, but it will cost you.

What's good

  • Fast charging
  • Superior camera
  • Improved S-pen
  • Long term software support
  • Bright and vibrant display

What's bad

  • Less RAM than the last model
  • Lackluster battery life
  • Expensive
  • Heavy and awkward

Being one of the heavy hitters in the cellphone world isn’t easy, and Samsung has stepped up to the plate with the newest entry in its most popular phone series: the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. Does it live up to the Samsung legacy?

Design

Not one to drop the ball on flair and visuals, Samsung has created yet another beautiful piece of tech.

Due to its roots in the Note, the design is sturdy and sleek. According to reviewers, aluminum and glass construction add to it being pretty heavy, though.

The color options, however, are pretty substantial. Samsung offers the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra in Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, Graphite, Sky Blue, Burgundy, and Red.

Display

A 6.8-inch AMOLED screen makes for vibrant and bright colors.

It helps that it's also WQHD ready. The default FHD+ option is supposedly easier on the battery, but they said they didn’t notice any real difference when reviewers tested it.

Gorilla Glass Victus+ from Corning sandwiches the device with the front display for a high gloss finish that should stand up to pockets full of keys or sliding across tables without issue.

Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra impressed reviewers across the board in all aspects involving performance.

It’s blazing fast and capable of multitasking without the slightest stutter. Gaming was also top-notch, according to reviewers.

Software & Storage

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra comes loaded with Android 12 and runs the OneUI over the top to make things more streamlined.

Reviewers admitted some disappointment in the messaging app but nothing truly major.

The storage options are 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB. Choose wisely, though, as there isn’t a MicroSD expansion slot in this phone.

Cameras

Reviewers couldn’t get enough of the new cameras on the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, specifically the new Space Zoom feature with 100x zoom.

The most significant improvement overall is the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra’s better ability to capture low light photos with little to no distortion.

Battery Life

When it comes to testing the battery life, reviewers were a little disappointed.

Running everything at full tilt only allowed for 10 hours of battery life, and that’s a full hour and a half below the previous model.

However, real-life results will depend on the person using the device and their habits. Still, some reviewers worry the phone won’t last heavy users a full day on a single charge.

Audio

While there was nothing explicitly mentioned about the audio abilities of the phone, one can probably assume that Bluetooth will always be the best option for audio quality with just about any smartphone.

Specs at a Glance

  • Aluminum chassis
  • Dynamic AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor
  • 8/12/16GB of RAM
  • Android 12
  • 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB of storage
  • 108+ MP camera
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • S-Pen stylus

Bottom Line

Being one of the most influential in the smartphone market has led to a certain amount of expectation regarding the line of Samsung phones. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is no exception. It does everything, and it does it all very well. Just remember to keep a charger handy for heavy use.

Digital Trends says, “The Galaxy S22 Ultra is astonishingly capable in almost all aspects, from camera to productivity, and you probably won't need to consider upgrading for years.”

Tech Radar states, “The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is a big, powerful, and attractive Android phone (if you like them monolithic). It’s super-versatile, ready for important work, hand-written notes, gaming, and casual big-screen web browsing – and the cameras are a clear highlight, with the Space Zoom capabilities taking you to infinity and beyond. And, yes, you’ll pay handily for all these features.”


Android
Operating system
Operating system
Android
3 GHz
Processor
Processor
3 GHz
6.8"
Screen Size
Screen Size
6.8"
108+ MP, f/1.8
Camera
Camera
108+ MP, f/1.8
5000 mAh
Battery


What the Critics Are Saying...


DxOMark
DxOMark

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (Exynos) performs on a similar level as other Ultra-Premium devices in our database, such as the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, and the Google Pixel 6 Pro. For the most part, it placed in average territory in playback and was on par with other Galaxy smartphones. There were no glar...

- DxOMark
DxOMark
DxOMark

With a DXOMARK Camera score of 132, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (Exynos) does not quite make it into the top flight in our smartphone camera ranking but performs overall well and delivers some improvements over its predecessor, the  S21 Ultra, for example in video and zoom. But it cannot quite keep...

- DxOMark
Gearburn
Gearburn

The S22 Ultra is definitely the flagship to beat for 2022. Its camera capabilities and performance make it one of the best (if not the best) smartphones to come out in South Africa this year. However, the price keeps it inaccessible to loyal Samsung fans who would love to experience the camera capab...

- Megan Ellis, Gearburn
Techaeris
Techaeris

If you’re looking for the absolute best Android phone in nearly every category, that phone is the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. The price of admission is high, but you wouldn’t be reading this review if you were not already aware of the cost.

- Alex Hernandez, Techaeris
Tom's Guide
Tom's Guide

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is an amped-up Galaxy Note with a faster S Pen built in, lots of camera improvements, a brighter display and faster charging. This is a stellar phone overall, but it's also pretty pricey and the battery life could be better.

- Mark Spoonauer, Tom's Guide


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. Samsung's suggested retail price is $1199.99. You can compare Galaxy S22 Ultra prices from around the web here on The Informr.



Samsung backs up the Galaxy S22 Ultra with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Galaxy S22 Ultra has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.8"

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra's screen size is 6.8 inches with 1440 x 3080 pixels resolution.

Processor
3 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (4 nm) Octa-core 3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 12 operating system (OS).

Camera
108+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 108+ MP, f/1.8 camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

Storage
128/256/512/1000 GB

Internal memory is 128/256/ 512/1000 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
5000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 5000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 2400 minutes, 1260 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy S22 Ultra Specs

Overview
Release Date February 25, 2022
Regions Available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Operating System Android 12

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Processor Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (4 nm) Octa-core 3 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256/512/1000 GB
RAM 8/12/16 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.18 W/kg
Body: 0.98 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Stylus
Cellular
Networks
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
GPS Type A-GPS
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax/6e
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
108+ Megapixels, f/1.8, Wide
10+ Megapixels, f/4.9, Telephoto, 10x Optical Zoom
10+ Megapixels, f/2.4, Telephoto, 3x Optical Zoom
12+ Megapixels, f/2.2, Ultrawide
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
8K (7680 × 4320 pixels), 24 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
40+ Megapixels, f/2.2
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Dynamic AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 3080 pixels
Pixel Density 500 pixels
Size 6.8 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, 120Hz refresh rate, HDR, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Up to 15 W
Fast Charging Up to 45 W
Video Playback Time Up to 1200 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 1260 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Up to 1200 minutes
Talk Time Up to 2400 minutes
Standby Time Unknown
Mixed Usage Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Aluminium
Colors Burgundy, Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, Graphite, Sky Blue, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.33 x 7.79 x 0.89 cm (6.4 x 3.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 229 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Headset Jack No
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
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