Review Galaxy S22 Ultra: performance to spare in the new Note

Review Galaxy S22 Ultra: performance to spare in the new Note

The launch of the Galaxy S22 Ultra comes to cover the absence of a new Galaxy Note. Samsung hasn’t launched any Note-line phones last year and isn’t expected to do so in 2022. That’s because the S Pen is now built into the new device.

prosOne of the best screens today.Worry-free performance for the user.Promise of many software updates.Even better cameras than the last generation.It’s the new Note, now with a faster integrated S Pen. consThe high price makes it even more niche (or prohibitive) than usual.The charging speed has increased, but the accessory is not in the box.

This is the first time Samsung has done this on the Galaxy S line, but stylus support had already been rolled out on the S21 Ultra. In a more summarized way, the manufacturer “took” the Ultra from the line, which is the high-end model of the Galaxy S, and then put a Galaxy Note in place – which was launched in August in the last three editions.

Now, Samsung’s line of premium cell phones brings the S22 as the top of the line, the S22 Ultra which is the most advanced top of the line and with the S Pen and has the foldable Galaxy Z line, which also has its particularities, such as the screen itself that folds.

For this analysis, it is worth noting that we received the S22 Ultra at a great speed from the Samsung Brazil team, including our unit was manufactured in South Korea. However, it only stayed with us for a short period of time, so our review will be based on about four and a half days of use.

We understand that this is a short time frame for testing, especially to close a thorough review. So, as soon as it is possible to spend a longer period with the device in hand, we will bring you more content.

Design and S Pen

If we put the S22 Ultra next to the S21 Ultra, there is a noticeable visual difference. At the back there is no module that houses all the cameras and “connects” with the sides of the cell phone. It’s all smooth, but it keeps the same five sensors in a similar position and well-jumped.

The main aspect to consider are the ends. The new S22 Ultra is straight on both the top and bottom, and that’s because of the S Pen, making its corners have that classic Note look. The pen is at the bottom left, right next to the sound output. The model we tested supports only one carrier chip.

Apart from this novelty, the position of almost everything else is similar. The buttons are on the right side, the front camera is located in a hole and a huge screen takes advantage of practically all the front space. The colors are also relatively similar, as it maintains that matte look.

These are heavy cell phones, weighing almost 230 grams each. In the case of the S22 Ultra, it has a very firm grip, but less smooth than the S21 Ultra, which has rounded corners. Anyway, what Samsung did was put a very elegant phone on the market, that’s undeniable.

Galaxy S22 Ultra is sold in black, white, green and burgundy.

It is worth mentioning that the device is built in glass on both sides, just like the previous ones. Samsung uses Gorilla Victus+ glass and aluminum around its frame. It also brings IP68 certification for the cell phone and the pen, and promises to be very resistant.

On the S Pen, Samsung has cut the Note 20 Ultra’s latency from 9 ms to just 2.8 ms. This makes writing more natural, but it shouldn’t be too easy to spot this difference between devices as the latency was already quite low.

The good part is that the main features of the S Pen are present here. The S22 Ultra has gestures to control the cell phone and the camera from a distance, allows you to make notes on the screen, drawings and much more with precision, opening up a wide range of possibilities in the new line. Just like the Galaxy Note already did.

Display

The new Galaxy S22 Ultra has a 6.8-inch AMOLED display with an adaptive refresh rate from 1 Hz to 120 Hz. This means that for tasks that do not require movement, such as viewing a photo from the gallery, it will use the minimum default, and the maximum will be used in compatible games, for example. In theory, this should help you consume less energy.

The cool part is that it allows you to use the adaptive rate while working with the maximum resolution, which is 3088 x 1440 pixels. Another good news is that this is one of the brightest screens today. It has a peak of 1,750 nits in extreme cases and even has an option in the settings to offer an “extra brightness”.

During testing, using the S22 Ultra only at full resolution with the adaptive rate of 120 Hz.

If your idea is to find a phone that offers, perhaps, the best screen experience today, the S22 Ultra is a strong candidate. The colors are very vibrant, the movement is smooth, the S Pen is easy to use in a variety of occasions and the size, let’s agree, is very comfortable for working, watching, playing and more.

It also features an under-display fingerprint reader, just like in recent generations, and that has also proven to be quite accurate.

Drums

In the Galaxy S22 Ultra we have 5,000 mAh of battery, as in the S21 Ultra. What changes is the charging speed, which rises to 45 W. But the charger does not come in the box, although the Brazilian consumer can “order” an accessory of the type from the brand, separately, right after purchasing the cell phone.

According to Samsung, the device has enough power for more than a day of use, a feature supported by artificial intelligence. Here with us, the S22 Ultra reached an average of 6h30 of screen on, going from the morning of one day until the next morning. But these results can vary greatly.

The average download per hour with YouTube videos was -8%, while with streaming services like HBO Max and Netflix it was -7.5%. With games like Pokémon Go, League of Legends: Wild Rift, Call of Duty and others, it ranged from -10% to -15% per hour.

As for charging time, we used a 30W charger during our tests. With it, it was possible to obtain 13% of energy in 15 minutes and 57% after 1h in the socket. In fact, for those who want to enjoy faster charging, they will need to purchase a more powerful accessory.

We also carried out a test with a charger from a competing manufacturer, with 65 W of power, but the phone limited the charging speed.

performance and software

The Galaxy S22 Ultra that we tested features a hardware configuration with 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. In addition, the software allows you to allocate from 2GB to 8GB of virtual RAM, which would be a additional to what already exists. The difficult thing, however, is having to use all this in the routine.

It also comes with Android 12 and One UI 4.1, an updated version of Samsung’s interface. The company’s promise is that it will receive four operating system updates, theoretically reaching Android 16.

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The device’s datasheet also includes Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2 and 5G mmWave, which even adds a “cutout” on the right side to make life easier for the antennas. In real life, this whole set translates into safety of use, with very few — if any — concerns for the user.

In other words, it offers everything and a little more that a current generation cell phone has for the public. Everything is executed with great agility, the cell phone doesn’t take long to export edits in images or videos, applications and games are also kept in the background without problems and everything else that a R$ 10 thousand cell phone can offer.

cameras

Much of this robust performance is thanks to the new processor, which has influence in other areas, such as photographs. In the Galaxy S22 line, Samsung has brought a new feature called Nightography, which guarantees clearer images in dimly lit environments. Cameras also take better advantage of larger pixels, ensuring sharper, more detailed images when combining them.

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There are four camera sensors at the rear: the main one has 108 MP, the ultra-wide one has 12 MP, and there are also two optical zoom sensors of 3x and 10x with 10 MP each. Here, it is worth mentioning that Samsung has a big advantage compared to the competition when it comes to zoom, and this is clear compared to the S21 Ultra and the iPhone 13 Pro.

But it is also worth mentioning that the zoom above 10x can be harmed, depending on the lighting. Up to 30x, it is still possible to capture good images, but the definition is already starting to be lost, as well as the textures. With the 100x zoom, where you can even take pictures of the moon, we’ve noticed improvements compared to the S21 Ultra. Despite being a feature that is not essential, the more advanced zoom allows you to take advantage of different angles, view more distant objects and the like.

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What we have, in fact, are clearer images even during the day. Not only that, but the colors captured by the device are even more expressive than the previous model, leaving everything with a more contrasted look. The same goes for 40 MP selfies and portrait mode photos, where the outline is well aligned.

For those who enjoy making videos, the S22 Ultra is capable of recording in Full HD and 4K with 30 fps or 60 fps, and in 8K with 24 fps. On the front, it can shoot up to 4K footage at 60 fps. The results also bring high quality and color fidelity, and the optical stabilization of the sensors allows you to capture less blurry images.

Another new feature is the professional mode for almost all cameras. It is available in the camera app, but also in the Expert RAW app. With it, you can manually adjust the ISO, shutter speed, focus, white balance and more of the main, wide-angle or zoom camera.

It is worth it?

Launched for BRL 9,500 in a configuration with 256 GB of storage, the Galaxy S22 Ultra brings together some of the best features that Samsung has launched for its devices in recent years. The new phone’s approach to the Note line is clear and, apparently, it’s here to stay.

As a niche product, it packs productivity features, plenty of firepower for professional-level gaming and photography, just as you’d expect. And we are talking about a very complete high-end product, which can please even those who are already used to using products from other manufacturers.

Despite the upgrades to the camera, processor and hardware in general, it is still possible to get great results from previous devices, such as the S21 Ultra. The iPhone 13 Pro lineup also offers users a wide range of possibilities, but without the added optical zoom and higher-quality low-light photography of the S22 Ultra.

It is also worth noting that the other models in the S22 line have several of these new shooting modes, and that they are also cheaper. Until its price is reduced over time, it is worth considering whether paying R$10,000 for a cell phone is viable or not. But resources to spare, of course, that he has.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

see data sheet General Camera Chipset: Exynos 2200 (4nm) Operational system: Android 12, a 4.1 UI Battery Capacity: Screen Size: 6.8 inches RAM memory: 8GB or 12GB Internal Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB Back camera: 108 MP (f/1.8, 24mm, 1/1.33″, 0.8µm) + 10 MP (f/4.9, 230mm (periscope telephoto), 1/3.52″, 1.12µm) + 10 MP (f/2.4, 70mm (telephoto) ), 1/3.52″, 1.12µm) + 12 MP (f/2.2, 13mm, 120˚, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm) Frontal camera: 40 MP (f/2.2, 26mm, 1/2.82″, 0.7µm) Video: 8K@24fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

see data sheet General Camera Chipset: Exynos 2200 (4nm) Operational system: Android 12, a 4.1 UI Battery Capacity: Screen Size: 6.8 inches RAM memory: 8GB or 12GB Internal Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB Back camera: 108 MP (f/1.8, 24mm, 1/1.33″, 0.8µm) + 10 MP (f/4.9, 230mm (periscope telephoto), 1/3.52″, 1.12µm) + 10 MP (f/2.4, 70mm (telephoto) ), 1/3.52″, 1.12µm) + 12 MP (f/2.2, 13mm, 120˚, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm) Frontal camera: 40 MP (f/2.2, 26mm, 1/2.82″, 0.7µm) Video: 8K@24fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps

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