Samsung Galaxy S22 hands-on review

Samsung’s Galaxy S22 pumps up the pixels and optical zoom

Samsung Galaxy S22 review
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Early Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S22 is the most affordable of the new S22 series, and it’s clear where Samsung’s stripped back specs to hit the lower price – charging speed, battery capacity and max brightness. Nevertheless, with the same camera as the S22 Plus and chipset as the S22 Ultra, as well as a shared interface across the whole series, there’s still plenty to get excited about, especially when it’s all packaged in such a good looking body.


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    Great design

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    3x telephoto camera

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    Optical image stabilization

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    8K video


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    Smaller screen than 6.6in S22 Plus

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    Lacks 10x telephoto lens of Ultra

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    Lacks 108MP sensor of S22 Ultra

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The Samsung Galaxy S22 continues a line of vanilla Galaxy S phones that balance pocketability, performance and price, packing more bells and whistles than the Galaxy FE line, but fewer than the S22 Plus or S22 Ultra. You could think of it as the iPhone 13 of the Android world – clearly not the greatest, but definitely the reliable volume driver.

What's also welcome is the fact that the S22 has a new camera system. While the Galaxy S21 had a rehashed S20 camera, we've finally got improved hardware this time around. The zoom range is now three times optical (versus pure digital zoom on the S20 and S21), and there's also a new sensor combination.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.