All over the year 2021, Samsung has given more focus to mid-budget phones. It has launched two separate smartphones with different internet technology (4G, 5G) under a single name. On July 23, 2021, Samsung launched another phone named Galaxy A22 5G in the Indian market. This phone compromises some of the great features of its previous 4G version just to accommodate the 5G technology. This Samsung Galaxy A22 5G review will give a detailed heads up for the people who want to buy this phone.
Key Features of Samsung Galaxy A22 5G
The Samsung Galaxy A22 5G has a high-quality design that is more like the recent iPhones. Sides with angular finish with a backside adorned with a silky shimmer as well as a matte finish brings an elegant look to the phone. The dark gray, white, or light violet color variations all look great. The smartphone is comfortable to hold.
Although the plastic used on the back is unexpected, nothing much has been reported about the display glass. It makes it difficult to get an idea about the shatter resistance of the display. The build quality of the 167.2x76.4x9.0mm dimensioned phone appears to be high. But when the phone gets twisted, it makes a clear cracking noise. Samsung has applied strong pressure to both the front and backside with fingers that do not penetrate the display's liquid crystal.
The phone is not light, weighing around 203 grams, but it's not significantly heavier when compared to the other phones in this price range.
The Galaxy A22 5G lacks an OLED display, while the 4G variant has it. The Galaxy A22 5G also uses a lesser quality IPS panel, with the highest brightness level of 418 cd/m2. It can be an issue, particularly in the bright surrounding.
The brightness distribution is also quite uneven: the darkest area of the display is only 76% as bright as the brightest.
Despite its low price, the Galaxy A22 5G has a Full HD display featuring 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, and 399ppi pixel density. This phone offers a 90Hz refresh rate. It produces a more fluid experience when scrolling and using the device.
When the sun is shining brightly outside, the dim display makes it difficult to see anything. The viewing angles on display are adequate. When tilting the device, only a very slight darkening of the image is visible.
The color reproduction level is adequate, but some warm tones are noticeably off. Users who want to be certain that they are getting the correct colors on display will not find it.
There is a tri-camera setup on the back, but only the primary camera and the wide-angle camera can be used to take photos. The third lens is only used to aid in portrait photography.
The rear camera setup has 48 megapixels (f/1.8), but only images with a quarter of that resolution are typically generated. This is because every four pixels are combined into one in order to increase light yield. Images taken with 12 megapixels also look perfectly adequate for most cases. Users will be able to take full-resolution photos in a special mode if they wish.
The color reproduction on the main camera is modest, which is close to natural but makes images appear a little less vibrant. The camera is only mediocre in terms of detail sharpness. Surfaces show obvious pixel artifacts. The camera does a reasonably good job of lighting subjects in low light and high contrast situations; it can still show details, and it does a pretty good job overall.
The 5 MP (f/2.2) wide-angle camera features 115-degrees field of view. This sensor is useful for taking snapshots. However, users shouldn't zoom in too far to keep the display clear. Zooming is only possible by switching between the primary and wide-angle lenses. No intermediate levels are available. The third camera is a 2 MP (f/2.4) depth sensor.
Videos can be recorded at 2K resolution at a frame rate of 30 fps. In general, recording at speeds greater than 30 frames per second is not supported. Switching between these lenses is only possible before the video recording begins. Normally, the autofocus appears to be fast, but it takes a while before it focuses on the desired subject.
Once again, an 8MP (f/2.0) lens in a mid-range phone is a step back. In bright light, the camera takes good self-portraits, though it isn't a departure from the norm. As a result, selfie-lovers will still be pleased with the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G.
The images are detailed and well-presented. Portrait mode is also commendable. Due to factors such as stray hairs and excessive dust in the environment, a few soft edges may appear in some cases. With this frontless camera, users can capture 1080p video at 30 frames per second.
The Samsung Galaxy A22 5G is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G (7nm) SoC. A22 is equipped with an Octa-core processor composed of two Cortex-A76 cores with maximum 2.2 GHz clock speed combined with six Cortex-A55 cores featuring 2.0 GHz clock speed. The graphic unit of this phone is provided with Mali-G57 MC2 GPU.
The predecessor, the Galaxy A21s, still used an in-house Exynos SoC that couldn't compete with different smartphones in the price range. But the Galaxy A22 5G manages to take the lead in the benchmarks at times.
However, in terms of graphics performance, the smartphone still lags slightly behind. However, the differences between them and the rest of the smartphones should be barely noticeable in everyday use.
Overall, Samsung chose a better SoC in this generation, at least in the 5G model, and it has also been decently optimized. Although stutters may occur in everyday use on occasion, they are more likely to occur when running very demanding apps or performing multiple tasks at once. In terms of browser performance, the phone also outperforms. In benchmarks, it outperforms most comparison devices.
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G has several variants 64/4GB, 128/4GB, 128/6GB, and 128/8GB. The RAM power ranges from 4 to 8 GB. Starting from 64GB, the internal storage capacity spans up to 128GB.
Battery and Charger
The Samsung Galaxy A22 5G has a large 5,000mAh battery that will last for a long time. Users will get day-long battery support with moderate use even if the battery capacity is reduced by half. Even a full day of intense gaming will not deplete the battery.
Apart from a charger with a capacity of 15 watts and a charging cable, the phone gives only a SIM tool. No special accessories for the Galaxy A22 5G were available on Samsung's website. If you need another 15-watt charger, you can get one from Samsung.
Price in Bangladesh
For the basic variant (4GB Ram and 64GB ROM), users have to pay £209.00 (BDT 24392.66; £1=BDT 116.49) to buy the phone. This latest Samsung phone is expected to be launched in Bangladesh soon. However, in Bangladesh, the official price of the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G may vary depending on tax issues and the seller’s policy.
The Samsung Galaxy A22 5G is undoubtedly a competent yet efficient device that excels in some areas while lacking in others. By virtue of design, it appears to be a standard phone; but appearances do not always tell the whole story. If performance is your main focus, especially in this price range, the MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC is a good choice.
However, some competitors may offer a little more bang for your buck. Besides, the 48MP camera system doesn't add anything unique compared to other phones available in the same price range. However, when all of the Samsung Galaxy A22's features are considered, it appears to be quite reasonable.