After a long time, Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra review has come out now. The Note, which isn’t an actual Note, could be the final Note. It’s trying to appeal to both productivity-oriented users and photographers. The latest Ultra could be the best phone in the market, per se, or be a disappointment for both groups in some way. The notable improvement in latency is also promising, and not to say that the previous model was not good. Camera enthusiasts shouldn’t be too disappointed also.
The camera features the same quad-setup that you get with Samsung’s S21 Ultra (in principle, at the very least) and comes with two telephotos that go at 10x zoom, as well with an auto-focusing ultrawide (that Samsung insists on keeping only available on its Ultra). In addition, you get the massive 108MP non-binning main camera as well, of course.
The extensive spec sheet (summarized below) contains what’s claimed to be the most bright display in a smartphone, the most recent processors by Qualcomm as well as Samsung (depending on where you are and location, as is the norm), and the option of 1TB storage (next to a 128GB base option that’s not as impressive as the UItra’s) as well as a boost in battery capacity and charging power (we’ll examine the latter later).).
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra unboxing
It’s the S22 Ultra ships in a black cardboard box that’s smaller than it was the previous model (the environment is happy) and features a stylized “22” on the lid as well as the dazzling ‘S’ an exact color that matches the actual design on the inside of the handset.
The most expensive Galaxy unboxings have been simple tasks in the last few years since the bundled charging ports have become a thing of the past. This is the downside of the slim box. Inside you’ll find only the minimal – a USB-C cable, a SIM remove the tool, as well as phones themselves. It’s not clear what a phone is.
Build Quality and Design of Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
You’re thinking about it and may have read about it on this website before in this article and other versions, but let’s repeat it – it’s akin to a Note; however, Samsung decided to call it differently. Its name is “the S22 Note wouldn’t have hurt the cause, would it?
The most distinctive feature of the Notes with sharp corners can be seen on the S handset, whereas smoother curves are the standard. However, the basic S22 and S22+ S22+ have chosen their path to more rounded edges and flat surfaces and have reached an iPhone-like design this year. It’s just them.
In a way, the design is the better way to go that the most prestigious Galaxy will look exactly similar to it. It’s not that last year’s model did not look classy; however, it didn’t show it off.
Compared to its predecessor, the S21 Ultra, the S22 Ultra has a bit more viewing space despite having an identical diagonal due to its square, similar to the Note aspect ratio. This S22 Ultra weighs as much as the previous version with a gram difference, and the 228g figure represents an increase over Note20 Ultra by some 20g.
An old-time user of the original Note at work says that the new Ultra is significantly larger; therefore, we’ll stick according to his findings. However, this doesn’t make it an anomaly in the flagship category with a large size The iPhone 13 Pro Max (240g) as well as Mi 11 Ultra (234g) Mi 11 Ultra (234g) are heavier than the Mi 11 Ultra.
Display, Battery Life and Compatibility
Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra is equipped with the top of Samsung smartphone display technology available to the general public and is a short version of foldable models (though it’s possible to argue that it’s a separate segment). Eye-searing brightness as well as an adaptive refresh rate Resolution in QHD S Pen compatibility, all of which, when combined with OLED’s true black colors, makes for a virtually unbeatable device, and the Dynamic AMOLED 2X name isn’t quite expressing this.
The 6.8-inch display is curved toward the sides, which is typical of Samsung’s flagship model, even though critics are loud in highlighting the limitations of its useability. However, the hole in the middle for cameras for selfies has gone from being an eye-sore to an issue. Samsung boasts 1750nits of brightness at its peak (for tiny patches of light-up area, though this isn’t specifically stated) and 1200nits for “high brightness mode,” another term used to describe the maximum controlled by the ambient light sensor when it is bright.
Under bright lighting that has adaptive brightness enabled, the S22 Ultra measured 1266nits. The S22 Ultra is under the standard 75% APL we compare and test among phones. That’s over 200nits brighter than its closest rival, the iPhone 13 Pro Max. It’s a significant advancement on that of the S21 Ultra or the Note20 Ultra, with both producing about 1000nits under similar conditions. If you’re in less harsh conditions and with the user having control over brightness, you’ll be able to see 494nits if you move the slider set towards the left.
There’s more to this version because there’s a new toggle called ‘Extra brightness’ within the display settings. It is available when you turn off the “Adaptive” toggle. It allows an additional 300nits, with or without, and is obtainable manually regardless of the ambient light making the total 829nits. The Ultra does have a small difference over S22+ throughout these tests.
This, however, as small as it might be, will leave an impression to Ultra owners that they’re getting the very best that is available. Samsung has been keen to announce its brand new Vision Booster feature, which allows the display to better deal with intense light sources. The phone analyzes the image displayed and depending on the intensity that light is hitting, it uses different Tone mapping to increase the shadows and colors.
We’re likely overwhelmed by the quality of displays we already have, and this Vision Boosted Ultra didn’t seem to be a huge improvement over the previous one. Excellent in sunlight but, obviously, not a night-time distinction. There’s nothing new with the method Galaxies manage the color. There are two color modes available on the Ultra, Vivid, and Natural, with very different outputs of color and priority.
The default setting is Vivid, and it can do the job it says it will and covers a broad range of colors, and is fairly accurate when compared to our DCI-P3 color samples (average DIE2000 value of 3.3). It’s somewhat cold and a slight shift to move the temperature slider toward the mid-warm setting makes things more neutral.
The warm setting can take the colors into the yellow territory. The phone has RGB sliders and a temperature slider with five positions for those who prefer manual adjustment. Natural mode is less appealing to the eye; however, it is extremely accurate to test equipment when supplied with test swatches in sRGB (average for dE2000 is 1.4). There is no further tweaking offered with this option.
User Interface and Performances
Samsung’s customized overlay is available included in the 4.1 version for the S22s, with the number following the decimal being the one that makes it feel more superior than Samsung’s S21’s, and the 4.0 software, and not making major modifications. As an S Pen Note kind of device that comes with a good dose of S Pen-related functionality.
Let’s begin with that. Samsung Pen S Pen is the same device found within Note20 Ultra. Note20 Ultra has those capabilities but with a few additional features. One of the latest features is Quick Note, which includes entire websites as scrapbook items to Samsung Note. We encountered some issues with popups for consenting to cookies that would pop up multiple times within the Note; however, if you’re living in Europe most of the time, you’ll be okay.
This mode transforms the phone into a tool palette, and your tablet is released from the task and acts as an image canvas. This latest generation of Samsung’s pen-enabled Galaxy comes with support for handwriting recognition, which is available in 12 languages, which brings the total number of languages to an astounding 88.
It was introduced in the Note20 Ultra; AI point prediction examines the input of your S Pen input and anticipates the direction your writing might take you. It’s then ready to begin firing those pixels in just 9 milliseconds, which improves over 42 milliseconds in the older Notes. In the Galaxy S21 Ultra, AI point prediction Galaxy S21 Ultra got those 9ms. The S22 Ultra, however, in contrast, increases that number to a mere 2.8ms. It’s up to us to trust Samsung’s word regarding these numbers; however, comparators of side-by-side results make more sense to make the S22 Ultra feel that little more responsive.
Camera Performances and Hardware Features
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is equipped with a quad-camera setup in the main similar to that used in the previous model. The main differences are a nona-binning main unit of 108MP, which is among the two ultrawide that focus that Samsung has in its lineup with not one, but two telephotos that can reach 10-x zoom optically. Let’s start with the teles as, although they look similar to the S21 Ultra at a passing glance, they’re quite different.
Their nominal resolution lenses are identical at 10MP as well as both retain the zoom magnifying and aperture of the lenses. It has an aperture of f/2.2 and can cover the field of view to 120 degrees. The S22 Ultra and the S21 Ultra are the only ones to have what is now the most common feature, autofocus.
Oddly, we’re complaining about our phone review, which has it; however, this reviewer is particularly bitter because the ultrawide camera on his S22 has fixed-focus. The camera’s primary sensor is an identical ISOCELL HM3 sensor used in the model from last year, a 1/1.33″ type imager with 0.8um pixels.
The lens has a comparable focus length of 23 millimeters. It’s one millimeter longer than its predecessor, the S21 Ultra, and it’s easy to see the differences in coverage when you make comparisons side-by-side. The aperture is f/1.8, and the camera is stabilized optically. The selfie camera, in contrast, seems to be identical. It has a 40MP 1/2.8″ Tetrapixel sensor with 0.7um pixels, paired with the 26mm f/2.2 lens. Tetrapixel refers to 4-to-1 binning, in Samsung terms, which means you can expect 10MP images.