Singapore Samsung’s brand-new Galaxy S22 series has three different models for the third year in a row. The trio still offers flagship-level experiences, but with more distinct characteristics than ever before. Let’s take a look at how the Samsung Galaxy S22, S22 Plus, and S22 Ultra compare to find which flagship is the best fit for you.
We’ll go over the most important aspects of each phone, including pricing, design, display, performance, camera, and battery life, before giving a recommendation. Are you shopping for a new phone? Let’s get this party started.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Singapore Prices
On February 9, 2022, Samsung released the Galaxy S22 series.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 series will be available for pre-order on February 25, 2022, and will be available in stores on March 4, 2022. The prices and colors of the phones are listed below.
|Model (Singapore)||Storage||Colors||Tentative Price|
|Samsung Galaxy S22||128GB||Green, Pink Gold, Phantom Black, Phantom White||S$1,178|
|Samsung Galaxy S22+||128GB||Green, Pink Gold, Phantom Black, Phantom White||S$1,468|
|Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra||128GB||Burgundy, Green, Phantom Black, Phantom White||S$1,718*|
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Samsung Galaxy S22 Singapore Review
Samsung Galaxy S22 Design
We found that the rear of the S22 is composed of glass, and the front and back are both protected by Gorilla Glass Victus Plus. The mid-frame and buttons are constructed of metal. The Galaxy S22 is also easy to spot in a crowd, thanks to that camera unit flawlessly blending into the scene. Simply put, it is a work of art.
In addition, the S22 is lighter than the S21. If you look closely, you’ll note that the screen borders are now perfectly uniform, and the phone’s side is almost flat, with only a slight curve, making it easier to pick up while laying on a table.
IP68 water and dust resistance remains, guaranteeing that your Galaxy can endure light rain and an accidental splash of water (rated to survive up to 30 minutes in up to 5ft deep fresh water).
Samsung Galaxy S22 Display Quality
We tested the phone and found that the screen is smaller but not too small, with a diagonal of 6.1 inches. One distinguishing characteristic is that it is shorter than the previous model, with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio rather than the prior S21’s 20:9. This new proportion is the same as that of iPhones.The resolution is 1080 x 2340 pixels, which isn’t quite as good as the S22 Ultra’s 1440p QHD+, but it’ll be enough for most people.
For everything else, there’s Samsung’s Dynamic AMOLED technology, which boasts uniform bezels all around, brilliant colors, and a refresh rate that can be adjusted from 10Hz to 120Hz.
AMOLED panels are continually improving, with the main new feature this year being increased brightness. The S22 has a maximum brightness of 1,500 nits. For the occasional Netflix movie, you get complete HDR video support (and even some YouTube videos are shot in HDR these days).
Samsung employs an ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint reader for biometrics. Our initial observations are that it is essentially the same as the one on the prior S21, that is, accurate and quick enough (even if not the fastest in the industry). Face identification is also possible using the front camera and 2D pictures, which isn’t nearly as safe as Face ID, but we’re delighted to have it.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Performance and Software
The Galaxy S22 ships with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor in the US, and a Samsung Exynos 2200 processor in the UK and Europe. Consumers were previously dissatisfied with this because Exynos chips are often slower, and we witnessed variances in camera performance between Snapdragon and Exynos variants of the same Galaxy model last year.
There are two storage options: a 128GB base model and a 256GB version that costs a little extra. Because the Galaxy S22 lacks a microSD card port, you won’t be able to expand the capacity, so pick your storage wisely. Keep in mind that the S22 Ultra has a 512GB and 1TB variant, but the normal S22 does not.
In terms of software, the Galaxy S22 comes preloaded with Android 12 and Samsung’s One UI 4.1. Surprisingly, the One UI 4 software does not resemble that of other stock Android 12 phones, which include huge widgets and striking elements; instead, the Galaxy S22 retains the classic Samsung design with only minor tweaks.
Samsung had promised three years of software updates, but that is no longer the case, and the Galaxy S22 will get four years of major OS updates and five years of security patches. This indicates that the S22 will receive Android versions 13, 14, 15, and 16 at some point in the future, which is fantastic! No other Android phone manufacturer goes to such an extent, and even Google only guarantees OS updates for three years.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Camera
To save you the trouble of crunching numbers and making comparisons, let’s just say that the camera hardware on the S22 is strikingly identical to that on the S21, with the exception of a slightly larger primary sensor.
However, because Samsung is known for its camera software, we should expect improvements in photo and video quality. The new Samsung Expert RAW 16-bit capture is generating a lot of buzz, and it promises to provide enthusiasts and pros more creative freedom.
On the video front, Samsung teases “breaking the boundaries of light,” implying that we could anticipate improved low-light photographs and videos, and we can’t wait to hear more about it. We’ll have to wait till we get a chance to test the phone for actual samples, so stay tuned.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Battery Life and Charging
Users are never delighted when businesses reduce battery sizes, but it’s unavoidable with the Galaxy S22’s much smaller size, which includes a 3,700mAh battery, down from the 4,000mAh cell found on the S21 (a 5 percent decrease in size).
While Samsung’s primary hero, the Galaxy S22 Ultra, has quicker charging this year, the tiny S22 model stays at 25W charging speeds, which is unchanged from last year. Of course, there’s no charger in the package, so you’ll have to use an older charger or spend $20 on a nice charger.
Wireless charging is still available at 15W speed, and you can also use reverse wireless charging to charge another device, although given the lower capacity, it’s probably better for quick charges or smaller gadgets.
Summary and Final Verdict
So, is the Galaxy S22 a good buy? This phone appears to be a revelation for people looking for a truly tiny phone, considering there are so few good compact Android phones.
It has the looks, the performance, and the camera, as well as the added benefit of prolonged software update support. We still have reservations about the battery life, but it’s only normal that a tiny phone has a shorter battery life.
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Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus Singapore Review
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus Design
We’ve previously stated what we believe makes the Galaxy S22 Plus unique: it’s huge, but only in a good way. Sure, the S22 Ultra has everything, but it’s a big device with sharp edges that won’t fit comfortably in your slim cut jeans pockets.
The Plus variant is significantly thinner than the Ultra, and it is not as wide or heavy, which provides significant portability benefits.
The rest of the design is very similar to the S21 series from last year, which is a good thing because the camera that blends into the frame is a unique touch that other firms are now emulating.
Samsung has also worked hard to polish small elements, such as the screen’s bezels, which are now absolutely uniform (previously, the bottom bezel was slightly thicker). Then there’s the practicality, with IP68 water and dust resistance to let your Galaxy survive a little rain or an unexpected drop in water.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus Display Quality
When we tested this, we found that the Plus has a large, flat 6.6-inch (really 6.55-inch) screen with 1080p resolution and the latest Super AMOLED technology. Most users will find this screen to be excellent, but those looking for the best might pick the Ultra model, which has a slightly higher screen resolution. The Ultra has a higher 1440p resolution for a bit more clarity than the Ultra, which has a 1080p screen.
However, Samsung hasn’t skimped on the screen’s brightness: it now boasts a maximum brightness of 1,750 nits, which is the same as the Ultra and up from the S21 Plus’s already outstanding 1,300 nits. This is the greatest in the business and will make using the screen outside, even on a sunny day, a breeze.
All Galaxy models this year have a slightly different aspect ratio, with the S22 and S22 Plus having a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, whereas previous Galaxy models had narrower screens with a 20:9 aspect ratio. By the way, the Galaxies’ new aspect ratio is identical to that of iPhones, which is an interesting fact.
Finally, you get complete HDR video compatibility, as you’d expect on a flagship, so you can watch a Netflix movie in all its HDR glory.
Samsung uses the familiar ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint reader for biometrics. You’ll also be able to use the front camera to perform face recognition. This isn’t as secure as Face ID, but you don’t have a notch, and it still works, so we’re pleased to have it.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus Performance and Software
Upon testing, the Snapdragon processor, which has the lead and a nearly 10% faster CPU, outperforms the Exynos model in pre-release benchmarks. On the subject of specifications, we know that the S22 Plus features 8GB of RAM. If you look back in time, you’ll find that the S21 Plus had 8GB of RAM, but the S20 Plus from 2020 had 12GB of RAM, indicating that the series has really been downgraded.
However, the GPU performance of the Exynos model may be a bright point, as a new GPU unit delivers more power and speed, which is ideal for gamers.
In terms of storage, you can choose between a 128GB base model and a 256GB version for a slight premium, and we recommend purchasing the 256GB model if you plan on shooting a lot of movies. Keep in mind that the S22 Plus lacks a microSD card port, so you won’t be able to expand the capacity; what you get is what you get.
Finally, on the software front, the Galaxy S22 Plus ships with Android 12 out of the box, but with Samsung’s One UI 4.1 layered on top. The One UI retains the classic Samsung design and lacks the flashy new Android visual components found on the Pixel, but we prefer the familiarity.
The significant news, on the other hand, concerns software updates. Samsung promised 4 years of major software upgrades for the Galaxy S22 series, which is greater than any other Android phone vendor and surpasses Samsung’s previous commitment of 3 years. This suggests that Android versions 13, 14, 15, and 16 will be available for the Galaxy S22 Plus at some point in the future.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus Camera
The Galaxy S22 Plus has the same three cameras on the rear as the Galaxy S22, including a main camera, an ultra-wide lens, and a 3X zoom lens.
What’s lacking is a periscope zoom lens, and although we can forgive the S22 for not having one, it seems like the S22 Plus, which is now more expensive, should have one. Still, the S22 Ultra is the only device with this capability.
The full camera specs can be found below; one thing to note is that the S22 Plus features a native 3X zoom lens, rather than a high-megapixel telephoto lens with digital crop, which could result in better zoom images.
Of course, phone cameras these days are largely software-driven, so we can expect software algorithms to be tweaked to improve image and video quality.
A new Samsung Expert RAW 16-bit capture option that fans and professionals will love is also worth mentioning.
In the official S22 teaser, Samsung promises to “break the rules of light” in the video department, implying that low-light photo and video capture would be improved.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus Battery Life and Charging
A 4,500mAh battery is included with the S22 Plus (compared to the 4,800mAh battery in the S21 Plus). That’s an almost 6% drop in size, and we expect the battery life to suffer as a result.
On the charging front, the S22 Plus now supports 45W charging, which is fantastic! As predicted, there is no charger included in the box, so you’ll need to purchase one separately. Keep in mind, though, that Samsung’s 45W charger comes with a larger cable that you’ll need to use to obtain the highest speeds.
Wireless charging at 15W speeds is also available, as is reverse wireless charging at slower speeds, which allows you to place another item on the back of your Galaxy, commonly wireless buds or a smartwatch, but also maybe a smartphone, and use the phone as a wireless power bank.
Summary and Final Verdict
At the end of the day, the question is whether you should get the Galaxy S22 Plus.
When compared to the Ultra, the S22 Plus saves you money and eliminates the bother of lugging around a massive phone.
At the same time, if you don’t mind the Ultra’s larger size, you get a lot more with that phone, from the S Pen to the zoom camera, larger screen, and significantly larger battery. And all of this comes at a reasonable price.
So, while the S22 Plus appears to be a good phone, it is overshadowed by the Ultra, and those looking for the best should probably start there.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Singapore Review
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Design
The Galaxy S22 Ultra stands out in a crowd thanks to its distinctive sharp edges and camera style. Corning’s durable Gorilla Glass Victus is on both the front and back, with an aluminum frame in the middle, resulting in a glass and metal sandwich design.
The phone’s sharp edges and slightly wider form factor give it the appearance of being larger than even some huge phones. The size of the S22 Ultra would make it difficult for those looking for something more compact (the smaller Galaxy S22 might be a better fit).
The new model is a little wider, but not as tall, and it weighs a little less (though you probably won’t notice the difference).
The power and volume controls are on the right, the USB-C connector is on the bottom, there is no headphone jack, and there is no microSD card slot. On the bright side, the entire package has received genuine IP68 certification, making it water and dust resistant.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Display Quality
On testing, we found that the panel is a massive 6.8 inches diagonally, with minimal bezels and an adjustable 1-120Hz refresh rate, and it uses the newest generation Dynamic AMOLED technology. At the top, there’s a tiny punch hole camera, and the entire panel is protected with Gorilla Glass Victus.
One major advantage of the Ultra over the S22 and S22 Plus is the resolution: the Ultra has 1440 x 3080 pixels versus 1080p on the other two, resulting in greater detail. The screen will, of course, accommodate HDR material, which is ideal for watching Netflix on the go and even some YouTube videos these days.
The fingerprint scanner, on the other hand, has remained unchanged. Samsung employs an in-screen ultrasonic fingerprint reader, which, unlike optical scanners, does not flash brightly at night. Face recognition uses a 2D image, so it’s not nearly as secure as Face ID on iPhones, which employs a 3D depth map, but it does the job and we appreciate it.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Performance and Software
As is customary with Samsung flagships, the chip under the hood has sparked some debate. In the United States, the Galaxy S22 Ultra will be equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, whereas the UK and Europe will receive a Samsung-made Exynos 2200 processor, which has historically been slower and less power efficient than Snapdragon rivals.
Surprisingly, the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s base model will have less RAM than last year’s model, with an 8GB RAM version vs. 12GB RAM on the previous generation. A 12GB S22 Ultra will be available for a small extra. Keep in mind that the phone will come in a variety of configurations depending on the country.
On the storage front, the base model will come with 128GB of native storage, but there will also be a 256GB version, a 512GB model, and a 1TB option in some areas. Because the S22 Ultra lacks a microSD card slot, it’s critical to get the proper amount of storage, which we recommend at least 256GB for such a flagship.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Camera
Although we found that the sensor sizes and pixel counts remain unchanged, Samsung claims that this is an upgraded version of the main sensor that will be paired with a wider lens. The S21 Ultra sported a wider-than-usual 24mm lens, whereas the S22 Ultra opts for a 23mm main camera.
On the video front, the S22 Ultra can record in both 8K and 4K resolutions (albeit there is no 4K120 option like on other phones). One issue with last year’s model was the lack of detail in 8K video recording, which should be addressed in this year’s model.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Battery Life and Charging
Samsung has gone back and forth on charging rates: the Galaxy S22 Ultra is expected to receive the full 45W charging power this year. Naturally, a charger will not be provided in the box, in keeping with current trends. Samsung has released a new 45W charger that is ideal for the Ultra.
Of course, 15W wireless charging is included, and Samsung also supports reverse wireless charging, allowing you to utilize your new Galaxy as a power bank by placing a Galaxy Watch or Buds on its back to charge them when needed.
Summary and Final Verdict
So, is the Galaxy S22 Ultra a good buy? Our first impressions are quite pleasant; therefore, it gets a huge thumbs up!
At the end of the day, if there is one Android phone to be excited about in 2022, it has to be this new Galaxy, because it truly is the all-in-one device that showcases the best of Samsung in one device: refined design, stunning display, S Pen, powerful processor, no compromises with battery size, faster charging, there isn’t much this phone lacks.