It’s finally here – the Galaxy S22 has arrived at the office and we can start working on its review. The smallest S22 flagship took its sweet time this year. It’s been plagued by delays in many markets across Europe and some impatient readers have even taken the conspiracy route – we’ve heard we deliberately refrained from reviewing the S22, but the truth is that the Samsung store is just so took a long time to ship our unit.
Anyway, here’s an unboxing – you get the Galaxy S22 (ours is the Mystic White), a SIM tool and a USB cable. The box is even smaller this year, making Samsung’s carbon footprint even smaller.
One of the biggest stories about this year’s S flagships is that they’re different than last year – the Ultra has an S Pen and a Note signature design, while the Plus and Vanilla have gotten a bit smaller. You wouldn’t feel that difference with the S22+, but the Galaxy S22 is even smaller than its already tiny predecessor. However, it is a difference that is easier to feel than shown in the pictures.
The new phone also looks identical to the old one. But it’s made of better materials – all metal and glass, no plastic on the outside. It’s a welcome change in our minds.
Otherwise, the Galaxy S22 comes very close to the S21. The biggest difference is the camera setup – the main camera is now a 50-megapixel sensor with pixel binning, while the telephoto is no longer a high-megapixel sensor for cropping – a 10-megapixel 3x zoom instead of a regular 64 -Megapixel camera. The ultrawide appears to be the same 12-megapixel sensor that’s more than capable but doesn’t have autofocus. It’s almost a hanging offense at this point.
We have the Exynos 2200 chipset in our S22 models and can’t really say we feel a noticeable difference in smoothness. This is a top-of-the-line Galaxy phone with the speed and performance of a top-of-the-line flagship.
It would be interesting to see if the smaller battery can match the stamina of the 2021 phone.
The Samsung Galaxy may fly a little under the radar for being the smallest in Samsung’s S line of flagships, but it’s quite possibly the best compact phone you can get. It easily outperforms the iPhone 13 mini and is a smaller phone than any other flagship. The closest to the Galaxy S22 are the Xiaomi 12 and 12X, but both are slightly larger and don’t have a telephoto camera.
Stay tuned for our Galaxy S22 review, which will arrive at the end of the week!
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