Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Review: Best Camera Phone?

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Review: Best Camera Phone?

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Review: Best Camera Phone?

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So finally, Samsung’s top-of-the-line Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra smartphone is here. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra doesn’t look or feel like a Galaxy S phone, and that’s because Samsung has incorporated a lot of the features that made the Galaxy Note series so popular into the design of this new phone.

The S22 Ultra comes with a built-in S Pen that is more responsive thanks to Samsung’s 70 percent quicker processor and ultra-low latency. The display has a brightness rating of 1,750 nits, making it extremely bright. Another item that I think you’ll enjoy is 45W. With the Galaxy S22 Ultra, you now have access to quicker 45W charging, which can charge that massive 5,000 mAh battery to 50% in just 20 minutes.

But enough about numbers for now. The Galaxy S22 Ultra’s biggest upgrades come with its cameras, as Samsung is shooting to overtake the iPhone 13 Pro Max and Google Pixel 6 Pro as the best camera phone with the help of a raft of upgrades. These include a bigger main sensor for better low-light photos, an AI-boosted portrait mode and a new Super Clear lens.

So before we go dig deep into the review of Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, let’s first have a look at the specifications of S22 Ultra.

Samsung S22 Ultra Specifications

Android version 12, One UI 4
Display6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED QHD+
Refresh rate1-120Hz
Rear cameras 108MP (f/2.2) main, 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide, 10MP (f/2.4) 10x telephoto, 10MP (f/2.4) 3x telephoto
Front camera40MP (f/2.2)
VideoUp to 8K 24 fps
ProcessorSnapdragon 8 Gen 1
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Battery5,000 mAh
Charging45W wired, 15W wireless
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6E, UWB, 5G (mmWave/sub6)
ColorsBlack, White, Green, Burgundy
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On paper, the camera setup on the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is similiar to that of the S21 Ultra. It has a 108MP f/2.2 main camera with an 85-degree wide-angle field of view and a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera with a 120-degree field of view.

There are also two telephoto cameras that are both 10MP. It means the Space Zoom feature has returned on this handset, which allows for a digital zoom up to 100x. In our testing, 100x zoom is still usable, but it’s tough to get a sharp shot when you’re holding the phone in a hand, and the results aren’t particularly usable.

It does mean the other zoom features of the camera are useful though, especially as it means you can zoom in with ease to any level up to 100x. We found the photos were still easily usable at a 10x zoom, for example. Anything after that is using digital zoom, rather than the phone’s optical zoom features.

There are also new night mode features, which the company is calling Advanced Nightography. It uses the company’s new 2.4um pixel sensor, which captures more light than previous cameras from the company.

On the front of the S22 Ultra you’ll find a 40MP front-facing camera, which seemed to provide strong results in our initial tests.


The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is simple but stunning at the same time. The cameras aren’t contained in a noisy bulge, which I enjoy. They’re more flush with the handset’s rear. The overall appearance is clean and simple.

Another advantage is that the 6.8-inch display is gently curved, which adds aesthetic appeal without causing accidental screen presses.

Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, and Burgundy are the color options for the Galaxy S22 Ultra. I rarely use a case, so I’d probably go with the eye-catching green model.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra feels solid and durable, as it should given its armored aluminum frame and Gorilla Glass Victus+ back. However, we’ll have to wait and see how this phone fared in drop tests.


With the Galaxy S22 Ultra, Samsung has raised the bar in terms of display quality. As previously stated, you get a dynamic 120Hz refresh rate. In addition, gamers will appreciate the 240Hz touch sampling rate.

However, there are two notable display improvements here. The first is that the screen has a maximum brightness of 1,750 nits, which may be the highest we’ve ever seen. (A standard brightness level of 1,250 nits is still quite high.)

A new Vision Booster feature, which can adjust the screen’s brightness on the fly throughout the day, is the other display perk. This means that you should be able to use the S22 Ultra outside even in direct sunlight.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra S Pen

The Galaxy S22 Ultra has the smoothest S Pen I’ve ever used, thanks to Samsung reducing latency from 9 milliseconds to just 2.8 ms. So you’re seeing a 70% improvement here.

Furthermore, the Galaxy S22 Ultra employs AI to predict your hand movements and provide a pen-and-paper feel. I only had a few minutes with the S Pen, but I was impressed with how natural it felt.

The best part is that you don’t need to use a stupid case to store the S Pen like you did with the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The phone has a S Pen holder built right in.

Performance and battery life 

We’ve yet to test either of these chipsets properly – they’re both brand-new to the market – but we’d expect some top-end speeds and performance. Benchmarking leaks have suggested that both chips will offer only minor improvements over what we saw in the Galaxy S21 series, but even if that’s the case these are going to be two extremely powerful smartphones that can load any apps, games, and much more in an instant.

If you’re opting for the cheapest variant of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, it’ll come with 8GB of RAM, while the more expensive variants come with 12GB; notably, Samsung has dropped the 16GB of RAM option it offered with the S21 Ultra.

We think it’s unlikely that you’ll notice a huge difference between these models, but if you’re looking for the absolute-best performance you may want to invest in one of the 12GB models.

The 8GB model comes with 128GB of storage, while the 12GB models have a choice of 256GB, 512GB or 1TB – note that there’s no microSD support on these handsets, so you’ll want to choose your storage capacity wisely.

We’ve yet to use the Galaxy S22 Ultra for long enough to pass judgment on its battery life, but we can tell you that it’s powered by a 5,000mAh battery, which is the same as we saw in the S21 Ultra.

That phone had solid battery life, but it wasn’t the absolute best on the market. If that’s an indication of what we can expect here, we’d anticipate that this phone will see you comfortably through a full day, but is unlikely to last for two days from a full charge.

Samsung has improved its fast-charging here, and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is compatible with up to 45W chargers. We’ve yet to hear any estimates on how long it’ll take to charge this phone, but expect it to be far faster than the 25W charging on the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus.

You won’t get a charger in the box with this phone, so you’ll have to buy a 45W charger separately or use one you already have. There’s also wireless charging compatibility up to 15W.

Final Words

Honestly, I can’t think of many downsides to the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra after my first look at it. It won’t be for everyone, because it is very expensive and quite a big device, but if you want an all-singing, all-dancing smartphone then they don’t get better than this.

Some FAQ’s about Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

1. Does S22 Ultra have expandable memory?

Yes, S22 Ultrs is offering a maximum of 12GB of RAM and up to 1TB in storage capacity.

2. Does S22 ultra come with charger?

No, Samsung confirmed last year that, starting with the Galaxy S21 line, future smartphones won’t include chargers or headphones in the box.

3. Is it worth upgrading to S22?

Who absolutely needs an S Pen stylus then they should ugrad to Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

4. Will S22 Ultra have dual sim?

No, The smartphone is integrated with a Single SIM (Nano-SIM and/or eSIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM and/or eSIM, dual stand-by).

5. What processor will the S22 Ultra have?

The S22 Ultra has come up with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.