Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Loud, bombastic and everything you need in a smartphone!

June 3, 2022

For me personally, the Galaxy Note line epitomized the ultimate smartphones. Massive productivity-focused, fun devices that were equally comfortably massive in the hand, I always felt at home with the Note Line. And when you have a device like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, which married the best of the Galaxy S Ultra and the Galaxy Note Ultra to deliver something that checks off every conceivable box for power users, it’s a feeling of sheer joy. And the expectations are high indeed. The mandatory flagship cameras, great design, even more optimized S-Pen and a top of the line Qualcomm offering powering it all. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is the most complete smartphone that we have in the market right now.

More importantly, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is the first Galaxy S-series phone to ship with a built-in S Pen. The stylus has been positioned towards the bottom left of the phone and the unit communicates with the device over BLE or Bluetooth Low-Energy. Mind you, the S-Pen is no mere add-on, not just a means to doodle or scribble meeting notes, the S Pen can also be used as a shutter button to click photos, with the S22 Ultra propped on the far end of your room, among other things.

Of course, part of the charm of owning a Galaxy S-series flagship is its otherworldly cameras that click stunning photos come night or day. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra carries the legacy forward by offering a quad-camera setup at the back comprising a 108MP main sensor that works alongside two telephoto lenses that can optically zoom at 3x and 10x respectively. The smartphone also packs in a 12MP ultrawide camera with a 120-degree FoV and for selfies, the S22 Ultra ships with a 40MP selfie camera up front.  The new generation of the 108MP ISOCELL line allows it to introduce better detail capture and low-light sensitivity, too. Not only that, but Samsung is also introducing a huge improvement in image stabilization, with a whopping 48% shake reduction and movement compensation compared to the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

And let’s not forget those oodles of display goodness that sets the S22 Ultra apart. Samsung asserts that the Galaxy S22 Ultra has its most advanced display yet, and for no small reason. The Galaxy S22 Ultra boasts a 6.8” Edge Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2x display, which provides 16% more brightness and a 3,000,000:1 contrast ratio. Additionally, the 120Hz adaptive refresh rate keeps the scroll smooth, adjusting to what’s on-screen for an optimised view. LTPO 2.0 allows its variable refresh rate mode (or “Adaptive Refresh” in One UI) to drop all the way down to 1Hz on the fly, in a manner touted to benefit performance while saving battery. Samsung has also introduced Vision Booster alongside the Galaxy S22 Ultra. This new mode is rated to set the phablet’s AI to analyze a whole-display histogram and adjust light emittance pixel by pixel. This controls the ability of AMOLED to assign blacks with more accuracy, resulting in a better image overall.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra is equipped with the pinnacle of Samsung smartphone display technology available to the public, short of the foldables (though one could argue this is simply a different branch). Eye-searing brightness, adaptive refresh rate, QHD resolution, S Pen compatibility, all that coupled with OLED’s true black blacks, make for a package that’s practically unrivaled – the Dynamic AMOLED 2X name doesn’t quite convey that.

Sure, on the down side, the battery life is a tad unpredictable, the 3.5mm connector and a microSD card slot missing as well. All these dim when compared to what you get, which is flagship chipsets, a brilliant camera system, amazing S Pen compatibility, and OLED true black blacks on that 6.8” curved display.

Big, loud and bombastic on all fronts, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is easily the most complete smartphone out there! Available in Phantom White, Phantom White, Green and Burgundy, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G 512GB version retails for AED 5,099

 

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.