The Note that isn’t a Note, but could very well end up being the last Note – Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra has some big shoes to fill. Tempting to please both productivity-focused stylus enthusiasts and photography enthusiasts alike, the latest Ultra will either be the ultimate phone, period, or a failure for either group in one way or another. ‘another one. We are here to find out which one is it.
S Pen fans will have little to complain about at first glance. The S22 Ultra has the same stylus as the Note20 Ultra and like a real Note it has a silo to keep the thing inside the phone – none of that carries it separately until you inevitably lose it with the S21 Ultra. The significant latency improvements also look promising, not that the old one was bad.
The photographer crowd shouldn’t be disappointed either. You get the same quad setup as the S21 Ultra (in principle, at least) and includes a few telephoto lenses reaching up to 10x zoom, plus ultra wide autofocus (which Samsung insists keep exclusive to the Ultra). This is of course in addition to the 108 MP non-binning large sensor main camera.
The lengthy spec sheet (summarized below) includes what looks to be the brightest display on a smartphone to date, the latest chipsets from Qualcomm or Samsung (depending on locale, as usual), an option of 1TB storage (next to a base tier of 128GB not befitting UItra’s stature), and increased battery capacity and rated charging power (we’ll get to that) .
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G Features at a Glance:
Body: 163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9mm, 228g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus+), glass back (Gorilla Glass Victus+), aluminum frame; IP68 dust and water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 minutes), Armor aluminum frame with increased resistance to drops and scratches (advertised).
To display: 6.80″ Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1750 nits (peak), 1440x3088px resolution, 19.3:9 aspect ratio, 500ppi; Always-on display.
Chipset: Exynos 2200 (4nm) – International, Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (4nm) – US/China/India.Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM, 1TB 12GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
Operating System/Software: Android 12, a 4.1 user interface.
Rear camera: Wide (main): 108 MP, f/1.8, 23mm, 1/1.33″, 0.8µm, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS; Ultra-wide: 12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 120˚, 1/2.55″ , 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, Super Steady Video; Telephoto: 10 MP, f/2.4, 70mm, 1/3.52″, 1.12µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom; Telephoto: 10 MP, f/4.9, 230mm, 1/3.52″, 1.12µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 10x optical zoom.
Front camera: 40 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/2.82″, 0.7µm, PDAF.
Video capture: Rear camera: [email protected], [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60/240fps, [email protected], HDR10+, stereo sound recording, gyro-EIS; Front camera: [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]
Battery: 5000mAh; 45W fast charging, USB Power Delivery 3.0, 15W Qi/PMA wireless fast charging, 4.5W reverse wireless charging.
Various : Fingerprint reader (under display, ultrasonic); NFC; Samsung DeX, Samsung Wireless DeX (desktop experience support), Bixby natural language commands and dictation, Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified), Ultra Wideband (UWB) support; Stylus, 2.8ms latency (Bluetooth integration, accelerometer, gyroscope).
Unboxing the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
The S22 Ultra comes in a black cardboard box that’s now even smaller than before (the environment appreciates that) with a stylized number “22” on the lid and a shiny “S” in a color to match the actual phone paint inside.
High-end Galaxy unboxings have become simple tasks in the past couple of years since bundled chargers became a thing of the past – the flip side of the slim box. Inside you’ll find the bare minimum – a USB-C cable and SIM eject tool, as well as the phone itself. But what a phone it is.