As an iterative upgrade, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus stands out. Mostly, it looks and performs exactly like its predecessor, to such an extent that it is hard to tell it apart from the Galaxy S21 Plus. We found the Galaxy S22 Plus to be a solid follow-up to last year’s Galaxy S22, which was itself an outstanding handset.
If you’re upgrading, you may want to hold on to your Galaxy S21 Plus. Despite checking off all the boxes, the Galaxy S22 Plus doesn’t warrant an upgrade based on the generational gap. Those who possess an older phone like the Galaxy S20 Plus may want to consider the Galaxy S22 Plus.
Galaxy S22 Plus boasts impressive camera features and a high-quality display, making it a force in the Android market. Considering its price of $999, the Galaxy S22 Plus isn’t a bad deal, considering that the Pixel 6 Pro has a more robust camera than the Galaxy S22 Plus. Google continues to lead the way in some areas despite Samsung’s impressive photography.
- The display is exceptionally bright and beautiful
- An impressive performance
- Faster charging with 45W
- Charger not included in the pack.
- Although cameras have improved, they still cannot match Google Pixel’s performance.
This year’s Galaxy S22 Plus looks quite similar to the Galaxy S21 Plus, except its camera module is the same color as the body.
The Galaxy S22 Plus has a very familiar look around the front. An all-around flat display is enclosed in a body-colored frame with thin bezels. The only thing stopping the phone from being all-display is a hole-punch cutout for the front-facing camera. Despite the metal back being smooth, the Galaxy S22 Plus is not too slippery to the touch. An entire year after the camera module was introduced, the contour cut design still looks stylish. Samsung’s metal edges are reflective, but they are surprisingly grippy.
Samsung is sticking to its design from last year and saving its best aesthetic chops for the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
The screen on the S22 Plus has a refresh rate range of 10Hz to 120Hz. Like the Galaxy S21 Plus, the Galaxy S22 Plus features a large display. The average brightness of the Galaxy S22 Plus was also higher. The Galaxy S22 Plus has a crazy bright display thanks to Samsung’s new Vision Booster technology. The brightness and contrast are intelligently adjusted based on light levels with this feature. With Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Plus, you have a stunning screen, and Samsung is known for its displays.
First and foremost, this is where the Galaxy S22 Plus truly impresses. Samsung’s cameras were almost all improved, particularly the wide-angle and telephoto lenses. In contrast to the Galaxy S21 Plus and its 3x hybrid zoom, the latter offers a true 3x optical zoom.
There is a 10MP front-facing camera. On the rear, there are two sensors: a 50MP primary sensor and a 12MP ultrawide sensor. It has a larger sensor this time around, allowing in more light. Theoretically, this should mean better night photography. However, Samsung’s low-light photos sometimes appear too yellow, with a noticeable problem with white balance in practice.
Performance and Battery Life
The Galaxy S22 Plus comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, the latest top-tier chip from the company. It’s powerful, but its performance is marginally better than last year’s Snapdragon 888. The Galaxy S22 Plus feels precisely the same as its predecessor, compared to the Galaxy S21 Plus, and we’re still waiting for full benchmarks. The gameplay is smooth, and apps open and transition very quickly.
There is a 4,500 mAh battery in Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Plus. As of this writing, that’s an oddly smaller battery capacity than the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus’ 4,800 mAh, considering the S22 Plus’ predecessor’s disappointing battery life. Samsung’s choice of a smaller battery is still not clear to us. To compensate for the 300 mAh loss, Samsung may have relied on a more power-efficient display and a 4nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip.
Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Plus leaves us with mixed feelings. With such a powerful camera and many features, the phone has a lot to offer. Despite its marginal upgrades over the Galaxy S21 Plus, this phone further proves that you don’t need to upgrade your phone every year. Compared to its predecessor, the S22 Plus only differs in its screen. 1,750 nits certainly help when it comes to outdoor viewing. Because the S22 Plus uses a smaller power pack, the battery life should be similar to the 21 Plus, but with the 10-120Hz refresh rate range, this should be a benefit. If you’re coming from an older generation, that display will undoubtedly impress you. It’s powerful, it’s beautiful, and it’s sure to wow you.