Samsung somehow managed to launch the Galaxy A22 5G, the first 5G affordable smartphone of its Galaxy-A series in the market. Especially in the global market, 5G smartphones are launching very fast and their market is growing.
In such a situation, after Galaxy M42 5G, Samsung has also made Galaxy A22 5G available in the market at affordable prices. Although another smartphone Galaxy A52s has also been launched recently, it is a mid-range smartphone. Now it can be said that it can compete with phones like the South Korean brand M42 and A22, 5G smartphones from China, up to Rs 25,000.
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G is currently the cheapest 5G smartphone in the global market. But has Samsung really been able to give you a good feature phone at this price point? Let us try to answer this question to you in a detailed review of this Samsung Galaxy A22 5G.
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G Unboxing
Samsung has continued to use a recyclable box here as well and has avoided giving accessories. Even in this affordable smartphone, you will notice the lack of a screen guard that comes on the phone and there is no TPU case in it. What you get in the box of this phone is:
- Galaxy A22 5G Smartphone
- Charger and cable
- Sim ejector tool
- A Quick Setup Guide and Other Documents
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G Review: Design
Earlier, the smartphones launched in the Galaxy-A series had a very different design and came with swag, but gradually the design difference between the entry-level M-series and A-series is disappearing. Looking at the back side of the Galaxy A22 5G smartphone, the design looks great, but when you turn the front, the same V-shape notch is seen, as the company gives in the entry-level smartphone of the M-series. There is a V-notch on the front, a slightly thicker bezel at the bottom, and lighter bezels on both sides of the screen. However, here we should comment only keeping the prices in mind.
A Premium look
The review unit of the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G that is present here is white in color and with a matte finish texture on it, it attracts your eyes a lot. Although fingerprints are easily printed on them, only cleaning them regularly will give them a premium look. Another strange thing Samsung has done in the design here is the slight gap between the back cover and the body of the main phone. Whenever you tap on the rear panel, it moves slightly inwards. Although this is just a design choice, nothing to worry about.
The entire body including the rear panel and frame of the smartphone is made of plastic here, although the body gives you a metallic finish which looks quite nice. In this too, the company has placed the fingerprint sensor on the side which is fitted on the right edge. After using it, we can say that it works accurately and quickly.
The Galaxy A22 5G has a fingerprint sensor-cum-power button on the right side as well as a volume rocker. At the bottom, you also get a 3.5mm audio jack, Type-C port, microphone, and loudspeaker. However, you will also have to protect this phone from light showers, because here the company has not offered it any kind of IP rating. While many other phones in this range have been given IP certification for water and dust protection.
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G Review: Display
Moving on, the display on the Galaxy A22 5G is a 6.6-inch 90Hz display that is fitted here with Full HD+ resolution. The company has used a TFT panel here which comes with good and market-friendly specifications at a much lower price than the AMOLED panel.
Here clear and crisp details are seen on the screen with Full HD + resolution. This TFT display of A22 5G also looks quite bright when viewed from the front side. But if we talk about how accurate the colors look, then here this smartphone is a bit behind. At the same time, in the viewing angle also it has not been able to compete with IPS or AMOLED displays. This is the reason why when you tilt the phone even a little bit, the screen starts showing fade.
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G Review: Performance
This is the first 5G phone from Samsung’s A-series that works on the MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset. This chipset cannot be called the best in its range, but still performs well in the mid-range to a large extent. It is capable of doing everyday things like surfing the internet, using social media apps, and much more without any interruption.
Once again let us tell you the details of the chipset. MediaTek Dimensity 700 is a system-on-chip based on 7nm architecture. It has 2 Cortex A76 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and the remaining six Cortex A55 cores are clocked at 2.0GHz. The Mali-G57 GPU is here to handle the graphics.
We’ve seen it playing the popular games Call of Duty Mobile and Battleground Unknown with the default graphics setting (which were set to medium). During this only one frame drop occurred. We agree that this is not a great gaming experience, but it should be fine for those who don’t play high-end mobile games. Apart from this, here you will get Dimensity 700 SoC with either 6GB or 8GB RAM variant and both have 128GB eMMC storage. In the AndroBench speed test, the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G’s Random Read score was 115.7MB/s and the Random Write score was 68.4MB. You can check out the rest of the benchmark test results below:
- Antutu: 278401
- PCMark for Android: 7221
- 3D Mark: 3218
- GFXBench 3.1: 21fps
- Geekbench 5.3: 558 (single-core) and 1698 (multi-core)
One UI 3.1
Now moving on to the software side, Samsung Galaxy A22 5G comes with One UI 3.1 operating system based on Android 11. The One UI 3.1 skin on Android by Samsung comes with a host of features such as Samsung Pay, theme store, quick share, dual messenger, game launcher, edge panel, one-handed mode, and much more.
This UI has several bloatware apps and also a ‘discover’ tab that gives suggestions for applications. The good thing is that you can remove most of the bloatware apps and then close this app discover tab. Apart from this, the company has also promised two years of software updates and three years of security updates to the customers.
Here we should also talk about the network. It is an affordable 5G smartphone that comes with 11-band support. Here we can not test the services of 5G right now because there is still some time left for it to arrive in the global market. As far as 4G connectivity is concerned, it did well on both Jio and Airtel. We did not face any problems during calls.
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G Review: Camera
In the room department, the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G packs a triple rear camera setup. It includes a 48-megapixel wide camera, a 5-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. This 48MP S5KGM2 sensor comes here with a Samsung algorithm. Which is capable of giving you very good pictures in daylight. Due to the quad-Bayer technology given in it, the main rear camera of this smartphone is able to give 12MP shots with good detail and dynamic range. Also, the colors in the pictures are also quite bright and good.
However, in low-light conditions, there are a lot of flaws in the pictures. The quality of the pictures drops, but due to the lack of the OIS feature, you are not able to do anything special in it. Although there is a night mode, for good pictures, you will have to keep your hands steady, that is, not to move or tremble even in the night mode, only then the picture will be good.
At the same time, its 5-megapixel ultra-wide angle sensor also did not impress us much. Even at this price, the shots taken with the ultra-wide angle camera show noise, as well as the details are also reduced. The dynamic range in these is also not very good.
If you are a fan of selfies, then let us tell you that the selfie camera of the Galaxy A22 is also not the sharpest and better at this price. Although it is capable of capturing good selfies according to the 8-megapixel selfie sensor, it lacks details and dynamic range.
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G Review: Battery
Samsung Galaxy A22 has a 5,000mAh battery which runs quite well. We got more than a full day of battery life on a single charge. Although the battery life is great, the charging speed is just as slow. The brand is also providing you with a 15W wall charger in the box which makes it take more than two hours to fully charge in today’s fast charging era.
Review Verdict: Should you buy Samsung Galaxy A22 5G?
Samsung Galaxy A22 has been launched in this category in a global market where the competition is very high and tough. Yet here the Galaxy A22 5G tops the list as it has 11 5G band support. Which could be an essential feature only in the near future. In comparison, there are also phones like Realme X7 and OnePlus Nord that have launched with 5G support; but they have limited 5G band support as compared to the A22 5G.
The Samsung Galaxy A22 5G also has some good things like its screen. The quality of the screen in this phone was also satisfactory, while the performance is not very good. But cannot be called bad either. Although the pictures taken with the Galaxy A22 camera are not very good. But the pictures we clicked are good to post on social media accounts.
- Very good battery life.
- Better Custom UI.
- 90Hz display
- 11 5G Band Support
Why not buy?
- No aptX support for Bluetooth
- Charging is very slow.
- Speaker is not good.