Samsung Galaxy A22 5G was launched in India around July this year, but with several other high-profile smartphone launches leading up to the festive season, it has so far slipped under the radar. Samsung has been making a lot of noise about how the Galaxy A22 5G supports a wider range of 5G bands (11 in total), along with its other features such as a higher-refresh-rate display and two years of OS updates. There is a lot of competition around Rs. 20,000 price point, something Samsung’s own stable, as well as heavy-hitters like the more recent Motorola Edge 20 Fusion and iQoo Z3.
Is Samsung Galaxy A22 5G worth the money? let’s find out.
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G price in India and variants
The Galaxy A22 5G is available in India in two variants – one with 6GB of RAM, priced at Rs. 19,999, and another with 8GB of RAM, for 21,999. Both have 128GB of internal storage that can be expanded via a dedicated microSD card slot. Samsung Galaxy A22 5G is available in Violet, Mint and Grey. Samsung sent me a mint color unit with 6GB of RAM for this review.
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G Design
The design of the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G seems a bit outdated and boring. Don’t get me wrong, the fit and finish of the plastic are great, and this mint trim is something unique. However, as soon as you turn the display on, you’ll see where Samsung has cut costs. Firstly, there is a thick black bezel around the dewdrop notch, and a huge chin at the bottom, which makes the front of this phone look very old and low budget. The design of the camera bump is similar to that of Samsung’s F series, which is odd, as I would expect the more modern design seen on the Galaxy A72 and Galaxy A52.
The Samsung Galaxy A22 5G isn’t particularly thin, but its curved edges help hide it. It is a bit heavy at 203g but the weight is well distributed. A headphone jack, USB Type-C port and speaker are all lined up at the bottom. On the right side is a recessed power button with a fingerprint sensor built in.
On the front, Samsung has sported a large 6.6-inch LCD panel with a full-HD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. The display quality is quite average; Viewing angles are narrow and colors aren’t very punchy. The SIM tray is on the left side of the display, and could house two nano-SIMs and a microSD card. The Samsung Galaxy A22 5G comes with a 15W fast charger, USB cable and a SIM eject tool in the box.
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G Specifications and Software
Samsung has used MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G SoC in Galaxy A22 5G. It’s not a particularly exciting chip, and isn’t very competitive at this price either, considering that both the Poco M3 Pro and the Realme 8 5G also use it and are priced quite a bit. The Galaxy A22 5G has Bluetooth 5 and dual-band Wi-Fi ac, along with support for the usual sensors and satellite navigation systems. Samsung Pay Mini is also supported. This phone packs a 5,000mAh battery, which should be able to run it smoothly for at least a whole day.
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G runs One UI Core 3.1 based on Android 11. It’s a thinner version of Samsung’s standard One UI skin, and it’s used for its more budget-focused phones, so it’s a bit odd to see it on this model. The latest version has all the features needed for everyday use, however some things like Bixby, Samsung Knox, Easy Mode, etc. which you may be familiar with from previous Samsung phones, are not present. The Android security on my unit was a bit out of date, with only the August 2021 patch. Also, some UI features like edge panels, which are enabled by default on most Samsung phones, have to be enabled manually if you want to use them.
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G Performance and Battery Life
This brings us to the performance of the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G, which is a bit heavy. The SoC manages to have respectable scores in benchmarks, but it’s with actual daily use that I felt was somewhat lacking. Even with this so-called stripped down version of One UI, the interface lacked a sense of flimsy. In fact, if I hadn’t checked the phone’s specs, I wouldn’t have guessed the display was operating at 90Hz. Once you’re in an app or game, things are fine. The fingerprint sensor and facial recognition worked fine but they also struggled at times, especially when trying to use facial recognition in low light.
Videos on the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G’s display look good if you’re looking at it straight, although the screen looks dark when viewed from an angle, which can be a problem if there are many people around you watching anything. trying. Audio through the single speaker is loud but sounds one-sided. There is Dolby Atmos software enhancement but it only works with headphones. Games took a little longer than usual to load, but went well after that. Heavy titles like Asphalt 9: Legends looked good. The best part is that the back of the phone barely gets hot even after long gaming sessions.
Battery life, as you’d expect from a phone with a 5,000mAh battery, was pretty good. On average, I could easily go over a full day on a single charge. Watching a lot of content drains battery quickly, as evidenced by our HD video loop test which lasted just 13 hours and 22 minutes. Changing isn’t too quick, and even after an hour, I noticed the battery level was less than 50 percent.
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G Camera
The cameras aren’t the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G’s strong suit, but they are serviceable if you’re shooting in good light. The 48-megapixel main camera has a wide enough (f/1.8) aperture for wide close-ups and good landscape shots. Low-light shots aren’t great, but shooting in Night mode does help with exposure a bit.
The ultra-wide angle camera has a resolution of only 5 megapixels, and image quality is strictly average. Barrel distortion is corrected quite well, but don’t expect good detail, especially if you try cropping anything out of the image. Things get worse in low light, and unfortunately Night Mode is not supported for this camera. The third camera is the depth sensor and is used when shooting in portrait mode. There is no macro mode on the Galaxy A22 5G due to the lack of a dedicated macro camera.
You can shoot videos up to 2K resolution with good stabilization. Bright areas are sometimes more exposed and details are almost average. You can also shoot using the ultra-wide camera, but only at 1080p, and you can’t switch between the two cameras while recording.
The 8-megapixel selfie camera takes good pictures when the default beauty filter is turned off, but it struggles to capture natural-looking skin tones in artificial light or in low light.
The Samsung Galaxy A22 5G doesn’t offer the kind of experience that most people expect, considering its price and competition. A wide selection of 5G bands would be a good thing, provided they can actually be taken advantage of in India, but I’m pretty sure by the time we use 5G, we’ll have many successors to it. phone.
Unfortunately, there’s nothing else to get excited about on the Galaxy A22 5G. In fact, I think you’ll be better served by Samsung’s own Galaxy M32 5G or even the Galaxy F62. There’s no shortage of good phones out there from the competition, and a quick glance though is our list of the best phones under Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 25,000 should offer a lot of options.