Samsung has already launched several phones this year, and recently, it added to the list by releasing its latest A-series smartphone Galaxy A22 5G. Launched at an aggressive price, the Galaxy A22 features 5G connectivity and comes with the promise of the MediaTek Dimension 700. As a result of the part in which it was launched, the Galaxy A22 5G went ahead of many powerful offers.
We’ve had the device for some time, so in our review of the Galaxy A22, we’ll use our results from our time with it to see if it’s really a better offer. As always, before we give our verdict on the device, if you finally decide to buy the Galaxy A22 5G, we will test and run it with a benchmark battery to give you an accurate idea of what you should sign up for.
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G Review: Good
In the beginning, one of the most interesting things about the A22 5G is the design. The phone follows a similar design language to the Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 smartphones launched earlier this year. So on the back, you’ll find an attractive matte finish polycarbonate cover that reflects so little in the light to give the phone a premium look. In addition, the matte finish also ensures that the phone is not easily smoked and is also relatively resistant to scratches. The finish is also nice to the touch and light in hand.
Overall, the rear panel keeps things simple, as there’s only the Samsung logo and a slightly extended square camera set-up on the back. The rear panel blends into the body’s plastic frame, with a 3.5mm jack and a bottom-firing speaker grille with a Type-C port. The volume rocker and power button are placed to the right of the frame, the latter being doubled as the device’s fingerprint scanner.
The phone offers a decent display on the front. While it’s not an AMOLED panel – something we’ve been accustomed to seeing on Samsung phones in the recent past – the phone does have an IPS LCD panel that does the job. It’s a full HD + panel that offers a good viewing angle, and if you want to watch movies on the phone or browse through your Twitter and Instagram feeds, this is of course for you.
It offers good sharpness and its ability to create crisp visuals helps increase the phone’s appeal. The Galaxy A22’s display also offers a fast refresh rate of 90Hz. Although not the fastest, or the slowest for the subject, in the price segment, isolated it should be good enough for most users as it helps to make the interaction with the device more smooth.
On the go, one of the main things about Samsung’s latest smartphone choice is that it delivers good performance for most everyday tasks at an affordable price point. This is possible because Samsung is using a MediaTek Dimension 700 chip under the hood which offers top performance if you are not a heavy gamer. This octa-core chip combines two powerful Arm Cortex-A76 ‘Big’ cores clocked at 2.2GHz and six ARM Cortex-A55 cores clocked up to 2GHz. The chipset is based on a 7nm manufacturing process. This chipset is paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage to enhance performance.
All of this hardware interacts with the phone’s well-optimized OneUI 3.1 interface to make life a smooth, and almost flawless experience. So, if your basic needs from the phone include watching movies, browsing the web and flipping through multiple social media apps throughout the day, then the Galaxy A22 5G has you covered. Another thing to mention here is that for the average user, the Galaxy A22 is a future-proof device because it promises to support 5G basebands when they are available to the general public in the country. Also, Samsung is promising a two-year Android OS upgrade and a three-year security patch.
Which is becoming a trend for Samsung phones nowadays, the Galaxy A22 performs quite well in the battery segment. The phone has a good battery life backed by its 5000mAh battery pack which lasts for one day on a single charge on moderate usage. The only problem with the A22’s battery is that it doesn’t support super-fast charging, the A22 has a 15W charging brick in the box.
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G Review: Not so good
While the phone offers decent performance for the average user, it’s a bit disappointing if you want to run graphics-intensive titles like Call of Duty Mobile and Asphalt 9 Legends. Not the best in the performance segment for gaming, the titles mentioned above can run smoothly only if set in medium / low graphics settings. But then again, the Galaxy A22 5G is not a gaming phone, and as such, its limitations in gaming are understandable.
As expected, this was also the case with synthetic benchmarks. During our review, we tested the Galaxy A22 5G using our benchmark suite only to observe that the phone did not get too many numbers in any of them. Performance was average because the phone followed scores earned by competing devices such as the Mi 10i and the slightly more expensive OnePlus Nord CE.
On AnTuTu, the Galaxy A22 5G scored 301,124 points, while on Geekbench, it scored 557 and 1724 points on the single-core and multi-core tests. PCMark 3.0 also averaged 7689 points, while GPU-based 3DMark Wildlife scored 1103 points. Returning to the device’s CPU, a 15-minute session of the CPU throttling test revealed that the device’s performance was being hampered during resource-intensive application because 76 percent of the CPU’s maximum performance was throttled.
Beyond the device’s gaming and benchmark performance, another thing that works in contrast to the Galaxy A22 is that it comes with quite a chunky bezel around the display. This is something we hope Samsung will work to reduce not only the overall size of the device but also its appearance. Speaking of the display, we’ll also mention the possibility that the device’s panel isn’t the brightest in the segment, and looks a bit faded when you use it in direct sunlight.
The camera is a mixed bag and not really a negative. Nevertheless, we would like to mention that apart from the device’s initial 48-megapixel lens which is good for taking pictures in well-illuminated conditions, the phone offers average performance in the optics department. This is because the 5-megapixel ultra-wide lens loses some of its sharpness and dynamic range. The device has a 2-macro lens that only appears to produce numbers, as it does not give very good results.
As mentioned above, low light performance is only passable, the primary lenses give decent results, the other two lenses leave much to be desired. However, this is where Samsung’s work in computational photography comes in handy, as the Galaxy A22’s dedicated night mode significantly improves the camera’s low light performance.
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G Review: Judgment
As a phone for the average user, there are very few faults for the Galaxy A22. The phone offers solid build quality, a good design and an excellent display. It also works well in the battery section and promises better performance during the day as well as low light photography with the camera’s night mode. After all, it’s also 5G ready and packs a lot of power to manage everyday apps – that is, of course, if you try not to run too many graphics-intensive games on it.
Despite having plenty of options in the segment, the Galaxy A22 still manages to emerge as a good alternative in the sub-RS 20,000 segment of the market. So, if you are looking for a new 5G phone within this price range, and especially one from Samsung’s stable, then this is the device for you.