Samsung Galaxy A22 5G Review: The best of Samsung and MediaTek, together in one device?

In Samsung’s A series line-up of 5G phones, the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G is the company’s cheapest 5G phone. The highlights of its feature set are the support for 5G, MediaTek Dimensity 700, and the full HD+ display with 90Hz refresh rate.

Samsung Galaxy A22 LTE comes with four rear cameras rather than three. This smartphone has optical image stabilization as well. Super AMOLED is also included.

It is the newest version of the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G handset they released last year, and as such, it is called the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G. In comparison with the older A32 and A32, the differences between the LTE and 5G models of the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G are significantly fewer, which makes the 5G model seem less undesirable as a result.

However, does your search for a low-cost 5G smartphone end with the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G? Do you think it is worth the money you’ve just spent on it? Here’s what I can tell you about that.

Samsung Galaxy A22 5G Design

A design flaw on the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G is that it is as ugly as it is beautiful. Unfortunately, the display of the phone is tainted by enormous bezels around the sides of the screen.

Here Samsung has chosen to go the old-fashioned way of mounting the fingerprint sensor on the side instead of adding an in-display fingerprint sensor. 

Samsung Galaxy A22 Design
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In terms of design, the 5G Samsung Galaxy A22 5G comes with a matte finish much like those found on the A32, A52, and A72(Review). As you would expect from a Galaxy phone that is not a flagship model, the glass on the phone is plastic.

It is an extremely accurate and fast physical sensor, although there are cases when the reader refuses to respond when the screen is off.

Display

There is a 90Hz refresh rate and Full HD+ resolution on the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G screen. The quality of the screen here is noticeably superior to that of the LCDs in other Galaxy smartphones and tablets at a similar price point. 

Samsung Galaxy A22 5G.
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Even though the MediaTek Dimensity 700 has a high refresh rate, it has smooth animations and scrolling most of the time, which means your digital media can be enjoyed most of the time.

In my opinion, having a refresh rate of 90Hz will enable you to keep the content looking sharp at all times.

Software

A common complaint with Samsung’s Galaxy A series handsets is that they come with barebones software. Due to this, features like Bixby, a screen recorder, Samsung Pay, Secure Folders, etc. have been left out.

Two major OS upgrades and at least three years of security updates should be available over the life of the phone.

Performance

It is actually pretty impressive that the chip that powers the Galaxy A22 5G that is made by MediaTek is good. It is not uncommon to experience some slowdowns here and there when using the camera app on a regular basis.

Samsung Galaxy A22 5G.
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With the advancement of WiFi technology through walls and connecting to LTE networks through thick walls, the performance of the network has generally been excellent. There is a pity that the large earpiece is too low when you are outside due to the low volume of the loudspeaker.

It could have provided a little more performance for 2021, but at the asking price, the Galaxy A32 is not a bad phone at all. Unlike the Galaxy. which has a tendency to have problems driving the 90Hz refresh rate, we’ve found that the Oppo almost never has issues.

In games that are graphically demanding, such as Call of Duty, the gaming performance is excellent, provided you minimize the settings to their default values for best results.

Battery

With a battery capacity of 5,000 mAh, the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G can last you all day with a mixture of medium to heavy usage. I think that the phone is not capable of lasting the whole day even if light use is made of it, especially since you do not need to disable the 90Hz refresh rate.

 Samsung Galaxy A22 5G
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There is no way to know how well it will perform under 5G networks, though. It will have to be real-world tested to be able to guess.

Camera

A 48MP main camera and ultra-wide lens as well as a 2MP depth sensor are featured on the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G. Its quality astonished me – it’s clear and detailed, has a wide dynamic range, and has low noise in all but the very lowest light levels.

Samsung Galaxy A22 5G
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With the phone, Samsung has included a Night Mode. With this Samsung phone, unlike other non-flagship models, the Night mode actually extracts more detail from the scene. 

It has a resolution of 2K, which is still closer to Full HD than 4K, and it is unique to the Galaxy A22 5G. Sadly, the ultra-wide camera, as well as the 8MP front-facing camera, is not even serviceable at the best of times.

In terms of video quality, both resolutions produced similar results, with good enough detail, colors, and noise in the daytime, but soft, mushy ones at night. There are also a small number of shooting modes that are available. With this app, you have the option to switch between food, panorama, night, slow motion, hyperlapse, and pro modes.

Audio Quality

In noisy environments, the A22 5G’s single bottom-firing speaker gets drowned out because it is not a very loud device. It should be noted, however, that the box does not contain any earbuds, so you will need to buy your own.

With Dolby Atmos, you can hear better stereo separation with Bluetooth headphones or over earphones with enhanced stereo separation.

Samsung Galaxy A22 Review
Verdict
It's a cutie design, a smooth display, stellar performance, and a long battery life in the Samsung A22 5G. It's a device you'll enjoy. Although the software is quite basic, a screen with AMOLED would be far superior, the bezels should have been smaller, and we still have to deal with the old and slow 15 Watt charging technology that Samsung still employs. While we still believe Samsung has finally nailed it when it comes to affordable 5G-equipped devices, we recommend the Galaxy Note 9 for those who want a good 5G smartphone.
Design
70
Display
80
Performance
85
Battery
80
Software
80
Camera
75
Value For Money
75
Visitor Rating1 Vote
77
Pros
Display that runs at 90Hz in a smooth manner
It has a good main camera along with a good night mode, which is impressive
It has a great battery life
MediaTek Dimensity 700, the chipset that is used in this device, is an excellent performer
The design is adorable
Support for 11-band 5G
Cons
The camera quality on selfies and ultra-wide-angle lenses is mediocre
Charges at 15W are not fast enough for 2021
The display is surrounded by huge bezels
It is too quiet in the speaker
Basic software
75
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