Samsung launched Galaxy S22 Ultra today. Here are 4 top reviews

Samsung today announced the Galaxy S22 series – the Samsung Galaxy S22 series comprising the Galaxy S22, S22+ and the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Three new tablets with the Tab S8 series, including the Tab S8, Tab S8+ and Tab S8 Ultra were also unveiled. 

Here are the first four reviews by the Experts. 


Tech Radar in its review says it is a minuscule upgrade

The Samsung Galaxy S22 is a hair smaller than its predecessor, and the cameras are slightly tweaked, but the changes begin and end there. It’s a fine phone, especially for people who like small-body compact mobiles, but it’s hard to get excited for the device.


  • Compact, hand-friendly size
  • Good-looking display


  • Limited upgrades over S21
  • Small battery and slow charging


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The Samsung Galaxy S22 range is here, and the S22 itself is the standard model in the newest generation of the South Korean tech giants flagship phone line.

The new phones for 2022 are very much an iterative upgrade, and the Galaxy S22 isn’t that much different from the S21, other than having a slightly smaller screen and battery. That’s not the case for the S22 Ultra, and we also have hands-on reviews of that phone and the S22 Plus, but we’re concentrating on the standard handset here.

Perhaps the main difference between the S22 and its predecessor is the rear camera array – it’s not so much an upgrade here as a reshuffle, with a lower-res telephoto but the higher-res main camera. This doesn’t make a great deal of difference to the overall photography experience though.


T3 in its review says the Samsung Galaxy S22 looks set to be the best Android phone for most people this year

The Samsung Galaxy S22 is a top performer across the board. It’s a people-pleasing smartphone that packs everything you could need into a compact and good-looking device. The screen is stunning, it’s powerful and the camera takes excellent shots. The only reason I’d tell you not to buy this would be if you just bought the S21 because it’s not different enough to be worth the upgrade.


  • Attractive Dynamic AMOLED 2X display
  • Loads of new AI-based camera features
  • Powerful performance


  • No MicroSD card slot
  • Charger not included

Recently unveiled at a Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event, the Samsung Galaxy S22 series already looks set to be a winner. Made up of three phones, the Samsung Galaxy S22, the Samsung Galaxy S22+ and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, the devices in this series are the best Samsung phones yet. 

I managed to get my hands on the new handsets, and straight off the bat, I can tell you that they’re likely to be some of the best phones of the year. 

While the Ultra has had quite a substantial shakeup, the Samsung Galaxy S22 has just had a bit of a refresh, carrying over everything we loved about the Samsung Galaxy S21 and taking them a step further to keep the S series bang up to date. 

The more modest Samsung Galaxy devices are sure to continue their reign as the best Android phones for most people.

3. writes Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra initial review: Ultimate reinvention?

Author:Mike Lowe

The Ultra is a total departure for the S22 series, integrating an S Pen stylus, which makes it a lot like a Note that never was. Many features aren’t hugely different to the outgoing S21 Ultra, however, but this handset is all about refinement – from that punchy curved edge display to the distinctive rear cameras arrangement.


  • Hugely bright and punchy screen with adaptive refresh
  • Distinctive camera design is eye-catching – wholly different to other S22 models
  • Integrated S Pen stylus – the software and response is super


  • Not everyone will want the built-in S Pen stylus – this is S series not Note
  • No microSD card expansion
  • Many features of minor difference to S21 Ultra
  • Expect a big price tag

Principal to the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s design is the integration of an S Pen stylus. That’s right: not only is this flagship compatible with the pen, it comes with one stowed right in its body – which the smaller and altogether differently designed S22 and S22+ models in the range lack – that can be quickly ejected for easy use.

Does that make the Galaxy S22 Ultra the ultimate reinvention for Samsung’s series, or does it now feel misplaced within this particular line-up? We got to handle the Galaxy S22 Ultra at Samsung KX in London’s Kings Cross ahead of its official Unpacked event. Here’s our initial impressions of what’s on offer.


IP68 dust/weather resistance

Under display fingerprint scanner

Integrated S Pen stylus (2.8ms latency)

Colours: Phantom Black, White, Burgundy, Green

Dimensions: 77.9 x 163.3 x 8.9mm / Weight: 229g

To look at the Ultra is entirely different to its Galaxy S22 and S22+ cousins. First up, it’s the largest model of the three, giving it significantly more stature. Its screen edges are also curved, unlike the other models in the range, giving it a distinctive style that really stands out.

4. writes in its review that The Samsung Galaxy S22 follows the success of the Galaxy S21, perhaps a little too closely

By Roland Moore-Colyer

The Samsung Galaxy S22 builds upon the success of the Galaxy S21, but it’s not a big leap forward for Samsung’s phones.


  • Powerful new chipset
  • Bright and colorful display
  • Good for one-handed use


  • Incremental upgrade on the S21
  • Design isn’t inspiring anymore

Samsung has embraced the idea of evolution over revolution when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S22. While the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra basically resurrects to Galaxy Note, the standard S22 very much follows in the footsteps of its predecessor. 

That’s no bad thing. In my Samsung Galaxy S21 review last year I was impressed by the phone’s design, performance, display and cameras. It was my go-to Android smartphone for a while, until my preference for ColorOS had me swap to the Oppo Find X3 Pro. So it’s no surprise that Samsung has doubled down on the Contour Cut design the S21 introduced. Combine that with all the leaks that came out over the past six months, and there’s nothing unexpected from the standard Galaxy S22. But that doesn’t mean it won’t have a crack at a spot on our best Android phones list. 


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