Galaxy S22 Ultra (2023) review: to be or Note to be

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The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is undoubtedly the most advanced of the brand's latest flagships. Our full test.

Test Galaxy S22 Ultra (2023): to be or Note to be

Samsung continues its new cruising speed adopted in 2021 with three new Galaxy S per year. In 2022, the Galaxy S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra succeed the S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra – they remain in 2023 the most recent Samsung Galaxy S flagships of the brand before the upcoming release of the S23.

With these models, the Korean intends to make people forget the iPhone 13s, well received by the public despite minimal changes, and they remain the only bulwark against Samsung customers switching to the latest iPhone 14s. Of these new models, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is the most technologically advanced. Bigger, stronger, he inherited above all high-flying photographic equipment to make the competition pale. This is also one of the elements that had already made the success of its predecessor.

But this year, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is not a Galaxy S like the others. Since it incorporates an S-Pen, it also stands out as the successor to the latest Galaxy Note. It thus marks a new turning point in the history of the Galaxy S… and the end of the Note range. The latter, which used to come out in the summer, will no longer be renewed.

Beyond this strategic revolution, what is the Galaxy S22 Ultra worth? Is it a timid successor to the Galaxy S21 Ultra or a transcendent new model? Answer after a long test of the Galaxy S22 Ultra.

Summary

  • Price and release date of the Galaxy S22 Ultra
  • The Galaxy S22 Ultra in video
  • Here, a Galaxy Note
  • The Galaxy S22 Ultra screen is of impeccable quality
  • How powerful are the Galaxy S22 Ultra and their Exynos chip?
  • The autonomy of the Galaxy S22 Ultra is sometimes a bit short
  • One ​​UI with S-Pen sauce
  • Galaxy S22 Ultra is the King of Photo and Video
  • Our opinion after the Galaxy S22 Ultra review

Galaxy price and release date S22 Ultra

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Before going into the test, the Galaxy S22 Ultra was available at the following prices when it was released:

  • 8/128 GB: €1,259
  • 12/256 GB: €1,359
  • 12/512 GB: €1,459
  • 12 GB/1 TB: €1,659 (only on samsung .fr)

The smartphone is available in four colors White, Black, Green and Bordeaux. Samsung also offers three exclusive colors on its official website: Sky Blue, Red and Grey. Below, you can discover the real-time comparison of the prices applied by each of the merchants. Small advantage to the Samsung store which offers many bonuses for the purchase of its Galaxy S22.

However, while we are, at the beginning of 2023, a few weeks away from the presentation of the S23, in our opinion, it is better to take advantage of the very attractive prices of the smartphone from third-party sellers.

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Galaxy S22 Ultra in video

Don't know the differences between the Galaxy S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra? We have prepared a video that compares each of the Korean giant's devices. After a few weeks of testing, here are our conclusions on video.

Here, a Galaxy Note

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To say that the Galaxy S22 Ultra vaguely resembles a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra would be an understatement. Apart from the new photo module, the entire design takes up the aesthetic codes of the latest Galaxy Note. From the curved edges and the center punch to the dimensions, the matte glass coating and the ultra-premium finishes, everything is similar – or almost.

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Confirmed during our test, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is one of the largest and heaviest smartphones on the market.With its 230 grams on the scale and its elongated format, it is difficult to handle it with one hand without taking the risk of dropping it. Samsung may have covered it with a layer of Gorilla Victus+ glass (the strongest on the market) and certified IP68, but we prefer to avoid the fall of this beautiful baby sold for at least 1260 euros.

Reading these few lines, one could say that the comparison with a Galaxy Note is a bit of a shortcut. The format and the lines alone do not make a smartphone a Galaxy Note. No, what makes the Note range original is its stylus. And this is where the S22 Ultra marks a turning point at Samsung.

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Yes, this new model does include an S-Pen. It is not only compatible with the stylus, it integrates it into a dedicated housing… like the Galaxy Note. And it is this point that makes all the difference. By integrating the famous stylus into the S22 Ultra, Samsung is putting an end to its Note range for good. Moreover, the Korean assumes it and explains that it has brought together the best of both worlds (Galaxy S and Galaxy Note) in a single product.

Yes the Galaxy S22 Ultra is indeed the new Galaxy Note.

The screen of the Galaxy S22 Ultra is of impeccable quality

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If the giant format is not the most pleasant to use for everyday use, it can accommodate a comfortable screen. The Galaxy S22 Ultra therefore features a Dynamic AMOLED 2X 6.8 '' (LTPO) panel with adaptive refresh rate of 120 Hz, QHD+ definition and HDR10+ compatibility.

Finally, the manufacturer promises a maximum brightness of 1700 nits, which is the brightest smartphone screen on the market. If our eyes do not do not have the precision of a colorimetric probe, we can affirm it without restraint: we have never seen such a bright smartphone screen.

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In fact, following our test of the Galaxy S22, we can confirm that we have never seen such a sublime screen. Samsung demonstrates all its know-how in this area, so we felt like we were carrying a mini OLED TV in our pocket.

The 6.8'' panel lends itself just as well to watching films and series as to gaming. Its great fluidity combined with onion-like color rendering make the experience more pleasant than ever. In a nutshell, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is equipped with the best smartphone screen ever created. Quite simply.

How powerful are the Galaxy S22 Ultra and their Exynos chip?

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For several years now, Samsung has divided the distribution of its Galaxy S into two large families. The Americans have models equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, Europe, Brazil and other Asian countries distribute versions with an Exynos chip (made in Samsung).

In 2022, Samsung continues to make that distinction, for better and for worse. Well, mostly for the worse. The Exynos 2200 chip, engraved in 4 nm, is announced as a competitor to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. In fact, it is technically far from holding the comparison.

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First, the Exynos 2200 processor never reaches the raw power of its rival on the various applications of benchmarking. But if you read us regularly, you know that we don't judge products on the results of the kikalaplugrosse contest.In terms of use, you will not see any difference in performance. Also, the Exynos 2200 can perform the most demanding tasks without ever showing any signs of running out of breath.

Nevertheless, the Galaxy S22 Ultra has a major flaw: it heats up a lot< /strong>. It heats up when playing too long, it heats up when shooting too long, it heats up when shooting too long. This tendency to heat up is not the most reassuring, especially since the smartphone is thick and imposing. From there to remind us of the good memories of the explosive Galaxy Note… For a smartphone at this price, we expected more, especially since the Exynos 2200 has another drawback: it consumes a lot of energy.

The Exynos 2200 has another disadvantage: it consumes a lot of energy. autonomy of the Galaxy S22 Ultra is sometimes a bit short

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Ultra models do not have the reputation of shining with their endurance. Historically, this weak point is even more obvious on models equipped with an Exynos chip. Unfortunately, this S22 Ultra does not correct this defect, to our great regret.

Far from displaying a catastrophic autonomy, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is positioned in the low average of this that can currently be found for this screen size. But with only one day of autonomy in general-purpose use, the performance of the S22 Ultra is far from that of the benchmarks on the market, in particular the iPhone 13 Pro Max and its two days of autonomy.

Should we blame the Exynos chip? Yes and no. The first American tests with models under Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 show a significantly lower autonomy than that of the iPhone 13 Pro Max, of the order of 20%. You will therefore need to bring an external battery and/or a charger when traveling if you are one of the most connected users. We had a better experience.

By using (or abusing) energy saving modes or lowering the rate of use of photographic equipment, we can hope to reach a day and a half of use . But that's still too fair for a model of this caliber and at this price.

We could console ourselves with the fast charge. But no. The Galaxy S22 Ultra accepts a maximum charging power of 45 W, the happy medium between recharging speed and battery life explains Samsung France. We are therefore not breaking recharge records with this model. Count one hour to restore all its energy to the 5000 mAh battery. Correct but again not extraordinary.

To achieve these scores, Samsung relies on the thickness of your wallet since the charger is still not provided. An ecological approach explains the company, a value that it (like its rivals) seems to forget when designing its ever-richer roadmap (product release program).< /p>

Of course, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is compatible with wireless charging (25 W) and reverse charging. Charging times are considerably longer by opting for wireless technology. We therefore recommend using it at night or in the office.

One UI with S-Pen sauce

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The Galaxy S22 Ultra integrates Android 12 with the One UI 4.1 overlay. Regulars of the Samsung software layer will not see a big difference with this new update.

Some of the main changes include smoother animations and transitions as well as the addition of some customization options. Among them, the integration of new widgets inspired by those of Apple. While transparent, they can stretch to several sizes with more or less rich contextual information.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra comes mainly with an S-Penand all the features that come with it. Samsung hasn't made any big changes from the previous generation Galaxy Note. Incidentally, the S-Pen is strictly the same as the Note 20. Engineers have actually worked on the screen to reduce response time.

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Among the novelties from a software point of view, we will especially note the improvement of Samsung Notes and… that's all. It must be said that Samsung is already making good use of the possibilities offered by the S-Pen as well as the features to improve productivity.

DeX is still as pleasant to use: connect the smartphone to a screen (wired or wireless) and access a complete PC interface. Samsung services like Samsung Pay are still just as pleasant to use on a daily basis.

As we've been concluding for a few years now, One UI stands out as one of the best versions of Android.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra is the King of photography and video

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As we explained in the chapter of this Galaxy S22 Ultra test devoted to design, Samsung wanted to bring together the best of the Galaxy Note range and the Galaxy S range in a single product. According to Samsung, what sets the Galaxy S family apart is the camera. Make no mistake, the photo module may have a brand new look, but the onboard hardware is (almost) exactly the same as the Galaxy S21 Ultra. We therefore find:

  • a wide-angle lens (f/1.8 – 85°) with 108 Mpxl sensor (1/1.33 '' – photosites 0.8 µm); Laser autofocus; Optical stabilization
  • an ultra wide-angle lens (f/2.2 – 120°) with 12 Mpxl sensor (1/2.55'' – photosites 1.4 µm ); Super Steady Video
  • a telephoto lens (f/2.4 – 36°) with 10 Mpxl sensor (1/3.94 '' – photosites 1 µm); Autofocus, optical stabilization, 3x optical zoom
  • a telephoto lens (f/4.9 – 11°) with 10 Mpxl sensor (1/3.52 '' – photosites 1.12 µm); Autofocus, optical stabilization, 10x optical zoom

The most fussy will notice that the photographic equipment is not quite identical. While the sensors and lenses look perfectly similar, they actually have larger photosites.In concrete terms, each lens captures more light, which makes it possible to obtain more detailed shots, especially in low light. Added to this is a good dose of artificial intelligence as well as new shooting modes such as Nightography.

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We have to admit, it's hard to see any differences between the shots taken on the Galaxy S22 Ultra or S21 Ultra. On daytime photos, it even seems impossible to us. As for night photos, they had reached such a level with the Galaxy S21 Ultra that the S22 Ultra barely improves the copy.

But then what does this S22 Ultra bring compared to its predecessor? Unfortunately, not much. But we cannot ask for a revolution every year. And the lack of major evolution does not mean that the S22 Ultra is not a good photophone, quite the contrary.

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Galaxy S22 Ultra (2023) review: to be or Note to be

Like the iPhone 13 Pro with its predecessor, the S22 Ultra is just as impressive as its predecessor, with all the sensors. The wide-angle with 108 Mpxl sensor is necessarily the most impressive of the band. The ultra wide-angle is still as successful and telephoto lenses have no equal on the market today.

In terms of versatility, the Galaxy S22 Ultra outclasses all its competitors. Special mention to the two telephoto lenses allowing you to shoot in 10x and 30x zoom with an incredible level of detail.

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Among the slight improvements, we note more bokeh natural on portraits as well as more detailed night photos with better color rendering and more controlled contrasts.

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Samsung therefore places the Galaxy S22 UItra in a certain continuity with the previous generation. The Galaxy S21 Ultra impressed us, its successor confirms Samsung's good form in the field of photography.

We also salute the hard work of the manufacturer to improve color processing. While it had accustomed us to photos with shimmering colors, Samsung is returning to a more natural processing. The shots are a little closer to what you can get with a state-of-the-art iPhone. A point that should delight photography enthusiasts. A little less fans this Samsung paw.

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To end this test, it seems important to us to highlight the exceptional talents of the Galaxy S22 Ultra in terms of video.The smartphone can shoot in 8K at 24 fps which is not really useful for ordinary mortals. But if you plan to edit in 4K, this format will give you more freedom in cropping the image.

Beyond the definition of the image, the S22 Ultra allows above all to film with remarkable stabilization.With the exception of Apple (which always stays a little ahead), no other manufacturer offers such an experience when it comes to video creation. Special mention to the “Super Stabilization” mode which allows you to film as if you were using a gimbal, provided you limit yourself to shooting in 1080p at 60 fps.

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Our opinion after the test of the Galaxy S22 Ultra

This year, the most muscular Galaxy S22 Ultra has a special flavor. Closer to a Galaxy Note, it offers a different experience. Of course, the ingredients of the Galaxy S21 Ultra are still there: the giant format, the premium design, the magnificent screen, the good performance, the impressive camera.

But for the first time, the Galaxy S embeds a stylus. In the end, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is a Galaxy Note that does not say its name. And although seduced by this product, we can not help but feel some frustration.

Firstly because it does not bring any major evolution compared to its predecessor, especially in the field of photography. But above all, this Galaxy S22 Ultra suffers from some unacceptable flaws for a model that sold from 1,260 euros when it was released.

Among the main complaints, we note its tendency to heat up but also its autonomy too just, its charging system a little slow and the few improvements made in terms of photography.

In addition, Samsung (like Apple for that matter) does not provide a charger or headphones (since the legislation allows it). A choice officially motivated by an ecological approach… but not at all financial.

However, as often after their release, the price of the model becomes particularly interesting at the beginning of 2023. The opportunity to reconsider its strengths and weaknesses and perhaps to make it your next high-end smartphone – at a lower cost.

Galaxy S22 Ultra

1260€

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8.4

Design and screen

9.5/10

Performance and interface

8.0/10

Autonomy and recharging

7.0/10

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    Camera

    9.5/10

    Value for money

    8.0/10

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    We love

    • Design and finishes
    • Sublime display
    • Stunning camera
    • One UI and S-Pen

    We like it less

    • Disappointing autonomy and recharging a bit slow
    • It heats up!
    • No charger or headphones provided
    • Few photo improvements compared to u S21 Ultra
    • Very high price
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