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Review: Samsung Galaxy S22+ (SD 8 Gen1) – The perfect balance premium flagship smartphone

If you were to ask me which Samsung Galaxy S22 series to go for, I only have one answer for you, get the Galaxy S22+. Why? The S22+ is a well-balanced where most users will find it more practical. Now, let’s find out why you should be getting the Galaxy S22+.

Design – Looks same like S21 series but with extra premium build

To be honest, the Galaxy S22+ do look similar to the previous S21 series and looks can be deceiving. In fact, starting off with the front and back of the phone, the Galaxy S22+ is using  he latest Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+ which offers the best scratch and drop resistance glass to date. The back glass now is frosted matte which helps reduce the appearance of fingerprints and other smudges. The phone chassis is using the new Armor Aluminum and has a flatter sides too where the phone is quite boxy when hold. The phone is IP68 dust/water resistant as well.

The size of the S22+ has also shrunk a little bit when compared to the Galaxy S21+ has it spots a 6.6 inches display and 4500mAh battery. The new phone size is quite comfortable for one-hand operational use. The phone also just weight at 195g making it the excellent device for everyone to hold and keep it in pockets or bags.

Performance – Flagship performance guaranteed

The Galaxy S22+ in Malaysia is using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 with two variants to choose from: 8GB RAM with 128GB ROM and 8GB with 256GB ROM.

My review unit is the 8GB RAM with 128GB ROM, which is actually quite enough for those who aren’t into content creation. However, if you’re a content creator or someone who is heavy user in productivity, I will advise you at the very least get the 256GB ROM. If you’re worried about the RAM, you don’t really need to worried as RAM Plus will add extra RAM up to 8GB by using the storage space.

For everyday task, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will meet your demand without a sweat. If you’re into gaming, you will be glad that Genshin Impact runs pretty good in high settings though the game will still have occasional stutters on every and any device. The device also runs Android 12 with One UI 4.1 with all the S22 series will get four years of Android OS upgrades.

Display and Audio – Just perfect harmony

The S22+ now spots a 6.6 inches Dynamic AMOLED 2X that supports 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+. With an output of 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution, users will have good time enjoying watching content. The brightness on the screen can go up to 1750 nits of peak brightness so you don’t really need to worried of sunny outdoor. The display is a flat screen so you don’t need to worried of accidental touch.

S22+ has stereo speakers provides good audio experience with proper bass and clarity. The speaker’s volume are quite loud making it perfect for you to watch movie and listen songs on the go.

Camera – New camera upgrades makes an impact

Let’s recap the camera spec for S22+:

Rear camera:
50MP main camera, 12MP ultrawide camera and 10MP 3x zoom telephoto camera

Front camera:
10MP front camera

For photography, the S22+ has a balanced versatile setup that allows you to capture every moment whether it is near or at a selected distance.

The 50MP main camera can provide an excellent photos during broad daylight. In low light conditions, the 50MP main camera also does a pretty good job with minimal noise. As for the ultrawide camera photos, they looks stunning during the bright days and during low light conditions, it still take good photo with minimal noise. The 10MP 3x zoom camera performs excellent in bright area. However, in low light conditions, the 10MP 3x zoom camera will tend to look softer and some noise appearing. There are other feature like Detail Enhancer on the S22+ worth to mentioned as they unlocks amazing way to capture high details photos. Overall, the rear cameras is a perfect balanced and offers great details and clarity.

The 10MP front camera can capture good selfies. Details are fairly good while colours are true to life. Night mode is available on all cameras when you really need to tackle extreme low light conditions.

In terms for videography, you can shoot up to 8K 24fps on the main camera while the rest of the cameras are ready to shoot up to 4K 60fps. This means the device is quite perfect for those who are content creator or videographer. The video and audio quality is good for those who just need to shoot and upload immediately.

There are other camera features on the device like Director’s View, portrait photo and video, Pro mode for photo and video, Hyperlapse, Slow-mo, Food and Panaroma. If you’re an avid photo editor on smartphone, the Object Eraser will help you remove unwanted subjects in your shots.

Overall, the camera department on the S22+ is well-balanced thanks to Samsung’s amazing hardware and software.

Battery – Standing strong for a day

The S22+ has a 4,500mAh battery which is good to last until the end of the day but it also depends on how your usage. If you need to recharge it, it supports 45W fast charging now but I don’t have the official 45W charger from Samsung so I couldn’t gauge the charging speed.

Final Verdict – A well-balanced premium flagship smartphone

Like I have mentioned, the Galaxy S22+ is a well-balanced flagship smartphone in 2022 thanks to flagship specs, modern design, great cameras and 1-day batrery life. The Galaxy S22+ price starts from RM4,099 for the 8GB RAM/128GB ROM and RM4,299 for the 8GB RAM/256GB ROM. I would suggest that you should shortlist the S22+ today if you’re planning to upgrade or looking for a hassle-free 2022 premium flagship smartphone.

This review is made possible with a loan review unit provided by Samsung Malaysia for two weeks. However, this is not a paid content, therefore, there is no final approval nor editorial input on the article. Samsung and the readers are reading at the same time. All comments on the device is based on 2 weeks of usage and may differ with future software update.

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