Samsung Galaxy A22 5G: Is It Worth Rs. 20,000?

All new Samsung Galaxy A22 5G was launched on 21 July. It is the first 5G phone in the A series which is priced at Rs.19,999 and available in mint, violent and gray color.

The Race for affordable 5G smartphones has begun as brands like Poco, Realme have managed to bring 5G on low-budget phones. Likewise, the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G is meant to fulfill a very specific niche, “5G connectivity on a budget”. As you know, 5G isn’t cheap, so brands cut one or the other features to stay within the tight budget. Here’s a detailed review, Why You Shouldn’t Buy Samsung Galaxy A22 5G.

Samsung Galaxy A22 5G Highlights

Display 6.6′ TFT with 90 Hz
ProcessorMediaTek Dimensity 700
Software One UI 3.1 based on Android 11
Battery5000 mAh with 15 Watt charger
Camera48,8(UW),2(Mono)+8(Selfie)
Price6 GB Ram+ 128 GB Rom at Rs. 19,999

Design And Build

As you might expect, glass is in this price range, but unfortunately, the phone is completely built of plastic with and matte back which collects some fingerprints and smudges. It has a type C port, a single bottom-firing speaker which and a 3.5 mm jack which is pretty average and nothing very impressive. The phone weighs 200 grams, which is slightly on the heavier side.

Display

The display is 6.6-inch TFT technology with 1080p resolution and smothers 90 Hz refresh rate. Unlike Samsung Galaxy A22 4G, you don’t get AMOLED which is highly expected at this price range. Despite large bezels, you still get a waterdrop notch for selfies, a slightly bigger chin, and no gorilla glass protection. There’s no HDR support and brightness isn’t any special.
Unlocking the phone can be done with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, built into the power button, which is speedy and reliable.

Processor

Under the hood, the device sports MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC built on 7 nm process, recently seen on Poco M3 Pro and Realme 8 5G. CPU wise it’s on par with Snapdragon 732G, but for GPU it’s not up to the mark as its rivals crush it away. Furthermore, it has an LPDDR4X Ram and eMMC storage technology, which is slow for the price point.

Software

One appeal of getting a Samsung phone even on a budget one is the long-term software support. But that’s not the case here on Samsung Galaxy A22 5G as the phone runs on a toned-down version of One UI 3.1 based on Android 11 which missed out on a couple of features. Samsung has scheduled two years of security updates. In contrast, the higher tier gets three as well as four years of security updates.

Battery

The Samsung Galaxy A22 5G has a large 5000 mAh battery and battery backup on this is quite respectable. Charging is a different story, though. The phone comes with 15 Watt adapter and juice up with just 23 percent on half an hour of charge which makes it one of the slowest charging phones in this segment.

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy A22 5G has 48 Megapixel primary camera, 5 Megapixel ultra-wide, and a creepy 2 Megapixel depth sensor. Moreover, the image quality with primary and ultra-wide is average, which might disappoint the mobile photographers. While 8 Megapixel selfie snapper is decent with colors and dynamic range. Furthermore, the low light performance on this setup is average.
One quirk on video, the onboard chip technically supports 4k, but Samsung is limited to a max of 2k with 30 FPS. The phone also supports EIS, which works pretty well, removing out shakiness.

Connectivity

Samsung Galaxy A22 5G comes with dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and 5G. It sports 11 5G bands which are great and make it future-proof. Though 5G in India is a tussle and brands just use 5G as a marketing strategy.

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