Last week Samsung launched the Galaxy A22 5G, the company’s first 5G phone in the A series in India priced under Rs. 20,000. It has a 6.6-inch FHD+ screen with 90Hz refresh rate, is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC and also packs a 5000mAh battery. On paper, these are way better than the A22 4G version, but is this better than the competitors? We got to check out the smartphone, here are our first impressions.
- Samsung Galaxy A22 5G 6GB RAM, 128GB storage version in Mint colour
- 2-pin 15W (9V-1.67A / 5V-2A) fast charger
- USB Type-C Cable
- SIM ejector tool
- Quick Start Guide and Warranty information
The A22 5G packs a 6.6-inch Full HD+ TFT LCD screen with 90Hz refresh rate. The screen is bright, and the outdoor visibility is good. The viewing angles are good as well. It is not an HDR display, but it has widevine L1 support and can play Full HD content on Netflix, Prime video and other apps.
Compared to MediaTek Helio G80 12nm SoC in the 4G version, the 5G version has a more powerful MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC with up to 8GB LPDDR4x of RAM and 128GB (UFS 2.1) storage. It has support for 11 5G bands and has dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac as well, but it doesn’t have NFC. It runs Android 11 with Samsung One UI Core 3.1 on top, so it misses out on Samsung Pay, Knox security, Secure Folder and Alt Z Samsung solution.
The phone has an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture on the front, inside the Infinity-V style notch. It doesn’t miss out on the important gyroscope and magnetometer sensor.
On the right there is a power button that combines the fingerprint scanner and the volume rockers is present above it. It has dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots on the left, arranged in a single tray. On the bottom there is a 3.5mm audio jack, primary microphone, USB Type-C Port and a loudspeaker grill. There is a secondary microphone at the top. It has mono speakers which are decent. There is also Dolby Atmos support, but it works only when headphones or a Bluetooth headset is connected.
As for the camera, it has triple rear camera setup which consists of a 48MP main camera with LED flash, f/1.8 aperture, 5MP 115° ultra-wide angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture, 2MP depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture for Live Focus. It supports up to 2k video recording both from front and rear cameras, but there is no option to switch between front and rear cameras in the video. Check out some camera samples below.
The phone has a plastic back, but it has a smooth matte finish that doesn’t attract fingerprints or smudges, but these might be prone to scratches just like the Galaxy A52 / A72. Wish Samsung had bundled a case in the box.
The phone is 9mm thick and weighs 203grams, mainly due to the huge 5000mAh battery. It supports 15W fast charging. The Samsung Galaxy A22 5G also comes in Gray and Violet colours, starts at Rs. 19,999 for the 6GB RAM with 128GB storage version and the 8GB RAM with 128GB storage version costs Rs. 21,999.