Samsung’s latest F-series smartphone looks rather practical, goes big on battery life, and appears to offer decent hardware at a budget price point. On the other hand, after the use of it for more than a week, I discovered that it is not what the Samsung Galaxy F22 offers, but what it doesn’t, that makes it just an average budget smartphone overall.
Samsung Galaxy F22 price in India and variants
Samsung’s Galaxy F22 is to be had in two variants. There is a base 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant, which we received for this review, and is priced at Rs 12,499 in India. Then there’s the second one variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which is priced at Rs 14,499.
Samsung Galaxy F22 design
The Galaxy F22 has a no-frills design, which is practical at best. It’s to be had in two finishes – Denim Black and Denim Blue. The smartphone has a plastic body with the display panel made of Gorilla Glass 5. The plastic unibody has a matte finish with fine grooves on the back, which provides good grip. Both the display glass and back panel are good at resisting fingerprints. The fit and finish feels solid, with no creaks. Despite its 9.4mm thickness and 203g weight, the Galaxy F22’s rather tall body made it easy to hold. It’s even comfortable enough for one-handed use, which is rather an accomplishment for a smartphone with a 6,000mAh battery.
The Samsung Galaxy F22 has a 6.4-inch display with a waterdrop-style notch at the top and a noticeable chin at the behind. The display notch does seem a bit dated, as most smartphones at this price point now have displays with hole-punch cutouts. The placement of the ambient light sensor in that notch led to the display dimming randomly while playing games in landscape because I ended up blocking it with my thumb. Thankfully, the Game Booster app has a handy toggle to disable auto brightness adjustment while playing games.
Samsung Galaxy F22 specifications and software
The Galaxy F22 uses the MediaTek Helio G80 processor, which used to be announced in early 2020. This SoC has two Cortex-A75 cores clocked at up to 2GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores at 1.8GHz. The phone has either 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage, along side a microSD card slot for storage expansion up to 1TB. Connectivity options include reinforce for 4G/LTE, Bluetooth 5, and dual-band Wi-Fi ac.
The 6.4-inch display has an HD+ (720×1600) resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. For the reason that it is a Super AMOLED panel, Samsung has enabled an At all times On Display (AOD) feature, which shows icons for notifications when the phone is locked.
There’s also an FM Radio app, which helps you to listen to native stations after plugging in a twosome of wired earphones. The phone has a unmarried speaker located at the behind and a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top. There is a 6,000mAh battery, and this phone supports wired charging at up to 25W.
The Galaxy F22 runs Samsung’s One UI 3.1 software, which is based on Android 11. Samsung seems to have worked on optimising its somewhat bloated One UI to perform polite on the 4GB RAM variant of the Galaxy F22. Still, there is a collection of preinstalled Samsung-branded apps that you can’t eliminate, along side several third-party apps from Microsoft and others that may be uninstalled. Despite having a majority of these apps, I used to be surprised to see very few promotional notifications when the use of the phone.
Samsung Galaxy F22 performance and battery life
The usage of a 90Hz refresh rate display definitely enhanced the software experience of the Galaxy F22, and it felt fluid when swiping between screens or scrolling through long social feeds. The HD+ resolution is low in comparison to the full-HD+ panels used by some competitors at this price level, but the panel has punchy colours and deep blacks that are evident when streaming movies and playing games. Despite being sufficiently sharp for on a regular basis use, Netflix only recognised Widevine L3 reinforce, which allowed for SD quality playback. Thus, some satisfied didn’t look as sharp as it did on competing smartphones, some of which reinforce Widevine L1 with HD resolution.
While the usage experience of the device used to be passable, the benchmark tests we conducted showed most often lower than average performance for this price level. The Samsung Galaxy F22 scored 1,61,369 in AnTuTu, while the Realme Narzo 30 scored 3,56,846 points. I also noticed performance gaps between the two phones in Geekbench, in which the Galaxy F22 managed 372 and 1,313 in the unmarried and multi-core tests, while the Realme Narzo 30 scored 532 and 1,700 points respectively.
The gaming experience used to be decent at best, and the smartphone got rather hot while playing demanding games like Call of Duty: Mobile and Asphalt 9: Legends at default settings. Call of Duty: Mobile ran with a number of skipped frames at the default Medium graphics and frame rate settings. Asphalt 9: Legends also stuttered and dropped frames all through gameplay. Indeed, it is a smartphone that isn’t meant for intense 3D games, but is better suited for informal titles.
The 6,000mAh battery can also be charged at up to 25W, but Samsung only includes a 15W charger in the box. Obviously, charging used to be rather slow – the Galaxy F22 took 2 hours and 41 minutes to go from a deceased battery to fully charged. A big battery also means good battery life, and Samsung’s software optimisations appear to have paid off, with the phone lasting 29 hours and 35 minutes in our HD video battery loop test. With steady use, which involved a number of social media apps, an hour of gaming, two or more hours of video streaming, and taking some photos, the phone easily lasted two days before I needed to succeed in for a charger. The display’s refresh rate used to be set to 90Hz all through testing, and changing that to 60Hz would have added a couple of more hours.
Samsung Galaxy F22 cameras
The Samsung Galaxy F22 features a quad camera setup at the back with a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor that’s used when the Portrait mode is active. Selfies are handled by a 13-megapixel camera, which sits within the display notch. The camera interface is easy to use with easy access to applicable controls along side a customisable camera mode switcher.
Photos taken in daylight the use of the primary camera came out clean and showcased good detail and dynamic range. Colours were a bit saturated, but did not look too different from the actual scene. Photos captured the use of the ultra-wide-angle camera weren’t as detailed as the ones taken with the primary camera, and looked decent at best, with noticeable purple fringing and a few blown-out highlights in brighter areas.
Daytime selfies when the use of the Portrait mode came out a bit hazy, with brightly lit backgrounds getting overexposed. I noticed the same issues when the use of the Portrait mode with the rear camera. Edge detection used to be decent and the camera did not hesitate to snip my hair when it felt find it irresistible. Macro photos showed a satisfactory level of detail, but were not sharp enough to be usable.
As expected, low-light camera performance used to be not great. The primary camera used to be slow to lock focus and shots exhibited numerous noise in darker areas in addition to murky textures right through. The Night mode improved such photos by making them brighter, but textures and details only got worse, and a few photos ended up having a look rather blotchy. The ultra-wide-angle camera used to be not usable in low light, producing only blurry photos, and the Night mode used to be not of any help here. The usage of the front-facing camera in low light resulted in selfies with noticeable noise, average detail, and stupid colours. The Night mode managed better colour, but could not fix the noise.
Video recording tops out at 1080p 30fps for the front and rear cameras. Video captured in daylight the use of the front camera came out a bit shaky and backgrounds were overexposed, but there used to be a decent level of detail in foreground subjects. 1080p 30fps video captured with the rear camera looked rather good with good stabilisation and detail. The phone can also shoot 1080p video the use of the ultra-wide-angle camera, and such clips showed decent stabilisation with satisfactory detail, but brighter parts of the scene were overexposed. Low-light footage had noticeable noise, but used to be usable given there used to be ambient light in the vicinity. Switching to the ultra-wide-angle camera at night resulted in videos that looked very stupid.
After the use of the Samsung Galaxy F22 for a week, I found that this can be a decent budget smartphone for those with basic needs, but does have rather a couple of shortcomings.
There is a vibrant 90Hz refresh rate Super AMOLED display that’s good for watching videos on, and enhances the usage experience. Then there’s the 6,000mAh battery for those seeking no compromise on the subject of battery life.
But whether you are taking a long tough look at the competition, you can start to realise that other companies offer a lot more, not just on the subject of specifications, but even convenience. You also have to believe that the Super AMOLED display does not in truth intent you get crisp-looking video quality because you’re limited to SD satisfied for OTT apps. Battery life is polite optimised, but the mega 6,000mAh battery takes polite over two hours to charge with the bundled 15W charger.
Some people might be alright with these compromises, but the Realme Narzo 30 (Review), offers good battery life, a full HD+ display with HD satisfied streaming reinforce, and faster charging with a 30W charger in the box. Then there’s Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 10 (Review), which for an extra Rs 500 offers 33W charging, a full HD+ Super AMOLED display, and stereo speakers.