Samsung Galaxy A22s 5G (SM A226B / DSN) smartphone review

Table of Contents

Delivery set

  • Smartphone
  • Charger (15W)
  • USB Type C cable
  • Clip for SIM tray
  • Instructions

Specifications

Dimensions and weight167.2 x 76.4 x 9 mm, 203 grams
Body materialsPlastic (Glastic)
Display6.6 inches, 1080×2400 pixels (20: 9), 90 Hz, TFT, 399 ppi, automatic brightness control (up to 400 nits)
Operating systemGoogle Android 11.0, OneUI 3.1
PlatformMediaTek Dimensity 700 5G (7 nm technology), two Cortex A76 cores up to 2.2 GHz, 6 Cortex A55 cores up to 2 GHz, Mali G57 MC2
Memory4 GB RAM, 64 GB ROM (49 GB free), microSD memory card up to 1 TB
Option 4/128, 6/128, 8/128 GB
eMMC 5.1
Wireless interfacesWi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac, dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
Net2G: 850/900/1800/1900
3G: 850/900/1900/2100
4G: B1 / B2 / B3 / B5 / B7 / B8 / B20 / B28;
4G TDD LTE B38/B40/B41
5G: N38(2600), N40(2300), N41(2500), N78(3500), N79(4500)
5G FDD Sub6 N1(2100), N3(1800), N5(850), N7(2600), N8(900), N20(800), N28(700)
Dual SIM, nanoSIM (not combo slot)
NavigationGPS / GLONASS / Beidou / Galileo
Sensors and connectorsUSB Type C (USB 2.0), OTG Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Geomagnetic Sensor
Side fingerprint sensor
Face unlock
Main camera48 MP (f / 1.8) + 2 MP (f / 2.4, depth-of-field sensor) + 5 MP (f / 2.2, wide-angle), LED flash, FullHD electronic video stabilization
Front-camera8 MP (f / 2.2), bokeh effect, various additional effects, no autofocus
BatteryLi-Ion 5000 mAh, talk time – up to 38 hours, video playback – up to 18 hours, LTE battery life – up to 22 hours
Degree of protectionNot
ColorsMint, black, white
SoundFM radio
Payment systemGoogle Pay

Positioning

Usually, in the budget segment, the buyer is looking for the best offer for the least money, and his strategy is clear here, it does not raise any questions. For companies such as Samsung, the buyer is often not only an ordinary person, but also operators who need to offer this or that solution to their subscribers, for example, to give the cheapest 5G device from a well-known company. And it is precisely for such consumers that the Galaxy A22s arose, since there is a similarity with the A22 at the design level, but the models are conceptually different from each other. The first device is a budget smartphone for everyone, the second is intended for operators. In Russia, the Galaxy A22s model appeared as a niche offer, since our operators do not have 5G networks, its description is not even available on the Samsung website, while partners are selling the smartphone in their stores.

Usually, when we see the “S” prefix, we assume that the model is improved compared to the base version. Here, everything is not so from the point of view of the layman, who does not really need 5G, but the screen wants AMOLED. The price of the 5G chipset does not allow for a display comparable to the usual A22, as a result, it turns out that the device is rather unbalanced. It is good for those markets where it is subsidized by operators, offered free of charge under contracts. In Russia, a niche offer for those who did not understand the differences and bought the “best” version a little more expensive or really need 5G (even in the pilot zones of operators such a device will not work, since Samsung does not provide such an opportunity). Let’s take a look at the device and evaluate it.

Design, dimensions, controls

The model is presented in three colors.

Unlike the A22, the back is matte here, it does not collect handprints, it looks good.

The dimensions of the device are 167.2 x 76.4 x 9 mm, the weight is 203 grams. It fits well in the hand, there are no problems with ergonomics. The screen is flat, which is typical for this segment. On the right side there is a fingerprint sensor, it reacts well and correctly to touch.

There is also face unlock and it works great. It is important to note here that both accelerated and conventional recognition are used, the second cannot be deceived with a photo or video.

On the right side there is a paired volume key and an on / off button (built into the fingerprint sensor). On the opposite side, you can see a slot for two nanoSIM cards and a microSD memory card. The slot is not combo, so you are not limited by anything.

At the bottom there is a speaker output, right there is the main microphone (the second on the top), as well as a 3.5 mm jack. The loudspeaker on the bottom end sounds good, it is heard well in different conditions.

The presence of two microphones and a noise canceling system in a street, club and other loud places is simply irreplaceable, the device does its job well here.

The bottom line is the excellent build quality, nice material. I would like to have protection against water, but it is not in the device, just as it is absent from most direct competitors. Also, for obvious reasons, there is no front LED, there was simply no room for it.

Display

The technical characteristics of the screen are as follows: 6.6 inches, 1080×2400 pixels (20: 9), 90 Hz, TFT, 399 ppi, automatic brightness control (up to 400 nits). The camera is not built into the screen, this is a cutout in it.

One of the disadvantages, and serious, for this device is the maximum brightness of the screen, with it the white color becomes a little whitish, but the screen is still darker in comparison with similar models from Samsung. It is the economy on the screen that makes this device not very interesting, because you will be looking at the screen all the time. The same A22 is a cut higher in this parameter, despite the lower screen resolution.

The screen received support for 90 Hz, which is nice in the aspect of the interface. But the graphics system has microlagging, so this option is often leveled.

The screen settings are typical, but there are noticeably fewer of them than for AMOLED screens.

The screen remains readable in the sun, but I want the brightness to be higher, it won’t work to the maximum. The diagonal of the screen is ideal for watching videos, viewing photos, reading texts. But the dullness of the screen makes the device not the best choice.

Battery

The smartphone has a built-in 5000 mAh Li-Ion battery, it supports fast charging, and it comes with a 15W charger. There is no wireless charging, but this is normal for this segment.

In everyday life, this device works for about a day and a half with automatic adjustment of the backlight brightness (the algorithm adjusts to you, and it is not aggressive at all, the brightness is always comfortable). In this case, the operating time of the screen is about 4.5-5 hours. And here the difference with the A22 is colossal, the device works noticeably less time (almost twice if we take into account the screen time).

The full charging time of the battery is about 75-80 minutes.

Memory, chipset, performance

Samsung used the MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G chipset (7 nm technology), two Cortex A76 cores with a frequency of up to 2.2 GHz, 6 Cortex A55 cores with a frequency of up to 2 GHz, Mali G57 MC2. There are no achievements in synthetic tests, look at the results.

Memory cards are supported up to 1 TB.

In terms of performance, the Galaxy A22s does not look like a record holder, nevertheless there is eMMC memory here, and this is always slow. In Russia, the main version from memory is 4/128 GB.

Communication capabilities

In the Galaxy A22s, dual-band Wi-Fi, which is already a big plus, is supported by VHT80, which provides good data transfer speeds. Unlike older models, ANT + is not supported. But the set of frequencies for LTE is noticeably lower than that of the same A51.

Bluetooth 5.0 version, NFC (Google Pay) is present, everything works just fine.

From the point of view of navigation, everything is also very good (GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS / Beidou), a cold start on city streets takes 2-3 seconds, the navigation accuracy is excellent, no complaints.

Camera

The camera interface is familiar to other Samsung models, there are no discoveries here. There are Pro mode, AR Emoji and other effects.

Front camera 8 MP (f / 2.2), bokeh effect, various additional effects, no autofocus. Look at an example of a snapshot, everything is familiar here and at the level of other models.

The main camera module consists of three lenses.

Unlike the A22, the main lens has no OIS! Yes and no macro camera. In short, there is a clear economy.

Let’s look at examples of photos and videos, they are incomparable with flagships, but in their price segment everything is not bad, this is a typical quality for models of this level. Let’s compare them with A22.

examples of photos and videos and comparison

Software – features

The model was originally based on Android 11 and OneUI 3, that is, this is the latest version of the interface, which in the literal sense can be called one of the best in terms of flexibility of settings and capabilities, as well as in other points.

A few words about the multimedia capabilities of the device. It has a built-in radio with the ability to record programs. The headphones act as an antenna.

Standard applications are represented by a calculator, file manager, voice recorder and other applications that are necessary for comfortable work out of the box.

Unlike the older models, there are no Bixby scripts here, this is clearly a marketing division into older and younger models. The function is cool, and the fact that it is software and is removed from the junior device is not encouraging, the situation is repeated last year.

Impressions

There are no complaints about the quality of voice transmission during a call, this device works well. The power of the vibration alert is average.

The basic version of this model costs 21,990 rubles (4/128 GB), which looks like a noticeable overpayment for the presence of 5G, which most people do not need in Russia. The performance remains at the level of A22, unfortunately, the screen is noticeably worse in terms of perception. In total, we get a model that can be safely called a niche, hence the small volume of supplies, lack of attention to it. This volume will be sold, there is no doubt about it.

But should you buy this unit? Most likely not, since the regular A22 is cheaper and gives a little more options – you will benefit from the quality of the screen and cameras. It turns out that before us is not even a budget device, especially since Chinese companies in this segment are full of offers and they are often more interesting in terms of price / quality ratio.


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