The Samsung Galaxy S22+ is finally here, expanding on the already successful S22 series of Samsung phones. As their flagship premium option, the phone packs all of the expected cutting-edge hardware we’ve come to expect.
This includes support for the latest Android firmware, chipset designs, camera models, and much more.
While nothing is groundbreaking about the S22 series, compared to previous Samsung lineups, they have proven to stay ahead of the competition. Yet, at what cost? Samsung phones have historically been one of the most expensive on the market, barely beaten out by Apple’s iPhone lineup.
Today, we’ll be exploring the Samsung Galaxy S22+ in more detail, including its specifications and offered variants, and how it compares to other current options on the market. We want to see if the premium price point of the Samsung Galaxy S22+ is truly justified.
2022 Samsung Galaxy S22+ – Variant Breakdown, Model Design, Price Point
The Samsung Galaxy S22+ sits in the middle, when it comes to the phones Samsung offers in their S22 lineup. Not as large, or power demanding, as their S22 Ultra, whilst still packing far more punch than a normal S22.
Because of this, the phone is considered to be the perfect middle-ground for people looking for a more economic option, whilst keeping many of the next-gen features Samsung offers.
The model design of the Samsung Galaxy S22+ is also identical to the S22, with only a slightly larger screen. Overall, the general aesthetic of the phone matches what you’ve seen of the S22, which in our opinion, is a good thing.
This provides users with all of the freedoms that we’ve come to expect from the S22 phones when it comes to customization.
The phone itself will cost you a whopping $1130 on average, with some retailers around the world reporting slightly lower prices. However, there is no chance you’re getting this phone for less than $1000.
Samsung Galaxy S22+ – Specification Breakdown
Let’s break down the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S22+, and see what exactly is inside.
The specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S22+ include:
Brand : Samsung
Model : Galaxy S22+
Released : 9th February 2022
Battery capacity (mAh) : 4500
Weight : 196g
Dims : 157.40 x 75.80 x 7.60cm
Refresh Rate : 120Hz
Screen size : 6.60 inch
Touchscreen : Yes
Resolution : 1080x2340px OLED
Processor : Octa-Core
Processor Chipset : Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
RAM : 8GB
Internal storage (Expandable) : 128/256GB
Rear Camera : 50-megapixel + 12-megapixel + 10-megapixel + 10-megapixel
No. of Rear Cameras : 3
Front Camera : 10 megapixels
No. of Front Cameras : 1
Auto-Focus : Yes
Operating System : Android 12
Skin : One UI 4
Connectivity & Auxiliary Specs
Wi-Fi : Yes
Wi-Fi Supported Standard : 802.11 AX
5G Support : Yes
GPS : Yes
SIM Type : Nano-SIM
Bluetooth : Yes
USB Type-C : Yes
Fingerprint Scanner : Yes – In-Display Model
Compass : Yes
Accelerometer : Yes
Gyroscope : Yes
Samsung Galaxy S22+ – Expansion Options
The Samsung Galaxy S22+ comes with all the expected expansion options that Samsung has included for decades now. This includes the option to include a micro-SD card, expanding the storage upwards of 2TB, as well as a variety of case options to choose from.
Outside of this, there is nothing. Samsung has traditionally been tight when it comes to the customization of their phones. Whilst many after-market options do exist to push the Samsung Galaxy S22+ even further, these will also void your warranty.
Samsung Galaxy S22+ – Market Comparisons
The Samsung Galaxy S22+ demands one of the most premium price points on the phone market today, for a phone of its design. Because of this, we must compare it to other options out there today.
Let’s put the Samsung Galaxy S22+ up against many other phones around, or below, its price point:
Samsung Galaxy S22+ VS Vivo iQ00 9 Pro
The iQ009 Pro boasts a larger display size, with 6.78inch, compared to Samsung’s S22+ 6.60inch display.
Both the Vivo iQ00 9 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S22+ share the same processor, putting them on equal footing here.
Front Camera: Vivo beats Samsung here, with a 16-megapixel camera, compared to Samsung’s 10-megapixel camera.
Rear Camera: The Vivo iQ009 Pro smashes Samsung here, with two 50-megapixel cameras, and one 16-megapixel. Compared to Samsung’s one 50-megapixel, one 12-megapixel camera, and two 10-megapixel cameras.
Both the Vivo and Samsung models here share the same amount of RAM, at 8GB.
Samsung barely manages to compete with 128GB of memory, compared to the iQ009 Pro’s 512GB stock standard.
Both models come close, with the Vivo sporting a 4700mAh battery, and the S22+ sporting a 4500mAh battery.
Both models share the Android 12 operating system, with Android 13 beta support.
The Vivo iQ009 Pro is a clear winner here, with a resolution of 1440×3200, compared to Samsung’s 1080x2340px OLED.
The Vivo iQ00 9 Pro is the clear winner here, sitting at almost $200 cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S22+, whilst sporting many features that beat, or match, Samsung’s hardware offerings.
It’s important to note, however, that the Vivo iQ00 9 Pro will not come with many of the native Android supports that are often held for Samsung phones. This includes early firmware updates, bug fixes, and much more.
Samsung Galaxy S22+ VS iPhone 13
The Samsung Galaxy S22+ beats the iPhone 13 here, with a 6.60inch display, compared to iPhone 13’s 6.1inch display.
Both processors are of different makes in these models. We’re comparing the Samsung Galaxy S22+’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, to the iPhone 13’s Apple A15 Bionic.
Both processors clock at around the same rate and offer comparable performance. So, it’s safe to say they stand on equal footing here.
Front Camera: Apple beats Samsung here, with a 12-megapixel front camera, compared to Samsung’s 10-megapixel camera.
Rear Camera: Samsung blows iPhone out of the water for rear camera options. With their 50-megapixel + 12-megapixel + 10-megapixel + 10-megapixel cameras stacked up against Apple’s 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel cameras.
Both Apple and Samsung support the same amount of effective RAM in each of their phones, at 8GB.
The Samsung S22+ has double the storage of the Apple iPhone 13, with 256GB of native storage, compared to Apple’s 128GB.
Both models support a 4500mAh battery, putting them on equal footing here.
Whilst it would be stupid to compare two completely different operating systems, it’s important to note that Samsung’s Android 12 benchmarks at far more efficient than the iOS 15 provided on the iPhone 13.
Apple barely manages to scrape ahead here with a 1170x2532px OLED screen, compared to Samsung’s 1080x2340px OLED.
With both of these models priced at almost the exact same price point, the specs of both phones show us that the Samsung Galaxy S22+ is simply better value for money. Providing you with a range of cutting-edge hardware, and software supports.
Samsung Galaxy S22+ – Worth the Buy?
The Samsung Galaxy S22+ has launched at an interesting time for the phone market. With more and more competitive options out there, it is becoming more difficult to swallow the premium price point that Samsung demands.
Does that mean it’s not worth buying? Absolutely not. If you’re looking to spend over $1000 on a phone, then the Samsung Galaxy S22+ provides you with one of the best pieces of hardware for that price point.
However, if you’re looking to spend within the $600-800 mark, then the S22 lineup simply isn’t worth the investment.
With the east Asian market now getting its hands on the Samsung Galaxy S22+, it will be interesting to see how the S22 line up fares in this highly competitive consumer landscape.