Samsung’s latest F-Series smartphone looks quite practical, goes significantly to battery life and seems to offer decent hardware at a budget price. However, after using it for more than a week, I found that not everything that the Samsung Galaxy F22 offers, but what it doesn’t, makes it just an average budget smartphone in general.
Samsung Galaxy F22 price in India and options
Samsung’s Galaxy F22 is available in two variants. There is a basic version of 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage that we received for this review and it is priced at Rs 12,499 in India. Then there is a second option with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of memory, which costs 14,499 rupees.
Design by Samsung Galaxy F22
Galaxy F22 has a clean design, which is practical at best. Available in two colors – Denim Black and Denim Blue. The smartphone has a plastic body with a display panel made of Gorilla Glass 5. The plastic body has a matte finish with fine grooves on the back, which provides good traction. Both the display glass and the back panel are good for fingerprint resistance. The fit and finish feel solid without creaking. Despite its thickness of 9.4 mm and weight of 203 grams, the relatively tall body of the Galaxy F22 facilitated retention. It is even convenient enough to use with one hand, which is quite an achievement for a smartphone with a 6000 mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy F22 has a 6.4-inch display with a drop-shaped cutout at the top and a noticeable chin at the bottom. The cutout of the display looks a bit outdated, as most smartphones at this price already have displays with cut holes. Placing the ambient light sensor in this cutout accidentally dimmed the display while playing landscape games, because I eventually blocked it with my thumb. Fortunately, the Game Booster app has a handy switch to disable automatic brightness adjustment while playing games.
Samsung Galaxy F22 specifications and Software
The Galaxy F22 uses the MediaTek Helio G80 processor, which was 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 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage, along with a microSD card slot to expand storage to 1TB. Connection options include support for 4G / LTE, Bluetooth 5 and dual-band Wi-Fi ac.
The 6.4-inch display has HD + (720×1600) resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. Since this is a Super AMOLED panel, Samsung has enabled the Always On Display (AOD) feature, which displays notification icons when the phone is locked.
There is also an FM radio app that allows you to listen to local stations after plugging in a pair of wired headphones. The phone has a single speaker located at the bottom and a 3.5 mm headphone jack at the top. It has a 6000 mAh battery and this phone supports cable charging up to 25W.
The Galaxy F22 runs on Samsung’s One UI 3.1 software, which is based on Android 11. Samsung seems to have been working on optimizing its rather bloated One UI to perform well on the 4GB RAM version of the Galaxy F22. However, there is a collection of pre-installed Samsung-branded apps that you can’t get rid of, along with several third-party apps from Microsoft and others that can be uninstalled. Although I have all these apps, I was surprised to see very few promotional notifications when using the phone.
Samsung Galaxy F22 performance and battery life
Using a display with a refresh rate of 90 Hz definitely improved the software experience of the Galaxy F22 and felt smooth when sliding between screens or scrolling through long social broadcasts. The HD + resolution is low compared to the full-HD + panels used by some competitors at this price level, but the panel has bright colors and deep blacks, which are evident when streaming movies and playing games. Although sharp enough for everyday use, Netflix only recognizes support for the Widevine L3, which allows SD-quality playback. Thus, some of the content did not look as sharp as competing smartphones, some of which support Widevine L1 with HD resolution.
Although the experience with the use of the device was satisfactory, the tests we conducted showed generally lower than average performance for this price level. Samsung Galaxy F22 scored 1.61,369 in AnTuTu, while Realme Narzo 30 scored 3.56,846 points. I also noticed performance gaps between the two Geekbench phones, with the Galaxy F22 scoring 372 and 1313 in single- and multi-core tests, while the Realme Narzo 30 scored 532 and 1700 points, respectively.
The gaming experience was decent at best, and the smartphone glowed a lot while playing demanding games like Call of Duty: Mobile and Asphalt 9: Legends in the default settings. Call of Duty: Mobile works with a lot of missed frames in the default settings for average graphics and frame rate. Asphalt 9: Legends also stuttered and played during the game. In fact, this is a smartphone that is not designed for intense 3D games, but is more suitable for casual titles.
The 6000 mAh battery can be charged up to 25W, but Samsung only includes a 15W charger in the box. Apparently, charging was relatively slow – the Galaxy F22 took 2 hours and 41 minutes to go from a low battery to a fully charged one. The large battery also means good battery life, and Samsung’s software optimizations seem to have paid off, as the phone lasted 29 hours and 35 minutes in our HD video battery test. With regular use, which included many social media apps, an hour of gaming, two or more hours of video streaming and taking pictures, the phone easily lasted two days before I had to reach for a charger. The display refresh rate was set to 90Hz during testing, and changing to 60Hz would add a few more hours.
Samsung Galaxy F22 cameras
The Samsung Galaxy F22 has a quad rear camera with a 48-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor that is used when Portrait mode is active. The selfies are processed by a 13-megapixel camera, which is located inside the display. The camera interface is easy to use with easy access to the relevant controls along with a customizable camera mode switch.
The photos taken in daylight with the help of the main camera came out clean and showed good detail and dynamic range. The colors were a little saturated, but they didn’t look too different from the actual scene. The photos taken with the ultra-wide-angle camera were not as detailed as those taken with the main camera, and looked decent at best, with noticeable purple fringes and some bulging accents in lighter areas.
The daily selfies, when using portrait mode, came out a bit hazy, with brightly lit backgrounds that were overexposed. I noticed the same problems when using portrait mode with the rear camera. The edge detection was decent and the camera didn’t hesitate to cut my hair when I wanted to. The macros showed a passable level of detail, but were not sharp enough to be usable.
As expected, the camera’s performance in low light was low. The main camera slowly locked the focus and the photos showed a lot of noise in darker areas, as well as blurry textures everywhere. Night mode enhanced such photos by making them brighter, but the textures and details only got worse and some photos ended up looking pretty smudged. The ultra-wide angle camera cannot be used in low light, creating only blurry photos, and night mode is not useful here. Using the front camera in low light resulted in selfies with noticeable noise, medium detail and dull colors. Night mode controls better color, but cannot correct noise.
Video recording reaches 1080p 30fps for the front and rear cameras. The video, shot in daylight with the help of the front camera, came out a bit shaky and the backgrounds were overexposed, but there were objective levels of detail in the foreground. The 1080p 30fps video shot with the rear camera looked pretty good with good stabilization and detail. The phone can also capture 1080p video using the ultra-wide-angle camera, and such clips showed decent stabilization with passable detail, but the brighter parts of the scene were overexposed. Shots in low light had noticeable noise, but were usable provided there was ambient light nearby. Switching to the ultra-wide-angle camera at night resulted in videos that looked very boring.
After using the Samsung Galaxy F22 for a week, I found that it is a decent budget smartphone for those with basic needs, but it has a lot of drawbacks.
It has a live Super AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 90 Hz, which is good for watching videos and improves practical use. Then there is the 6000 mAh battery for those who are not looking for compromises in terms of battery life.
But if you take a long look at the competition, you will begin to realize that other companies offer much more, not only in terms of specifications, but even convenience. You should also keep in mind that the Super AMOLED display does not actually mean that you get bright-looking video quality because you are limited to SD content for OTT applications. Battery life is well optimized, but the mega 6000 mAh battery takes more than two hours to charge with the included 15 W charger.
Some people may be fine with these trade-offs, however Realme Narzo 30 (Review), offers good battery life, full HD + display with support for HD content and faster charging with a 30W charger in the box. Then there is Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 10 (Review), which for an additional 500 rupees offers 33W charging, full HD + Super AMOLED display and stereo speakers.