It’s amazing how much manufacturers have managed to cram into cellphones under Rs. 15,000 in price. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 features a 5000mAh battery with 33W fast charging, a full-HD+ Super AMOLED display, dual speakers, four back cameras, and a full-HD+ Super AMOLED display (including the 33W charger). The Narzo 30 from Realme features a 90Hz refresh rate display, MediaTek Helio G95 SoC, a stylish design, and 30W charging.
Samsung appears to have discovered some unique methods to distinguish out with the Galaxy F22. The Galaxy F22 has a 90Hz refresh rate Super AMOLED display and a 6000mAh battery with support for 25W charging at Rs. 12,499, which seems like a lot. Will this be sufficient in comparison to what the competition has to offer in this price range? I had the opportunity to spend some time with the Samsung Galaxy F22, and here are my initial thoughts.
There are two versions of the Samsung Galaxy F22. The basic model has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, which is the one we received for review. In India, it costs Rs. 12,499. Then there’s the more ambitious 6GB RAM and 128GB storage model, which comes in at Rs. 14,499, which is also reasonably priced. Both will be available in two denim colours: black and blue denim.
For this review, we received a Samsung Galaxy F22 in Denim Black. It has a plastic body and the display is protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The back panel is made of plastic with a tiny ridge-like design that provides good grip and repels fingerprints and smudges. With a thickness of 9.3mm, the Samsung Galaxy F22 isn’t exactly thin. It’s also a little hefty, weighing in at 203g. It appears to have a pleasant hand feel to me, and limited one-handed use is manageable.
The fingerprint reader is built inside the right-hand power button, which is positioned above the volume rocker. The card reader is on the left, and the 3.5mm headphone connector, USB Type-C port, and speaker are on the right.
The Samsung Galaxy F22 boasts a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 90Hz. It has a high-resolution display with vibrant colours. The Gorilla Glass 5 screen is resistant to fingerprints. The presence of a waterdrop-style notch at the top of the display was unusual, given that most smartphones in this price range now feature hole-punch displays, which appear cleaner. A thick bezel at the bottom of the display also takes up room on the front.
The Galaxy F22 includes a triple-slot tray with two Nano-SIM slots and a separate microSD card slot. Up to 1TB of storage may be added to the smartphone.
At the back, there is a square-shaped camera module. A 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth camera make up the quad camera system on this phone. A 13-megapixel front camera is responsible for selfies.
The Samsung Galaxy F22 has a 6,000mAh battery and can charge at 25W, however it only comes with a 15W charger. This is a little disappointing in comparison to what the competition has to offer in this pricing bracket, but I expect the 6,000mAh battery to last longer.
Samsung’s One UI 3.1 (based on Android 11) runs the show, and it seemed to function nicely throughout my initial testing. The 90Hz refresh rate display also makes the software look smooth, and I had to remind myself that this is a smartphone with only 4GB of RAM. Several applications and games, including several Samsung-branded ones, come preloaded. There are also some third-party apps like Moj and MX TakaTak, as well as Samsung’s standard selection of Microsoft programmes including Office, OneDrive, LinkedIn, and Outlook.
The MediaTek Helio G80 SoC isn’t terrible for a cheap smartphone, but for an extra Rs. 500, Realme’s Narzo 30 (Review) provides the higher-end Helio G95 CPU. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 678 SoC powers Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 10 (Review), which comes with a full HD+ Super AMOLED display, dual stereo speakers, and 33W quick charging at Rs. 12,999. In its basic variant, which costs Rs. 10,999, Poco’s M3 (Review) utilises a toned-down Snapdragon 662 SoC with 6GB of RAM.
Based on the physical specifications, it’s easy to assume that, aside from the large battery, Samsung’s newest F-series smartphone has nothing to offer. It isn’t just about the gear, though. Stay tuned for our complete review, which should be out shortly. We’ll be looking at the overall user experience, battery life, software, construction quality, and camera performance, among other things.