The Samsung Galaxy A22 5G launched in India around July this year, but with a lot of other high-profile smartphone launches leading up to the festive season, it has slipped under the radar until now. Samsung has been making a big noise about how the Galaxy A22 5G supports a wide array of 5G bands (11 in total), as well as its other features such as a high-refresh-rate display and two years of OS updates. There’s a lot of competition at around the Rs. 20,000 price point, some from Samsung’s own stable, plus recent heavy-hitters such as the Motorola Edge 20 Fusion and iQoo Z3.
Is the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G worth the money? Let’s find out.
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G price in India and variants
The Galaxy A22 5G is available in two variants in India — one with 6GB of RAM, priced at Rs. 19,999, and the other with 8GB of RAM, for 21,999. Both of these have 128GB of internal storage which is expandable thanks to the dedicated microSD card slot. The Samsung Galaxy A22 5G is available in Violet, Mint, and Gray. Samsung sent me a Mint colour unit with 6GB of RAM for this review.
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G design
The design of the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G feels a bit dated and boring. Don’t get me wrong, the fit and finish of the plastic is very good, and this Mint trim is somewhat unique. However, as soon as you turn on the display, you’ll see where Samsung has cut costs. First off, there’s the thick black bezel around the dewdrop notch, and a massive chin at the bottom, which makes the front of this phone look very dated and low-budget. The design of the camera bump resembles that of Samsung’s F series, which is odd, since I would have expected the more modern design that we saw on the Galaxy A72 and Galaxy A52.
The Samsung Galaxy A22 5G isn’t particularly slim but its curved edges help mask this. It’s a bit heavy at 203g but the weight is distributed well. A headphone jack, USB Type-C port, and the speaker are all lined up at the bottom. There’s a recessed power button on the right side which has a fingerprint sensor built in.
On the front, Samsung has fitted a large 6.6-inch LCD panel which has a full-HD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh …….