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Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra - First Impressions and Unboxing

Shortly after we finished reviewing the Galaxy S22+, Samsung has sent the top-tier device of the S22 family - the S22 Ultra.

Like many of its flagship smartphones, Samsung packs the S22 Ultra in a familiar black box with the big "S" at the middle, representing the S series. The color of the S logo tells you the color variant of the device inside your box. Mine is in Green, while there are three other color options available: Burgundy, Phantom White, and Phantom Black.

Opening up the box, you'll be greeted by the phone itself along with a box of documentation and a SIM ejector tucked into the lid. Since this one's a flagship device, you won't get a charging unit in the box but there's a USB-A to USB-C cable included.

In terms of aesthetics, the S22 Ultra, unlike the S22+, comes in a rectangular body with less curved edges, which actually makes it more comfortable to hold despite being bigger than its siblings. Protected by Gorilla Glass Victus+, the back panel has a pleasing matte finish that keeps fingerprints and dust away well.

Gone is the camera bump on the back, which allows for the phone to lay pretty flat on surfaces. The quad rear camera setup consists of:

  • 108MP (F1.8) wide main camera

  • 10MP (F2.4) telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom

  • 12MP (F2.2) ultra-wide camera

  • 10MP (F4.9) telephoto camera with 10x optical zoom

Meanwhile, we have a 40MP selfie camera on the front.

On the right, there's a volume rocker and a power button. The bottom, where it's most packed, houses a SIM card slot, a USB-C charging port, a speaker grille, and a dedicated slot for the S Pen.

The 6.8" screen boasts a Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display with a WQHD+ resolution. In the settings menu, you can choose to switch between a 120Hz refresh rate for super smooth scrolling and a standard 60Hz refresh rate to conserve battery. A fingerprint scanner is built in the display at a height that's to my liking.

Specs-wise, the unit that I received is equipped with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset and a 5000mAh battery, along with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

On paper, the Galaxy S22 Ultra should be the most powerful device in the series with the latest Snapdragon processor, which boasts upgrades in performance, cameras, connectivity, and more. It's still a little early to judge but we're sure it will do well with triple-A titles and running multiple apps in the background. Stay tuned for our full review.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra now retails from RM5,099 and comes with 30% off for the Samsung Care+ plan upon purchase.

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