Someone rightly said about the middle child: the one that secretly keeps the family from falling apart. The thing about being a middle child is that you learn from the elder ones and teach the younger ones. When it comes to premium smartphones, brands often launch three variants – the best, the best of the rest, and the small-sized phone. Like every year, Samsung unveiled its flagship Galaxy S-series of smartphones in India. Samsung Galaxy S22 series of smartphones consist of three smartphones — Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+ and Galaxy S22 Ultra. Out of the three, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is the most expensive, Galaxy S22+ is the premium model and the Galaxy S22 is the affordable flagship smartphone. While the Ultra will get the most eyeballs and the ‘vanilla’ S22 will appeal to those who want a small form factor, it is the S22+ which might turn out to be the most important phone in Samsung’s galaxy. The Galaxy S22+ comes with a starting price tag of Rs 84,999 and it is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. Available in eight different colour options — the smartphone offers the best of both Galaxy S22 Ultra and the Galaxy S22 – there’s the middle child syndrome again. We used the smartphone for some time to help you decide if you should invest in it or not. So, here’s our detailed review of the Samsung Galaxy S22+.

Samsung Galaxy S22+ review: Design
The sleek and stylish smartphone strikes a perfect balance between the too large and too small sizes available in the market. Having said that, the Galaxy S22+ has borrowed its design aesthetics from its predecessor. With the Galaxy S22+, the company has reduced the curved shape of the smartphone. The back of the smartphone is now flat which offers a slab-like design look to the smartphone. The camera module still sits on the top left corner but it no longer consists of the same contour cut shape which was present in the Samsung Galaxy S21+. The protruding camera bump makes the phone wobbly when kept on a flat surface. The smartphone comes in eight colour options giving a lot of choices to its customers. This is a big phone but somehow feels rather compact and its slab-like design offer a firm grip to the user.

Along with this, the smartphone is also comfortable to use with one hand. You can find the power button and volume rockers on the right side, while the SIM card tray and USB Type C charging port is placed at the bottom. The top and left edges of the smartphone are plain and are uninterrupted. The front of the smartphone is dominated by a 6.6-inch FHD+ display which is surrounded by thin bezels on all sides and a punch-hole cutout placed in the centre that houses the selfie camera. The smartphone is also home to an in-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor which works quite fast and smoothly. Samsung Galaxy S22+ also comes with an IP68 rating which makes the smartphone water-resistant. The smaller size of the phone and its feature-rich hardware and software makes it a user-friendly and ideal smartphone for someone who wants a premium experience.

Samsung Galaxy S22+ review: Display
The display is where Samsung phones earn their stripes and the Galaxy S22+ is no different. The smartphone houses a 6.6-inch FHD+ Infinity O AMOLED display with a 48-120Hz adaptive refresh rate. The display is also protected with a layer of Gorilla Glass Victus+ on top. The display on the Galaxy S22+ is slightly smaller as compared to the last year’s launched Galaxy S21+. But that hardly made any difference to the user experience. The default display settings on the smartphone offer a soothing feel to the users, but you can also change the colour profiles and switch to the one you like.

The Galaxy S22+ offers an adaptive refresh rate. The refresh rate of the display stays static at 60Hz and it can shoot up to 120Hz. Along with this, the smartphone display can also very well handle lower refresh rates. Also, the variable refresh rate of the display does not hamper the battery backup of the smartphone. Samsung also claims that the combination of the screen and the processor work well together and lead to lesser power consumption. Apart from this, the display on the Samsung Galaxy S22+ offers a smooth scrolling experience with crisp colour reproduction. The smartphone also offers an interesting feature called Vision Boost. With this feature, you can get a brightness level of up to 1750 nits. The smartphone also manages to offer great visibility under direct sunlight thanks to its high brightness levels.

Along with this, the Samsung Galaxy S22+ users also get some additional controls for the display such as night mode, blue light levels and more which enable them to optimise and get the maximum from the display. The display is definitely a strong point of Samsung Galaxy S22+ and it does outshine its competitors.

Samsung Galaxy S22+ review: Performance
Like always, the Samsung Galaxy S22 series comes in two variants — one powered by Exynos 2200 chipset and the other by Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Samsung has always launched the Exynos variant in India. But things changed with the launch of the Galaxy S22 series. For the first time, Samsung launched the Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered versions of the smartphones in India. So, the Samsung Galaxy S22+ is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset paired with 8GB of RAM. The smartphone comes in two storage options — 128GB and 256GB.

The all-new Samsung smartphone undoubtedly offered a smooth performance, thanks to the flagship Qualcomm processor. The smartphone can handle all the tasks thrown at it and nothing taxed the smartphone. You can easily do everything on the Samsung Galaxy S22+ – be it web browsing, scrolling social media, binge-watch content or playing games. You will also not feel any lag while multitasking and the games and apps are also quick to launch. You can also use your heavy-duty editing apps on the Galaxy S22+ without any issue. Apart from the usual stuff, you can also enjoy gaming the Samsung Galaxy S22+. The powerful 4nm processor easily handles graphic-intensive games. The smartphone also supports a touch sampling rate of 240Hz when used via the Game Launcher.

Samsung Galaxy S22+ sports stereo speakers tuned by Dolby Atmos and the audio output of the device will not disappoint you at all. The dual speakers on the smartphone offer a pretty loud and clear sound output. You will not notice any distortion even at high volume levels. We loved the sound experience on both headphones and speakers.

Coming to the software part, Samsung Galaxy S22+ runs Android 12 operating system out-of-the-box topped with the company’s own One UI 4.1 The new UI layer from Samsung has borrowed its colour accents from the Android 12’s colour palettes. Along with this, the UI also comes with new widgets, emojis and customisation options. The new layer of UI also comes with enhanced privacy settings and a new privacy dashboard that allow users to manage and monitor permissions. The user interface is pretty clean but the same as the other Samsung smartphones, this also comes with some pre-installed apps. Some of these apps can be deleted but others will stay on the smartphone. The smartphone comes with a split-screen feature that helps you to multitask and the support for Samsung Dex will help cast your phone to your Windows laptop.

Samsung Galaxy S22+ review: Camera
Samsung Galaxy S22+ sports a triple rear camera which comprises a 50MP main sensor with f/1.8 aperture, a 12MP ultra-wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a 10MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture. The smartphone camera comes with 3x optical zoom and is capable of recording 4k videos at 60 fps and 8k videos at 30fps. The smartphone houses a 10MP selfie camera with an f/2.2 aperture. Keeping up with the tradition, Samsung Galaxy S22+ delivers excellent camera performance.

The camera module on the smartphone looks quite similar to the Galaxy S21+, but the company has undoubtedly improved its performance. The smartphone features some advanced new shooting tools such as the Nightography mode and the Adaptive Pixel technology which let in more light and capture colours that make the content pop even in the dark. The camera also offers a Portrait mode with the new AI Stereo Depth Map, and your subjects will look better than ever with even the smallest details appearing crisp and clear courtesy of the AI algorithm.

The main camera on the Samsung Galaxy S22+ quickly focuses on the subject and offers almost perfect white balance and exposure. However, on some occasions, you will notice a bit of oversaturation in the colours but despite that, the images turn out pretty well. The images captured using the main camera offered sharp colour reproduction with an ample amount of details. The image quality is not compromised even in dark locations. You will also notice negligible noise in the images taken with the main camera. The telephoto lens on the smartphone camera offers a range of 3x optical zoom.

The images captured with the zoom effect offered plenty of detailing without too much noise. But you might notice some colour issues with the images captured using the telephoto lens and they also lack sharpness. The 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens on the Samsung Galaxy S22+ also does a fine job. You will notice some distortion in the images when you reach 120-degree field of view. The colour reproduction is quite accurate and the images also contain a lot of detail. Also, the camera on the Samsung Galaxy S22+ offers an excellent amount of focal length which enables you to experiment with the shots captured. The camera on the Galaxy S22+ also does a good job when it comes to night photography.

The smartphone camera performs very well in the video department as well. The smartphone is capable of recording 8K videos and you can also capture FHD videos at 30fps with ease.

The videos recorded with the Samsung Galaxy S22+ turned out well and with an almost perfect amount of clarity, exposure and dynamic range. The videos recorded during night turned out sharp and bright with an ample amount of details. The camera application on the Samsung Galaxy S22+ offers a lot of features that enable users to experiment and try new things. You can shoot videos in pro mode, slow motion mode, hyperlapse and more.

Samsung Galaxy S22+ review: Battery
Surprisingly, Samsung Galaxy S22+ performs well in this department, despite its smaller battery size. Yes, Samsung Galaxy S22+ houses a smaller battery as compared to its predecessor — Galaxy S21+. The Galaxy S22+ packs a 4500mAh battery as compared to the battery of Galaxy S21+ which has a 4800mAh battery. Thanks to the display technology and some software enhancements, the high-end Samsung smartphone managed to offer a day’s battery backup on a single charge. Along with this, the smartphone also offers fast charging support. Samsung Galaxy S22+ comes with 45W fast charging, 15W Qi wireless charging and wireless PowerShare feature. You will not get a charging adapter with the phone. The company claims that the smartphone can charge from 0% to 50% in 15 minutes. But despite a smaller battery, the smartphone performs well and you will not feel let down by its battery performance.

Samsung Galaxy S22+ review: Verdict
Samsung Galaxy S22+ is definitely a solid smartphone that offers the best of both hardware and software. The smartphone comes with a sleek design and packs a powerful processor. Along with it, it also comes with fast charging and wireless charging support. At a starting price tag of Rs 84,999, Samsung Galaxy S22+ can give tough competition to iPhone 13. It is an ideal option for those who are looking for an iPhone alternative and want to stick to the Android operating system. Samsung has got the ammo in the form of this smartphone to take on the competition in this price segment. You won’t go wrong with this smartphone as it delivers on every count.