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Samsung Galaxy A22 4G: Is a smartphone without 5G already outdated?

The Samsung Galaxy A22 4G looks a bit outdated but isn't really a bad smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy A22 4G looks a bit outdated but isn't really a bad smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy A22 4G dares to replace the modern 5G mobile communication standard with other equipment characteristics. But is it still able to keep up with other smartphones?
Florian Schmitt (translated by Mark Riege), 🇩🇪

Samsung isn't really known for offering the best price-performance ratio, but with the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G, the manufacturer offered a decent smartphone at a good price. Now we had the 4G version in our test lab and were skeptical whether a 4G smartphone at a similar price would really be able to keep up.

At least, the Korean manufacturer made some effort in offering some improved equipment compared to the 5G version, such as an optical image stabilizer in the camera, an additional macro lens, and an AMOLED-Display. So if you only have to pay 20 Euros (~$24) less for this, it should be quite a good deal, right?

Well, there are several issues that limit the equipment advantage of the Samsung Galaxy A22 4G. If we start with the price, the 20 Euros difference aren't really a lot, and if you only search the Internet for a while, there are even some vendors who already offer the two devices at the same price.

Secondly, there is the screen. Yes, you are getting AMOLED at 90 Hz here, although at this point this isn't unusual in this price class anymore. But the screen of the Galaxy A22 4G is very dark and only offers a 720p resolution, which isn't up to the current standards anymore at more than 200 Euros (~$235).

The optical image stabilizer is quite nice, and the macro lens also brings a bit more flexibility to the camera system. But why was the video resolution reduced compared to the 5G version?

We were also not very enthusiastic about the performance of the smartphone, since you get significantly more in other devices for the same price. So the reason for the Samsung smartphone appearing aged is not its lack of 5G but the lack of performance and the fact that there are more modern smartphones for the same amount of money at this point.

And this is perhaps also the biggest problem of the Galaxy A22 4G: at this point there are simply very good alternatives, such as the Xiaomi Poco X3.

This means that the device is targeted for a particular group of buyers: those who like Samsung and perhaps don't want to buy a Chinese device and who don't need 5G might find the smartphone very attractive.

You can find a detailed evaluation with a lot of background information, test results, and appraisals in our detailed review of the Samsung Galaxy A22 4G.

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Florian Schmitt
Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile - 926 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
I initially wrote about gaming laptops when I joined Notebookcheck in 2009. I was then involved with the setup of the comparison portal Notebookinfo and worked with social media concepts for large companies like BMW and Adidas, while also returning to work for Notebookcheck in 2012. Nowadays, I focus on smartphones, tablets, and future technologies. Since 2018 I have been Managing Editor for mobile device reviews, working alongside my colleague Daniel Schmidt.
contact me via: @FloSchmi26, LinkedIn, Xing
Mark Riege
Translator: Mark Riege - Translator - 314 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
Having worked as a programmer for 20 years (medical devices, AI, data management systems), I've been following the computer scene for many years and especially enjoy finding out about new technology advances. Originally from Germany but living in the US, I've been working as a translator more recently, with Notebookcheck allowing me to combine my interest in new devices and translation. Other interests include Buddhism, spending time in Tibetan monasteries, and translating ancient Tibetan texts.
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Florian Schmitt, 2021-08-28 (Update: 2021-08-26)