Samsung reveals the Galaxy A22 5G, its cheapest 5G phone yet

Samsung reveals the Galaxy A22 5G, its cheapest 5G phone yet

Samsung sells many different budget phones, and slowly but surely, 5G is tricking down the ladder. The company brought five Galaxy A-series phones to the United States back in April, and now Samsung has announced two more models in the A-series: the Galaxy A22 and Galaxy A22 5G. Like most other A-series devices, Samsung is selling a 5G variant for regions with functional 5G networks and a cheaper model for the rest of the world.

SpecificationGalaxy A22Galaxy A22 5G
Build
  • Plastic back
  • Plastic frame
  • Plastic back
  • Plastic frame
Dimensions & Weight
  • 159.3 x 73.6 x 8.4mm
  • 186g
  • 167.2 x 76.4 x 9.0mm
  • 203g
Display
  • 6.4-inch HD+ Super AMOLED 90Hz
  • Infinity-U Display
  • 6.6-inch HD+ TFT 90Hz
  • Infinity-V Display
SoCMediaTek Helio G80MediaTek Dimensity 700
RAM & Storage
  • 4GB RAM + 64GB storage
  • 4GB RAM + 128GB storage
  • 6GB RAM + 128GB storage
  • 4GB RAM + 64GB storage
  • 4GB RAM + 128GB storage
  • 6GB RAM + 128GB storage
  • 8GB RAM + 128GB storage
  • microSD up to 1TB on all models
Battery & Charging
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • 15W wired charging
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • 15W wired charging
SecuritySide-mounted fingerprint sensorSide-mounted fingerprint sensor
Rear Cameras
  • Main: 48MP (f/1.8), OIS
  • Ultra Wide: 8MP (f/2.2)
  • Depth: 2MP (f/2.4)
  • Macro: 2MP (f/2.4)
  • Main: 48MP (f/1.8)
  • Ultra Wide: 5MP (f/2.2)
  • Depth: 2MP (f/2.4)
Front Camera(s)13MP (f/2.2)8MP (f/2.0)
PortsUnknownUnknown
AudioDolby AtmosDolby Atomos
ConnectivityLTE5G
SoftwareOne UI (Android 11)One UI (Android 11)

Despite sharing a similar name and design, the two devices have significant differences beyond connectivity support. The LTE-only Galaxy A22 has a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen, while the A22 5G has a larger 6.6-inch display, but it’s LCD instead of AMOLED. Samsung is using the MediaTek Helio G80 in the cheaper model and a MediaTek Dimensity 700 in the A22 5G. Storage and RAM also varies, with three possible variations on the LTE phone and four on the 5G phone, depending on region.

The camera setup is also different on each model. Both have a 48MP main camera, but the LTE phone has an 8MP ultra-wide while the 5G model’s ultra-wide is only 5MP. The Galaxy A22 5G also doesn’t have the 2MP macro lens of the entry-level A22, but if we’re being honest, that’s not much of a loss. Finally, the LTE phone has a 13MP selfie camera, while the 5G phone’s front lens is only 8MP.

The Galaxy A22 will be available in black, white, mint, and violet, while the A22 5G replaces the black option with gray. Pricing will vary by country and region — the 64GB A22 5G will cost €229 in most of Europe, or €249 for 128GB. No pricing information for the non-5G phone has been made public yet, and it’s not clear if either model will be released in North America or India.

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Corbin Davenport
Corbin Davenport

Corbin is a tech journalist and software developer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. He's also the host of the Tech Tales podcast, which explores the history of the technology industry. Follow him on Twitter at @corbindavenport.