Move over Galaxy A32 5G, Samsung has a new cheapest 5G phone – the Galaxy A22 5G will become available in July starting at €230. For comparison, the A32 5G started at €280 and the weird thing is that the A22 5G is the better phone. Not that we’re complaining. Also, there’s a 4G model of the A22 that differs in several key aspects beyond the connectivity.
Before we dive into the details, check out these infographics that focus the top features of each model and help highlight the differences:
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G
Samsung doesn’t like to talk about chipsets, but it’s pretty clear that this model is powered by the Dimensity 700. It starts with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage, which allows it to hit that €230 price target. There is also a model with 128 GB storage, that one can have 4GB, 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The 4/128GB option starts at €250. Note that different countries will get different models, e.g. the Netherlands gets the cheaper 4/64GB, while neighbor Belgium gets the pricier 4/128GB version.
€20 for an extra 64GB sounds reasonable, but the A22 5G has a microSD slot (unlike the A22 4G), so it’s okay to get the smaller option. The 5G model gets the better screen too (in contrast with the A32 pair).
Well, better if you don’t insist on an AMOLED panel. What you get is a 6.6” LCD with 1080p+ resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. However, the 5G model doesn’t do so well in the camera department.
The triple cam on the rear is home to a 48MP main module (no OIS) and a 5MP ultra wide-angle module (plus a depth sensor). The 8MP selfie camera is in a V-shaped notch on the front.
Both phones have 5,000mAh batteries and both support 15W fast charging. Also, both have side-mounted fingerprint readers.
Again, the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G will be available in select regions starting in July at €230 (or slightly more if the 64 GB version is not available). You can pick between four colorways: Gray, White, Mint, and Violet.
Samsung Galaxy A22 LTE
The Samsung Galaxy A22 is quite different from its sibling, in fact, the name suggests a far greater familiar connection than exists in reality. For starters, this one is powered by the older Helio G80 chipset. The base memory configuration is 4/64GB, with a 128GB option available, though this time the RAM selection is limited to 4GB and 6GB. And keep in mind that there is no microSD slot on this one.
The screen is different too, very different. It is a 6.4” Super AMOLED panel with 720p+ resolution. The one spec shared between the two is the 90Hz refresh rate. Even the notch has a different shape. And it holds a different camera too, a 13MP unit.
The rear cam features a 48MP sensor in the main module, this time with OIS. And the ultra wide-angle camera gets upgraded to an 8MP sensor. There’s also a 2MP macro cam to keep the depth sensor company.
With different screens come different dimensions too. The A22 4G measures 159.3 x 73.6 x 8.4 mm and weighs 186g, the A22 5G is bigger, thicker and heavier at 167.2 x 76.4 x 9.0mm and 203g.
We haven’t seen pricing or availability info for the Galaxy A22 yet. The palette on this one is slightly different, these are the four colors available: Black, White, Mint and Violet.