Galaxy A22 LTE vs 5G: Multimedia refinement vs raw performance and 5G

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The Galaxy A32 5G is no longer Samsung’s most affordable 5G phone of the year. After months of leaks and rumors teasing the eventual launch of the Galaxy A22 5G, Samsung finally took the veil off its affordable 5G phone as well as the LTE variant earlier today.

The Galaxy A22 LTE and 5G variants share some characteristics but they’re not the same. They could be described as opposite sides of the same coin. One model appears to be better at multimedia and entertainment than the other, and the inclusion of 5G came with a few sacrifices.

Galaxy A22 LTE vs 5G: Display

The Galaxy A22 LTE and 5G variants couldn’t have been more different in regards to their displays. The 4G / LTE model has a 6.4-inch HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-U display with a 90Hz refresh rate.

In contrast, the Galaxy A22 5G has a larger 6.6-inch panel with a higher FHD+ resolution. However, the panel is of the TFT variety, it has an Infinity-V display cutout, and more importantly, it’s limited to 60Hz.

Once again, it looks like 5G enthusiasts will have to sacrifice display refresh rate in favor of faster network speeds, though we’re not sure if many people would prefer the latter option, especially in regions where 5G might not be easily accessible.

Galaxy A22 LTE vs 5G: Internal hardware

Fortunately for 5G enthusiasts, the Galaxy A22 5G is equipped with a superior chipset, i.e., the MediaTek Dimensity 700. It has two performance CPU cores clocked at 2.2GHz, six additional CPU cores operating at a frequency of up to 2.0GHz, and a Mali-G57 MC2 graphics chip.

The Galaxy A22 LTE is powered by the MediaTek Helio G80 SoC — same as the Galaxy A32 LTE. It features dual 2GHz high-performance CPU cores and six additional CPU cores operating at 2.0GHz. The CPU is paired with a not-as-powerful Mali-G52 MP2 GPU.

Both models come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage as standard. Beyond that, the Galaxy A22 LTE will be available with 4GB / 6GB of RAM + 128GB of storage. The 128GB Galaxy A22 5G will be released with 4GB, 6GB, and 8GB of RAM.

Regardless of connectivity options, the Galaxy A22 is powered by a 5,000mAh battery with 15W fast charging.

Galaxy A22 LTE vs 5G: Cameras

The Galaxy A22 LTE is vastly superior to the Galaxy A22 5G in terms of mobile photography. The 4G / LTE model is equipped with a 48MP main shooter with an f/1.8 aperture and OIS, whereas the 5G model has a 48MP sensor with a similar aperture but without OIS.

In addition, the Galaxy A22 4G / LTE has an 8MP ultra-wide (f/2.2) camera, a 2MP (f/2.4) depth shooter and a 2MP (f/2.4) macro sensor, as well as a 13MP (f/2.2) selfie camera.

The Galaxy A22 5G features a 5MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide sensor and a 2MP (f/2.4) depth sensor. It has an LED flash instead of a macro camera, and the selfie unit clocks in at a resolution of 8MP.

Galaxy A22 LTE vs 5G: Design and other features

The 4G and LTE models look quite similar but they can be easily differentiated by anyone who knows where to look. First of all, the 4G model has an Infinity-U display whereas the 5G variant is equipped with an Infinity-V panel.

Secondly, the Galaxy A22 4G carries the LED flash on the outside of the camera bump, whereas the 5G model incorporates the LED flash within the camera housing.

Both models feature side-mounted fingerprint sensors, and they’re available in similar shades of violet, mint, white, and black / gray.

The Galaxy A22 4G / LTE has a smaller footprint of 159.3 x 73.9 x 8.4mm and weighs 186 grams. The 5G model has a bigger display, so it’s slightly larger and heavier overall. It measures 167.2 x 76.4 x 9.0mm and weighs 203 grams.

Both variants feature Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, a USB-C port, and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. They ship with Android 11 and One UI 3.1 out of the box.

Galaxy A22 LTE vs 5G: Conclusion

Samsung has once again made a few sacrifices to bring 5G connectivity to the budget segment. Similar to the Galaxy A32, the Galaxy A22 4G is limited in terms of network connectivity but offers other advantages that are not easily ignored. The 4G model has a high refresh rate display, better cameras, and a slightly more modern design. It also boasts Super AMOLED technology.

The 5G model delivers more raw power thanks to the Dimensity 700 SoC and an additional RAM option but it’s lacking in other areas. So, anyone who cares about performance and 5G first will probably gravitate towards the 5G model, whereas Samsung customers who might be looking for a more rounded package and don’t care as much about 5G will get a lot more mileage out of the Galaxy A22 4G / LTE.

What side are you on? Would you prefer a faster SoC and 5G, or would you rather go with better cameras and a high refresh rate Super AMOLED display? Leave a comment below.

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