Galaxy S22 battery life & tests: upgrade or disappointment?
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The entire Galaxy S22 series are finally here, after months of anticipation! No more betting on leaks and rumors about the various specs: we’ve got all the information we need straight from the horse’s mouth. Now, it’s time to get down to business and see just what kind of battery life the new models pack, and how they measure up against past flagships.
Galaxy S22 battery life
We should warn you ahead of time not to hold your breath when it comes to the milliAmp hours these three phones come with. On paper, there is no improvement at all from last year’s specs, although the new chipset’s efficiency was supposed to more than make up for that fact.
Galaxy S22+ battery life
The mid-range model in the series, Samsung announced, holds 4,500 mAh. Similarly to the Galaxy S22, this is another 300 mAh decrease from the device’s last-year predecessor, and yet another potential disappointment. We’ll know for sure, however, once we fully run our tests. Samsung gives 69 hours of playback as the only official benchmark on the S22 Plus so far.
We’re currently conducting tests to get an accurate reading of how well the S22 and S22+ hold up against their 2021 siblings, given the power gains promised by the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset (which will be equipped in all the models within the United States).
Galaxy S22 Ultra battery life
According to Samsung, this is enough for 81 hours of audio playback. We’ve already finished conducting some tests of our own as well, and we’ve revealed the results below.
Our YouTube video streaming test also proved somewhat of a disappointment. The device lasted 7.5 hours while playing YouTube videos, which leaves a significant margin between the S22 Ultra’s performance, and competitors with the same battery capacity. We ran the test twice, and the results were disappointingly consistent both times.
Samsung Galaxy S22 series: charging speeds
The Galaxy S22 series has mostly kept the same charging speeds as the Galaxy S21 range. Samsung did make an exception when it comes to fast charging on the S22 Ultra and S22+, though. These two now bring 45W wired charging, and 15W wireless charging speeds to the table, which is a definite improvement from the last “ultra” and “plus” models.
The wired charging speed for the S22, as we said, remains completely unchanged at 25 Watts. Qi wireless charging is also set at 15W, identical across the entire S22 series.
Samsung clearly isn’t breaking ground with battery life, so let’s hope the rest is enough
The Samsung S22 series will clearly not be one to stand out for its battery life. In this era, phones of the caliber and size of even the Galaxy S22 standard model can easily fit a 5,000 mAh battery, so consumers definitely won’t be motivated much in their buying decision by this factor.
It’s finally time to pre-order your Samsung Galaxy S22 flagship
Although the official reservation period has ended, along with its exclusive perks, you are now able to pre-order every model in the series directly from Samsung. Just keep in mind that it will arrive sometime after February 25, which is the official date that the Galaxy S22 series hits the stores.