The Galaxy S22 Ultra is currently Samsung’s most premium smartphone. The device has many improvements compared to its predecessor, a new design and a useful port for charging the S-Pen.

The photographic section is one of the most promoted aspects by the company. The cameras of the Galaxy S22 Ultra usually achieve very good results when taking photos (although there is still a shutter lag to fix).

However, it seems that the experience is not so consistent in the video section, at least in one of the versions of the device.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra poor video quality on Exynos variant

As in previous generations, the S22 is powered by different chipsets depending on the market. One version uses the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, while the other uses the Exynos 2200.

But, curiously, the company’s own chipset seems to be performing worse than Qualcomm’s in the video recording section.

According to multiple reports, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra powered by Exynos chipset presents a poor video quality issue, which becomes even more evident in night scenarios (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12).

Exynos 2200 Galaxy S22 Ultra = Awful Video Quality!

Samsung must be kidding me? You had one year to fix it when I pointed out that the SD888 S21Ultra took better video than the Exynos S21Ultra.

And now this…


The main problem seems to be that the Exynos 2200 chipset does a worse job with OIS (optical image stabilization). This results in noisy video, with less detail and a slight ‘oil-painting’ effect while moving.

The thing is, both phones were supposed to be the same exact phone.

And based on that video, the Snapdragon S22 Ultra has a much better stabilisation compared to the Exynos variant. Whether it’ll be fixed via an update is another thing.

The problem can be seen much more clearly in the following video, where both versions of the Galaxy S22 Ultra (Exynos and Qualcomm) and an iPhone 13 Pro Max are compared:

Speakers with poor placement and crackling sound

The smartphone speakers are also being criticized. One of the reported issues is that the speakers of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra are poorly placed.

This issue causes you to cover any of the speakers when using the phone horizontally, distorting the audio output (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).

The biggest downfall with the information about the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is the speaker being to the bottom left… right where your mirror little pinky might sit!! From experience with the LG G5 that leads to distorted audio from being blocked @SamsungHelpUK


In addition, some users point out that the speakers of the Galaxy S22 Ultra have a crackling or crunchy sound. That is, the sound distorts with low frequency audio.

Hey S22 Ultra owners:

Are you noticing that your phone speakers sound weirdly crunchy/crackling? @milesabovetech and I are noticing this exact same thing on both of our S22 Ultras…

So you just got your brand new Galaxy S22 smartphone, and the sound isn’t as great as you expected it to be. Trust me, I know the feeling. When I first unboxed the Galaxy S22 Ultra to start my review, the speakers just didn’t sound all that impressive.

Low-frequency sounds have never been the strong point of smartphone speakers. However, it seems that the speakers of the S22 Ultra are a bit worse than previous generations of Galaxy S smartphones.


There is still no official acknowledgment from Samsung about these issues. We will update this story if new events related to the matter arise.

NOTE: You can also check the updates and bugs/issues tracker dedicated to the Samsung Galaxy S22 series.

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