[Updated] Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra camera shutter lag & performance issues come to light

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on February 23, 2022) follows:

The Galaxy S22 Ultra arrived as Samsung’s most premium smartphone. It stands out from its smaller siblings (vanilla S22 and S22+) in aspects such as design, S-Pen support and cameras.

Many had high expectations regarding the performance of the Galaxy S22 series. After all, the Exynos 2200 chipset debuts the new Xclipse GPU developed in direct collaboration with AMD.

However, it seems that the hardware of the new series still requires optimization. Some Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra users are facing performance issues that shouldn’t occur on a phone in that range.

For instance, there is a noticeable camera shutter lag that is frustrating some Galaxy S22 Ultra users. In addition, the UI presents some lag and hiccups. Even gaming performance can be improved, according to reports.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra camera shutter lag issue

The photographic section is undoubtedly one of the main features in the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. However, some users have not been able to enjoy the experience.

The problems are not related to the quality of the pictures. Apparently there is noticeable camera shutter lag when taking photos (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10).

S22 Ultra – Laggy Camera in low light

Is anyone else experiencing camera lag in low light? I’m coming from a Pixel 6 which is nice and smooth in the same lighting.
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The Shutter lag on this S22 Ultra is as present as ever sooooooo……

I have a dream that one day Samsung will overcome the Tyranny of Shutter lag so that we may alllll experience rapid fire photos on our Galaxy devices!!!!
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The camera shutter lag issue was also mentioned by Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) in his S22 Ultra review (min 07:45):

The lag in the camera system could also appear when you switch between the different sensors and when using portrait mode:

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Shutter lag is the wait time between pressing the shutter button and the camera capturing the target object. On high-end phones, this should be instant.

However, this does not appear to be the case with the Galaxy S22 Ultra.

A potential workaround to mitigate camera shutter lag

There is a potential workaround that reportedly helps mitigate the issue, at least until anything official comes out:

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In Expert Raw mode, there is less camera shutter lag, so you can stick to that mode in the meantime. However, images may take a little longer to process.

Some performance and graphical issues

Some Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra users are also facing performance issues (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). The overall UI scrolling and navigation experience is reportedly laggy with random hiccups:

I found my exynoss s22 ultra to be more “laggy” that my s21U when scrolling UI, web pages, documents etc. I’m hoping a patch will fix this as at the moment it feels rushed.
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S22 Ultra lag?

The last Samsung/Android phone I’ve had was a Galaxy S8 and I was pretty happy with it, it wasn’t always smooth but it is what it is. Since then I have used an iPhone Xs and now an iPhone 13 Pro Max but the switch to the S22 Ultra is really tempting. So I went to my local store to play with the S22 Ultra and it had a few moments when it did lag quite badly and had a few hiccups (Exynos variant) which I find unacceptable since it is such an expensive phone.
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Some users also report that video playback is stuttering. This means that the videos will have small micro-stops while you are watching them.

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The lag also reportedly appears when you use an app that integrates an image viewer and scroll between images:

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Gaming performance is another of the sections that are disappointing in the S22 Ultra. There are reports of poor graphical performance, heating and even graphical glitches during games:

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Some users suggest that the problem is related to a lack of optimization in the GPU. After all, it’s the first GPU in the Xclipse lineup, so game developers will have to adapt their software to its capabilities.

No, you’re WRONG. There’s hasn’t been ONE software update that has hit the public s22 ultra yet. Xclipse gpu is a new driver and needs to be optimised for apps and the UI. adreno gpu has been around forever and so has apples bionic chips. Xclipse just came out this year…
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There is still no official acknowledgment from Samsung about the issues described above. We will update this story as events unfold.

Update 1 (March 01)

05:59 pm (IST): Samsung released the first software update for Galaxy S22 series. This update brings March 2022 security patch and system stability improvements. And we hope that it also fixes the ongoing performance issues.

Update 2 (April 22)

04:31 pm (IST): It appears that Samsung Galaxy S22 Exynos variants are still having performance issues on games. A user pointed out that a game like Call of Duty does not support 120 FPS, while the Galaxy S20 running Exynos 990 does.

Update 3 (May 10)

05:13 pm (IST): Some users now say (1, 2, 3, 4) that the most recent May 2022 update on Galaxy S22 has brought some notable improvements in the performance.

Update 4 (May 18)

03:32 pm (IST): Samsung Galaxy S22 Exynos variants were previously having issues while playing games like Apex Legends. The game was unplayable due to loading issues that were happening on Exynos 2200.

However, the device has received some performance improvements since then. And now the game is running smoothly on the same hardware without any glitches.

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

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