The perfect Galaxy S22? Snapdragon or Exynos, there is no such thing

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Last Updated: Apr 27, 2022 at 00:45 UTC + 02:00

Samsung has been struggling with Exynos chipsets for the past few years. Exynos variants of its high-end phones showed slower performance and lower battery efficiency. People were hoping Samsung wouldn’t have any such issues in 2022, thanks to Samsung’s partnership with AMD. However, the situation has not changed.

Tests have consistently shown that the AMD Xclipse 920 GPU inside the Exynos 2200 chipset is not as powerful as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 GPU. Fortunately, Samsung has released the Exynos variants of the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, and Galaxy S22 Ultra in fewer markets compared to with previous Galaxy S phones. In markets like India, fans were happy to see Snapdragon versions of the Galaxy S22 series. However, even the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 versions are not without performance issues.

I’ve been using the Snapdragon Galaxy S22+ for the past few weeks and I’ve noticed strange sluggishness and stuttering. The user interface gets pretty stumped while going to the home screen or opening some apps that use the Android WebView feature. It is also annoying to use Google Play Store on Galaxy S22+. However, the Play Store issue may not be entirely Samsung’s fault, even non-Samsung Android phones suffer from the app.

In apps like Twitter, where other phones work without any problem, the Galaxy S22+ stutters a lot and even slows down a bit from time to time. This problem is also on my colleague’s Snapdragon Galaxy S22 Ultra, although he doesn’t have other issues so there seems to be some randomness in how these same issues present themselves.

Despite multiple software updates, the Galaxy S22+ is not working to its full potential

It is understandable if the phone does not run up to its potential in the first month of launch. However, even after multiple updates (my phone is running the May 2022 update), my Galaxy S22+ sees performance issues from time to time. Turning GOS (Game Optimization Service) on or off doesn’t seem to make any difference to the phone’s daily performance.

In comparison, the Galaxy S21 Ultra with Exynos 2100 runs smooth despite using a less powerful chip. So it looks like it’s not the chipset’s fault but Samsung’s software optimization. I’ve also used non-Samsung phones with chips from last year or lower-end, and it delivers a much smoother, more streamlined experience than the Galaxy S22+.

Then there are other issues like poor sound quality while gaming, dropped calls, audio and video sync delays, and home screen flickering, which are mostly limited to the Exynos variant in many cases. For me, these are more important problems than the entire GoS scandal. Samsung needs to do a lot of work with and improve the Galaxy S22 software in the coming months.

How does the Galaxy S22 treat you? Let us know in the comments section below.

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