The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is now a thing and you can watch the Galaxy S22 live video to see it unveiled live. You can also get all the latest information about the phone in T3’s Samsung Galaxy S22 live blog.
And, based on what we already know about the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and the Google Pixel 6 Pro, they both look like two of the best Android phones you can buy in 2022. But, crucially, there are some very big differences. both in their specifications and in their approach.
For Google, the Pixel represents Android as it should; for Samsung, the S22 Ultra shows what Android should be. For many smartphone users, Samsung’s One UI is Android. But which flagship is the best buy? Let’s find out.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Google Pixel 6 Pro: design and display
The Google Pixel 6 Pro is a striking thing, especially in Cloudy White or Sorta Sunny where the black camera strip gives it a distinctly 70s retro vibe. The display is a 6.7-inch QHD+ LPTO OLED delivering 120 Hz and 3210 x 1440 resolution with HDR support, a high brightness mode and a million to one contrast ratio.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra features a 6.8-inch QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with 1-120Hz refresh rates and 240Hz touch sampling rate in gaming mode. It’s 100% P3 color certified, has a peak brightness of 1750 nits and a contrast ratio of up to 3 million to one. It’s spectacular and rated IP68 for water resistance.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Pixel 6 Pro: processor and storage
The Google Pixel 6 Pro’s processor is Google’s own Tensor, which compares very similarly to the Exynos 2100 of the previous Samsung Galaxy. It is backed by 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage.
The Samsung has the Exynos 2200 or the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 depending on where it’s sold, and it comes with 8 or 12 GB of RAM and 128, 256, 512 GB or 1 TB of storage.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Pixel 6 Pro: cameras
The Pixel’s front camera is an 11.1-megapixel shooter with f/2.2 and a wide field of view. On the back, you’ll find a 50MP Octa PD Quad Bayer wide camera with f/1.85, a 21MP ultrawide with f/2.2, a 48MP telephoto with f/3.5, and a laser autofocus sensor. The optical zoom is 4x and the digital zoom is 20x. Video is 60fps for 1080p or 4K recording and there’s 4K time-lapse with stabilization and 240fps slow motion.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has an array of four cameras on the back: a 12MP ultrawide with f/2.2ma 108MP wide with f/1.8, a 10MP telephoto with f/2.4 and 3x optical zoom and another 10MP telephoto with 10x optical zoom and f / 4.9. The digital zoom, which Samsung calls Space Zoom, is up to 100x.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Pixel 6 Pro: battery and charging
Google here promises up to 24 hours of battery life from the 5000 mAh battery and 48 hours in extreme battery saving mode. With Google’s 30W fast charger (sold separately), it’ll charge to 50% in around 40 minutes, and it also supports fast wireless charging. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is 5000mAh with 45W wired charging and 15W wireless charging.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs. Pixel 6 Pro: software
As you’d expect from a Google flagship, the Pixel Pro has the latest version of Android: Android 12. It’s free from the fiddling that other manufacturers tend to do: that’s Google of a pure Android experience, and it’s very nice. too much. The Pixel benefits from Google’s AI-powered features, especially in the camera app, and Google Assistant is much smarter too.
The Samsung has Android 1.1 and Samsung’s One UI 4.1, which will be quite familiar to existing Galaxy users. S-Pen support is built into the operating system for easy sketching, doodling, and navigation.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Pixel 6 Pro: Price and availability
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is confirmed to start at $1,199 / £1,149.
The Pixel 6 Pro starts at £849/$899, making it considerably cheaper than the Samsung device, whether the leaks are accurate or overly optimistic.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Pixel 6 Pro: first verdict
If money is a key factor, then the Pixel 6 Pro seems like much better value for money: it’s not as fast as the Samsung, but the camera tech is fantastic and there’s has a sympathetic simplicity in its no-frills Android operating system. But it’s not perfect. In our Google Pixel 6 Pro review, we argued that to get the camera system, you trade off performance. And with Android 12 coming to Samsung as well, the Pixel’s USP isn’t so unique anymore.
The Samsung costs more, but it’s also the better phone: it may lack Google’s phone AI, but Samsung’s neural processing does impressive things with photography and video, and while both phones take different approaches, they both deliver excellent image quality in a wide range of conditions. But when the camera app is off, it’s the Samsung you’ll want to spend more time with.