On one side is Samsung’s stellar, top of the range Galaxy S22 Ultra. On the other, Google’s Pixel 6 Pro, a device built to showcase the best of Android.
Both utilise the latter to its maximum potential, but which one is best?
Read our complete head to head review between the Galaxy S22 Ultra and Google Pixel 6 Pro to find out.
Overall Winner: Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Both devices are right at the top of the smartphone game. But the newer Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra takes it for us.
It has the best screen on any smartphone anywhere, a truly incredible camera (although the Pixel 6 certainly runs it close) and it stands out when it comes to design too.
Throw in better battery life and it’s the clear winner. However, the Pixel 6 Pro is noticeably more affordable, something to consider for budget conscious consumers.
- Specs and features, Winner, Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Design, Winner, Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Camera - Winner, Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Screen display - Winner, Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Battery life and performance, Winner, Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Software, Winner, Draw
- Price and availability - Winner, Google Pixel 6 Pro
Google Pixel 6 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Specs and features
Google Pixel 6 Pro specs:
- Screen: 6.7-inch, LTPO AMOLED, 120Hz refresh rate
- Resolution: 1440 x 3120
- Main camera: Triple lens, 50MP, 48MP, 12MP, auto HDR, 4K video recording
- Selfie camera: 11.1MP, 4K video
- Platform: Android 12
- Chipset: Google Tensor
- Network: 5G
- Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
- Battery and power: 5003mAh, 30W fast charging, wireless charging, USB-C charging
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra specs
- Screen: 6.8-inch Dynamic OLED, 120Hz refresh rate, 1750 nits brightness
- Resolution: 1440 x 3088
- Main camera: Quad lens, 108MP, 12MP, 2x10MP, auto HDR, 8K video recording
- Selfie camera: 40MP, 4K video
- Platform: Android 12, One UI
- Chipset: Exynos 2200
- Network: 5G
- Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB
- Battery and power: 5000mAh, 45W fast charging, wireless charging, USB-C charging
Google Pixel 6 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Design
The Google Pixel 6 Pro features a divisive design. While the hole punch for the front facing camera is standard, it’s round the back where things get contentious.
There’s a large band around the top of the phone where the main camera sits, giving things a distinctly two tone appearance.
Next to it, the Galaxy S22 Ultra looks much sleeker. It has a neat metal finish that looks superb, while its curved edges ensure it fits well in the hand despite its colossal size.
For us, only the iPhone 13 series can match it.
Google Pixel 6 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Camera
Both Samsung and Google have invested heavily in camera tech and it shows.
The Pixel 6 Pro has one of the finest smartphone cameras ever made. It’s a triple lens effort, with 50MP, 48MP and 12MP lenses delivering stunning images.
The 48MP telephoto lens ensures up 4x optical zoom, with crisp detailing even when zoomed in tight.
The software really helps the Pixel 6 Pro’s camera shine. Night Sight serves up seriously sharp pictures in low light, while Motion mode allows for longer exposures, adding clever blurring effects around moving objects.
Magic Eraser mode lets users take people out of shots, great if a photo bomber kills your vibe.
Unfortunately for the Pixel 6 Pro, the Galaxy S22 Ultra kicks things up a notch. It has a quad camera.
There’s a main 108MP lens backed up by a 12MP ultrawide lens and two 10MP lenses, one for telephoto and another for periscope telephoto, the latter reaching an astonishing 10x zoom.
Exposure is stunning and the new, updated software means that the Galaxy S22 Ultra sucks in even more details than the older S21 Ultra. This is the best smartphone camera right now, no question.
Google Pixel 6 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Screen display
The Google Pixel 6 Pro has a wonderful screen which is matched and slightly bettered by the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.
The Pixel 6 Pro’s effort comes in at 6.71-inches, with QHD+ tech, and 1440 x 3120 resolution. The pixels per inch rating of 512 ensures everything pops off the screen too.
There’s a 120Hz refresh rate, made for gaming and streaming.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra’s 6.8-inch screen just edges proceedings though.
It has a brightness rating of 1,750 nits compared and a resolution of 1440 x 3088, rendering games and video perfectly.
There’s also 120Hz refresh smarts and an overall look that seems a bit more detailed than the Pixel 6 Pro for our money.
Google Pixel 6 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Battery life and performance
Considering it has a massive 5,003mAh battery, the Google Pixel 6 Pro should really perform better in terms of battery life.
Sadly, it can only handle about a day between charges in real world situations.
Frankly, it’s a massive disappointment, especially when the Galaxy S22 Ultra can keep going for almost two days and outdoes its Google rival in all independent benchmark tests when it comes to battery life.
At a time when battery drain seems to have been conquered by some, Google has really dropped the ball here.
Performance wise though, Google’s Tensor chipset is every inch the rival for Samsung’s Exynos 2200, with rapid and smooth performance.
Even hardcore users will struggle to find any difference between the pair.
Google Pixel 6 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Software
Both phones use Android 12. And while it’s in a clean form on each handset, we prefer the truly pure version on the Google Pixel 6 Pro.
This is Android as Google intended it, with clean lines, easy menu structures and a great approach for finding what you need when you need it.
That’s not to say the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s take is bad. But it’s worth remembering that the Pixel 6 Pro will get updates sooner, while the Samsung handset may wait longer for newer, more secure software.
Google Pixel 6 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Price and availability
The Google Pixel 6 Pro is significantly cheaper than the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
Google has slashed the cost of the Pixel 6 Pro to £649 up front for the 128GB model, with a 256GB edition available for £749.
By contrast, the 128GB Galaxy S22 Ultra costs a hefty £1,149, rising to £1,499 for a 1TB edition.
How do other phones compare against each other?
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