Google Pixel 7 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Which should you buy?

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Google finally unveiled its latest flagship smartphones after months of leaks and teasers, mainly by Google itself. The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are iterative updates this time, but that’s not bad for a company that’s been quite inconsistent with its devices. You get the expected upgrades to the processing package and key improvements across the board, with the Pixel 7 Pro standing out as the phone to get if you want it all.

The Pixel line is one of the year’s last releases, so if you’ve been waiting to buy a phone in 2022, now’s a great time to make that decision. That means comparisons! The Pixel 7 Pro joins a competitive Android flagship space, with the Galaxy S22 Ultra one of the best you can get. How do the latest and greatest from Samsung and Google stack against each other? Here’s a closer look at the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Google Pixel 7 Pro.

We will focus on the best of the lot here. But both companies have cheaper and smaller alternatives available for those who don’t want to splurge. Check out our Samsung Galaxy S22 vs Pixel 7 comparison to find out more!


Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Google Pixel 7 Pro


Design and display

Google Pixel 7 Pro Lemongrass back

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Refinement is the name of the game with the Pixel 7 Pro. It does enough to make it distinguishable from its predecessor, with the new metallic bar with camera cutouts taking the place of the black camera visor of the Pixel 6 Pro. I liked the look of the latter since it hid the cameras, but the silver bar of the 7 Pro makes it less flashy and more refined. Even though the bar splits the back of the phone, Google decided to forego two-tone colors with the 7 Pro.

The Pixel 7 Pro looks and feels like a flagship, with the metal frame, Gorilla Glass Victus on the front and back, and a decent heft. And it looks more refined with the metal bar. But without two-tone colors, the standard colorways — white and black — lean towards boring, with only the Hazel option standing out.

Turn to the front, and it’s more of the same, but few can recognize an Android phone by looking at the front anyway. The 6.7-inch Quad HD+ display gets some upgrades, though. It’s 25% brighter than the Pixel 6 Pro and has a variable refresh rate of 10Hz to 120Hz. It’s a bright, beautiful AMOLED screen, and we wouldn’t expect anything less from a 2022 flagship.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra S pen showing handwritten notes.

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On the other hand, we have the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. Unlike its smaller siblings, the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus, the Ultra doesn’t keep the design from its predecessor. Instead, it goes back further, reminiscent of the discontinued Galaxy Note with its rectangular design and curved sides. There are no contour cuts or bars here, with the multiple cameras dotting the top left corner on an otherwise plain back. Adding to its Note-like look is the built-in slot for the S Pen. Yes, the Ultra is the Note replacement people have been hoping for a while, being a part of the Galaxy S-series in name only.

Like most Samsung phones, the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s display doesn’t fail to impress. The Quad HD+ Super AMOLED screen stands out with its bright, vibrant colors, and the 120Hz adaptive refresh rate makes everything fast and smooth.

The Pixel 7 Pro and Galaxy S22 Ultra are big, unwieldy phones that don’t offer the best handling experience. The Samsung device is a touch bigger courtesy of its slightly larger display, but there’s no noticeable difference in size. You’re out of luck if you were hoping for a smaller flagship, though. While the Pixel 7, the Galaxy S22, and S22 Plus are smaller, you’re also compromising on key specs like the camera, RAM, storage, battery capacity, and more.

Hardware and cameras

google pixel 7 pro vs galaxy s22 ultra back side by side

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Google continues where it left off with the Tensor program, with the new Tensor G2 powering the Pixel 7 Pro. It offers lower power consumption with everyday tasks like video streaming, messaging, speech recognition, and more. Google claims it’s 60% faster than its predecessor, but that’s likely not enough to take on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1-toting Galaxy S22 Ultra in terms of pure speed. Of course, both are flagship processors, so both phones can easily handle anything you throw at them.

Helping the performance is the 12GB of RAM you get with the Pixel 7 Pro. The Galaxy S22 Ultra comes with 8GB or 12GB RAM variants. Samsung also offers more storage, starting at 128GB and going to 1TB. Meanwhile, the Pixel 7 Pro has 128GB or 256GB of storage.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is the more powerful of the two devices.

The large size of the two phones allows Samsung and Google to pack large 5,000mAh batteries into them. You get solid battery life with the Galaxy S22 Ultra, with our review showing up to 6.5 hours of screen time with a little more than a full day of use. We’ll have to test the 7 Pro before making any final decisions, but the low-power features of the Tensor G2 should help make the phone last beyond the impressive battery life we saw with its predecessor. With the new Extreme Battery Saver mode, Google says the Pixel 7 Pro can last up to 72 hours.

Both phones come with wireless charging and fast charging. But the Galaxy S22 Ultra gets the leg up here with 45W fast charging, while Google’s 23W charging should give you 50% in 30 minutes. Neither features the much faster charging we’ve seen from Chinese OEMs, which should help with longevity.

samsung galaxy s22 ultra cameras up close

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Looking at the cameras, both phones stick with the tried and tested, but with improvements that make them even better. The Galaxy S22 Ultra comes with a 108MP primary camera, a 12MP ultra-wide unit, a 10MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom, and a 10MP periscope lens with 10x optical zoom. A 40MP front-facing camera makes for beautiful selfies and sharp video calls.

Meanwhile, the Pixel 7 Pro retains the cameras from its predecessor, with a 50MP primary shooter, a 12MP ultra-wide lens, and a 48MP telephoto lens with 4.8x optical zoom. Up front is a 10.8MP unit to cover your selfie and Face Unlock needs.

Google Pixel 7 Pro Lemongrass in hand

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The two phones have very different camera packages and takes on image processing. The Galaxy S22 Ultra has the Pixel 7 Pro beat in terms of pure numbers. However, Google relies on AI image processing to push its photography capabilities to the next level. There’s a reason why even Google’s 12MP cameras from previous Pixels were considered among the best while taking on phones with much higher megapixel counts. And now, with the numbers catching up to the software, things are even better.

We consider the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra the best phone camera you can get. We’ll have to wait for our review unit to make a final decision, but we can certainly expect the Pixel 7 Pro to give it a run for its money and might even displace it from the top of the hill.

Price and colors

  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (8GB/128GB): $1,199
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (12GB/256GB): $1,299
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (12GB/512GB): $1,399
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (12GB/1TB): $1,599
  • Pixel 7 Pro (12GB/128GB): $899
  • Pixel 7 Pro (12GB/256GB): $999

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra starts at $1,199, with four RAM and storage variants pushing the price up to $1,599 for the top-of-the-line option with 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. Google keeps the starting price of the Pixel 7 Pro as its predecessor, starting at $899 for 128GB of storage. You’ll need to shell out an extra $100 to double the storage. 12GB of RAM is the only option with the Pixel device.

The fact that the Pixel 7 Pro is $300 cheaper than the equivalent variant (12GB/256GB) of the S22 Ultra is a massive advantage for the Google phone and showcases Google’s commitment to the aggressive pricing we’ve seen from the company recently with the Pixel 6 series and the Pixel 6a.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra is available in Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, and Burgundy. You’ll also get exclusives like Graphite, Sky Blue, and the flashy Red colorway saved for purchases directly from Samsung. Meanwhile, Google plays it safe with the Pixel 7 Pro with only three colorways available. Options include Snow (white), Obsidian (black), and Hazel.

Google Pixel 7 Pro

Google Pixel 7 Pro

Best Google camera • High-quality display • Big battery

The Pixel 7 Pro is the top-of-the-line phone on Google’s roster.

The Google Pixel 7 Pro takes the best features from the Pixel 6 Pro, and makes them even better. Enjoy numerous camera upgrades and some fun new software tricks, all for the same cost as the last-gen Pixel phone.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Ultra-premium build quality • Gorgeous screen • Solid performance

Samsung has merged the Note and S series into one device

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra pushes productivity, power, and photography to the utmost to satisfy those seeking a premium experience. It combines outstanding performance, a stunning design, and an S Pen in one device.

Specs

Google Pixel 7 Pro Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Display

Google Pixel 7 Pro

6.7-inch OLED
19.5:9 aspect ratio
QHD+ resolution
(3,120 x 1,440)
512ppi
120Hz refresh rate
HDR support
24-bit depth

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED
Edge display (curved)
19.3:9 aspect ratio
QHD+ resolution (3,088 x 1,440)
120Hz adaptive refresh rate (10Hz to 120Hz)
240Hz touch sampling rate

Processor

Google Pixel 7 Pro

Google Tensor G2
Titan M2 security

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

US, India, Australia: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Global: Exynos 2200

RAM

Google Pixel 7 Pro

12GB LPDDR5

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

8GB or 12GB

Storage

Google Pixel 7 Pro

128GB, 256GB, or 512GB
UFS 3.1
No microSD card support

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

128GB, 256GB, or 512GB with additional 1TB option
No microSD card support

Power

Google Pixel 7 Pro

5,000mAh (typical)
31W wired charging
USB-PD 3.0 (PPS)
21W wireless charging (w/ Pixel Stand)
Battery share

No charger in box

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

5,000mAh battery
45W wired charging
15W wireless charging
No charger in box

Cameras

Google Pixel 7 Pro

Rear:
– 50MP main
1.2 μm, ƒ/1.85, 82-degree FoV
1/1.31-inch sensor
LDAF, OIS, and EIS
– 12MP ultra-wide
1.25 μm, ƒ/2.2, 125.8-degree FoV
– 48MP telephoto
0.7 μm, ƒ/3.5, 20.6-degree FoV
5x optical zoom
Laser AF

Front:
– 10.8MP single
1.22 μm, ƒ/2.2, 84-degree FoV

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

REAR:
– 108MP wide (0.8μm, ƒ2.2, 23mm, 85-degree FoV)
– 12MP ultrawide (1.4μm, ƒ2.2, 13mm, 120-degree FoV)
– 10MP telephoto (1.12μm, ƒ4.9, 230mm, 11-degree FoV, 10x optical zoom)
– 10MP telephoto (1.12μm, ƒ2.4, 69mm, 36-degree FoV, 3x optical zoom)
– Laser autofocus

FRONT:
– 40MP wide (ƒ2.2, 23mm, 80-degree FoV)

Video

Google Pixel 7 Pro

Rear:
4K at 30/60FPS
1080p at 30/60FPS

Front:
4K at 30/60FPS
1080p at 30/60FPS

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

REAR:
– 8K at 24fps (main lens only)
– 4K at 60fps (all lenses)

FRONT:
– 4K at 60fps

Audio

Google Pixel 7 Pro

Stereo speakers
Triple mics
No 3.5mm port

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Stereo speakers
Dolby Atmos support
No 3.5mm port

Connectivity

Google Pixel 7 Pro

5G (mmWave + Sub6)
Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax)
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC support

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

5G (mmWave + Sub6)
Wi-Fi 6E, Dual Band
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC support

Security

Google Pixel 7 Pro

In-display fingerprint
Titan M2 chip
5 years security updates

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Ultrasonic under-display fingerprint sensor
4 x 9mm size
5 years security updates

Software

Google Pixel 7 Pro

Android 13
Pixel UI

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Android 12
One UI 4.1

S Pen support

Google Pixel 7 Pro

No

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

No

Materials

Google Pixel 7 Pro

Gorilla Glass Victus front
Gorilla Glass Victus back
Aluminum frame

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Gorilla Glass Victus Plus front and back
Armour Aluminum frame

Durability

Google Pixel 7 Pro

IP68 certified

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

IP68 certified

Dimensions and weight

Google Pixel 7 Pro

162.9 x 76.6 x 8.9mm
212g

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9mm
229g

Colors

Google Pixel 7 Pro

Snow, Obsidian, Hazel

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, Burgundy

Online exclusives: Graphite, Sky Blue, Red

Google Pixel 7 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Which should you buy?

google pixel 7 pro vs galaxy s22 ultra displays

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We come to the all-important question: Which should you buy? The Galaxy S22 Ultra and the Pixel 7 Pro are among the best in the Android world, but the two phones couldn’t be more different. And that makes answering the question a whole lot easier.

You’ll get beautiful, high-resolution, and fast refresh displays with both. The two also have an IP68 rating for protection from the elements, wireless charging, and large batteries. But that’s where the commonalities end.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra will be the go-to for power users. While we have to test the performance of the Pixel 7 Pro, the Galaxy phone will likely have the edge in terms of pure speed. Granted, you won’t see a noticeable difference in the day-to-day. But getting a more powerful device is essential if you want to hold on to it for a long time. The S22 Ultra also offers more storage options, comes with an S Pen, and packs more features into its One UI software.

In a somewhat surprising twist, you’ll get a better software commitment with Samsung. The Galaxy S22 Ultra will get the following four Android versions and up to five years of security updates. The Pixel 7 Pro has the exact duration of security updates but three years of Android software updates. There’s the question of whether Android requires major yearly updates anymore, but it’s still nice to see Samsung setting the bar in a world where Apple supports phones that are five or more years old.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra might be the better phone, but the Pixel 7 Pro’s price tips the scales in its favor.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra beats the Pixel 7 Pro on the spec sheet as far as the camera setup goes. Of course, megapixel counts and the number of cameras are meaningless if they don’t perform. The S22 Ultra does perform incredibly well, though. The Pixel 7 Pro won’t be behind, relying on AI smarts to compensate for any perceived hardware shortcomings.

There’s also the question of ecosystems. Samsung has an established ecosystem with years to refine its smartwatch series and wireless earphones, and everything works together like a well-oiled machine. While Google is late to the party, it’s finally going the same route with the Pixel Watch and the Pixel Buds Pro. These are exciting first-party additions that people have been clamoring for. But it might be a while before they get to the level that Samsung has already set.

For most buyers, the decision often comes down to price. And that’s where Google has Samsung beat by a mile. A $300 difference is huge when you’re looking to buy a flagship. Which ultimately makes the Pixel 7 Pro the better buy. The Galaxy S22 Ultra is the best choice for power users and anyone who misses the Note series. For everyone else, the Pixel 7 Pro is more than up to the challenge. And you get to save some cash.

Which will you buy, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra or the Pixel 7 Pro?

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