Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max


Below are a few Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs iPhone 13 Pro Max design shots that visualize the new S22 Ultra camera arrangement that couldn’t exactly be called raindrop like what LG did with the Velvet first, but it’s pretty close. 

Even though the 13 Pro Max has the largest active screen area of any iPhone so far, smaller notch and everything, it is no match for the stubby S22 Ultra where Samsung’s new Border Reduction Structure project shines with an even thinner bottom bezel. It, too, offers the biggest screen area on a top-shelf Galaxy, what with a 6.8″ display diagonal longer than the 6.7″ one on the 13 Pro Max, but with a wider aspect ratio. 

S22 Ultra vs 13 Pro Max displays

While Apple boosted the peak iPhone 13 Pro Max display brightness to 1200 nits, the new LTPO OLED panel generation in the S22 Ultra will smash that value to the ground with 1750 nits of pure outdoor visibility joy, earning it the best phone display title in the process, barring any unpleasant color presentation surprises.

Granted, such high brightness levels will only be possible on the 1440p panel of the Ultra when you are watching HDR content in high ambient light settings, yet the same goes for the iPhone, so the Galaxy will have an upper hand here. 

A more granular refresh rate control down to the single hertz hence more efficient display power consumption is also in store for the Galaxy S22 Ultra, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max can do a 10Hz-120Hz range. Its refresh rate control is a tad smarter, though, by adjusting the speed on the fly, including while you touch the display, so in terms of battery efficiency Apple’s 120Hz implementation may prove superior.

The S22 Ultra strikes back with an active digitizer layer that allows it to react to Samsung’s S Pen stylus which will be tucked in a silo on the phone itself for the first time since the Note 20 series, turning the Ultra into an all-powerful input machine.

Samsung S22 Ultra vs iPhone 13 Pro Max camera quality

Compared to the triple 12MP camera set on the iPhone 13 Pro Max, the Galaxy S22 Ultra camera specs may sound as something out of this world – main 108MP camera, a 12MP ultrawide, and 10MP 3x telephoto or 10x periscope zoom sensors, but they are actually the same as on the S21 Ultra. 

Galaxy S22 Ultra vs iPhone 13 Pro Max camera specs

Still, Samsung is placing a 108MP main camera with wider aperture to capture more light. The 13 Pro Max has the largest sensor ever put in an iPhone, though, and one of the largest on phones, period, so the added low-light prowess of the S22 Ultra main camera may be helping only a little against it, as you can see from the image samples below.

Samsung, however, uses a step or two higher exposure by default on the S22 Ultra, making the shots appear brighter, sharper, and details more discernible which people prefer more than truthful “night” photos.

The new generation of the 108MP ISOCELL line in the S22 Ultra has allowed it to capture much more detail, too, and that’s an area where the 13 Pro Max will find it hard to beat the Galaxy, even though it also offers ProRes video and photo mode with RAW imagery to edit on.

Samsung is also introducing a much more precise image stabilization that is said to reduce hand shakes and vibrations while walking by 48%, so expect sharper photos and smoother videos to take on the iPhone 13 Pro Max Sensor Shift stabilization tech. Did it succeed?

Largely yes, as you can see in our Galaxy S22 Ultra vs iPhone 13 Pro Max camera comparison, where the main takeaway is that Samsung went overboard with sharpening and uses an exposure that is a step or two above the iPhone 13 Pro Max. That approach is tolerable at night as it makes the photo brighter and details more visible, but in broad daylight the brighter areas of the photos can get overexposed. 

Samsung also went with toned down colors that are reflecting more faithfully the scene before the lens in terms of hue reproduction, which makes its photos look a tad less appealing than the yellowish and saturated iPhone 13 Pro Max snaps, at least in the eyes of the general public. When it comes to zoom quality, though, the iPhone has nothing on the Galaxy S22 Ultra, even at the 3x level, let alone at 10x.

Samsung S22 Ultra vs iPhone 13 Pro Max specs and processor performance

The S22 Ultra is upgrading on the Snapdragon 888 processor that is found in the S21 Ultra with a 4nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, but it’s the Exynos 2200 version of the S22 Ultra with the AMD graphics that is the more interesting one for a change.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 vs Apple A15 vs Exynos 2200 benchmark scores

As has become customary, though, the Apple A15 processor in the iPhone 13 Pro Max wipes the floor with both the Exynos 2200 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, as you can see from the benchmark scores below. First, our Exynos 2200-powered S22 Ultra unit:

 

Synthetic benchmarks are not that indicative of real-world performance, as there is throttling under pressure to consider, too, so we’ll test the Galaxy S22 Ultra processors against the A15 in iPhone 13 Pro Max more, with a special emphasis on the graphics subsystem scores from AMD.

Galaxy S22 Ultra vs iPhone 13 Pro Max battery life and charging speeds

Both phones sport big batteries, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra already proved to be the longest lasting Android flagship phone in its top-shelf specs segment, so we expected nothing less from the S22 Ultra but we were wrong as it did score lower on the 120Hz browsing and YouTube video endurance tests. On the gaming battery benchmarks, though, it is on par with the iPhone 13 Pro Max that managed to occupy the top place in our flagship phone battery life chart. 

While the S22 Ultra will have a hard time beating its efficient marriage of in-house hardware and software, even though it has about 10% smaller battery than the 5000mAh pack of the Ultra, our Exynos 2200 version with the AMD graphics certainly performed admirably as far as throttling is concerned given the more than 10 hours of gaming on a charge it was able to pull off. 

The S22 Ultra, however, is finally able to support fast 45W charging speeds. We would say it’s high time considering that the Chinese competition is already at up to 120W, but Samsung is able to pull off charging wonders with just the 25W brick of the S21 Ultra, topping up its 5000mAh battery in an hour or so. 

Moreover, Apple is known for slow charging, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max is no exception, as its 4352mAh pack gets to a full charge in the abominable 2+ hours. For comparison, the 45W charger for the S22 Ultra does the deed in under an hour, and gets its battery to 50% from a depleted state in 20 minutes.





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