Samsung Galaxy S22 vs Google Pixel 6: Battle of the vanillas

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Samsung Galaxy S22 vs Google Pixel 6: Battle of the vanillas

Google made headlines with its new Pixel 6 series, and according to our Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro reviews it’s the best Android series to date. Everything about the new Pixels is exciting – the all-new design, the custom-made Tensor chip, and all the smart software features.

What about Samsung, though? The Korean company won’t surrender the Android crown so easily. The new Galaxy S22 series just got announced, and Google faces some pretty steep competition from the vanilla Galaxy S22.Today we’re gonna do a little face-off between the Google Pixel 6 and the aforementioned Samsung Galaxy S22. The latter is finally official, after months of leaks and rumors, so we have all the information for our little match. Let us begin!

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Samsung Galaxy S22 vs Google Pixel 6: Design

  • Glass sandwich with uniform bezels and a hole-punch on both
  • Offset camera bump vs Camera Bar

Google made a 180-turn with the design of the Pixel 6, and so far people like what they see. The company entered the glass sandwich era and the Pixel 6 features a flat front and a glass back with tapered edges around the back.

The most interesting element in the design is the Camera Bar – a strip across the back, housing the main camera system. On the front, the screen is surrounded by uniform bezels (although a bit on the thicker side) with a hole-punch selfie camera in the center.

The design of the Galaxy S22 is more of an evolution than a revolution, compared to its predecessor. The S22 refines the design of the S21 with uniform bezels around the screen and the same triple camera bump placed on the back.The Galaxy S22 is one of the smallest flagships in recent years, measuring only 146 x 70.6 x 7.6mm. The Pixel 6, on the other hand, is substantially larger at 158.6 x 74.8 x 8.9 mm. It also has thicker bezels and a more square design overall.

Samsung Galaxy S22 vs Google Pixel 6: Display

  • 6.1-inch Super AMOLED LTPO 10-120Hz vs 6.4-inch OLED 90Hz

Google upgraded the display technology in the new Pixel 6 series but only for the Pro model. The LTPO variable refresh rate tech is missing on the vanilla Pixel 6. It sports a 6.4-inch OLED panel with 2400×1080 resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate.

The display on the Samsung Galaxy S22 is a smaller, 6.1-inch Super AMOLED panel with a variable refresh rate between 10 and 120Hz. The resolution is 2340 x 1080 pixels, with 19.5 aspect ratio, and 422 PPI density. Due to the smaller size and pretty much the same resolution, the display of the Galaxy S22 has more pixels on a square inch, meaning it’s a tad crisper.

Samsung also bumped up the brightness of all the models across the S22 range, and the Galaxy S22 now can output up to 1,500 nits of peak brightness. Now, Google doesn’t share peak brightness numbers for the Pixel 6, and we measured around 800 nits during our tests, so it looks like the Galaxy S22 wins this round.

We will need to run more test to find out whether this 1,500 nits claim holds but all things considered, the display of the Galaxy S22 is a winner with its 10-120Hz LTPO tech, and the high peak brightness.

Samsung Galaxy S22 vs Google Pixel 6: Hardware and performance

  • Exynos 2200 (Snapdragon 8 Gen 1) vs Google Tensor

Here’s where things get really interesting. The new Tensor chip inside the Pixel 6 is still a big unknown. We’ve done some tests and, of course, there are synthetic benchmarks all over the net but we still don’t know how this chip fares in the long run.

The Galaxy S22 comes in two flavors – equipped with the next Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset or the Exynos 2200. The latter sports a GPU made by AMD with the RDNA2 architecture and ray-tracing support baked in.

*Keep in mind that we have the Exynos versions of the phones at the moment and the Galaxy S22 test result will be added shortly (it won’t be much different from the score of the bigger sibling, so the reference is valid).

Judging by the graph, the new Galaxy S22 series outperforms the Pixel 6, at least on the test benches. We’ll add a reference Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 test result as soon as we benchmark the new Qualcomm chipset (coming soon).

The memory configuration of the Pixel 6 is 8/128GB, and the Galaxy S22 matches these numbers. There’s no microSD card slot on the Pixel, and the soon-to-be-forgotten expansion slot is missing in the Galaxy S22 as well.

Samsung Galaxy S22 vs Google Pixel 6: Camera

The Pixel 6 has two main cameras on the back – a 50MP wide lens, and a 12MP ultra-wide. No macro snappers, monochrome nonsense, or other gimmicky contraptions. And these two cameras produce great images. You can take a quick look at the gallery below.

The Galaxy S22 now has a 50 MP sensor for the main camera, a 10MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom, and a 12MP ultra-wide camera.

Camera samples from the Galaxy S22 are baking in our oven, so stay tuned for a gallery shortly. Meanwhile, looking at the specs, the Galaxy S22 camera system is more flexible than the camera system in the Pixel 6.

Samsung Galaxy S22 vs Google Pixel 6: Battery

Google bumped up the battery capacity of the Pixel 6 compared to its predecessor and it shows in the benchmarks. What’s interesting is that the new Tensor chip doesn’t handle gaming too efficiently. Other than that, the Pixel 6 and its 4,614mAh cell are doing great in the longevity department.The Galaxy S22, on the other hand, comes equipped with a 3,700mAh battery. That’s a downgrade, compared to the 4,000mAh battery of the Galaxy S21, and it may be due to the compact size of the Galaxy S22.

We’re running the battery benchmarks on the Galaxy S22 as we type this, so stay tuned for the real comparison. Meanwhile, take a look how the Pixel 6 fares against the last generation Galaxy flagships.

The Galaxy S22 supports 25W fast charging, and Samsung is playing it safe with the vanilla model (the Ultra can charge with up to 45W). The Pixel 6, on the other hand can suck juice with up to 30W of power, so maybe there’s an advantage for the Pixel here.

Samsung Galaxy S22 vs Google Pixel 6: Price

  • $799 for the Galaxy S22 vs $599 for the Pixel 6

The price of the Galaxy S22 is the same as the price at launch of its predecessor – $799 for the 8/128GB base model. It’s not a bad price, considering it’s a new generation with upgraded components and updated features. The problem is that Pixel 6 undercuts that by quite some margin.

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The price of the Google Pixel 6 is absolutely amazing, and one of the strongest points of last year’s Google flagship. With a $200 lower price, the Pixel wins this category hands down. Of course, you can always find a trade-in deal to soften the blow, so this category is more flexible than the other ones. Samsung Galaxy S22 deals are already starting to pop-up, so pay attention to those.

Google Pixel 6

256GB, free Pixel Buds A w/ purchase

Google Pixel 6

128GB, trade-in offer, $500 if you switch

$699 off (100%)

Google Pixel 6

128GB with AT&T Installment Plan

$6 off (27%)

Conclusion

The Pixel 6 and the Galaxy S22 are pretty close in some areas, and not so close in others. It seems that Samsung got the edge with the screen but then again, the Pixel is substantially cheaper. The Galaxy S22 might be faster but on the other hand, the new Tensor chip is all about AI and clever little tricks. One thing is certain – this battle is far from over. It hasn’t even begun.



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