Samsung Galaxy S22 vs Google Pixel 6: Battle of the vanillas
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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.
Samsung Galaxy S22 vs Google Pixel 6: Display
- 6.1-inch Super AMOLED LTPO 10-120Hz vs 6.4-inch OLED 90Hz
The display of the Pixel 6 has wider bezels
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.
The Galaxy S22 features an LTPO display capable of dynamic 10-120Hz refresh rate
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.
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).
Samsung Galaxy S22 vs Google Pixel 6: Camera
The camera strip is one of the freshest design choice in the industry in the past few years
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 refines the design of its predecessor
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.
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.
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.
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.