Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus vs iPhone 13 Pro: which one to buy?
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus unveiled at Unpacked 2022 on February 9 is a no-frills $999 smartphone from the Korean OEM. It has one of the best combinations of hardware and software available on the Android device spectrum. But how does it compare next to the smaller but similarly priced iPhone 13 Pro? which is actually Apple’s best device; if you neglect its size.
So, if you’ve found yourself buying a new phone for $999, in this article, we’re going to explain how the two devices are different from each other by breaking down their hardware specs to help you take a decision.
Design and display
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus continues with the Contour Cut design language introduced with the Galaxy S21 series and has an easy to hold build with very smooth curves on the metal – Armor Aluminum – frame. The iPhone 13 Pro, meanwhile, retains the revived flat-edge design of the iPhone 5 and its shiny stainless steel rails.
The glass back panels of both phones feature a matte finish, a boon for those who tend to use their devices without a case. Speaking of glass type, the Galaxy S22 Plus uses the latest Gorilla Glass Victus Plus on the front and back, while the iPhone 13 Pro features a ceramic shield on the front, all Apple mentions for the back are the PVD coating applied to achieve the matte finish. But regardless, the bottom line here is that these phones will stand the test of time provided they don’t suffer a catastrophic drop, in which case “glass is glass and glass breaks.”
Focusing on the screen, as you may have noticed from the plethora of videos by now, the S22 Plus is bigger than the iPhone 13 Pro and features a 6.8-inch FHD OLED display with a perforated cutout. The iPhone 13 Pro measures a 6.1-inch OLED panel and is a much sharper screen, with its new narrowed notch. Both phones sport LTPO panels that can scale their refresh rates between 10Hz and 120Hz.
What processor do these devices have?
In terms of silicon performance, Apple has maintained a lead over its competitors for some time, and against its direct competitors, the A15 Bionic once again proves to be the undisputed leader. So if you’re looking for a smartphone that offers unhindered use with an excellent combination of performance and efficiency, the iPhone 13 Pro is bound to be the best choice.
The Galaxy S22 Plus, on the other hand, comes with two SKUs. In North America, buyers will get access to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 variant, but some international buyers will get units with the Exynos 2200, which comes with the Xclipse GPU, a result of the collaboration between Samsung and AMD. You can learn more about the exact chipset to expect by reading Article by Sanuj Bhatia on the SoC configuration that Samsung may ship. Additionally, both processors in their initial coverage have proven to be very capable and you won’t encounter many issues.
And as has been the case for the past few years and as usual for almost all flagship comparisons. In everyday use, you probably won’t notice any performance difference between the Galaxy S22 Plus and the iPhone 13 Pro. Both phones will run games at their maximum settings and ensure that switching between apps and multitasking is a breeze.
How does the Galaxy S22 Plus camera hardware compare to the iPhone 13 Pro?
Looking directly at the numbers, Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Plus camera hardware has seen some changes as its 12MP Wide camera has been replaced with a new 50MP sensor. Last year’s 64MP telephoto lens on the S21 Plus also got a change, this time to the same 10MP 3x optical zoom telephoto lens found on the S22 Ultra. The 12MP and 10MP Ultra-Wide front cameras remain unchanged on this device.
By comparison, the iPhone 13 Pro also has a triple camera array, although this year Apple has redone each of its lenses with new, larger sensors, although the megapixel count remains the same. Speaking in numbers, the iPhone 13 Pro has a 12MP Wide, 12MP Ultra-Wide, and 12MP Telephoto configuration.
To see how their images will compare, be sure to check out our post update.
How does the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus compare to the iPhone 13 Pro in terms of battery life?
iPhones used to be famous for battery life, but over the past few years, with Apple becoming a little more willing to choose function over form, the devices have become known for some of the best endurance. The whole iPhone 13 series has added a little more depth to its design, which has led to the integration of larger batteries; this brought the battery capacity of the iPhone 13 Pro to a respectable 3125mAh cell that has reports citing well over a day of use.
The Galaxy S22 Plus features a 4,500mAh cell, similar to its predecessor, and with the device seeing hardly any significant change, we doubt last year’s great experience will be affected. We think the device will last you a full day of use.
A welcome change in the ability to fast charge your S22 Plus – with 45W wired charging – is a welcome addition! Charging speeds have been an issue for users, as competitors have consistently pushed the bar, even reaching 120W of charging power.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
The Galaxy S22 Plus is Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone. It comes with a powerful chipset, a large 6.6-inch AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, a 50MP main camera, and more.
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
The iPhone 13 Pro offers comprehensive upgrades, making the device the best option available from Apple. If you’re looking for a phone that won’t leave out an ounce of performance and has the latest bells and whistles, this is the device for you.
|Smartphone||Galaxy S22||Apple iPhone 13 Pro|
|Operating system||A 4.1 user interface (based on Android 12)||iOS 15 (version 15.3, at time of writing)|
|Dimensions||157.4×75.8×7.6mm||146.7 x 71.5 x 7.65mm|
|Display||6.6 inch, FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz (48Hz~120Hz) adaptive display, (1080 x 2340)||6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display, ProMotion (10Hz-120Hz adaptive refresh rate), (1170 x 2532)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 (North America)
Exynos 2200 (Worldwide)
|RAM||6 GB or 8 GB||6 GB|
|Internal storage||128 GB or 256 GB||128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB|
|Rear camera||– 12 MP ultra-wide, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 120 degree field of view
– 50 MP wide, ƒ/1.8 aperture, 85-degree field of view, Dual Pixel AF, OIS
– 10 MP telephoto lens, ƒ/2.4 aperture, 36 degree FOV, 3x optical zoom
|– 12 MP wide, ƒ/1.5 aperture, OIS Shift sensor
– 12 MP, ƒ/1.8 ultra wide angle, 2x optical zoom out
– 12 MP telephoto lens, ƒ/2.8 aperture. 3x optical zoom
|Front camera||10MP, ƒ/2.2 aperture||12 MP, ƒ/2.2 aperture|
|loading||45W wired charging
15W wireless charging
Reverse wireless charging
|50% charge in 30 minutes|
|Security||Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner||Face ID|
|Connectivity||Sub6GHz/mmWave 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2||Sub6GHz and mmWave 5G (for US only), Wi‑Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Ports||USB-C||port of lightning|
|Colors||Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, Rose Gold||Graphite, Sierra Blue, Gold, Silver|