If the rumours are accurate, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will be unveiled amid much fanfare early next year. According to the rumours, the phone will have a Galaxy Note-like design with an S Pen slot, strong cameras, and an Exynos 2200 processor with AMD RDNA 2 graphics capabilities.
The Google Pixel 6 Pro, however, has one flaw. For $899, Google’s new flagship phone contains virtually everything you’d want in a large-screen phone. The Galaxy S22 Ultra is expected to cost hundreds more, leading some to question if the “Ultra” premium is worthwhile.
When it comes to the Pixel 6 Pro, Google has made relatively few compromises in order to achieve its low pricing. A 50MP primary sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 48MP telephoto sensor with 4x optical zoom and 20x Super Res zoom are included in the package.
Meanwhile, according to a new Galaxy S22 Ultra camera leak, the device would include an enhanced 108MP primary camera, a 12MP ultra wide lens, and twin 10MP telephoto lenses. With its 100x Space Zoom, the Galaxy S21 Ultra already had the Pixel beat, and I don’t see that changing with the S22 Ultra.
Samsung’s computational photography game, on the other hand, is not as good as Google’s. I’m not simply referring about picture processing here. With the Pixel 6 Pro, Google has included additional capabilities that put the new Tensor chip’s AI muscles to the test.
With its Action Pan and Long Exposure capabilities, the Pixel 6 Pro’s Motion mode, for example, may blur the backdrop or moving objects. The Magic Eraser feature is also quite appealing, since it allows you to erase photo bombers and other undesired things from your photos. Even if it isn’t perfect, it is great.
To be fair, Samsung offers its own unique camera and picture editing options, such as Single Take, but they aren’t quite as intriguing. Director’s View, on the other hand, is a fantastic feature that allows you to record with both the front and rear cameras at the same time.
In some aspects, the Pixel 6 Pro outperforms the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. The Samsung has a 6.8-inch OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, whilst the LG has a 6.7-inch OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The S22 Ultra is expected to have the same size display and refresh rate as the S22.
In terms of performance, the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s reported new Snapdragon 898 (US versions) and Exynos 2200 (international models) chips should be more powerful than the Pixel 6 Pro’s Tensor processor. However, the Pixel 6 Pro is quick enough for regular usage and gaming. In addition, the Tensor processor outperformed the Galaxy S21 Ultra in a number of Pixel 6 tasks, including our video editing test and 3DMark, albeit it fell short in Geekbench.
The Pixel 6 Pro’s battery life is its worst flaw. The new Pixel lasted less than 8 hours on the Tom’s Guide web browsing battery test, compared to 11:25 for the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Despite the fact that both phones have 5,000 mAh batteries, this is the case. As a result, the S22 Ultra should be considered.
So, how much more will the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra be worth? The Galaxy S21 Ultra is now priced at $1,199, which is $300 higher than the Pixel 6 Pro. And I don’t think the S22 Ultra will be any less expensive. It’s possible that the next Pixel will just be the adequate big-screen phone.
The basic line is that the Galaxy S22 Ultra will have to perform very well to justify the significant gap between it and a competitive competitor.