Samsung launched its much-anticipated Galaxy S22 series globally last night. The line-up consists of the standard Galaxy S22, mid-level Galaxy S22+, and the top-end Galaxy S22 Ultra models. The Galaxy S22 Ultra happens to be a hat tip by Samsung to its discontinued Galaxy Note series. It’s being said that the Ultra variant in the Galaxy S series of the flagship is the new avatar of the Galaxy Note series.
One look at the Galaxy S22 Ultra and you will be convinced that it’s indeed the Galaxy Note in spirit. It comes with a rectangular slab design, brilliant QHD+ 6.8-inch display, supports S Pen, and has an integrated slot for it. By the virtue of being the most premium flagship offered by the chaebol, the Galaxy S22 Ultra takes on heavyweights like the iPhone 13 Pro Max and the OnePlus 10 Pro. Here’s how they compare.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max vs OnePlus 10 Pro: complete specs
|Specs||Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra||iPhone 13 Pro Max||OnePlus 10 Pro|
|Display||6.8-inch QHD+ AMOLED (120Hz)||6.7-inch 2.8K Super Retina XDR AMOLED (120Hz)||6.78-inch QHD+ AMOLED LTPO 2.0 (120Hz)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1||Apple A15 Bionic||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1|
|RAM||8GB | 12GB LPDDR5||6GB||8GB | 12GB LPDDR5|
|Storage||128GB | 256GB | 512GB | 1TB UFS 3.1||128GB | 256GB | 512GB | 1TB UFS 3.1||128GB | 256GB|
|OS||One UI 4.1 based on Android 12||iOS 15||ColorOS 12.1 based on Android 12|
|108MP + 12MP + 10MP + 10MP||12MP + 12MP + 12MP||48MP + 50MP + 8MP|
|Fast charging||45W fast charging||20W fast charging||80W fast charging|
|Dimensions||163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9mm||160.8 x 78.1 x 7.65mm||163 x 73.9 x 8.55mm|
|Weight||229 grams||238 grams||200.5 grams|
|Price||$1,199 (~Rs 86,200)||Rs 1,29,900 starting price||RMB 4,699 (~Rs 54,550) starting price|
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max vs OnePlus 10 Pro: price
Samsung and OnePlus have not announced the Indian pricing of their flagships yet. The Galaxy S22 Ultra starts at $1,199 (~Rs 86,200) for the base variant and the chaebol is yet to announce the pricing of the remaining variants. The OnePlus 10 Pro comes in three configurations – 8GB RAM + 128GB storage, 8GB RAM + 256GB storage, and 12GB RAM + 256GB storage. These are priced at RMB 4,699 (~Rs 54,550), RMB 4,999 (~Rs 58,000), and RMB 5,299 (~Rs 61,500), respectively.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max, on the other hand, is available in four variants – 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB with 6GB RAM for all. These models are priced at Rs 1,29,900, Rs 1,39,900, Rs 1,59,900, and Rs 1,79,900, respectively. Considering the OnePlus 10 Pro is officially priced lower and is likely to be the cheapest of all three, this round goes to the OnePlus offering.
Winner: OnePlus 10 Pro
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max vs OnePlus 10 Pro: design and display
Design-wise, all three smartphones feature a premium glass sandwich design befitting a flagship device. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and iPhone 13 Pro Max feature an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, however, it’s not clear whether the OnePlus 10 Pro has it as well or not. For protection, the Galaxy S22 Ultra and OnePlus 10 Pro have the Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protective layer, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max uses Ceramic Shield. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra also brings support for S Pen and a dedicated slot for the same, which is a bonus.
Coming to the display, all three smartphones flaunt an AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. However, the Samsung and OnePlus devices feature QHD+ screen resolution, compared to the 2,778 x 1,284 pixel resolution on iPhone 13 Pro Max. All three smartphones also support variable refresh rates (1Hz-120Hz). The peak brightness achieved by the iPhone 13 Pro Max, OnePlus 10 Pro, and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra are 1,200nits, 1,300nits, and 1,750nits, respectively.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max vs OnePlus 10 Pro: performance and software
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and OnePlus 10 Pro boot Android 12 out of the box, whereas the iPhone 13 Pro Max features iOS 15. Samsung has already assured users about four major software updates and five years of security updates, which is closer to Apple’s update cycle. OnePlus 10 Pro, on the other hand, will receive three major updates and will switch from the popular Oxygen OS to Unified OS in the second quarter of 2022. Considering the uncertainty over OnePlus’s future in software upgrades, this is a tie between Samsung and Apple.
As for the performance, all three smartphones feature the latest and greatest flagship processors. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and OnePlus 10 Pro ship with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, while iPhone 13 Pro Max comes with the A15 Bionic chipset. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and OnePlus 10 Pro offer up to 12GB RAM compared to 6GB RAM on iPhone. However, the iPhone 13 Pro Max offers a better performance thanks to much better hardware and software optimisation. As for storage, the Galaxy S22 Ultra and iPhone 13 Pro Max offer up to 1TB while the OnePlus 10 Pro has up to 256GB storage only.
Winner: iPhone 13 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max vs OnePlus 10 Pro: cameras
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max and OnePlus 10 Pro feature a triple rear camera setup, whereas, the Galaxy S22 Ultra comes with a quad-camera module. The iPhone 13 Pro Max has a triplet of 12-megapixel telephoto, wide, and ultra-wide sensors on the rear panel and another 12-megapixel selfie camera on the front. The OnePlus 10 Pro features a 48-megapixel wide-angle + 50-megapixel ultra-wide-angle + 8-megapixel telephoto setup on the back and a 32-megapixel selfie camera on the front.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra features a 108-megapixel primary lens, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera with a 120-degree FOV, a 10-megapixel telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom, and a 10-megapixel periscope telephoto camera with 10x optical zoom. On the front, there’s a powerful 40-megapixel selfie shooter.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max vs OnePlus 10 Pro: battery
In terms of battery, both the Galaxy S22 Ultra and the OnePlus 10 Pro feature a 5,000mAh battery. The former features 45W fast charging, 15W wireless charging, and Wireless PowerShare. The OnePlus 10 Pro comes with 80W fast charging, 50W wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging. The iPhone 13 Pro Max misses out here as it features a 4,352mAh battery with support for 20W fast charging and 15W wireless charging.
Winner: OnePlus 10 Pro
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max vs OnePlus 10 Pro: conclusion
In case you’re looking for a decent and affordable flagship with good performance and cameras, the OnePlus 10 Pro should be your pick. The smartphone offers a clean OS, powerful processor, good cameras, and fast charging, all this at a price tag that’s the lowest of three. However, if you’re looking for raw power in terms of performance and imaging, great utility features thanks to S Pen, and a stunning display, you can’t go wrong with the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. The iPhone 13 Pro Max is the most expensive of the lot and looks the part as well. It’s for the niche buyers who don’t mind spending a fortune for a polished experience with a well-balanced performance, world-class cameras, and a great software experience.