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Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus vs Google Pixel 6 Pro: Which flagship phone to buy?

Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Plus and the Google Pixel 6 Pro are two of the best premium flagship phones you can buy in 2022. The Galaxy S22 Plus sits in the middle between the smaller Galaxy S22 and the more premium Galaxy S22 Ultra in the lineup this year. The Pixel 6 Pro, on the other hand, represents the best of what Google has to offer in the smartphone space in 2022. From powerful internals to excellent software support, there’s a lot to like about each of these phones but they’re not created equal. You’re bound to lean towards one or the other depending on your expectations, so let’s take a look at the Galaxy S22 Plus vs Google Pixel 6 Pro comparison to find out which one’s better to buy in 2022.

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Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus vs Google Pixel 6 Pro: Specifications

Before we begin this comparison, let’s take a quick look at the specifications to find out what each of these devices brings to the table:

Specification Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus Google Pixel 6 Pro
Build
  • Armor aluminum frame
  • Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+
  • IP68 dust and water resistance
  • Aluminum mid-frame
  • Gorilla Glass Victus front and back
  • IP68 rating
Dimensions & Weight
  • 157.4 x 75.8 x 7.6mm
  • 196g
  • 163.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm
  • 210g
Display
  • 6.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X
  • FHD+ (1080 x 2340)
  • 10-120Hz Adaptive Refresh Rate
  • 1750 nits
  • 6.7-inch OLED
  • 1,440 x 3,120 pixels
  • HDR10+ certified
  • Variable refresh rate between 60Hz to 120Hz
SoC
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • Exynos 2200
Google Tensor chipset
RAM & Storage
  • 8GB + 128GB
  • 8GB + 256GB
  • 8GB/12GB RAM
  • 128GB/256GB/512GB UFS 3.1 storage
Battery & Charging
  • 4,500mAh
  • 45W wired fast charging support
  • 15W wireless charging support
  • 4.5W reverse wireless charging
  • Charger not included
  • 5,004 mAh battery
  • 30W fast wired charging
  • Wireless charging
  • Charger not included
Security Ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor Optical in-display fingerprint sensor
Rear Camera(s)
  • Primary: 50MP, 1.0µm, 85° FoV, 23mm, f/1.8, DPAF, OIS
  • Ultra-wide: 12MP, 1.4µm, 120° FoV, 13mm, f/2.2
  • Telephoto: 10MP, 1.0µm, 36° FoV, 69mm, f/2.4, OIS, 3x optical zoom
  • Primary: 50MP main, f/1.9, 1/1.31″, OIS, binned
  • Secondary: 12MP ultra-wide, f/2.2
  • Tertiary: 48MP periscope, 4x optical zoom
Front Camera(s) 10MP, 1.22µm, f/2.2, 80° FoV 11MP, f/2.2/1.22μm
Port(s)
  • USB Type-C
  • No headphone jack
  • No microSD card slot
  • USB Type-C
  • No headphone jack
  • No microSD card slot
Audio Stereo speakers Stereo speakers
Connectivity
  • 5G (mmWave/sub6)
  • 4G LTE
  • Wi-Fi 6E
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • NFC
  • 5G (mmWave/sub6)
  • 4G LTE
  • Wi-Fi 6E
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • NFC
Software One UI 4.1 based on Android 12 Android 12 with Pixel Launcher
Other Features
  • Promised four Android OS upgrades
  • Promised five years of security patches
  • Four major Android OS updates promised
  • Five years of security patches

Both the Galaxy S22 Plus and the Pixel 6 Pro, as you can see, offer a good set of internals for the price. But there’s a lot more to a phone than just a bunch of numbers on paper, so let’s dive a little deeper to find out which one’s worth your money.


Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus vs Google Pixel 6 Pro: Design and Display

Galaxy S22 Plus in four colors

The Galaxy S22 Plus borrows a lot from its predecessor in the design department, which is why it looks very similar to the Galaxy S21 Plus. Meanwhile, the Pixel 6 Pro represents the new design language and it looks entirely different from anything we’ve seen from Google in the past. Design is entirely subjective, so we’ll leave it up to you to decide which one’s better. But as far as the details are concerned, the Galaxy S22 Plus sports a flat back panel and side frame, but the contoured camera bump makes a comeback this year. The Galaxy S22 Plus is available to purchase in a variety of colors — Phantom Black, Green, Phantom White, Pink Gold, Graphite, Cream, Sky Blue, Violet — and we think they all look and feel equally premium.

Google Pixel 6 Pro back with G logo

Meanwhile, Google’s Pixel 6 Pro has a pretty unique design, with its camera visor being the main attraction. The camera bump on the Pixel 6 Pro is significantly bigger compared to the one on the Galaxy S22 Plus. But it runs across the entire device horizontally, meaning the device doesn’t wobble on the desk while laying flat. It also looks like Thomas Bangalter’s Daft Punk helmet, which is pretty cool too. But as we mentioned in our Google Pixel 6 Pro review, the device feels rather unwieldy to hold in one hand. We also found it to be very slippery and our Stormy Black model attracted a lot of fingerprints and smudges too. The Pixel 6 Pro is available in three colors — Sorta Sunny, Cloudy White, and Stormy Black — and all have a dual-tone finish.

Front of smartphone screen with camera cutout

The Galaxy S22 Plus is both thinner and lighter compared to the Google Pixel 6 Pro. It measures 7.6mm in thickness and weighs 196 grams compared to the Pixel 6 Pro which measures 8.9 mm in thickness and weighs 210 grams. The Google Pixel 6 Pro is also the taller device with a slightly bigger display, so keep that in mind. Neither of them has a headphone jack or a microSD card slot for storage expansion, so all you get is a USB Type-C port on the bottom. Samsung is using an armor aluminum frame and Gorilla Glass Victus+ on both the front and back of the Galaxy S22 Plus, and it comes with an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. The Pixel 6 Pro also comes with an Aluminum mid-frame, but it uses Gorilla Glass Victus for the front and back panels.

full front of the Google Pixel 6 Pro running Android 12 QPR3 Beta 2

Moving over to the front, both the Galaxy S22 Plus and the Google Pixel 6 Pro have an AMOLED panel with a centrally aligned punch hole camera cutout. The display on the Galaxy S22 Plus is slightly smaller coming in at 6.6-inches while the Pixel 6 Pro sports a 6.7-inch panel. The Pixel 6 Pro’s display is also relatively sharper as it offers a QHD (3,120 x 1,440) resolution compared to the Galaxy S22 Plus’ FHD+ (2,340 x 1,080) resolution. The display on the Pixel 6 Pro is also curved, while the Galaxy S22 Plus has a flat panel. Both displays, however, support adaptive refresh rates of up to 120Hz, so no differences there. Despite the differences in display specs, we think both panels look great for day-to-day usage and even for media consumption. The Galaxy S22 Plus also has uniform bezels around the display, if that’s something you care about.


Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus vs Google Pixel 6 Pro: Hardware and cameras

The Galaxy S22 Plus comes with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or the Exynos 2200 chipset depending on where you buy it from. The Pixel 6 Pro, on the other hand, comes with Google’s tensor chip. Qualcomm’s snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is better in terms of the overall performance, but you’re probably not going to notice the difference in day-to-day usage. Even the Exynos 2200 comes out on top with its general performance, but there’s plenty to like about the Tensor chip too. It should also be able to handle more demanding tasks such as gaming with ease. The Samsung Galaxy 22 Plus, however, tops out at 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, with no microSD card support for storage expansion. The Google Pixel 6 Pro can be purchased with up to 12GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage, so it’s better for those who want more memory and storage out of the box.

The Google Pixel 6 Pro also wins in the battery and charging department. Google has packed the Pixel 6 Pro with a massive 5,004mAh battery with support for fast-charging up to 30W which takes about an hour to fully charge. And as we mentioned in our review, the Pixel 6 Pro tends to heat up while charging and it throttles the charging speed if/when the temperature gets roughly above 35°C (95°F). The phone can handle up to 23W of wireless charging speeds without any issues though. The Galaxy S22 Plus gets a relatively smaller 4,500mAh battery inside, which is even smaller than the Galaxy S21’s battery from last year. However, it supports charging speeds of up to 45W provided you use a USB PD PPS-enabled charger. It’ll only hit 15W on wireless charging though, so keep that in mind. Both phones, in case you’re wondering, don’t come with a charger inside the box, meaning you’ll have to buy one separately.

On the software side, the Galaxy S22 Plus runs OneUI 4.1 out of the box. It’s based on Android 12 and offers a bunch of customization options and some other features. Samsung’s OneUI software has improved a lot over the years, but you’re not going to get a stock Android experience with the Galaxy S22 Plus. The Pixel 6 Pro is the phone to buy if you want an unadulterated version of Android 12 software. As for the optics, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus sports a triple camera setup at the back which includes a 50MP main sensor, a 12MP ultrawide camera, and a 10MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom. Google Pixel 6 Pro features a 50MP main sensor with a wide lens, a 12MP ultrawide camera, and a 48MP telephoto lens with 4x optical zoom.

Both phones are capable of capturing some stunning photos in both daytime and night. There are inconsistencies when you switch between the lens, but the photos coming out of both phones have great colors and a good amount of details. We’ll leave some camera samples captured using both phones below for you to check out.

Camera viewfinder on Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus

For selfies, the Pixel 6 Pro uses an 11.1 MP sensor with a 94-degree FoV while the Galaxy S22 Plus comes with a 40MP sensor with 80-degree FoV. The Galaxy S22 Plus has a slight advantage when it comes to video recording as it supports 8K video recording at 24fps or 4K recording at up to 60fps. The Pixel 6 Pro tops out at 4K resolution at 60fps. The Galaxy S22 Plus also lets you record 4K videos at 60fps using the front camera, whereas the Pixel 6 Pro’s front-facing camera can only do 4K at 30fps.

Google Pixel 6 Pro camera samples:

Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus camera samples:

Camera sample from Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
Camera sample from Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
Camera sample from Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
Camera sample from Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
Camera sample from Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
Camera sample from Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus


Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus vs Google Pixel 6 Pro: Which one to buy?

While the Galaxy S22 Plus and the Pixel 6 Pro are both fighting for the same piece of the pie, they’re two entirely different phones with unique features. The Galaxy S22 Plus is the embodiment of the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ approach, as it borrows a lot from its predecessor, the Galaxy S21 Plus. We’re looking at an incremental upgrade with the Galaxy S22 Plus but there’s still plenty to like here. You get a new 50MP sensor and upgraded chips to go against the newer flagships on the market. It’s a solid all-rounder that’ll perform well for many years to come. The Google Pixel 6 Pro, on the other hand, represents the best of what Google has to offer in the smartphone space. It has an entirely new design and comes with Google’s new Tensor chip too.

We’re looking at a $100 difference in price between the two phones — the Google Pixel 6 Pro starts at $899 in the US whereas the Galaxy S22 Plus is priced at $999 for the base model. The Pixel 6 Pro may not be as powerful as the Galaxy S22 Plus, but it offers a great package overall with a unique design, an excellent set of cameras, and reliable performance for day-to-day usage. You also get more memory and storage options and stock Android with the Pixel 6 Pro compared to the Galaxy S22 Plus, so keep that in mind.

For $100 more, the Galaxy S22 Plus delivers better performance with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or the Exynos 2200 chipset. But you only get a 1080p display, a smaller battery, and limited memory and storage compared to the Google Pixel 6 Pro. It does, however, come with tried-and-tested hardware and is promised to receive four years’ worth of major platform updates. The Pixel 6 Pro, in comparison, is slated to receive three years of OS upgrades, meaning Samsung beat Google at its own game with the Galaxy S series flagship phones this year.

It’s tough to pick a definite winner in this comparison, but you’re bound to experience the best of what Android has to offer with either of these phones. If you’re leaning toward trying a phone with a unique design and a reliable set of cameras, the Pixel 6 Pro is the way to go.  But if you don’t mind spending slightly more on Samsung’s tried and tested formula to get a great all-rounder, then you’ll love the Galaxy S22 Plus. Either way, you’re not buying a bad phone, so pick the one based on your preferences.

    Google Pixel 6 Pro

    The Google Pixel 6 Pro is the latest and greatest flagship smartphone from Google, and it has a lot to love.

    Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus

    If you’re not looking for the bells and whistles provided by the Ultra, the Galaxy S22 Plus is one of the best Android flagship phone that you can buy, with a premium camera experience, a 120Hz AMOLED display, and more.

So which Android flagship are you planning to buy? Let us know by dropping a comment down below. Also, be sure to check out our Galaxy S22 Plus deals and Google Pixel 6 Pro’s deals page to see if you can save some money on your purchase. You can always use some extra savings to splurge on good-quality cases. You can find some solid options in our collection of the best Galaxy S22 Plus cases or the Google Pixel 6 Pro cases.

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