Google Pixel 7 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: What's the best Android phone?

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A Google Pixel 7 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra showdown can decide which Android flagship is the best for you. It’s a tough race to call, since both devices do specific things very well. If you’re looking for the best value, stick with the less expensive Pixel, but if you want heaps of features, opt for the Galaxy.

Of course, the camera competition is fierce, with Samsung and Google putting up their best efforts yet. The Galaxy S22 Ultra goes all in on zoom, offering 10x optical and 100x digital. But the Pixel 7 Pro has many useful features up its sleeve, making it the smartest camera phone ever made.

So which device is better? Read on for our Google Pixel 7 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra face-off.

Pixel 7 Pro vs. Galaxy S22 Ultra: Specs

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Row 0 - Cell 0 Pixel 7 ProGalaxy S22 Ultra
Price$899 / £849 / AU$1,299$1,199 / £1,149 / AU$1,849
Display6.7-inch OLED (3210 x 1440)6.8-inch Super AMOLED (3088 x 1440)
Refresh rate10-120Hz1-120Hz
CPUTensor G2Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
RAM12GB8GB, 12GB
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Rear cameras50MP (f/1.85) main, 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide, 48MP (f/3.5) 5x telephoto108MP (f/1.8) main, 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide, 10MP (f/2.4) 3x telephoto, 10MP (f/4.9) 10x telephoto
Front camera10.8MP (f/2.2)40MP (f/2.2)
VideoUp to 4K 60 fpsUp to 8K 24 fps, 4K 60 fps
Battery5,000 mAh5,000 mAh
Battery life (Hrs:Mins)8:04 (adaptive), 7:55 (60Hz)9:50 (adaptive), 10:15 (60Hz)
Size6.1 x 3 x 0.35 inches (162.9 x 76.6 x 8.9 mm)6.4 x 3 x 0.35 inches (163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9 mm)
Weight7.5 ounces (212 g)8 ounces (228 g)
ColorsObsidian, Snow, HazelPhantom Black, Phantom White, Burgundy, Green, Graphite, Sky Blue, Red

Google Pixel 7 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Price and availability

The Pixel 7 Pro and Galaxy S22 Ultra diverge significantly when it comes to price. Google’s phone starts at $899 / £849 / AU$1,299 for 128GB of storage. The S22 Ultra kicks off at a whopping AU$1,199 / £1,149 / AU$1,849, a full $300 / £300 / AU$550 more than Google’s flagship. That’s a huge difference, no matter where you're located.

Topping out at 512GB (not available in the UK) for $1,099 / AU$1,599, the Pixel 7 Pro offers a serious advantage over the Galaxy S22 Ultra in price. Samsung’s top Galaxy S caps at 512GB for $1,399 / £1,329 / AU$2,149. We can’t overemphasize how big an advantage a $300 / £300 / AU$550 price gap is for the Pixel 7 Pro, especially at a time when costs are on the rise. To save even more on these particular models, look for either the best Pixel 7 deals or best Galaxy S22 deals.

You can pick up the Galaxy S22 Ultra basically anywhere, but the Pixel 7 Pro also enjoys a wider availability over its predecessors. Google expanded its markets to 12 new countries this year, meaning more people can enjoy its excellent handset.

Winner: Google Pixel 7 Pro

Google Pixel 7 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Design

Both the Pixel 7 Pro and Galaxy S22 Ultra balk at traditional smartphone design, taking their phones in a different direction from Apple’s.

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The Pixel 7 Pro looks a lot more interesting with its now iconic camera bar stretching across the width of the phone. The camera lenses, more prominent this year, catch your attention immediately with Google indicating that this device means business when it comes to photography.

Google Pixel 7 Pro back view

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The Galaxy S22 Ultra looks unique also, having adopted the Galaxy Note design from 2020. (In fact, this device is a Galaxy Note in all but name.) The rear quad camera plus laser autofocus setup sits in a P shape in the top left corner of the device. It’s a cool look, especially when combined with the flat edges and rounded back.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra S Pen on back of phone

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The Galaxy S22 Ultra feels like a brick, weighing a solid 8 ounces (228 g), while the Pixel 7 Pro feels more svelte at 7.3 ounces (212 g). Both phones are IP68-rated, able to survive submersion underwater up to roughly three feet (1.5 m) for 30 minutes.

The winner in design comes down to personal preference. Do you like the large, bulky, blocky Galaxy S22 Ultra? Or the slimmer Pixel 7 Pro with Google’s refined design language? Both are sturdy and well-built, so I will call this one a draw.

Winner: Draw

Google Pixel 7 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Display

When it comes to displays, Samsung is the clear winner. The Pixel 7 Pro puts up a great fight with plenty of brightness and rich colors, but Samsung simply has the advantage. 

Google Pixel 7 Pro display view

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The Pixel 7 Pro features a 6.7-inch OLED panel with a resolution of 3120 x 1440 and an adaptive refresh rate of 10-120Hz. In our testing, it achieved 927 nits of brightness, whereas the Galaxy S22 Ultra, with its 6.8-inch Super AMOLED (3088 x 1440) display and 1-120Hz refresh rate, managed an insane 1,359 nits.

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For color reproduction, the Pixel 7 Pro reproduced 104.9% and 74.3% of the sRGB and DCI-P3 color gamuts, respectively. We performed these tests in the phone’s Natural color calibration. With the Galaxy S22 Ultra, meanwhile, we saw 137.5% of the sRGB spectrum and 97.4% of the more challenging DCI-P3 gamut. That was also in the Natural color setting.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra review

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For Delta-E color accuracy, where a score of 0 is perfect, the Pixel 7 Pro managed 0.28 while the Galaxy S22 Ultra scored 0.25. 

Videos, games and pictures just pop more on the Galaxy S22 Ultra, though both phones are pretty equal for sharpness with their QHD+ resolutions. Reading books on either device is a treat, but if you consume any other media, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is the easy pick.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Google Pixel 7 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Cameras

The Galaxy S22 Ultra packs in four cameras, two of which are telephoto lens. The S22’s main sensor is a massive 108MP with an aperture of f/1.8 and pixel size of 0.8µm. The 12MP ultrawide sensor sits behind a lens with a 120-degree field of view. The twin 10MP telephoto sensors come equipped with 3x or 10x optical zoom. The fifth sensor in the camera module provides laser autofocus.

Google Pixel 7 Pro cameras

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The Pixel 7 Pro makes do with three rear cameras. The main 50MP (f/1.85) sensor does the heavy lifting combined with Google’s software magic, while the 12MP ultrawide helps capture wider shots with its 126-degree field of view. The 48MP telephoto camera has a 5x optical zoom, plus 2x when combining the main and telephoto cameras with Super Res Zoom.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra cameras from left side

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For selfies, the Pixel 7 Pro has a 10.8MP front shooter while the Galaxy S22 Ultra sports a 40MP one. The Pixel 7 Pro enjoys a wider 92.8-degree field of view for group selfies versus the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s 80-degree FOV.