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Google Pixel 7 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus: Which one should you buy?

Google's current best takes on Samsung's middleweight champion for 2022.
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Published onFebruary 12, 2024

Google Pixel 7 Pro
MSRP: $899.00
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Positives
Unique design
Flexible, high-class camera setup
Upgraded fingerprint scanner and modem
Clean Pixel UI software and exclusive features
Long-term software support
Incredible value
Negatives
Tensor G2 still runs hot at times
Slow charging
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
MSRP: $999.99
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Positives
Excellent display
Powerful camera package
Top-notch performance
Negatives
Speakers are a little weak
No expandable storage

With the Pixel 7 Pro, Google refined a tried-and-tested design with updated internals and a few new software tricks. But how does it stack up against an older but still excellent flagship, like the Galaxy S22 Plus? It’s a close race, so we pit the Google Pixel 7 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus to determine if you should settle for the old or jump for the new.

Editor’s note: Samsung has released the Galaxy S24 series since the original publication of this article. The Plus model features a larger battery and a slightly tweaked design compared to last year.


Google Pixel 7 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus: Design, durability, and display

pixel 7 pro vs galaxy s22 plus home screens
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The Pixel 7 Pro and Galaxy S22 Plus look much like their predecessors, but that’s not a bad thing. Their designs are still among the best you’ll find in the smartphone market and don’t look dated.

Comparing the two phones, the S22 Plus ekes out a small lead in terms of durability with Gorilla Glass Victus Plus protection on the front and back. Google, meanwhile, has opted for the slightly older (but still competent) Gorilla Glass Victus on the Pixel 7 Pro. Both phones feature IP68 ratings and stereo speakers but lack a headphone jack.

Even though the general silhouettes of both phones remain largely unchanged from last year, the S22 Plus and Pixel 7 Pro boast brand-new colorways. This time around, however, Google has done away with the iconic dual-tone colorway. Instead, we get a metallic strip in a silver or gold finish that runs the length of the horizontal camera bar. Moreover, the Pixel’s limited color variety may steer you towards the Galaxy S22 Plus and its eight color options, but more on that later.

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Both smartphones pack AMOLED panels on the display front with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. However, not everything is equal. The Pixel 7 Pro is the only one that gets a higher-resolution Quad HD display, while Samsung has reserved that for the S22 Ultra. The Pixel 7 Pro also features LTPO display technology, meaning it can dial down the refresh rate to conserve battery. However, you may notice the S22 Plus gets brighter as Samsung has bumped the brightness to 1,750 nits this generation.

We don’t have exact brightness numbers for the Pixel 7 series yet, but Google claims a 25% improvement over last year’s measured 800 to 1,000 nits figure. That’s good enough for HDR playback but not ideal if you’re trying to read outdoors on a sunny day.

The Galaxy S22 Plus has the brighter display, but the difference is subtle at best.

Going from the base Galaxy S22 to the S22 Plus, it’s hard to miss the 0.5-inch display size difference between the two smartphones. This naturally translates to a larger overall volume but is still smaller than the Pixel 7 Pro and its 6.7-inch display. Moreover, the S22 Plus’ slimmer bezels help it feel smaller in the hand than the screen size suggests.

There’s also a subtle difference between their aspect ratios — the 19.5:9 aspect ratio on the S22 Plus is ever so slightly wider than the Pixel’s taller 20:9 display. There’s also a sizable weight difference between the two smartphones. The Pixel 7 Pro weighs 212g, nearly 10% more than the Galaxy S22 Plus’ 195g.


Google Pixel 7 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus: Performance, battery, and charging

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In terms of raw compute power, Google and Samsung have taken somewhat opposing angles to under-the-hood hardware changes this generation.

As we’ve come to expect from Samsung every year for the past decade, the Galaxy S22 Plus includes 2022’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200 chipset, depending on the region. Meanwhile, the Tensor G2 in the Pixel 7 Pro only offers incremental improvements over the original Tensor SoC. Google claimed a 20% better efficiency result, but our review concluded that the Pixel 7 Pro runs warm under pressure and scores below other 2022 flagship chips.

Google's in-house Tensor G2 chip continues to prioritize AI performance over raw compute horsepower.

Having said that, Google’s primary priority is the Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), which has significantly improved this generation. The TPU handles AI-based workloads like real-time dictation and translation and is responsible for the Pixel’s signature computational photography features like Face Unblur. If those features are important to you, the Tensor G2 may offer tangible benefits over the S22’s choice of chips. Having said that, Samsung may roll out Galaxy AI features to older smartphones including the S22 family with future software updates.

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The Galaxy S22 Plus features a smaller battery than its predecessor, but the difference may not be as apparent as you’d think. Efficiency improvements in the SoC department could translate to similar full-to-empty times. And that’s precisely what we observed in our Galaxy S22 Plus review, where it delivered an impressive seven-hour screen-on-time result.

When you need to fill up those batteries, however, the Galaxy S22 Plus pulls ahead. With Samsung’s 45W Super Fast Charging, a full charge takes exactly one hour. Meanwhile, Google doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to push the envelope, as it recommends a 30W adapter. And if the Pixel 7 Pro mimics the real-world 23W charging power of the Pixel 6, it could take nearly two hours to charge up fully. Both smartphones are capable of wireless and reverse wireless charging.


Google Pixel 7 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus: Cameras

Google Pixel 7 Pro
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On the imaging front, you get capable 50MP primary shooters on both, the Galaxy S22 Plus and Pixel 7 Pro. The primary cameras have plenty of resolution to capture fine details, even if that 50MP figure doesn’t sound impressive against the larger 108 or 200MP smartphone cameras we’ve seen recently. Moreover, the Pixel 7 Pro holds onto the same Samsung GN1 sensor that produced excellent results last year.

You’ll also find a 12MP ultrawide lens on the back of both smartphones, but that’s where the similarities end. On the Galaxy S22 Plus, you get a third lens in the form of a 10MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom. Meanwhile, the Pixel 7 Pro tries to one-up its predecessor and the competition with a 48MP telephoto lens capable of 5x zoom. Thanks to a new autofocus system, you can also use the ultrawide lens on the Pixel for macro photography.

The Galaxy S22 Plus and Pixel 7 Pro boast similar cameras on paper, but only one offers a flourish of features.

Specs aside, though, you’d be hard-pressed to find fault with the performance of either device’s camera setup. Which smartphone’s images you prefer could very well boil down to the image processing and software features. The Pixel 7 Pro has a lead here, thanks to Google’s signature post-processing and features like Face Unblur, Real Tone, and upgraded Night Sight. The same applies to video recording, although you’ll have to get the Galaxy S22 Plus if you care about 8K video recording.


Google Pixel 7 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus: Pricing and colors

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Google Pixel 7 Pro (12/128GB): $899
Google Pixel 7 Pro (12/256GB): $999

Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus (8/128GB): $999
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus (8/256GB): $1,049

Google and Samsung didn’t rock the boat with pricing in this generation, so the value proposition remains largely unchanged from last year. The Pixel 7 Pro starts at $899, while the Galaxy S22 Plus launched at $999. However, you might be able to find the latter at a lower price now that its successor is available.

If you need more storage, you’ll need to pay an extra $100 for the 256GB variant of the Pixel 7 Pro. However, the same upgrade costs just $50 if you go down the Samsung route. While you do get 12GB of RAM on the Pixel 7 Pro vs the Galaxy S22 Plus’ 8GB, most users won’t notice the difference.

In terms of color options, Google opted for a more subdued color palette this year compared to the playful colorways of the Pixel 6 series. As such, your only options are Snow, Obsidian, and Hazel. The first two — white and black — represent your staple smartphone colors. If you want something more eye-catching, Hazel brings a splash of color with a greenish-gray color and a gold metallic accent.

By contrast, Samsung has taken the kitchen sink approach with the Galaxy S22 Plus’ colorways. You can pick from Pink Gold, Phantom White, Phantom Black, and Green at most retailers. Samsung also offers four more color choices exclusively via its own online store. The exclusive colors, namely Graphite, Cream, Sky Blue, and Violet, feature a two-toned look that emphasizes the Contour Cut camera bump.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus (256GB)Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus (256GB)
AA Editors Choice
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus (256GB)
Excellent display • Powerful camera package • Top-notch performance
MSRP: $999.99
A great all-rounder
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus can do just about anything. It has more than enough power under the hood, sports a terrific camera system, offers great battery life, and also looks great. The fantastic software support is worth a mention as well.
Google Pixel 7 ProGoogle Pixel 7 Pro
AA Editors Choice
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Best Google camera • High-quality display • Big battery
MSRP: $899.00
The Pixel 7 Pro is the top-of-the-line phone on Google's roster.
The Google Pixel 7 Pro takes the best features from the Pixel 6 Pro, and makes them even better. Enjoy numerous camera upgrades and some fun new software tricks, all for the same cost as the last-gen Pixel phone.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S22 PlusGoogle Pixel 7 Pro
Display
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
6.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED
Flat display
FHD+ resolution (2,340 x 1,080)
120Hz adaptive refresh rate (48Hz to 120Hz)
240Hz touch sampling rate
Google Pixel 7 Pro
6.7-inch LTPO pOLED
3120 x 1440 pixels
1500 nits
Up to 120 Hz refresh rate
Processor
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
US, India, Australia: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Global: Exynos 2200
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Google Tensor G2
Titan M2 security
RAM
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
8GB
Google Pixel 7 Pro
12GB LPDDR5
Storage
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
128 or 256GB
No microSD card support
Google Pixel 7 Pro
128GB or 256GB
UFS 3.1
Power
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
3,700mAh battery
45W wired charging
15W wireless charging
Reverse wireless charging
No charger in box
Google Pixel 7 Pro
5,000mAh (typical)
23W wired charging
USB-PD 3.0 (PPS)
21W wireless charging (w/ Pixel Stand)
Battery share

No charger in box
Cameras
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
REAR:
- 50MP wide (1.0μm, ƒ1.8, 23mm, 85-degree FoV)
- 12MP ultrawide (1.4μm, ƒ2.2, 13mm, 120-degree FoV)
- 10MP telephoto (1.0μm, ƒ2.4, 69mm, 36-degree FoV, 3x optical zoom)

FRONT:
- 10MP wide (ƒ2.2, 26mm, 80-degree FoV)
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Rear:
- 50 MP main sensor (f/1.85, 1/1.3", OIS, 82 FoV)
- 12 MP ultrawide (f/2.2, 1/2.9", auto-focus, 125 FoV)
- 48 MP telephoto lens (f/3.5, 1/2.55", 4.8x optical zoom)

Front:
- 10.8MP wide (f/2.2, 93°, 1/3.1")
Video
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
REAR:
- 8K at 24fps (main lens only)
- 4K at 60fps (all lenses)

FRONT:
- 4K at 60fps
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Rear:
4K at 30/60FPS
1080p at 30/60FPS

Front:
4K at 30/60FPS
1080p at 30/60FPS
Audio
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
Stereo speakers
Dolby Atmos support
No 3.5mm port
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Stereo speakers
Triple mics
No 3.5mm port
Connectivity
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
5G (mmWave + Sub6)
Wi-Fi 6E, Dual Band
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC support
Google Pixel 7 Pro
5G (mmWave + Sub6)
Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax)
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC support
Security
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
Ultrasonic under-display fingerprint sensor
5 years security updates
Google Pixel 7 Pro
In-display fingerprint
Titan M2 chip
5 years security updates
Software
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
Android 12
One UI 4.1
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Android 13
Pixel UI
S Pen support
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
No
Google Pixel 7 Pro
No
Materials
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
Gorilla Glass Victus Plus front and back
Armour Aluminum frame
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Gorilla Glass Victus front
Gorilla Glass Victus back
Aluminum frame
Durability
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
IP68 certified
Google Pixel 7 Pro
IP68 certified
Dimensions and weight
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
157.4 x 75.8 x 7.6mm
196g
Google Pixel 7 Pro
162.9 x 76.55 x 8.9mm
212g
Colors
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, Pink Gold

Online exclusives: Cream, Graphite, Sky Blue, Violet
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Snow, Obsidian, Hazel

Google Pixel 7 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus: Which should you buy?

pixel 7 pro vs galaxy s22 plus selfie cameras
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With the specifications and numbers out of the way, it’s time to crown a winner. Picking a favorite in the Google Pixel 7 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus battle is no easy task. Both are incredibly well-rounded smartphones and represent the best of what the smartphone industry has to offer. Ultimately, picking one over the other will require you to understand what you need from your next smartphone.

The Pixel 7 Pro delivers the consistent and reliable camera experience we’ve come to expect from Google smartphones. If you want top-notch image processing and color handling, the Pixel 7 Pro is your best bet. Thanks to the Tensor G2 chip’s machine learning strengths also includes unique software features like call screening, Now Playing, live translate, and real-time dictation. Thanks to the upgraded telephoto lens and above-average battery capacity, Google takes home a few hardware wins, too.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy S22 Plus packs a brighter display, faster charging, a smaller and lighter build, and more color variety than the competition. While Samsung’s One UI software skin isn’t as playful or novel as Google’s Material You design language, it still offers a cohesive and smooth experience. Going with a Samsung flagship also nets you an additional year of software updates compared to the Pixel 7 series. That may be an important value consideration if you care about using the same smartphone for years to come.

It’s also worth noting that while the Pixel 7 Pro was cheaper at launch — at least on paper — you can likely find Samsung’s 2022 flagship for much less now that the Galaxy S24 series is available. Of course, a fairer battle in 2024 would be between the Pixel 7 Pro vs the Galaxy S23 Ultra.

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