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

The two phones couldn't be more different.
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February 6, 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
The Bottom Line.
The Pixel 7 Pro is the best that Google has to offer. It vies for the smartphone photography crown thanks to a few new Tensor G2 tricks and delivers a design that's uniquely Google. At just $899, it's tough to find a better value in a flagship device — unless you buy the Pixel 7.Read full review...
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
MSRP: $1,199.99
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Positives
Latest S Pen functionality
Stunning screen
Versatile cameras
Negatives
Only average battery life
Speakers could be louder
RAM reduced
The Bottom Line.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is the fusion between the Galaxy S Ultra and the Galaxy Note Ultra's best specificities to satisfy all the requirements for power users.The most powerful phone from Samsung offers an extensively-supported software packed with the latest features. While it's somewhat lacking in soul, that doesn't take away from the technical marvel that is the Galaxy S22 Ultra.Read full review...

The Pixel 7 Pro joined a competitive Android flagship space in late 2022, competing directly against the Galaxy S22 Ultra, one of the best devices you could get then. How do the 2022 flagships from Samsung and Google stack against each other in 2024? Here’s a closer look at the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Google Pixel 7 Pro.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Google Pixel 7 Pro: At a glance

Let’s first take a look at the key differences between both smartphones. They are meant for different types of users, so it’s important to get a good idea of both concepts before diving in.

  • The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra came with a much higher launch price of $1,200. At launch, the Google Pixel 7 Pro costs much less at $900.
  • The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra was launched in February 2022. On the other hand, Google released the Pixel 7 Pro much later in the year, in October 2022.
  • The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra comes with an S Pen, adding an extra functionality layer. Google has nothing similar yet.
  • Google focuses on simplicity and offering a clean Android experience. Meanwhile, Samsung has a bevy of customizations and added features to add functionality to the experience.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Google Pixel 7 Pro: Design and display

Google Pixel 7 Pro Lemongrass back
Rita El Khoury / Android Authority

Refinement was the name of the game with the Pixel 7 Pro. It does enough to make it distinguishable from its predecessor, with the metallic bar with camera cutouts taking the place of the black camera visor of the Pixel 6 Pro. I liked the look of the latter since it hid the cameras, but the silver bar of the 7 Pro makes it less flashy and more refined. Even though the bar splits the back of the phone, Google decided to forego two-tone colors with the 7 Pro.

The Pixel 7 Pro looks and feels like a flagship, with the metal frame, Gorilla Glass Victus on the front and back, and a decent heft. And it looks more refined with the metal bar. But without two-tone colors, the standard colorways — white and black — lean towards boring, with only the Hazel option standing out.

Turn to the front, and it’s more of the same, but few can recognize an Android phone by looking at the front anyway. The 6.7-inch Quad HD+ display gets some upgrades, though. It’s 25% brighter than the Pixel 6 Pro and has a variable refresh rate of 10Hz to 120Hz. It’s a bright, beautiful AMOLED screen, and we wouldn’t expect anything less from a 2022 flagship.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra S pen showing handwritten notes.
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On the other hand, we have the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. Unlike its smaller siblings, the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus, the Ultra doesn’t keep the design from its predecessor. Instead, it goes back further, reminiscent of the discontinued Galaxy Note line-up with its rectangular design and curved sides. There are no contour cuts or bars here, with the multiple cameras dotting the top left corner on an otherwise plain back. Adding to its Note-like look is the built-in slot for the S Pen. Yes, the Ultra is the Note replacement people have been hoping for a while, being a part of the Galaxy S-series in name only.

Like most Samsung phones, the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s display doesn’t fail to impress. The Quad HD+ Super AMOLED screen stands out with its bright, vibrant colors, and the 120Hz adaptive refresh rate makes everything fast and smooth.

The Pixel 7 Pro and Galaxy S22 Ultra are big, unwieldy phones that don’t offer the best handling experience. The Samsung device is a touch bigger courtesy of its slightly larger display, but there’s no noticeable difference in size. You’re out of luck if you were hoping for a smaller flagship. While the Pixel 7, the Galaxy S22, and S22 Plus are smaller, you’re also compromising on key specs like the camera, RAM, storage, battery capacity, and more.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Google Pixel 7 Pro: Hardware and cameras

google pixel 7 pro vs galaxy s22 ultra back side by side
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Google continues where it left off with the Tensor program, with the newer Tensor G2 powering the Pixel 7 Pro. It offers lower power consumption with everyday tasks like video streaming, messaging, speech recognition, and more. Google claims it’s 60% faster than its predecessor, but that’s likely not enough to take on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1-toting Galaxy S22 Ultra in terms of pure speed. Of course, both are premium processors, so both phones can easily handle anything you throw at them.

Helping the performance is the 12GB of RAM you get with the Pixel 7 Pro. The Galaxy S22 Ultra comes with 8GB or 12GB RAM variants. Samsung also offers more storage, starting at 128GB and going to 1TB. Meanwhile, the Pixel 7 Pro has 128GB or 256GB of storage.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is the more powerful of the two devices.

The large size of the two phones allows Samsung and Google to pack large 5,000mAh batteries into them. You get solid battery life with the Galaxy S22 Ultra, with our review showing up to 6.5 hours of screen time with a little more than a full day of use. The low-power features of the Tensor G2 help the Pixel 7 Pro achieve better battery life. We had no problem making the phone last about a day and a half during our review time with it. With the new Extreme Battery Saver mode, Google says the Pixel 7 Pro can last up to 72 hours, too.

Both phones come with wireless charging and fast charging. But the Galaxy S22 Ultra gets the leg up here with 45W fast charging, while Google’s 23W charging will give you 50% in 30 minutes. Neither features the much speedier charging we’ve seen from Chinese OEMs, which should help with longevity.

samsung galaxy s22 ultra cameras up close
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Galaxy S22 Ultra

Looking at the cameras, both phones stick with the tried and tested, but with improvements that make them even better than before. The Galaxy S22 Ultra has a 108MP primary camera, a 12MP ultrawide unit, a 10MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom, and a 10MP periscope lens with 10x optical zoom. A 40MP front-facing camera makes for beautiful selfies and sharp video calls.

Meanwhile, the Pixel 7 Pro retains the cameras from its predecessor, with a 50MP primary shooter, a 12MP ultrawide lens, and a 48MP telephoto lens with 4.8x optical zoom. Up front is a 10.8MP unit to cover your selfie and Face Unlock needs.

Google Pixel 7 Pro Lemongrass in hand
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The two phones have very different camera packages and takes on image processing. The Galaxy S22 Ultra has the Pixel 7 Pro beat in terms of pure numbers. However, Google relies on AI image processing to push its photography capabilities to the next level. There’s a reason why even Google’s 12MP cameras from previous Pixels were considered among the best while taking on phones with much higher megapixel counts. And now, with the numbers catching up to the software, things are even better.

We used to consider the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra one of the best phone cameras. It’s now replaced by its successor. The Pixel 7 Pro quickly made it to that list, too. Then, it was replaced by its successor. Regardless, they are both amazing camera phones.

You can always look at our Google Pixel 7 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra camera shootout to learn more details about the differences. To quickly summarize, we felt like the Pixel 7 Pro was the best across the main, ultrawide, and zoom capabilities. Alternatively, Samsung beats it in some areas, such as color reproduction, detail, and general exposure.

Price and colors

  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (8GB/128GB): $1,199
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (12GB/256GB): $1,299
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (12GB/512GB): $1,399
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (12GB/1TB): $1,599
  • Pixel 7 Pro (12GB/128GB): $899
  • Pixel 7 Pro (12GB/256GB): $999

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra starts at $1,200, with four RAM and storage variants pushing the price up to $1,600 for the top-of-the-line option with 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. Google keeps the starting price of the Pixel 7 Pro as its predecessor, starting at $900 for 128GB of storage. You’ll need to shell out an extra $100 to double the storage. 12GB of RAM is the only option with the Pixel device.

The fact that the Pixel 7 Pro is $300 cheaper than the equivalent variant (12GB/256GB) of the S22 Ultra is a massive advantage for the Google phone. It also showcases Google’s commitment to the aggressive pricing we’ve seen from the company with the Pixel 7a and its predecessors.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra is available in Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, and Burgundy. You’ll also get exclusives like Graphite, Sky Blue, and the flashy Red colorway saved for purchases directly from Samsung. Meanwhile, Google plays it safe with the Pixel 7 Pro, offering only three colorways. Options include Snow (white), Obsidian (black), and Hazel.

Also, it’s important to note that the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is now two generations behind, as the Galaxy S24 series is out. The Google Pixel 7 Pro was released several months after, and it is now only one generation behind, only behind the Pixel 8 series.

Regardless, you can find both devices significantly discounted. Especially if you go for a used or refurbished device.

Another important factor may be a phone’s value over time. Pixels are known to lose value very quickly, which may be an issue if you’re considering selling them at some point in the future. While Samsung devices also devalue quickly, Samsung phones are likely the best at keeping their value in the Android world. This means that, when and if you want to sell your phone, you will likely get more for the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, as opposed to the Pixel 7 Pro.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Google Pixel 7 Pro: Specs

Google Pixel 7 ProSamsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Display
Google Pixel 7 Pro
6.7-inch OLED
19.5:9 aspect ratio
QHD+ resolution
(3,120 x 1,440)
512ppi
120Hz refresh rate
HDR support
24-bit depth
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED
Edge display (curved)
19.3:9 aspect ratio
QHD+ resolution (3,088 x 1,440)
120Hz adaptive refresh rate (10Hz to 120Hz)
240Hz touch sampling rate
Processor
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Google Tensor G2
Titan M2 security
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
US, India, Australia: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Global: Exynos 2200
RAM
Google Pixel 7 Pro
12GB LPDDR5
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
8GB or 12GB
Storage
Google Pixel 7 Pro
128GB, 256GB, or 512GB
UFS 3.1
No microSD card support
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
128GB, 256GB, or 512GB with additional 1TB option
No microSD card support
Power
Google Pixel 7 Pro
5,000mAh (typical)
31W wired charging
USB-PD 3.0 (PPS)
21W wireless charging (w/ Pixel Stand)
Battery share

No charger in box
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
5,000mAh battery
45W wired charging
15W wireless charging
No charger in box
Cameras
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Rear:
- 50MP main
1.2 μm, ƒ/1.85, 82-degree FoV
1/1.31-inch sensor
LDAF, OIS, and EIS
- 12MP ultra-wide
1.25 μm, ƒ/2.2, 125.8-degree FoV
- 48MP telephoto
0.7 μm, ƒ/3.5, 20.6-degree FoV
5x optical zoom
Laser AF

Front:
- 10.8MP single
1.22 μm, ƒ/2.2, 84-degree FoV
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
REAR:
- 108MP wide (0.8μm, ƒ2.2, 23mm, 85-degree FoV)
- 12MP ultrawide (1.4μm, ƒ2.2, 13mm, 120-degree FoV)
- 10MP telephoto (1.12μm, ƒ4.9, 230mm, 11-degree FoV, 10x optical zoom)
- 10MP telephoto (1.12μm, ƒ2.4, 69mm, 36-degree FoV, 3x optical zoom)
- Laser autofocus

FRONT:
- 40MP wide (ƒ2.2, 23mm, 80-degree FoV)
Video
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Rear:
4K at 30/60FPS
1080p at 30/60FPS

Front:
4K at 30/60FPS
1080p at 30/60FPS
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
REAR:
- 8K at 24fps (main lens only)
- 4K at 60fps (all lenses)

FRONT:
- 4K at 60fps
Audio
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Stereo speakers
Triple mics
No 3.5mm port
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Stereo speakers
Dolby Atmos support
No 3.5mm port
Connectivity
Google Pixel 7 Pro
5G (mmWave + Sub6)
Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax)
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC support
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
5G (mmWave + Sub6)
Wi-Fi 6E, Dual Band
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC support
Security
Google Pixel 7 Pro
In-display fingerprint
Titan M2 chip
5 years security updates
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Ultrasonic under-display fingerprint sensor
4 x 9mm size
5 years security updates
Software
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Android 13
Pixel UI
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Android 12
One UI 4.1
S Pen support
Google Pixel 7 Pro
No
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
No
Materials
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Gorilla Glass Victus front
Gorilla Glass Victus back
Aluminum frame
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Gorilla Glass Victus Plus front and back
Armour Aluminum frame
Durability
Google Pixel 7 Pro
IP68 certified
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
IP68 certified
Dimensions and weight
Google Pixel 7 Pro
162.9 x 76.6 x 8.9mm
212g
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9mm
229g
Colors
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Snow, Obsidian, Hazel
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, Burgundy

Online exclusives: Graphite, Sky Blue, Red

Which should you buy?

google pixel 7 pro vs galaxy s22 ultra displays
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

We come to the all-important question: Which should you buy? The Galaxy S22 Ultra and the Pixel 7 Pro are are both great phones, even in 2024, but the two phones couldn’t be more different. And that makes answering the question a whole lot easier.

You’ll get beautiful, high-resolution, and fast refresh rate displays with both. The two also have an IP68 rating for protection from the elements, wireless charging, and large batteries. But that’s where the commonalities end.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra will be the go-to for power users. We benchmarked both devices, and Galaxy S22 Ultra beat the Pixel 7 Pro on nearly all tests. Granted, you won’t see a noticeable difference in the day-to-day. But getting a more powerful device is essential if you want to hold on to it for a long time. Additionally, the S22 Ultra also offers more storage options, comes with an S Pen, and packs more features into its One UI software.

In a somewhat surprising twist, you’ll get a better software commitment with Samsung. The Galaxy S22 Ultra will get the following four Android versions and up to five years of security updates. The Pixel 7 Pro has the exact duration of security updates but three years of Android software updates. There’s the question of whether Android requires major yearly updates anymore, but it’s still nice to see Samsung setting the bar in a world where Apple supports phones that are five or more years old. That said, the fewer Android versions that come to the Pixel 7 Pro will always come sooner, as they are pushed directly from Google. Pixels are always the first to get upgrades.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra might be the better phone, but the Pixel 7 Pro's price tips the scales in its favor.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra beats the Pixel 7 Pro on the spec sheet as far as the camera setup goes. Of course, megapixel counts and the number of cameras are meaningless if they don’t perform. The S22 Ultra does perform incredibly well, though. The Pixel 7 Pro isn’t left behind, relying on AI smarts to compensate for any perceived hardware shortcomings.

There’s also the question of ecosystems. Samsung has an established ecosystem with years to refine its smartwatch series and wireless earphones, and everything works together like a well-oiled machine. While Google is late to the party, it’s finally going the same route with Pixel Watches and Pixel Buds. These are exciting first-party additions that people have been clamoring for, but Samsung’s alternatives still seem more refined.

For most buyers, the decision often comes down to price. And that’s where Google has Samsung beat by a mile. A $300 difference is vast when you’re looking to buy a flagship, making the Pixel 7 Pro the better buy. The Galaxy S22 Ultra is the best choice for power users and anyone who misses the Note series. The Pixel 7 Pro is more than up to the challenge for everyone else. And you get to save some cash.

Both devices are now pretty affordable, though. You definitely won’t be paying MSRP for them. If the price isn’t too different, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra might have a slight edge over the Pixel 7 Pro. And this is usually the case. They seem to range between $500-$600.

All that said, if you’re looking for the absolute best you can get, the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra and its smaller brothers are already here. You might want to consider those instead. And if you want to save some cash, you can also consider the Google Pixel 7a or Samsung Galaxy A54 5G.

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.
Samsung Galaxy S22 UltraSamsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
AA Editors Choice
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Ultra-premium build quality • Gorgeous screen • Solid performance
MSRP: $1,199.99
The Note and S series merged in one device
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra pushes productivity, power, and photography to the utmost to satisfy the most demanding users out there. The phone combines outstanding performance, a stunning design, and the S Pen previously found on Galaxy Note handsets.

Which will you buy, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra or the Pixel 7 Pro?

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FAQs

The Google Pixel 7 Pro has a $900 MSRP. That said, we’ve seen plenty of amazing deals coming in the past months. We’ve seen the price get to $500 or less.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 launched with a $1,200 MSRP. It is getting older by now. Because it’s older, you can also find it cheaper. We’ve seen it for as low as $500.

When comparing the Pixel 7 Pro vs the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, deciding which one is better will be a subjective matter. That said, the Galaxy S22 Ultra usually beats the Pixel 7 Pro on pure specs. It is technically a higher-end device, and it adds the S Pen’s functionality. The Pixel 7 Pro is still impressive, though, offering more bang for your buck.

The Pixel 7 Pro doesn’t have any native stylus support or features. You can certainly use a capacitive stylus with it, but it will be no different than using your finger, at least at a software level.