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OnePlus 10 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22: Which should you buy?

Can the new OnePlus flagship draw you out of Samsung's Galaxy ecosystem?
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April 1, 2022
OnePlus 10 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus scattered on black bench
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

The OnePlus 10 Pro has taken a different launch approach from its predecessors. It arrived exclusively in China in January 2022, and now it’s ready to take on the rest of the world. That, of course, means going toe to toe with the best that Samsung has to offer. We’ve had plenty of praise for the changes in the Galaxy S22 series, so it will take a lot for OnePlus to capture the top slot. Now it’s time to see which device is right for your pocket in our battle of the OnePlus 10 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22.

Our verdict: OnePlus 10 Pro review | Samsung Galaxy S22 review | Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus review

In this comparison, we’re sticking with the basic Galaxy S22 models — and skipping the Ultra — since the OnePlus 10 Pro is priced right between its Samsung foes.


OnePlus 10 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22


Design and display

OnePlus 10 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus displays on porch floor
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

Design has always been at the forefront for both Samsung and OnePlus, and it’s never been more apparent than this year.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 series looks almost exactly like its predecessor, yet the quality of life changes make a big difference. The sleek Contour Cut camera housing is back for another year, and the materials have taken a step forward. The Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus sport Gorilla Glass Victus Plus on both the front and back panels. Samsung also moved to Armor Aluminum frames for a little extra toughness around the edges.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 series offers slightly flatter, almost iPhone-like edges this year, making the phones easier to hold. You’ll find identical button layouts on both, with the USB-C port and a down-firing speaker occupying the bottom edge. Samsung’s power button and volume rocker lie on the right side and come in aluminum finishes that match the frame.

Samsung gave its materials a boost, but OnePlus is heading in a whole new direction.

While Samsung’s latest flagships are a case of perfecting what works, the OnePlus 10 Pro heads in a new direction. It ditches the traditional corner-mounted camera array for a much larger unit that seems to melt into the aluminum frame. You can’t possibly miss it — the camera bump stretches over halfway across the device itself. OnePlus adopted Gorilla Glass Victus as well, though only for the display. The rear panel is crafted from Gorilla Glass 5 instead, which is still plenty tough.

OnePlus once again kept the USB-C port and a speaker along the bottom edge and split the volume and power controls between both sides. You can control power from the right side while the volume rocker sits on the left side.

OnePlus 10 Pro Global Angled Using Phone
Harley Maranan / Android Authority

Once you move around to the front of each device, the OnePlus 10 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 battle becomes a little easier to tell apart. Yes, both series tap into Gorilla Glass Victus, and yes, both use punch hole selfie cameras, but that’s where the similarities start fading away.

Both of Samsung’s devices sport flat panels, and both come in smaller than the OnePlus flagship. The Galaxy S22 is the smallest of the bunch at 6.1-inches, while the Galaxy S22 Plus falls in the middle at 6.6-inches. Samsung’s AMOLED duo offers 120Hz refresh rates with Full HD+ resolutions (1,080 x 2,340). The displays also have comfortable 19.5:9 aspect ratios. You can achieve 1,300 nits of brightness on the Galaxy S22, while the S22 Plus tops out at 1,750.

The OnePlus 10 Pro, on the other hand, sports a larger 6.7-inches waterfall Fluid AMOLED display with a 1,440 x 3,216 resolution. It’s slightly taller, with a 20:9 aspect ratio. It matches Samsung’s 120Hz refresh rate and is capable of up to 1,300 nits of brightness.


Hardware and cameras

OnePlus 10 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus rear panels on coffee table
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

OnePlus may have tweaked its camera design, but one thing hasn’t changed — Hasselblad is back for another year. It promises to take the partnership further, incorporating lessons learned from the first iteration. The Natural Color Calibration with Hasselblad means that each of the OnePlus 10 Pro’s cameras can shoot in full 10-bit color.

While you might not notice every little color change, you’re bound to notice the new 150-degree ultrawide camera. It’s not quite as sharp as last year, but it can capture more of the world around you. OnePlus says that it shoots at 110-degrees by default, but you can adjust the view or try Fisheye mode in the settings menu. The primary 48MP camera remains the same as last year, a custom-designed Sony sensor exclusive to OnePlus devices. We round out the cameras with an 8MP telephoto lens for 3.3x optical zoom and up to 30x digital zoom.

See also: The best camera phones you can buy

Samsung’s cameras might look the same as last year, but there are some significant changes on board. The 12MP primary shooter has been upgraded to a 50MP option, while the telephoto lens dropped from 64MP 1.1x optical zoom to 10MP 3x optical zoom. This should allow for better everyday results while still offering plenty of potential for zoom. Finally, Samsung kept its ultrawide lens at 12MP, though the 120-degree field of view isn’t as wide as what OnePlus can offer.

One of the most important features of the Samsung telephoto lens is the potential for 3x optical zoom. This allows Samsung’s latest flagship lineup to support Expert Raw, which gives you in-depth, DSLR-like control over your images.

samsung galaxy s22 rear cameras
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

As for the batteries, Samsung has decided to step back this year. For the first time in a long time, it made the batteries smaller on its flagship lineup. Both the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus take 300mAh cuts, down to 3,700 and 4,500, respectively. The Galaxy S22 also remains on 25W wired charging, provided you have a compatible USB PD PPS charger. Samsung’s middle child S22 Plus hops to 45W wired charging, though you’ll have to supply your own charger — there isn’t one in the box.

Outside of the wired speeds, both devices pack 15W wireless charging and 4.5W reverse wireless charging.

Samsung's phones charge faster than they have in years, but the OnePlus 10 Pro leaves them in the dust.

OnePlus, on the other hand, stayed steady with a 5,000mAh cell. It’s a pair of 2,500mAh cells, but the capacity is enough to match the bigger Galaxy S22 Ultra. One area where it surpasses Samsung is the speed. The OnePlus 10 Pro is capable of up to 80W wired charging in international markets or 65W wired charging in the US. You also get 50W wireless charging and 5W reverse wireless charging.

Under the hood, the OnePlus 10 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 battle works out to a draw. Both pack the powerful — and hot — Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor with 8GB of RAM as the standard. You can grab 128 or 256GB of storage across the board, but the OnePlus 10 Pro offers a few extra options. It offers a 256GB version with 12GB of RAM for a little extra punch.

See also: The best phone charging accessories


Price and colors

  • Samsung Galaxy S22 (8/128GB): $799 / £769 / €859
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 (8/256GB): $849 / £819 / €909
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus (8/128GB): $999 / £949 / €1,059
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus (8/256GB): $1,049 / £999 / €1,109
  • OnePlus 10 Pro (8/128GB): $899 / £799 / €899
  • OnePlus 10 Pro (12GB/256GB): £899 / €999

Samsung kept its Galaxy S22 prices right in line with those of the Galaxy S21, and we can’t really complain about that. The Galaxy S22 kicks off at $799 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, or you can double your space for just $50 more. The same rules apply for the Galaxy S22 Plus, though it starts at $999 for the same base configuration. If you have some money to burn, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is the most expensive of the bunch at $1,299 and stretches to $1,599 for a 1TB version.

OnePlus found a way to trim the asking price for its latest flagship, falling from $969 down to $899. For your money, you get 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There will also be a version with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage, but we don’t have pricing information just yet. If it can come in under the price of the Galaxy S22 Plus, OnePlus could have a winner on its hands.

Save some money: The best Samsung Galaxy deals | The best OnePlus deals

We liked the Phantom colors of the Galaxy S21 series, with their satin finishes, so it’s nice to see them back for another year. Samsung might have moved away from the two-toned designs, but the base colors are still pretty good. You can get the phones in Phantom Black, Phantom White, Pink Gold, or Green. If you don’t mind waiting a little while, there are Samsung-exclusive options: Cream, Graphite, Sky Blue, and Violet.

The OnePlus 10 Pro keeps its colors on the simple side, you can choose from either Volcanic Black or Emerald Forest. Both colors offer a slightly textured matte finish that should keep fingerprints at bay — just be careful not to leave marks on the camera array.

OnePlus 10 Pro
Solid performance • Capable primary camera • Gorgeous display • Strong battery life • Rapid charging
Not the OnePlus you know.
The OnePlus 10 Pro finally receives its global launch. It comes with several hardware upgrades over its predecessor, including the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, a huge 5,000mAh battery, and 80W fast wired charging (65W brick only in US).
Samsung Galaxy S22
Refined, compact design • Small yet sweet display • Impressive camera setup
Samsung isn't going big, but it still hopes you'll bring this phone home.
The vanilla Samsung Galaxy S22 is subtly tweaked from its predecessor, the Galaxy S21. It has a glass back again (nice!) and features the latest 2022 silicon. It also has an upgraded camera system that should be much better than the 2021 model.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
Excellent display • Powerful camera package • Solid battery life
Can Samsung's middle child forge its own identity?
It might not have the wow factor of the Galaxy S22 Ultra, but don't make the mistake of overlooking the Galaxy S22 Plus. It's every bit a premium device and outperforms its siblings in some key areas. The Galaxy S22 Plus is one of Samsung's very best and the top Android phone to beat for those who don't need a stylus.

OnePlus 10 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22: Specs

OnePlus 10 ProSamsung Galaxy S22Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
Display
OnePlus 10 Pro
6.7-inch LTPO AMOLED
3,216 × 1,440, 525ppi
120Hz
20.1:9
Gorilla Glass Victus
Samsung Galaxy S22
6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED
Flat display
19.5:9 aspect ratio
FHD+ resolution (2,340 x 1,080)
120Hz adaptive refresh rate (48Hz to 120Hz)
240Hz touch sampling rate
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
6.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED
Flat display
19.5:9 aspect ratio
FHD+ resolution (2,340 x 1,080)
120Hz adaptive refresh rate (48Hz to 120Hz)
240Hz touch sampling rate
Processor
OnePlus 10 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Mobile Platform
Samsung Galaxy S22
US: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Global: Exynos 2200
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
US: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Global: Exynos 2200
RAM
OnePlus 10 Pro
8GB/12GB LPDDR5
Samsung Galaxy S22
8GB
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
8GB
Storage
OnePlus 10 Pro
128GB/256GB UFS 3.1
No microSD card support
Samsung Galaxy S22
128GB or 256GB
No microSD card support
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
128GB or 256GB
No microSD card support
Battery
OnePlus 10 Pro
5,000mAh (2 x 2,500mAh)
80W/65W wired SuperVooc
50W wireless AirVooc
Samsung Galaxy S22
3,700mAh battery
25W wired charging
15W wireless charging
No charger in box
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
4,500mAh battery
45W wired charging
15W wireless charging
No charger in box
Cameras
OnePlus 10 Pro
Rear:
- 48MP main (f/1.8, 1.12μm)
- 50MP ultrawide
- 8MP telephoto (f/2.4, 1.0μm)

Front:
- 32MP

Video:
8K at 24fps
4K at 30/60/120fps
Samsung Galaxy S22
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, 23mm, 80-degree FoV)
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, 23mm, 80-degree FoV)
Audio
OnePlus 10 Pro
Stereo speakers
Dolby Atmos
aptX, aptX HD, LDAC, AAC
Samsung Galaxy S22
Stereo speakers
Dolby Atmos support
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
Stereo speakers
Dolby Atmos support
Connectivity
OnePlus 10 Pro
Single-SIM (US), Dual-SIM (EU)
5G: SA/NSA
Wi-Fi 6 (ax)
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC
GPS
USB-C 3.1 Gen 1
Samsung Galaxy S22
5G (mmWave + sub-6GHz)
Wi-Fi 6 (ax), Dual Band
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC support
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
5G (mmWave + sub-6GHz)
Wi-Fi 6E (6GHz)
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC support
Ultra-wideband support (UWB)
Security
OnePlus 10 Pro
In-display fingerprint reader
Facial unlock (insecure)
Samsung Galaxy S22
Ultrasonic under-display fingerprint sensor
4 x 9mm size
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
Ultrasonic under-display fingerprint sensor
4 x 9mm size
Software
OnePlus 10 Pro
Android 12
OxygenOS 12.1
Samsung Galaxy S22
Android 12
One UI 4.1
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
Android 12
One UI 4.1
Dimensions and Colors
OnePlus 10 Pro
163 × 73.9 × 8.55mm
206g

Colors: Volcanic Black, Emerald Forest

IP Rating: IP68 (T-Mobile version only)
Samsung Galaxy S22
146 x 70.6 x 7.6mm
168g

Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, Pink Gold

Online exclusives: Cream, Graphite, Sky Blue, Violet
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
157.4 x 75.8 x 7.6mm
196g

Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, Pink Gold

Online exclusives: Cream, Graphite, Sky Blue, Violet

OnePlus 10 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22: Which should you buy?

OnePlus 10 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus face up on purple table
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

We’ve covered a lot of ground, hitting the basics for two of the most popular Android flagships, but now it’s time to decide. It’s time to ask yourself which phone you should buy. We can’t give you a solid answer because your personal preference will have to play a role. Both the OnePlus 10 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S22 series opt for excellent materials, pushing mobile photography to new heights. The pricing is just about even, too.

However, we’ve seen Samsung make some significant improvements over last year. The upgraded camera and improved materials go a long way considering the costs haven’t changed. Yes, Samsung shrank the battery and display, but that resulted in one of the most pocketable flagships we’ve seen in quite a while. It’s also nearly impossible to top Samsung’s update commitment — four years of Android versions and five years of security patches.

Samsung's update commitment gives it an edge over almost every flagship on the market.

OnePlus might have an advantage with a 12GB and 256GB configuration, but we’ll have to wait and see how much it costs. The display is also the largest of the bunch, but the waterfall design might not be for everyone. Samsung can’t beat 65W (in the US) or 80W (international) wired charging, and OnePlus still includes a brick in the box. The OnePlus 10 Pro is only set for three years of updates, but that’s still a solid mark. We’ll just have to see whether Oxygen OS feels like its own skin or if it moves ever closer to Color OS.

Have you decided on your next phone? Has the promise of Hasselblad tuning pulled you away from the Samsung Galaxy? Let us know below.

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