The Samsung Galaxy S22 lineup is here, and we compare it to what its arch-rival, Apple, offers with the iPhone 13 series.
Samsung took the wrap off its new Galaxy devices during this year’s Unpacked event, and it was great seeing what was new. However, Samsung does not exist alone in the market as other companies have worthy smartphones too. This is why we are comparing Samsung’s latest flagships to other phones you can get. In this article, we put the Samsung Galaxy S22 lineup up against Apple’s popular iPhone 13 series. Hopefully, we will help you decide who gets your money as the February 25th release date of the Galaxy phones draws near.
Both companies offer several models in the series. Samsung provides the standard S22, S22 Plus, and S22 Ultra, while Apple sells the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. The Galaxy phones start at $799.99 for the standard S22 and go all the way to $1,199 for the S22 Ultra, while the iPhone 13 mini starts from $699.99 and reaches $1,099.99 for the iPhone 13 Pro Max. However, you can get the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (Fan Edition) starting from $699.99.
Last September, Apple released its latest iPhones, following its regular yearly release schedule. Samsung has also stuck to its standard release cycle.
In some aspects, Samsung seems to have cut some corners to maintain its competitiveness compared to last year’s models. However, Samsung is smart enough to make the changes marginal and not degrade the user experience one bit. For example, the new S22 has a slightly smaller display, smaller battery, and a reduced telephoto camera capability (from 64 MP to 10 MP).
That does not mean Samsung didn’t improve anything, though, with a new 50 MP wide-angle lens gracing the back and new Bluetooth connectivity. Samsung uses the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU that offers 8K video capture at 24 FPS and a display refresh rate of 120 Hz.
Compared to the iPhone lineup, the new Samsung devices hold their own adequately. Even though Apple has the edge with chip performance when the A15 CPUs are compared with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Samsung comes up top with the camera system, larger batteries, and generally more powerful hardware.
The Apple iPhones use the in-house iOS operating system, while Samsung runs a customized version of the Google Android OS on its flagships. Deciding on which to go with might depend on the ecosystem you are already invested in.
Comparing the displays, Samsung uses AMOLED while Apple sticks with OLED. Screen sizes are about the same, but the Samsung phones weigh slightly less, which does not have any tangible effect.
In terms of RAM, Samsung has fortified its offerings with higher capacities. For example, the S22 has 8 GB RAM compared to the 4 GB in the iPhone 13. Likewise, the S22 Ultra has a 12 GB RAM option, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max is only 6 GB. However, RAM sizes may not matter at the end of the day because performance is more than acceptable for both parties. Internal memory with more implications is similar across the board, with the minimum being 128 GB and the most expensive models offering up to 1 TB.
Other features in common include wireless charging and IP68 water and dust protection rating. However, the Samsung offerings include under-display fingerprint sensors, compared to only Face ID found on the iPhones.
As expected, Apple is sticking to its proprietary Lightning port, meaning you can’t share chargers with non-Apple phones. The Samsung devices are much more open, using the popular USB-C ports.