Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

Here we compared two flagship smartphones: the 6.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (with Exynos 2200) that was released on February 9, 2022, against the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, which is powered by Apple A15 Bionic and came out 5 months before. On this page, you will find tests, full specs, strengths, and weaknesses of each of the gadgets.

Key differences

An overview of the main advantages of each smartphone
Reasons to consider the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
  • The rear camera has a 10x optical zoom
  • Newer Bluetooth version (v5.2)
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Slow-motion recording at 960FPS
  • Comes with 648 mAh larger battery capacity: 5000 vs 4352 mAh
  • Uses a faster type of memory: LPDDR5
  • 19% better performance in AnTuTu Benchmark (941K versus 787K)
  • Delivers 21% higher peek brightness (1255 against 1040 nits)
  • Has 2 SIM card slots
Reasons to consider the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • Shows 33% longer battery life (43:44 vs 32:55 hours)
  • Apple releases software updates and supports their phones a few years longer than Samsung
  • 48% faster in single-core GeekBench 5 test: 1732 and 1173 points

Review

Display
Screen quality, color accuracy, brightness
Performance
CPU/GPU performance in apps and games
Battery
Battery life, charging type and speed
Camera
Photo and video recording quality
Connectivity
Networks, ports, data transmission
NanoReview score
Final comparison evaluation

Value for money

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Price

Tests and specifications

Comparison table of technical specifications and tests

Display

Type Dynamic AMOLED OLED
Size 6.8 inches 6.7 inches
Resolution 1440 x 3088 pixels 1284 x 2778 pixels
Aspect ratio 19.5:9 19.5:9
PPI 500 ppi 458 ppi
Refresh rate 120 Hz 120 Hz
Max rated brightness 830 nits 1000 nits
Max rated brightness in HDR 1750 nits 1200 nits
HDR support Yes, HDR10+ Yes, Dolby Vision
Screen protection Gorilla Glass Victus Plus Ceramic Shield
Screen-to-body ratio 90.2% 87.4%
Display features - DCI-P3
- Always-On Display
- DCI-P3
Display tests
RGB color space 98.2% 99.9%
PWM 120 Hz 238 Hz
Response time 1 ms 8.5 ms
Contrast ∞ Infinity ∞ Infinity
Peak brightness test (auto)
1255 nits
1040 nits
Sources: NotebookCheck [3], [4]

Design and build

Height 163.3 mm (6.43 inches) 160.8 mm (6.33 inches)
Width 77.9 mm (3.07 inches) 78.1 mm (3.07 inches)
Thickness 8.9 mm (0.35 inches) 7.65 mm (0.3 inches)
Weight 228 gramm (8.04 oz) 240 gramm (8.47 oz)
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Rear material Glass Glass
Frame material Metal Metal
Colors White, Black, Gray, Blue, Green, Red Black, Silver, Gold, Blue, Green
Fingerprint scanner Yes, in-display No
Screen-to-body ratio

Performance

Tests of Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max in the benchmarks
SoC
Chipset Samsung Exynos 2200 Apple A15 Bionic
Max. clock 2800 MHz 3200 MHz
CPU cores 8 (1 + 3 + 4) 6 (2 + 4)
Architecture - 4 cores at 1.82 GHz: Cortex-A510
- 3 cores at 2.52 GHz: Cortex-A710
- 1 core at 2.8 GHz: Cortex-X2
- 4 cores at 1.82 GHz: Blizzard
- 2 cores at 3.24 GHz: Avalanche
Lithography process 4 nanometers 5 nanometers
Graphics Samsung Xclipse 920 Apple GPU
GPU clock 1300 MHz 1200 MHz
Memory
RAM size 8, 12 GB 6 GB
Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR4X
Memory clock - 2133 MHz
Channels 2 2
Storage
Storage size 128, 256, 512, 1024 GB 128, 256, 512, 1024 GB
Storage type UFS 3.1 NVMe
Memory card No No

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
AnTuTu Benchmark 9
941117
CPU 223163 213823
GPU 391575 317561
Memory 175188 126792
UX 154579 136444
Total score 941117 787855
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Stability 64% 82%
Graphics test 41 FPS 57 FPS
Graphics score 6875 9524
PCMark 3.0 score 12673 -
Sources: 3DMark [3], [4]

Software

Operating system Android 12 iOS 15 (Can be upgraded to iOS 15.5)
ROM One UI 4.1 -
OS size 26.8 GB 13 GB

Battery

Specifications
Capacity 5000 mAh 4352 mAh
Charge power 45 W 27 W
Battery type Li-Po Li-Ion
Replaceable No No
Wireless charging Yes (15 W) Yes (7.5 W)
Reverse charging Yes, (wireless) No
Fast charging Yes (60% in 30 min) Yes (42% in 30 min)
Full charging time 0:59 hr 1:46 hr
Battery life tests
Web browsing 11:10 hr 14:55 hr
Watching video 14:43 hr 20:14 hr
Gaming 05:41 hr 07:42 hr
Standby 109 hr 140 hr
General battery life
32:55 hr
43:44 hr

Camera

Specs and camera test of smartphones
Main camera
Matrix 108 megapixels 12 megapixels
Image resolution 12000 x 9000 4032 x 3024
Zoom Optical, 10x Optical, 3x
Flash LED Dual LED
Stabilization Optical Optical
8K video recording Up to 24FPS No
4K video recording Up to 60FPS Up to 60FPS
1080p video recording Up to 60FPS Up to 60FPS
Slow motion 960 FPS (720p) 240 FPS (1080p)
Angle of widest lens 120° 120°
Lenses 4 (108 MP + 10 MP + 10 MP + 12 MP) 4 (12 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP + 0 MP)
Wide (main) lens - 108 MP
- Aperture: f/1.8
- Focal length: 24 mm
- Pixel size: 0.8 micron
- Sensor: 1/1.33", Samsung S5KHM3 (ISOCELL Plus CMOS)
- Phase autofocus (Dual Pixel)
- Optical stabilization
- 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.5
- Focal length: 26 mm
- Pixel size: 1.9 micron
- Sensor: 1/1.66", Sony IMX703 (Exmor-RS CMOS)
- Phase autofocus (Dual Pixel)
- Optical stabilization
Telephoto lens - 10 MP
- Aperture: f/4.9
- Focal length: 230 mm
- Sensor: 1/3.52", Sony IMX574 (Exmor-RS CMOS)
- Phase autofocus (Dual Pixel)
- Optical stabilization
- 12 MP
- Aperture: f/2.8
- Focal length: 77 mm
- Pixel size: 1 micron
- Phase autofocus
- Optical stabilization
Ultra-wide lens - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/2.2
- Focal length: 13 mm
- Pixel size: 1.4 micron
- Sensor: 1/2.55", Sony IMX563 (Exmor-RS CMOS)
- Phase autofocus (Dual Pixel)
- 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.8
- Focal length: 13 mm
- Pixel size: 1 micron
- Phase autofocus
Depth lens - - Pixel size: 1 micron
Camera features - Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
- RAW support
- Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
- RAW support
Samples Photo samples of Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra from DxOMark Photo samples of Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max from DxOMark
Selfie camera
Megapixels 40 megapixels 12 megapixels
Image resolution 7864 x 5200 4032 x 3024
Aperture f/2.2 f/2.2
Focal length 26 mm 23 mm
Pixel size 0.7 microns 1 microns
Sensor type CMOS Exmor-RS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.82" 1/3.6"
Video resolution 2160p (4K) at 60 FPS 2160p (4K) at 60 FPS

DxOMark camera tests

Photo quality
Video quality
Generic camera score

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard Wi-Fi 6E (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax) Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax)
Wi-Fi features - Dual Band
- Wi-Fi MiMO
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Wi-Fi Display
- Dual Band
- Wi-Fi MiMO
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Wi-Fi Display
Bluetooth version 5.2 5
Bluetooth features LE LE, A2DP
USB type USB Type-C -
USB version 3.2 2
USB features - Charging
- USB-Storage mode
- OTG
- Charging
- USB-Storage mode
- OTG
GPS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS
NFC* Yes Yes
Infrared port No No
Network
Number of SIM* 2 1
Type of SIM card Nano Nano
Multi SIM mode Standby -
eSIM support* Yes Yes
Hybrid slot No No
LTE Cat* 20 18
5G support Yes Yes

Sound

Speakers Stereo Stereo
Headphone audio jack No No
FM radio No No
Dolby Atmos Yes Yes
Speakers test
Max. loudness
90.2 dB

Other

Category Flagship Flagship
Announced February 2022 September 2021
Release date March 2022 September 2021
SAR (head) 1.05 W/kg 0.99 W/kg
SAR (body) 1.58 W/kg 0.98 W/kg
Sensors - Hall-effect sensor
- Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Fingerprint
- Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Face recognition sensor
*Disclaimer! NFC, GSM network support, and some other specs can be different depending on the country.

Conclusion

If the connectivity is more important to you, then choose the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. But if the software and battery life are more of a priority – go for the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max.

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User opinions

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Alireza 26 May 2022 02:46
It's like you say I have an 8-cylinder twin-turbo car with 1,200 horsepower and I say I have a 6-cylinder car with supercharger and 1,000 horsepower, but when it turns out that we can race together, I have to say that the iPhone is the same car 6 It is a cylinder and it wins the course.
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im not givin out my name 26 April 2022 17:26
and this is why my dad bought the s22 ultra. at&t let him trade in an old s7, and get got it for $400 with 256GB storage, he upgraded from an s10 plus. the zoom on the moon is crazy, and it's so fast. my friend's 13 pro max gets destroyed by it, and my s20 is about the same spec as his phone (if they were released in the same year because 13 just has some special new stuff recently made possible not on the s20).
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Anonymous 07 April 2022 01:14
ProMotion on the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max upscales a 90-hertz display into 120 Hz; contrarily, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra features a true one-hundred-twenty hertz display. Mathematically, the Golden Reviewer YouTube Channel claims that the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max may be an 80z display and that the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra may have a 144hz display.
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Armaan 23 March 2022 20:32
I have got both of these phones since I am own a mobile store in the UK. S22 ultra is better compared to iPhone 13 pro max in every single way except the battery. And the battery difference is very small. I am saying if you are investing thousands of pounds on a phone then get the s22 ultra. It’s an iPhone killer.
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Nest 26 March 2022 17:01
Facts, Straight facts.
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Sddd 21 March 2022 13:27
Samsung Exynos overheat!!! Don't buy
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Armaan 23 March 2022 20:26
I have both Exynos and snapdragon. Exynos is better in every way and doesn’t overheat.
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LKSk547 24 March 2022 21:00
Armaan, Exynos is less likely to overheat, but it isn't as powerful as Snapdragon.
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StarMD 26 March 2022 16:44
stop spreading false information.
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Ok. 27 July 2022 07:28
Armaan, Exynos heats less but snapdragon is slightly better in performance.
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Creature 07 March 2022 08:34
People really need to check their facts, more raw power doesn’t mean more real-world performance. But be my guest, go ahead and look for a single gaming benchmark/stress test where the a15 loses. It’s sickening when people say Samsung has better performance just because some YouTuber told them so.
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Anonymous 20 March 2022 00:05
Samsung was recently accused for throttling its performance. I wonder how the updated statistics will add up. I hope that the competition builds up. I'm glad to see that Apple is picking up the pace; yet, Samsung and these other companies are falling behind. Competition = Innovation.
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gravity 26 March 2022 16:49
the numbers don't lie, Exynos is better and you've gotta accept it
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cloud 19 February 2022 21:18
Say whatever you want apple stans but the S22 Ultra absolutely obliterated the 13 Pro Max, looking forward to improvements from other companies to join in on the battle.
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A User 02 March 2022 17:49
I see you lack eyes and the capacity to interpret data. There is literally nothing at which the S22 Ultra is anything more than incrementally better, and the 13 Pro Max beats it in multiple categories (like battery life, in which it has proven itself the indisputably superior phone). This raw data isn't everything. There are numerous videos demonstrating their equivalence. Not to mention that the A15 Bionic once again trounces Qualcomm's latest chip despite being significantly older. Name a single characteristic other than subjective preference at which the S22 Ultra obliterates the iPhone. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZLCP797_bY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1FZHzHB7f0
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Armaan 23 March 2022 20:28
A User, Well, I have both. And s22 ultra is better in every way compared to 13 pro max except the battery.
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LKSk547 24 March 2022 21:06
Armaan, Yeah A15 is better than Snapdragon and Mediatek. The battery is also great, the video is nice. But S22 Ultra has better zoom, screen, and main sensor (I mean photos from it) and it has S Pen. Both of these phones are good.
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Green 26 March 2022 16:57
LKSk547, Apple makes chips that are good for ONLY their operating system and despite this OS advantage, Exynos and SnapDragon still beat it in performance by a long margin. The S22 ultra is better than Samsung in every way except for the battery, which I give props to apple, and also that's because of apple's software which takes less battery compared to android's OS. Other than that, the S22 ultra absolutely obliterates the iPhone 13 pro max.
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Jasper 15 February 2022 21:45
This got to be the most bs thing I have seen online S22 ultra beats iPhone in performance and battery please can you tell where you get your info from ?? Stop overhyping s22 ultra even s21 ultra beats it in terms of battery life My source is Mrwhosetheboss.
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Anexpert 16 February 2022 15:05
I’m sorry, but mrwhosetheboss is not always the most reliable source. Do the research before posting things like this How about you show me a reliable source to trust because YouTube ain’t it.
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Hadi 20 February 2022 20:54
Anexpert, Samsung beats apple at performance actually Exynos 2200 is better than the a15 bionic u might think I'm crazy but apple makes a CPU that is better for their software and here they are talking about charge speed and what can u use to charge and if u know u apple fanboy that the s22 ultra has 45 watts plus USB type c plus reverse wireless charging u wouldn't put a comment here.
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Victor 05 March 2022 08:05
Hadi, I want to believe this since I preordered the Exynos version because I live in Europe, buy at the same time look at the benchmarks ( not antutu since you can't compare android with iPhone directly) and the situation changes, and I don't believe that benchmarks that run on both platforms are better optimized on Apple devices.
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okkkkk 08 March 2022 13:35
Victor, Exynos 2200 is actually a great chipset, benchmarks aren't everything. The scores show that s22 is 35% slower than iPhone 13 on paper but in real life no difference. U made the right decision ordering that s22 ultra.
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Hih 14 March 2022 23:05
Anexpert, Yeah but what do you consider a reliable source in the battery test mrwhosetheboss does he just stays there for hours with the phones until the battery runs out but how is that not reliable;-;.
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Amo 07 April 2022 06:55
Hadi, You are crazy and those who like your comments are even crazier. RAW POWER means the power of the chip without considering the os. yes, their os is optimized with the hardware and consumes less energy but the RAW power is still more than Exynos and snapdragon.
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Theman 06 May 2022 09:00
Amo, I think you got something a little bit wrong there.
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Edd 22 May 2022 21:41
Anexpert, Yeah, you are absolutely right.
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