Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy S22

Here we compared two flagship smartphones: the 5.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S9 (with Exynos 9 Octa 9810) that was released on February 25, 2018, against the Samsung Galaxy S22, which is powered by Exynos 2200 and came out 48 months after. 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 S9
  • 34% higher pixel density (568 vs 425 PPI)
  • Expandable storage via MicroSD card up to 400GB
  • Includes a 3.5 mm headphone audio jack port
Reasons to consider the Samsung Galaxy S22
  • 2.5x better performance in AnTuTu Benchmark (918K versus 367K)
  • The rear camera has a 3x optical zoom
  • Higher display refresh rate – 120 Hz
  • Has 2x more RAM: 8GB versus 4GB
  • Comes with 700 mAh larger battery capacity: 3700 vs 3000 mAh
  • Better camera quality (According to DxOMark rating)
  • Compatible with the latest Wi-Fi 6 wireless networks
  • Delivers 31% higher peak brightness (857 against 656 nits)
  • Newer Bluetooth version (v5.2)
  • Has a 0.3 inch larger screen size
  • More recent OS version: Android 13 versus 10
  • More energy-efficient CPU – Exynos 2200
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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
Phone:
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Display

Type Super AMOLED Dynamic AMOLED
Size 5.8 inches 6.1 inches
Resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels 1080 x 2340 pixels
Aspect ratio 18.5:9 19.5:9
PPI 568 ppi 425 ppi
Refresh rate 60 Hz 120 Hz
Max rated brightness 658 nits 780 nits
Max rated brightness in HDR - 1300 nits
HDR support Yes, HDR10 Yes, HDR10+
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Gorilla Glass Victus Plus
Screen-to-body ratio 83.6% 87.4%
Display features - Always-On Display - DCI-P3
- Always-On Display
Display tests
RGB color space - 99.3%
PWM 240 Hz 239 Hz
Response time 7 ms 10 ms
Contrast ∞ Infinity ∞ Infinity
Peak brightness test (auto)
656 nits
Galaxy S22 +31%
857 nits
Sources: NotebookCheck [3], [4]

Design and build

Height 147.7 mm (5.81 inches) 146 mm (5.75 inches)
Width 68.7 mm (2.7 inches) 70.6 mm (2.78 inches)
Thickness 8.5 mm (0.33 inches) 7.6 mm (0.3 inches)
Weight 163 g (5.75 oz) 167 g (5.89 oz)
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Rear material Glass Glass
Frame material Metal Metal
Colors Black, Gold, Gray, Blue, Purple White, Black, Gray, Blue, Green, Pink, Purple, Yellow
Fingerprint scanner Yes, rear Yes, in-display
Screen-to-body ratio
83.6%
87.4%

Performance

Tests of Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S22 in the benchmarks
SoC
Chipset Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 9810 Samsung Exynos 2200
Max. clock 2700 MHz 2800 MHz
CPU cores 8 (4 + 4) 8 (1 + 3 + 4)
Architecture - 4 cores at 1.9 GHz: Cortex-A55
- 4 cores at 2.9 GHz: Exynos M3
- 4 cores at 1.82 GHz: Cortex-A510
- 3 cores at 2.52 GHz: Cortex-A710
- 1 core at 2.8 GHz: Cortex-X2
L3 cache 4 MB -
Lithography process 10 nanometers 4 nanometers
Graphics Mali-G72MP18 Samsung Xclipse 920
GPU clock 572 MHz 1300 MHz
FLOPS ~658 GFLOPS -

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
567
Galaxy S22 +107%
1176
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
1802
Galaxy S22 +99%
3583
AnTuTu Benchmark 9
367228
Galaxy S22 +150%
918898
CPU 106403 227100
GPU 131325 383658
Memory 59895 149592
UX 69985 160666
Total score 367228 918898
3DMark Wild Life Performance
2270
Galaxy S22 +188%
6532
Stability 93% 59%
Graphics test 13 FPS 39 FPS
Graphics score 2270 6532
PCMark 3.0 score 6266 12442
Sources: 3DMark [3], [4]

Memory

RAM
RAM size 4 GB 8 GB
Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR5
Memory clock 1794 MHz -
Channels 2 4
Storage
Storage size 64 GB 128, 256 GB
Storage type UFS 2.1 UFS 3.1
Memory card MicroSD No
Memory card max. size Up to 400 GB -

Software

Operating system Android 8.0 (Can be upgraded to Android 10) Android 12 (Can be upgraded to Android 13)
ROM One UI 2,1 One UI 5.0
OS size 14 GB 30.2 GB

Battery

Specifications
Capacity 3000 mAh 3700 mAh
Charge power 15 W 25 W
Battery type Li-Po Li-Po
Replaceable No No
Wireless charging Yes, Qi/PMA (10 W) Yes (15 W)
Reverse charging No Yes, (wireless)
Fast charging Yes (40% in 30 min) Yes (63% in 30 min)
Full charging time 1:35 hr 1:03 hr
Battery life tests
Web browsing 06:04 hr -
Watching video 10:57 hr -
Gaming 02:42 hr -
Standby 70 hr -
General battery life
20:36 hr

Camera

Specs and camera test of smartphones
Main camera
Matrix 12 megapixels 50 megapixels
Image resolution 4000 x 3000 8160 x 6120
Zoom Digital Optical, 3x
Flash Dual LED LED
Stabilization Optical Optical
8K video recording No Up to 24FPS
4K video recording Up to 60FPS Up to 60FPS
1080p video recording Up to 240FPS Up to 60FPS
Slow motion 960 FPS (720p) 960 FPS (720p)
Angle of widest lens - 120°
Lenses 1 (12 MP) 3 (50 MP + 10 MP + 12 MP)
Wide (main) lens - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.5 - 2.4
- Focal length: 26 mm
- Pixel size: 1.4 micron
- Sensor: 1/2.55", Samsung SAK2L3 (ISOCELL CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
- Optical stabilization
- 50 MP
- Aperture: f/1.8
- Focal length: 24 mm
- Pixel size: 1 micron
- Sensor: 1/1.56", Samsung GN5 (ISOCELL Plus CMOS)
- Phase autofocus (Dual Pixel)
- Optical stabilization
Telephoto lens - - 10 MP
- Aperture: f/2.4
- Focal length: 70 mm
- Pixel size: 1 micron
- Sensor: 1/3.94", Sony IMX772 (Exmor-RS CMOS)
- 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 IMX713 (Exmor-RS CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
Camera features - Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
- Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
- RAW support
Samples - Photo samples of Samsung Galaxy S22 from DxOMark
Selfie camera
Megapixels 8 megapixels 10 megapixels
Image resolution 3264 x 2448 3872 x 2592
Aperture f/1.7 f/2.2
Focal length 25 mm 26 mm
Pixel size 1.22 microns 1.22 microns
Sensor type ISOCELL CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/3.6" 1/3.24"
Video resolution 1440p at 30 FPS 2160p (4K) at 60 FPS

DxOMark camera tests

Photo quality
104
Galaxy S22 +14%
119
Video quality
Galaxy S22 +27%
116
Generic camera score
Galaxy S22 +21%
120

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard Wi-Fi 5 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax)
Wi-Fi features - Dual Band
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Dual Band
- Wi-Fi MiMO
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Wi-Fi Display
Bluetooth version 5 5.2
Bluetooth features PBAP/PAB, PAN, OPP, MAP, LE, HSP, HID, HFP, DIP, AVRCP, A2DP LE
USB type USB Type-C USB Type-C
USB version 3.1 3.2
USB features - Charging
- USB-Storage mode
- OTG
- Charging
- USB-Storage mode
- OTG
GPS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo
NFC* Yes Yes
Infrared port No No
Network
Number of SIM* 2 2
Type of SIM card Nano Nano
Multi SIM mode Standby Standby
eSIM support* No Yes
Hybrid slot Yes No
LTE Cat* 18 20
5G support No Yes

Sound

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

Other

Category Flagship Flagship
Announced February 2018 February 2022
Release date March 2018 March 2022
SAR (head) 0.362 W/kg -
SAR (body) 1.18 W/kg -
Sensors - Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Fingerprint
- Hall-effect sensor
- Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Fingerprint
*Disclaimer! NFC, GSM network support, and some other specs can be different depending on the country.

Conclusion

After analyzing all the data, we think that the Samsung Galaxy S22 is definitely a better buy.

Cast your vote

So, which phone would you choose?
55 (45.1%)
67 (54.9%)
Total votes: 122

User opinions

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Eric Shultz 17 July 2022 13:13
Same with my experience. I am comparing both phones and frankly, the S9 is much better from a screen color and resolution to the picture comparisons. By far, the S9 is better in these areas compared to the S22. Sorry to see my S9 go.
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madmonkey 01 July 2022 17:19
I have both s9 & s22. s9 is better.
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Mike hunt 01 May 2022 21:30
I just farted out of my butt and it stinks really bad. Today is Sunday and I feel great after letting that one squeeze out of my pooper.
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Brendan Roger 29 March 2022 16:15
I love my s9 and I honestly don't wanna get rid of it. It's been reliable since I bought it in 2018 with absolutely no complaints. It fits perfectly in my pocket while the s22 being slightly bigger isn't that much in comparison on paper, in person you can clearly feel the difference, and that's the biggest drawback to me. Everything is better on the s22 especially the 256 GB of storage, the camera resolution, and processing power (besides the resolution, PPI, expandable memory, and auxiliary jack). I still favor the s9. Nevertheless, since I need to keep up with the latest updates and of course the 5G network I have to get the s22 regardless of my fondness s9. I will miss my s9 tremendously so trading it in is leaving a horrible taste in my mouth. It's a shame to get rid of ol' reliable. My hope for the future is that Samsung will offer the same amount of memory, ram, and camera quality in a sleeker package similar to the s9 (maybe even more compact) in the next year or two. Fingers crossed 🤞 🙏
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