How the Galaxy S22 Ultra's specs beat the iPhone 13 Pro
Let the specs speak for themselves.
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At 6.8 inches, the S22 Ultra's display is larger and higher-resolution than the 6.7-inch display on Apple's iPhone 13 Pro Max. You may prefer the smaller 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro, and if so, Apple won't make you compromise on any of the key specs. Samsung's base Galaxy S22 is 6.1 inches, but many of its specs are pared down from the Ultra model.
Watch this: Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs. iPhone 13 Pro Max spec breakdown
Inside, the S22 Ultra runs either Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor or Samsung's own Exynos chip, depending on your region. We've yet to fully test either of these chips, so it's difficult to say how performance will differ from the iPhone 13 Pro's on key tasks like gaming or photo editing. However, I'd expect both phones to be more than capable of handling any everyday gaming or media processing tasks you'd likely throw at them.
The camera setups are where you see big differences, with the S22 Ultra packing four rear cameras with a top 108-megapixel sensor and a whopping 10x optical zoom lens (plus lots of night photography upgrades). I loved this zoom lens on the S21 Ultra and I'm keen to see how it performs on the new model. Even if there's little improvement, it still offers a vast amount of additional zoom over the iPhone 13 Pro's 3x zoom lens.
You can see the full rundown of specs in the chart below, but keep in mind that the overall experience of using either of these phones won't really come down to which one has bigger numbers on a chart. If you're looking to buy one of these high-performance phones then it's worth waiting for our full review of the S22 Ultra to see how it stacks up.
Samsung's latest flagship superphone, the Galaxy S22 Ultra, packs an impressive lineup of specs, including a quadruple rear camera, a big, vibrant display and the S Pen stylus from the Galaxy Note series. Its price is high, but those of you looking for one of the best Android phones around should have this phone on your short list.
The iPhone 13 Pro is the best phone Apple produces and it received a stellar score in our review. The new smartphone adds a third rear camera with 3x optical zoom (up from 2x on the iPhone 12), a stainless-steel body and a ProMotion screen with refresh rates of up to 120Hz for smoother scrolling.