Samsung Galaxy S22 vs Google Pixel 6a

Samsung Galaxy S22 vs Google Pixel 6a

This time, we are comparing the samsung Galaxy S22 against google pixel 6a. These two phones are definitely not in the same category of phones. The Galaxy S22 is a high-end smartphone, while the Pixel 6a is a mid-range offering. That said, they are similar in terms of size, and both can be considered somewhat compact. The Pixel 6a also has a lot going for it, so it may be worth spending less. All in all, there is definitely a basis for comparison here.

The two phones look considerably different, while their internal components also differ quite a bit. Even the images provided by the two cameras will be different. They are mostly different, but they do have some similarities, and one of them is definitely size. Having said that, we’ll start by listing its specs and go from there. Let’s start comparing the Samsung Galaxy S22 with the Google Pixel 6a, shall we?

specs

galaxy s22 Google Pixel 6a
Screen size 6.1-inch FullHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display (120Hz adaptive refresh rate) 6.1-inch FullHD+ HDR OLED display (60Hz)
screen resolution 2340×1080 2400×1080
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Samsung Exynos 2200 google tensor
RAM 8GB (LPDDR5) 6GB (LPDDR5)
Storage 128GB/256GB, not expandable 128 GB (UFS 3.1), not expandable
rear cameras 50 MP (f/1.8 aperture, 24mm lens, OIS, Dual Pixel PDAF, 1.0um pixel size)
10MP (f/2.4 aperture, 70mm lens, telephoto, 1.0um pixel size, OIS, PDAF, 3x optical zoom)
12 MP (ultra wide, f/2.2 aperture, 13mm lens, 120 degree field of view, 1.4um pixel size)
12.2 MP (f/1.7 aperture, 27mm lens, 1.4um pixel size, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS)
12 MP (f/2.2 aperture, 17mm lens, 114 degree field of view, 1.25um pixel size)
front cameras 10MP (f/2.2 aperture, 1.22um pixel size, 26mm lens, Dual Pixel PDAF) 8 MP (f/2.0 aperture, 24mm lens, 1.12um pixel size)
Drums 3700 mAh, non-removable, 45W wired charging, 15W Qi wireless charging, 5W wireless PowerShare 4410 mAh, non-removable, 18W wired charging
Dimensions 146×70.6×7.6mm 152.2 x 71.8 x 8.9mm
Weight 167 grams 178 grams
connectivity 5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C 5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C
Security In-display fingerprint scanner (ultrasonic) In-display fingerprint scanner (optical)
operating system android 12
A 4.1 user interface
android 12
Price $799 $449
To buy Samsung Google

Samsung Galaxy S22 vs. Google Pixel 6a: Design

When you look at them side by side, you definitely see how different these two phones are in terms of design. They both have a centered display camera hole and flat screens, but that’s basically where the similarities end. The Pixel 6a is squarer than the Galaxy S22, it also has thicker bezels than Samsung’s offering. Even the location of the physical button is different, just like the back of the phone.

The Galaxy S22’s camera island is an extension of its frame, it’s covered in metal. The Pixel 6a, on the other hand, is not, it is a camera visor on the back, which goes from one side to the other, and is covered by glass. Speaking of which, both phones offer a frame made of metal, but their back plates are different. The Galaxy S22 uses Gorilla Glass Victus+ on the back, while the Pixel 6a includes a “3D Thermoformed Composite Back with Tactile Alloy Frame,” which is a fancy name for the plastic material.

The Galaxy S22 is considerably shorter and slightly narrower than the Pixel 6a. It’s also slimmer than Google’s offering, while being around 10 grams lighter. Both devices are pretty slippery, while the Galaxy S22 is definitely easier to use with one hand, as it’s smaller. We’re guessing the feel in the hand will be something similar, but we can’t talk about that yet as the Pixel 6a hasn’t been released yet.

Samsung Galaxy S22 vs. Google Pixel 6a: Display

The Galaxy S22 features a 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X fullHD+ (2340 x 1080) display. This is a flat panel display with a 120Hz refresh rate and is an LTPO panel. In other words, it offers an adaptive refresh rate. It’s also compatible with HDR10+ content and gets pretty bright at 1300 nits of peak brightness. This screen offers an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus+.

The Google Pixel 6a, on the other hand, packs a 6.1-inch FullHD+ (2400 x 1080) display. This is an OLED panel, although it’s a 60Hz screen, it doesn’t offer a high refresh rate. This screen is flat and we’re looking at a 20:9 aspect ratio here. It’s protected by Gorilla Glass 3. As you can see, the Pixel 6a has a taller screen aspect ratio and also includes thicker bezels, making it noticeably taller than the Galaxy S22.

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We haven’t had a chance to test the Pixel 6a panel yet, but we’re expecting a solid offering from Google. Still, it won’t be able to compete with the Galaxy S22. Samsung’s phone has a superior panel on paper, and it will also be superior in real-life use. A 120Hz refresh rate is simply superior, plus colors are likely to be more punchy on this panel. The viewing angles of the Galaxy S22 are excellent and we expect nothing less from the Pixel 6a. The Galaxy S22 also has better screen protection, much better.

Samsung Galaxy S22 vs Google Pixel 6a: performance

Both phones are pretty powerful on paper, when it comes to performance-related specs. The Galaxy S22 is powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200, depending on the region. It also includes 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of flash storage. The Pixel 6a is powered by Google Tensor SoC while packing 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Both devices use LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 flash storage, by the way.

All three of those chips are immensely powerful. The Exynos 2200 turned out to have the most issues out of the three, but only the European Galaxy S22 units work with the Exynos SoC. Both RAM and flash storage are blazingly fast on both smartphones. The Galaxy S22 offers great performance, at least in its Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 variant. Mind you, it’s quite hot.

The Pixel 6a isn’t available yet, so we didn’t get a chance to test it. It has the same SoC, RAM, and storage chips as the Pixel 6, albeit with slightly less RAM. Therefore, we expect comparable performance. If so, the Pixel 6a will offer excellent performance in any aspect. Both phones should be able to deliver excellent performance no matter what you’re doing with your phone at any given time.

Samsung Galaxy S22 vs. Google Pixel 6a: Battery

The Samsung Galaxy S22 has a 3,700 mAh battery. The Pixel 6a, on the other hand, packs a 4,410mAh battery. You’ll immediately notice a big difference in battery capacity, even though the two phones have the same screen size. In fact, you’d expect a larger battery to be packed inside the Galaxy S22 due to its high-refresh-rate display, but that’s not the case. However, that’s where Samsung made a mistake.

The Galaxy S22 doesn’t offer great battery life, not at all. That is actually one of its weakest points. Of course, battery life will depend on your usage, but don’t expect this phone to last you all day if you’re a power user. The Pixel 6a isn’t available yet, so we weren’t able to test battery life. On paper, however, it looks really promising. Based on the battery life provided by the Pixel 5a 5G and Pixel 6, all things considered, we have high expectations for the Pixel 6a.

What about the load? Well, the Galaxy S22 wins in that regard. The phone not only supports 25W wired charging, but also supports 15W wireless charging and 5W reverse wireless charging. The Pixel 6a, on the other hand, only supports 18W wired charging. the Galaxy S22 should charge faster, not only due to faster charging, but also due to a smaller battery.

Samsung Galaxy S22 vs Google Pixel 6a: Cameras

These two phones have considerably different camera offerings. The Galaxy S22 uses a 50-megapixel main camera, along with a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 10-megapixel telephoto camera. The Pixel 6a, on the other hand, has a 12.2-megapixel main camera and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera. Google once again opted for a 12.2-megapixel camera here, the same camera sensor it’s been using since the Pixel 2.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus AM AH 04

Now the Pixel 6a is not available at the time of writing, it will launch in July. That said, we can only guess what kind of images it will offer. The Galaxy S22 has an immensely capable camera setup and provides great results, but not on the level of the Galaxy S22 Ultra, Pixel 6, etc. The Pixel 6a is expected to deliver similar results to the Pixel 5a 5G, maybe even a bit better thanks to the Google Tensor SoC that will be packed inside the phone.

We can’t directly compare the two phones at the moment, but we expect the Pixel 6a to deliver great daytime images, with plenty of detail and excellent dynamic range. Solid low-light shots are also likely to be on offer. The Galaxy S22 does a very good job in low light, but it’s not exactly the best phone for taking low-light images. The Pixel 6a may even be on par in that regard, if not better, we’ll see. The Galaxy S22 is likely to have an advantage in telephoto shots, due to the dedicated hardware.

Audio

Both phones include stereo speakers. The Galaxy S22 actually has really capable stereo speakers and provides 32-bit audio. Its speakers are tuned by AKG. Chances are the Pixel 6a won’t ship with such capable speakers, but they’ll be pretty good nonetheless. We’ll have to wait and see. It’s nice to see Google included two speakers though, that’s for sure.

As far as an audio jack is concerned, neither phone has one. The Pixel 5a 5G included an audio jack, but Google decided not to do the same for the Pixel 6a. We’re not sure why that is, but there you have it. You will have to use the Type-C port on these two phones or use wireless headphones/earphones.

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