the pixel 7 has just been featured in October 6 Made by Google Eventand we thought it would be a perfect phone to compete with its Samsung counterpart: the Galaxy S22. However, the Samsung phone has a much higher starting price of $749, while the Pixel 7 is a little easier on the pockets with a starting price of $599.
As such, you might be wondering, “Is the Samsung Galaxy S22 worth the extra $150? Or should I just pocket it and get the Pixel 7?” That, dear reader, is an excellent question, and it’s a query we’ll be diving into with this vicious showdown between the two popular entry-level Android phones.
|pixel 7||Galaxy S22|
|chipset||G2 tensioner||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1|
|storage options||128GB, 256GB||128GB, 256GB|
|Display||2400 x 1080 pixels AMOLED, HDR10, display||2340 x 1080 pixel display with Dynamic AMOLED 2x and HDR10+|
|Screen size||6.3 inches||6.1 inches|
|Update frequency||Up to 90Hz||Up to 120Hz|
|selfie camera||10.8 megapixels, f/2.2, 1.22 µm lens||10MP, f/2.2, 1.22µm lens|
|wide chamber||50MP, f/1.9, 1.2µm lens||50MP lens, f/1.8, 1.0µm|
|ultra wide angle camera||12MP, f/2.2, 114-degree field of view||12MP, f/2.2, 120 degree field of view|
|Telephoto||N/A||10MP, f/2.4, 1.0µm lens|
|Video||4k video up to 60fps||8K video at up to 24fps|
|Battery duration||to be confirmed||7 hours and 41 minutes|
|Size||6.13 x 2.88 x 0.34 inches||5.75 x 2.78 x 0.30 inches|
|Weight||6.95 ounces||5.89 ounces|
Pixel 7 vs. Galaxy S22: Price
The Pixel 7 is the cheaper phone of the two with a starting price of $599 on the Google Store. It comes with 128GB of storage, but if you need more, you’ll have to fork out $100 more for a price of $699. I always recommend a setting of 256 GB or more because it keeps the dreaded “storage full” message at bay.
When the Galaxy S22 launched earlier this year, it had a starting price of $799, but at the time of writing, it has been reduced to $749 at Samsung.com (opens in a new tab). The cheapest Galaxy S22 model offers you 128 GB of storage. If you need to bump that up to 256GB of storage, you’ll need to shell out $799.
If paying more than $600 for a new Android phone has you spinning, don’t worry. Both Google and Samsung have trade-in programs. For example, if you trade in your iPhone 13 Pro Max for a Pixel 7 (although I’m not convinced that’s a fair trade), you’ll get a $750 trade-in credit, which essentially means you’ll get paid to get the Pixel 7. more reasonable trade-in is the Pixel 6; you can get up to $450 for this exchange.
When it comes to the Samsung phone, you can get up to $700 in trade-in credit. For example, if you have a well-maintained Galaxy S21+, you can get the Galaxy S22 for just $50.
Winner: pixel 7
Pixel 7 vs. Galaxy S22: Design
The Pixel 7 continues to sport that funky sweatband look that screams, “I’m a Google phone!” This is where the dual rear cameras live and it’s wrapped in a silky matte aluminum bar. However, this generation features polished aluminum with zirconium that Google says feels “silky smooth.” Flipping it to the front, you’ll see that attractive hole-punch display design that features an improved ultra-wide front-facing camera with a larger sensor.
The Pixel 7 has smooth, rounded edges that give the phone a refined, friendly, and inviting look, helping you start your day with an approachable aesthetic.
The Galaxy S22 sticks to the design language of its predecessor. It is equipped with three cameras inside a rectangle-like module in the upper left corner.
The Galaxy S22 is wrapped in an aluminum frame that Samsung says is the “strongest of them all”. The Korea-based company also boasted that the front and back of the Galaxy S22 feature Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+ protective material. However, it is worth noting that the Galaxy S22 is more fragile than its Apple counterpart. According to third party drop tests, the Galaxy S22 is more susceptible to breakage compared to the iPhone 13, which sports an aerospace-grade aluminum chassis and Ceramic Shield display
“Does the Galaxy S22 have an S Pen?” is a common question, but unfortunately, the answer is no. you should get the Galaxy S22 Ultra to enjoy the beloved stylus.
Both the Pixel 7 and the Galaxy S22 are waterproof; both can stand a maximum of about five feet for up to 30 minutes,
The Pixel 7 comes in Lemongrass, Snow, and Obsidian. The Galaxy S22 comes in Bora Purple, Pink Gold, Phantom Black, Phantom White, and Green. And you can get the Graphite, Sky Blue and Violet Galaxy S22 variants exclusively at samsung.com (opens in a new tab).
Pixel 7 vs. Galaxy S22: Display
The Pixel 7 has a sharp 6.3-inch 2340 x 1080 pixel display with smaller bezels. Google claims that its maximum brightness has increased by 25%, which means better visibility outdoors while you’re on the go.
The Galaxy S22 sports a 6.1-inch 2400 x 1080-pixel display, which is slightly smaller than its predecessor’s 6.2-inch screen. That said, if a bigger screen is your thing, consider the Pixel 7. However, keep in mind that the Galaxy S22 has a better screen-to-body ratio of 87.4% compared to 84.7% for the Pixel. 7. This is probably because the Galaxy S22 has sleeker bezels and a smaller hole-punch design, allowing for more screen real estate.
The Pixel 7 has an AMOLED screen, HDR10 +, while the Galaxy S22 sports a Dynamic AMOLED 2x screen; it also has HDR10+. One of the main differences between the Pixel 7 and the Galaxy S22 is that the former can go up to a 90Hz refresh rate, while the latter can shoot up to 120Hz. In other words, scrolling through the Galaxy S22 should be much smoother, but be aware that higher refresh rates take a toll on battery (you can always drop the Galaxy S22’s 120Hz refresh rate to 60Hz).
We don’t yet have numbers on how well the Pixel 7 covers the DCI-P3 color gamut (we’ll update this article when we do), but the Galaxy S22 has 79.4% color coverage.
As it stands now, because the Galaxy S22 has a better screen-to-body ratio and higher refresh rate, it wins this round.
Winner: Galaxy S22
Pixel 7 vs Galaxy S22: performance
We don’t have any performance benchmarks on the Pixel 7 yet, but from previous experience comparing a Pixel phone to a Samsung Galaxy phone, I’d put my bottom dollar on the S22.
The Pixel 7 is equipped with the Tensor G2 chip. Historically, Google’s custom Tensor chip provided performance benefits for Google apps like Assistant, providing zip processing to use the AI-powered app. This is because the Tensor chip is focused on delivering excellent AI-centric performance. There’s a chance the Pixel 7 will offer similar benefits, making it a great option for anyone who uses Google’s ecosystem frequently.
Google also claims that Tensor G2, thanks to its world-class computational photography processes, can deliver sharper photos, better low-light images and more clarity, and takes advantage of the “True Tone” feature, which ensures that skin tones are play more. precisely.
Overall, the Tensor G2 chip offers 60% faster processing speed and offers better power efficiency. Google claims that it is the best phone for voice assistant, calls, photography and more.
We don’t have Geekbench scores for the Pixel 7 yet (we’ll update this page once we get them), but we do have data on the Galaxy S22. Equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU, it achieved a score of 3341. In terms of performance regarding the use of applications and games, the Snapdragon chip generally has an advantage over Google’s custom mobile processor, but who knows? This year, we could tell a different story.
Pixel 7 vs Galaxy S22: battery life
Google claims that the Pixel 7 has an all-day battery and can deliver up to 72 hours of runtime between charges (while using Extreme Battery Saver). However, it’s important to note that we at Laptop Mag run our own battery life tests for mobile devices and it’s more rigorous than how Google tests its runtimes.
In Laptop Mag’s battery test, which involves the phone browsing the web at 150 nits on a mobile network, the Galaxy S22 lasted 8 hours and 14 minutes with the screen reduced to 60 Hz. adaptive refresh on (meaning it can go up to 120Hz depending on the task), battery life drops to 7 hours and 54 minutes.
We don’t have battery life numbers on the Pixel 7 yet, but for context, the Pixel 6 had a battery life of 7 hours and 46 minutes. Fortunately, the Pixel 7 has an updated Tensor G2 chip, which means we should get an extra boost in battery life with this next-gen Google phone. Cross our fingers!
Overall Winner: Pixel 7
Before diving into this matchup, I was pretty sure the Galaxy S22 would win, but upon closer inspection, the Pixel 7 may be the better choice, especially if you’re locked into the Google ecosystem and frequently use Google apps. (for example, Google Drive, Docs, Meet, Assistant, etc.)
In many of the categories that the Galaxy S22 does it stand out over the Pixel 7, it’s not by a wide margin. For example, sure the Galaxy S22 has a better screen-to-body ratio than the Pixel 7 by a hair, but Google’s phone has a slightly larger screen. Yes, the Snapdragon chip tends to outperform Google’s custom SoC, but it stands out in other ways, including its custom processing for Google’s AI-based ecosystem and its well-received computational photography.
To top it off, the Pixel 7 costs just $600 compared to the $750 starting price of the Galaxy S22. As benchmarks for the Pixel 7’s battery life, display, and performance, I may change my mind, but as it stands now, Google’s phone seems like the phone that offers the most bang for your buck.