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iPhone 13 Pro Max vs. Samsung S22 Ultra: Can Samsung beat Apple?

Axel Nash

Written By Axel Nash |

Since the launch of the iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung S22 Ultra, there have been many controversies about one being better than the other. Well, it's no surprise because it's impossible to escape the comparison for which is better whenever Samsung and Apple release a new mobile device.

Surprisingly, Samsung has been stepping up its game lately, allowing them to level up the competition with Apple. But does this Samsung S22 Ultra beat Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max? You'll learn about that in a few minutes if you read this Samsung S22 Ultra vs. iPhone 13 Pro Max review.

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Part 1: iPhone 13 Pro Max vs. Samsung S22 Ultra: Overview

We understand how eager you are to explore the information on this page. But before we dive into the iPhone 13 Pro Max vs. Samsung S22 Ultra face-off, here is an overview of the specification of both devices. Don't hesitate to check it out!

Specs iPhone 13 Pro Max Samsung S22 Ultra
Chipset Apple A15 Bionic (5 nm) Exynos 2200 (4 nm) - Europe
Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (4 nm) - ROW
RAM 6GB 8GB, 12GB
Display Size 6.7 inches, 109.8 cm2 (~87.4% screen-to-body ratio) 6.8 inches, 114.7 cm2 (~90.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Display Resolution 1284 x 2778 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~458 ppi density) 1440 x 3088 pixels (~500 ppi density)
Colors Graphite.
Gold.
Silver.
Sierra Blue.
Alpine Green.
Phantom Black
Phantom White
Green
Burgundy
Graphite
Sky Blue
Red
Rear Camera 12MP main (f/1.6), 12MP ultrawide (f/2.4), 12MP telephoto (f/2.8) with 3x optical zoom 108MP (f/1.8) main, 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide, 2 10MP telephoto (f/4.9) with 10x and 3x optical zoom
Front Camera 12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6"
SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
40 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/2.82", 0.7µm, PDAF
Battery Li-Ion 4352 mAh, non-removable (16.75 Wh) Li-Ion 5000 mAh, non-removable

Part 2: S22 Ultra vs. iPhone 13 Pro Max: Price and Storage

In terms of storage, both Samsung S22Ultra and iPhone 13 Pro Max have similar storage of up to 1TB. However, Samsung S22 Ultra has more RAM in its configurations. Yes, S22 Ultra has 8GB or 12 GB RAM, while iPhone 13 Pro Max has just 6GB.

On the other hand, prices of both the iPhone 13 Pro Max and S22 Ultra vary depending on the phone's storage capacity, but iPhone 13 Pro Max is more affordable. This might be due to the launch of the latest iPhone 14.

The table below shows the current prices of the iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung S22 Ultra based on different storage spaces on Amazon;

Storage iPhone 13 Pro Max Samsung S22 Ultra
128 GB $999.99 $1,108.40
256 GB $1099.99 $1,199.99
512 GB $1299.99 $1,554.99
1T $1,399.99 $1,599.99

Summary: The iPhone 13 Pro Max is less expensive.

Part 3: Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs. iPhone 13 Pro Max: Processor

Samsung S22 Ultra is packed with the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (4 nm) processor and delivers an impressive performance that beats its predecessors. However, Apple just wouldn't let Samsung have this win.

During our test on benchmarking tools, such as Geekbench 5 single- and multi-core tests and 3DMark Wild Life, the iPhone 13 Pro Max A15 Bionic Chip proved to be more optimized than the S22 Ultra Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (4 nm) processor. However, it was quite tricky to tell which is faster, as the Samsung S22 Ultra sometimes feels faster than the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Spec iPhone 13 Pro Max Samsung S22 Ultra
CPU Apple A15 Bionic (5nm) Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (4 nm)
GPU Apple GPU (5-core graphics) Xclipse 920 - Europe
Adreno 730 - ROW
OS iOS 15, upgradable to iOS 16.0.3 Android 12, One UI 4.1.1

Summary: iPhone 13 Pro Max has better performance but slightly marginally.

Part 4: Samsung S22 Ultra vs. iPhone 13 Pro Max: Camera

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Honestly, Samsung changed the game in S22 Ultra. Although the S22 Ultra has the same "Quad" primary camera as its predecessor, it has 108 megapixels and a larger sensor. Its 12MP ultra-wide lens and dual 10MP telephoto lenses allow users to capture more light and an additional 100x Space Zoom and 10X Optical Zoom. In addition, the front camera has a 40MP (f/2.2) for selfies.

As for iPhone 13, the Pro Max model has the same primary camera setup as its predecessor. However, it boasts a megapixel of up to 12MP, the same for the front camera, ultra-wide and telephoto shooters. Additionally, its primary camera has an increased sensor that enables users to capture more light. But its optical zoom is only 3x.

In terms of the portrait feature, Samsung S22 Ultra it's still lacking even though Samsung upgraded it with an AI Stereo Depth Map feature that separates subjects from the background. On the other hand, the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max gives a brighter and crispier result for portrait photos. Plus, its photo color looks more natural and clearer.

Camera Spec iPhone 13 Pro Max Samsung S22 Ultra
Primary Camera Setup Tripe Quad
Features Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama) LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama
Sensor CMOS Samsung ISOCELL
Front Camera Setup Single Single
Feature HDR Dual video call, Auto-HDR
Sensor CMOS BSI CMOS

Summary: Both phones have great strength in terms of camera. But overall, the iPhone 13 Pro Max wins.

Part 5: Samsung S22 Ultra vs. iPhone 13 Pro Max: Display

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The iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung S22 Ultra have similar screen sizes and come with excellent AMOLED displays. However, the S22 display LTPO OLED panel generation is slightly brighter and offers more of the DCI-P3 color space and sRGB color gamut.

Also, the Samsung S22 Ultra offers the option to choose between a natural and a vivid profile. However, Apple's iPhone 13 Pro Max proved to have better color accuracy with a Delta-E score of 0.21, while S22 Ultra has 0.25. And in terms of refresh rate, both devices seem to have a very decent speed, but the iPhone 13 Pro Max is smarter.

Display iPhone 13 Pro Max Samsung S22 Ultra
Display Type Super Retina XDR OLED, 120Hz, HDR10, Dolby Vision, 1000 nits (HBM), 1200 nits (peak) Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1750 nits (peak)
Size 6.3 x 3.1 x 0.3 inches 6.4 x 3.1 x 0.4 inches
Resolution 1284 x 2778 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~458 ppi density) 1440 x 3088 pixels (~500 ppi density)
Protection Ceramic Shield glass Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+
Refresh Rate 10Hz-120Hz adaptive 1Hz-120Hz adaptive

Summary: It's a draw. None of both phones' displays really stood out.

Part 6: Galaxy S22 Ultra vs. iPhone 13 Pro Max: Battery

battery

Unsurprisingly, both phones have big batteries. The iPhone 13 Pro Max has a 4352 mAh battery capacity, while the Samsung S22 Ultra has a battery capacity of 5000 mAh. But what's surprising is that the Samsung S22 Ultra fell low on our 120Hz browsing and YouTube video endurance tests. The result was also the same in our test for the best gaming battery test.

So, with that said, we could say the iPhone 13 Pro Max has a better battery life, though, in terms of fast charging, the Samsung S22 ultra is faster.

Battery iPhone 13 Pro Max Samsung S22 Ultra
Battery Capacity Li-Ion 4352 mAh, Li-Ion 5000 mAh
Removable Non-removable` Non-removable
Charging Speed 20W wired; 15W wireless 45W wired, 15W wireless

Summary: The iPhone 13 Pro Max wins 100%

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Final Thoughts

Undoubtedly, iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung S22 Ultra are the two biggest boys in the mobile industry. However, when you think of which is better, many things come into consideration.

We've covered all the essential information in this iPhone 13 Pro Max vs. Samsung S22 guide. We hope it will help you make up your mind.

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Axel Nash

Axel Nash

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