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Samsung Galaxy S22 vs iPhone 13 (2022): Which Flagship Phone Should You Get?

If you want the best smartphone, then you have to go Plus, Ultra, or Pro. It’s true for leading names like Samsung and Apple. Fortunately, both companies include a base model in their flagship lineups. On the latest Galaxy S series, the Samsung Galaxy S22 is the Korean-tech giant’s latest offering. If you’re an Apple fan, then the iPhone 13 is your best bet.

Although choosing between a Samsung and Apple is often a battle between Android and iOS, these base models share enough in common to make them worthy of a comparison. So for those who want near-flagship specs at a more accessible price, these are the smartphones you should consider.

Samsung Galaxy S22 vs iPhone 13 Comparison Chart

ModelSamsung Galaxy S22Apple iPhone 13
 
PriceCheck at AmazonCheck at Amazon
Display6.1-inch AMOLED display6.1-inch OLED display
Display Resolution1080 x 2340 at 425 ppi1170 x 2532 at 460 ppi
Refresh Rate48Hz to 120Hz adaptive refresh rate60Hz refresh rate
OSAndroid 12, One UI 4.1iOS 15
ChipsetQualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1A15 Bionic
Rear Camera50MP (wide), 12MP (ultra wide), 10MP (telephoto)12MP (wide), 12MP (ultra wide)
Selfie Camera10 MP12 MP
ConnectivityWi-Fi, dual-band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot; Bluetooth 5.2; GPSWi-Fi, dual-band Wi-Fi, hotspot; Bluetooth 5.0; GPS
SecurityFingerprint (under display and ultrasonic)Face ID
DurabilityIP68 water and dust resistanceIP68 water and dust resistance
Battery LifeUp to 54 hours audio playbackUp to 19 hours of video playback
Fast ChargingYesYes
Wireless ChargingYesYes
Dimensions5.84 x 2.77 x 0.29 inches5.78 x 2.82 x 0.30 inches
Weight5.92 oz6.14 oz
ColorsPhantom White, Green, Pink Gold, Phantom BlackPRODUCT Red, Starlight, Midnight, Blue, Pink

Design

Samsung and Apple’s latest smartphones offer a more refined design.

Samsung Galaxy S22 vs iPhone 13 Design
On the left, the Galaxy S22 in Phantom Black (left); on the right, the iPhone 13 in PRODUCT (Red).

Aside from price, size is one of the main draws of these flagship base models. The Samsung Galaxy S22 and Apple iPhone 13 are easier to hold compared to their massive siblings, the S22 Ultra and iPhone 13 Pro Max, respectively. On the S22, you’re getting a phone just a little over five inches tall and under three inches wide. It’s actually smaller than its predecessor, the S21.

On the other hand, Apple’s iPhone 13 retains the form of previous iPhone generations. Slightly shorter than the Galaxy S22, the iPhone 13 is, nonetheless, a bit wider and thicker. Like most iPhones, the 13 has a bit of heft to it. Apple has also made the iconic notch 20% smaller, which makes for a more immersive screen.

Speaking of screens, you’re getting a 6.1-inch display on both the Galaxy S22 and iPhone 13. The big difference is that Samsung uses a selfie camera punch-hole instead of a notch. Also gone on Samsung’s base model is the flagship edge screen. Like previous iterations and similar to Apple’s iPhones, the Galaxy S22 has a flat display with thin bezels and round corners.

Samsung Galaxy S22 vs iPhone 13 Display

Display and Durability

On the Apple iPhone 13, you’re getting a Super Retina XDR display. It comes with True Tone and 800 nits max brightness, but since it’s the entry-level model, the iPhone 13’s refresh rate is locked at 60Hz. If you want smooth scrolling, then the Galaxy S22’s dynamic AMOLED display performs better. It has an adaptive refresh rate from 48-120Hz and 1300 nits max brightness.

Samsung’s Galaxy S22 features an armor aluminum frame and is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+. Apple’s iPhone 13, on the other hand, features a Ceramic Shield front, a glass back, and an aluminum design. Both smartphones come with an IP68 rating.

Camera

Samsung’s Galaxy S22 features a triple rear camera that enhances low-light photography. Apple’s iPhone 13, on the other hand, boasts a dual-camera system with Deep Fusion.

Samsung Galaxy S22 vs iPhone 13 Camera
The Galaxy S22 emphasizes its improved low-light photography that aims to rival the iPhone 13’s night mode.

As expected, Samsung and Apple put in a lot of work on phone photography. The Galaxy S22 has a triple rear camera โ€” a 50MP main camera (wide angle), a 12MP ultra-wide module, and a 10MP telephoto lens. It also boasts 3x optical zoom and 30x digital zoom. Both the main and telephoto lenses come with optical image stabilization, too. For selfies, you get a 10MP front camera.

Unlike its Pro and Pro Max siblings, the Apple iPhone 13 sports a dual 12MP camera system. You have an ultra-wide module with ฦ’/2.4 aperture and 120ยฐ field of view, as well as a wide lens with ฦ’/1.6 aperture. The iPhone 13 also comes with 2x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom. Both cameras have auto image stabilization and advanced red-eye correction.

Apple’s ‘budget’ flagship has one of the best night and portrait modes in a smartphone. It also comes with the company’s highly-touted Deep Fusion image processing system. But perhaps the biggest draw is Cinematic Mode for video recording. It’s basically a portrait mode for video, allowing the iPhone 13 to shoot video with bokeh effects.

Meanwhile, Samsung has equipped the Galaxy S22 with improved low-light photography dubbed Nightography. The phone’s pro-grade camera utilizes a 23% larger sensor to capture more light, while its clear glass construction minimizes flare. As a result, you can shoot portraits and even videos at night with greater clarity and detail.

Specs and Performance

The iPhone 13’s A15 Bionic is more powerful than the Galaxy S22’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset.

Samsung Galaxy S22 vs iPhone 13 Performance
The Galaxy S22 is powered by a 4nm processor (left); key features of the Apple iPhone 13 (right).

As expected from flagship devices, the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Apple iPhone 13 are fast. On the Galaxy S22, you’re getting the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. If you’re buying in other Europe, you’re probably getting your hands on an Exynos-powered Galaxy S flagship. Apple’s iPhone 13, on the other hand, is powered by the class-leading A15 Bionic.

Using Geekbench CPU testing, the Galaxy S22 scores 1126 for Single-Core and 3896 for Multi-Core. The numbers show an upgrade in performance over the Galaxy S21. With the iPhone 13, however, you’re getting so much more. The A15 Bionic has yielded a score of 1732 for Single-Core and 4636 for Multi-Core. It’s a 10% increase from the A14 chip’s Single-Core score of 1575 and 35% faster than the Galaxy S22.

You can get the Galaxy S22 in 128GB and 256GB storage configurations with 8GB of RAM, but, like its predecessor, the phone doesn’t have expandable storage. Apple’s iPhone 13 is available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities. All three options come with 4GB of RAM.

Battery and Software

The Android-powered Galaxy S22 has a shorter battery life than the Apple iPhone 13.

Samsung Galaxy S22 vs iPhone 13 Battery
Samsung’s Galaxy S22 enjoys fast charging (left); a look at the different colors of the Apple iPhone 13 (right).

Interestingly, the Galaxy S22 comes with a smaller 3700 mAh battery compared to the S21’s 4000 mAh power pack. Samsung shares you still get about 54 hours of audio playback from the S22. Although it’s considerably shorter than the S21’s 69 hours, it should be more efficient with its adaptive refresh rate and power-efficient 4nm processor.

Apple does the expected on the iPhone 13. Its latest smartphone gets an improved audio playback rating of 75 hours โ€” clearly higher than the S22’s and the iPhone 12’s 65 hours. Similar to most flagship devices, the iPhone 13 has support for fast and wireless charging, too.

The Galaxy S22 comes with Android 12 out of the box running on Samsung’s One UI 4.1. The software overlay brings design and feature refinements to the Samsung mobile experience. It’s a welcome upgrade to an already enjoyable custom interface on an Android phone. Meanwhile, the iPhone 13 launched with iOS 15. Apple’s mobile operating system offered enhancements in FaceTime, Messages, and Notifications, among others.

Verdict

The Apple iPhone 13 is technically the more capable smartphone, although Android users will still find plenty to enjoy on the Samsung Galaxy S22.

With the Galaxy S22, Samsung is moving towards more incremental upgrades to its flagship lineup’s base model. The new Galaxy S flagship gets key enhancements in design, material, and software. However, the bulk of the changes is in camera performance. Other than that, you’re getting a phone that does slightly better than the Galaxy S21. If you don’t mind losing a bit of battery life, then the S22 is the best ‘budget’ Galaxy S phone to get.

Apple has done the same on the iPhone 13. Most of the upgrades on arguably the world’s most popular phone have been gradual, with Apple focusing on what it deems its consumers need and want. We can see this best in the iPhone 13’s Cinematic Mode, an obvious response to the growing trend of content creators. Unlike the Galaxy S22, however, the iPhone 13’s performance is unquestioned. With the A15 Bionic, even the ‘budget’ iPhone delivers the goods.

FAQs

๐Ÿ“Œ Does the Galaxy S22 have a MicroSD slot?

The Samsung Galaxy S22 doesn’t have expandable storage.

๐Ÿ“Œ How long does it take to fast-charge the Apple iPhone 13?

According to Apple, the iPhone 13 can be charged up to 50% in just 30 minutes. However, this requires a 20W or higher adapter.

๐Ÿ“Œ Can the Samsung Galaxy S22 record 4k video?

Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S22 can record 4K video at 60 frames per second.

๐Ÿ“Œ Does the Apple iPhone 13 have a fingerprint reader?

No, it doesn’t. Apple’s iPhone 13 only has Face ID.

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Mari Bassig

Senior Editor, writer and researcher passionate about gadgets, social media, and music.