Which is better: the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra or the OnePlus 10 Pro? These two phones should be at the top of your list if you want the best of Android in 2022, but how do they vary and which one should you choose?
For starters, the Galaxy S22 Ultra looks different this year, and for good reason: it has a S Pen and is heavily inspired by the Note series. For all intents and purposes, the S22 Ultra is a Note in disguise, complete with the S series’ long-range zoom camera!
The OnePlus 10 Pro, on the other hand, needs to prove that it can produce a superb camera, and OnePlus appears to be doubling down on a collaboration with legendary camera maker Hasselblad, but we’ll have to wait and see. The OnePlus also has some absolutely insane charging speeds that blow the Galaxy out of the water.
As you can see, this is building up to be a titanic battle of flagships, but first, let’s have a look at the…
In a nutshell, here’s how the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra compares against the OnePlus 10 Pro:
- Both phones are large, but the Galaxy is larger and crisper, whilst the OnePlus is narrower.
- Both use Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processors, however only the Galaxy utilises an Exynos chip outside of the United States.
- The S22 Ultra has a brighter screen.
- Only the Galaxy has a periscope zoom lens.
- S Pen is available on the Galaxy.
- Both feature a 5,000mAh battery but no support for microSD cards.
- OnePlus charges nearly twice as quickly as the competition.
- Both are powered by Android 12.
Design and display
Both Samsung and OnePlus have always prioritized design, and it’s never been more clear than this year.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 series appears virtually identical to its predecessor, but the improvements in quality of life are significant. For another year, the sleek Contour Cut camera housing is back, and the materials have improved. Both the front and rear panels of the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus are made of Gorilla Glass Victus Plus. For added robustness around the edges, Samsung switched to Armor Aluminum frames.
This year, the Samsung Galaxy S22 series has somewhat flatter, nearly iPhone-like edges, making the phones more comfortable to handle. Both have the same button arrangement, with the USB-C connector and a downward-firing speaker on the bottom edge. The power button and volume rocker are located on the right side of the phone and are finished in aluminium to match the frame.
Samsung improved its materials, but OnePlus is going in a whole other path.
While Samsung’s latest flagships are all about enhancing what already works, the OnePlus 10 Pro takes a different approach. The usual corner-mounted camera array is replaced with a much bigger one that appears to melt into the metal frame. The camera hump runs halfway over the smartphone, so it’s impossible to miss. OnePlus, too, has gone for Gorilla Glass Victus, but exclusively for the display. Instead, the back panel is made of Gorilla Glass 5, which is still rather strong.
The USB-C connector and a speaker were preserved along the bottom edge, and the volume and power controls were separated between both sides. The power switch is on the right side, while the volume rocker is on the left.
The OnePlus 10 Pro versus Samsung Galaxy S22 contest becomes a little simpler to tell different as you go around to the front of each handset. Yes, both series feature Gorilla Glass Victus, and yes, they both have punch hole selfie cameras, but that’s where the similarities end.
Samsung’s handsets both have flat screens and are smaller than the OnePlus flagship. The Galaxy S22 is the smallest of the lot, with a screen size of 6.1 inches, while the Galaxy S22 Plus sits in the centre, with a screen size of 6.6 inches. The AMOLED pair from Samsung has 120Hz refresh rates and Full HD+ resolutions (1,080 x 2,340). The aspect ratios of the screens are similarly 19.5:9. The Galaxy S22 has a brightness of 1,300 nits, while the S22 Plus has a brightness of 1,500 nits.
The OnePlus 10 Pro, on the other hand, has a 6.7-inch Liquid Fluid AMOLED display with a resolution of 1,440 x 3,216 pixels. With a 20:9 aspect ratio, it’s somewhat taller. It matches Samsung’s 120Hz refresh rate and has a brightness of up to 1,300 nits.
OnePlus 10 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Cameras
The cameras on the OnePlus 10 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra are a hot battleground, as both phones want to establish themselves as one of the greatest camera phones. Since inking a contract with Hasselblad to upgrade the cameras on its phones, OnePlus is better prepared for this battle. With the OnePlus 9 series, the agreement has already paid off, and OnePlus is keeping the momentum continuing with the OnePlus 10 Pro.
The OnePlus 10 Pro’s cameras aren’t all that different from the OnePlus 9 Pro’s – the 48MP main, 50MP ultrawide, and 8MP telephoto lenses are all back, but the dedicated monochrome sensor is gone. OnePlus has implemented a whole new Hasselblad camera system, rather than adjusting the camera hardware — though the ultrawide lens can now give a 150-degree field of view — the focus this time is elsewhere, with OnePlus adopting a brand new Hasselblad camera system.
The ability to photograph in 10-bit colour with all three lenses is one of the software enhancements added to the OnePlus 10 Pro. You may also shoot in 12-bit RAW format, and a new Hasselblad Master Style preset pack has three professional-designed presets.
We judged the cameras to be the greatest on a OnePlus phone ever, able to compete with the Galaxy S22 Ultra, iPhone 13 Pro Max , and Google Pixel 6 Pro in our tests. The OnePlus 10 Pro’s images did have a yellow tinge to them, but this might be reduced in a future update.
On paper, the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s camera is nearly identical to its predecessor, with the same 108MP primary sensor, 12MP ultrawide camera, and two 10MP telephoto sensors. However, advances in image processing have resulted in an improvement in image quality.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra produces excellent results in terms of photographs, video, and feature set, earning it a position on our top camera phones list.
In the end, it will be a question of personal preference as to which phone takes the greatest photos. We also want to put the two phones’ cameras up against each other for more extended testing in order to determine which one provides the finest photographs.
Battery and Charging Speed (Oneplus 10 pro take the lead)
Surprisingly, OnePlus has caught up in one essential area: battery life! Both phones have 5,000mAh batteries that appear to be quite promising.
But, in reality, how long do these two phones last? We use our independent battery testing for this:
As you can see, both phones perform equally in all major areas, such as surfing, watching YouTube videos, and gaming. With the same capacity batteries and CPU class, software optimization is required to ensure that the battery uses its energy uniformly. And it appears that both firms performed similarly in this area.
Still, unless you’re very conservative with your use, both of these require a charge every night, and even then, you’d be better off topping them up daily.
On the charging aspect, the Galaxy doesn’t come with a charger, but the OnePlus comes with a red charging cord and a charging brick. And not just any charging brick: the phone can charge at a maximum of 80W, compared to the Galaxy’s 45W maximal charging speeds. You’ll also need to purchase the Samsung charger separately.
On the Galaxy, a complete charge from zero to 100 percent takes 1 hour and 2 minutes with the 45W charger, while a full charge takes 1 hour and 10 minutes with the 25W charger. A full charge on the OnePlus, on the other hand, takes about 35 minutes. Exceptionally impressive!
With wireless charging, OnePlus is also pushing the envelope. The Galaxy S8 can only charge at 15W wirelessly, but the OnePlus 10 Pro can charge at 50W using a suitable OnePlus charger. Once again, the OnePlus comes out on top.
Price availability and colors
- Samsung Galaxy S22 (8/128GB): $799 / £769 / €859 / Rs 60720
- Samsung Galaxy S22 (8/256GB): $849 / £819 / €909 / Rs 64520
- Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus (8/128GB): $999 / £949 / €1,059 / Rs 75919
- Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus (8/256GB): $1,049 / £999 / €1,109 / RSs79719
- OnePlus 10 Pro (8/128GB): $899 / £799 / €899 / Rs 68319
- OnePlus 10 Pro (12GB/256GB): £899 / €999 / Rs 75459
We can’t really complain about Samsung’s Galaxy S22 pricing being identical to those of the Galaxy S21. The Galaxy S22 starts at $799 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, but you can upgrade to a 256GB model for an extra $50. The Galaxy S22 Plus follows the same guidelines, however it starts at $999 for the same basic setup. The Galaxy S22 Ultra, which starts at $1,299 and goes up to $1,599 for a 1TB version, is the most costly of the lot.
OnePlus managed to lower the price of its current flagship, dropping it from $969 to $899. You get 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for your money. There will also be a model with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of inbuilt storage, but we don’t yet know the price. OnePlus might have a winner on its hands if it can come in under the price of the Galaxy S22 Plus.
The Phantom colors of the Galaxy S21 series, with their silky finishes, were one of our favorites, so it’s great to see them return for another year. Although Samsung has moved away from two-toned designs, the basic colors are still rather nice. The phones are available in four colors: Phantom Black, Phantom White, Pink Gold, and Green. If you don’t mind waiting, there are four Samsung-only colors to choose from: Cream, Graphite, Sky Blue, and Violet.
The colors of the OnePlus 10 Pro are kept basic; you may select between Volcanic Black or Emerald Forest. Both colours have a slightly textured matte feel that should repel fingerprints – just avoid leaving traces on the camera array.
Oneplus 10 Pro
Powerful • Rapid charging • Stunning screen
Samsung Galaxy S22
The gold standard for Android smartphones.
The vanilla Samsung Galaxy S22 is subtly tweaked from its predecessor, the Galaxy S21. It has a glass back again (nice!) and features the latest 2022 silicon. It also has an upgraded camera system that should be much better than the 2021 model.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
The bigger and better (but not best) Galaxy S22.
OnePlus 10 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Performance
Both phones use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 system-on-chip, however the Galaxy S22 Ultra uses an Exynos 2200 processor outside of the United States and China.
Both phones are available with either 8GB or 12GB of RAM. The OnePlus 10 Pro has storage options of 128GB and 256GB, while the Galaxy S22 Ultra has storage options of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB.
When you compare the Snapdragon phones to one another, it’s no surprise that they perform well on all fronts.
The OnePlus 10 Pro, for example, achieves a single-core score of 995 and a multi-core score of 3,482 in Geekbench 5.
As a result, it performs both slower and faster in this test than the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which scores 1,240 on single-core and 3,392 on multi-core. Although the powerful iPhone 13 Pro Max outperforms both phones, neither Android device is lacking in power or performance.
In practice, we’ve found that OxygenOS on OnePlus phones seems a little snappier than One UI on Samsung phones because of its lightweight nature.
However, the Galaxy S22 Ultra has a smooth feel to it, so you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference in everyday performance between it and the OnePlus 10 Pro.
One UI vs OxygenOS
If this were a year ago, the competition would be between Samsung’s extensively skinned One UI and OnePlus’ OxygenOS, which we’d describe as “near to vanilla Android.” OnePlus, on the other hand, has revealed that it would be adopting ColorOS from its sister firm Oppo in the last year. The declaration was then partly retracted in February, when OnePlus declared that it would continue to build its own OxygenOS but would use the same codebase.
So, what does this imply in practice? You’ll be relieved to learn that OxygenOS is still as quick and intuitive as ever. Its design is a blend of Android’s Material design with Oppo ColorOS’ strong components. The emphasis is on personalizing the appearance and feel to a large extent. Some features, such as Oppo’s one-hand mode, have been combined with OnePlus-only features, such as the Shelf (pull down from the top-right for a widget-filled shade).
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Overall, we like the new OxygenOS 12.1’s workflow and customization capabilities.
When it comes to user experience, Samsung’s software does not feel as sophisticated as Apple’s. However, it retains a wealth of features and opens the door to a larger ecosystem of devices, including Samsung’s great smartwatches, SmartTags, and home appliances.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra, of course, comes with the wonderful S Pen, as well as Edge Panels and faster methods to open apps in split screen and windowed mode. If multitasking and note-taking are important to you, you can undoubtedly call the Galaxy S22 Ultra the more productivity-oriented phone.
OnePlus 10 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22: Which one is best to buy ?
We’ve covered a lot of ground thus far, going through the fundamentals of two of the most popular Android flagships, but now it’s time to make a choice. It’s time to consider which phone to purchase. We won’t be able to offer you a definitive answer since your own preferences will come into play. Both the OnePlus 10 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S22 series use high-quality materials, raising the bar for mobile photography to new heights. In addition, the pricing is nearly the same.
Samsung, on the other hand, has made some substantial advancements since last year. Even though the expenses haven’t changed, the updated camera and superior materials go a long way. Yes, Samsung reduced the size of the battery and display, but the result was one of the most pocketable flagships we’ve seen in a long time. Samsung’s update commitment — four years of Android versions and five years of security fixes — is likewise practically hard to match.
Samsung’s devotion to updates puts it ahead of practically every other flagship on the market.
With a 12GB and 256GB option, OnePlus may have an advantage, but we’ll have to wait and see how much it costs. The display is also the biggest, although the waterfall design may not be to everyone’s taste. Samsung can’t compete with cable charging at 65W (in the US) or 80W (international), and OnePlus still provides a brick in the packaging. Although the OnePlus 10 Pro is only guaranteed three years of upgrades, that’s still a good deal. All we have to do now is wait and watch if Oxygen OS feels like its own skin or if it moves closer to Color OS.
Have you made up your mind about your future phone? Have you abandoned your Samsung Galaxy because of the promise of Hasselblad tuning? Let us know in the comments section below.