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 to offer, so it may be worth spending less. All in all, there’s certainly a basis for comparison here.
The two phones look considerably different, while their internals also differ quite a bit. Even the images provided by the two cameras will be different. They are mostly different, but have some similarities, and one of them is size, no doubt. That said, we’ll start by listing their specs and go from there. Let’s start by comparing the Samsung Galaxy S22 to the Google Pixel 6a, shall we?
|Galaxy S22||Google Pixel 6a|
|Screen size||6.1-inch FullHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display (120Hz adaptive refresh rate)||6.1-inch FullHD+ OLED HDR display (60Hz)|
|SoCs||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Samsung Exynos 2200||Google Tensor|
|RAM||8 GB (LPDDR5)||6 GB (LPDDR5)|
|Storage||128GB/256GB, not expandable||128 GB (UFS 3.1), not expandable|
|Rear cameras||50MP (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)
12MP (ultrawide, f/2.2 aperture, 13mm lens, 120 degree FoV, 1.4um pixel size)
|12.2 MP (f/1.7 aperture, 27mm lens, 1.4um pixel size, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS)|
12MP (f/2.2 aperture, 17mm lens, 114 degree FoV, 1.25um pixel size)
|Front cameras||10MP (f/2.2 aperture, 1.22um pixel size, 26mm lens, Dual Pixel PDAF)||8MP (f/2.0 aperture, 24mm lens, 1.12um pixel size)|
|Battery||3,700mAh, non-removable, 45W wired charging, 15W Qi wireless charging, 5W wireless PowerShare||4,410mAh, non-removable, 18W wired charging|
|Dimensions||146×70.6×7.6mm||152.2 x 71.8 x 8.9mm|
|Mass||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)|
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Samsung Galaxy S22 vs. Google Pixel 6a: Design
When you look at them side by side, you can clearly see how different these two phones are in terms of design. Both have a center-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 physical placement of the buttons is different, as is 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, isn’t, it’s a camera visor on the back, which goes side to side, and it’s covered in glass. Speaking of which, both phones offer a metal frame, but their backplates are different. The Galaxy S22 uses Gorilla Glass Victus+ on the back, while the Pixel 6a features a “3D Thermoformed Composite Back with Touch 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 thinner than Google’s offering, while being about 10 grams lighter. Both devices are quite slippery, while the Galaxy S22 is noticeably easier to use with one hand, as it’s smaller. We’re guessing the in-hand feel will be somewhat similar, but we can’t comment on that yet, as the Pixel 6a isn’t out yet.
Samsung Galaxy S22 vs. Google Pixel 6a: Display
The Galaxy S22 features a vibrant 6.1-inch FullHD+ (2340 x 1080) AMOLED 2X display. It’s a flat screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, and it’s an LTPO panel. In other words, it offers an adaptive refresh rate. It also supports HDR10+ content and gets quite bright at 1,300 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, meanwhile, features a 6.1-inch FullHD+ display (2400 x 1080). It’s an OLED panel, although it’s a 60Hz display, it doesn’t offer a high refresh rate. This screen is flat and here we are considering an aspect ratio of 20:9. It’s protected by Gorilla Glass 3. As you can see, the Pixel 6a has a larger display aspect ratio, and it also includes thicker bezels, which is why it’s noticeably taller than the Galaxy S22.
We haven’t had a chance to test the Pixel 6a panel yet, but we’re expecting a solid offering from Google. However, it will not be able to compete with the Galaxy S22. Samsung’s handset has a superior panel on paper, and it will be superior in real-world use as well. A refresh rate of 120Hz is simply superior, and there’s a good chance colors will be more punchy on this panel. Viewing angles on the Galaxy S22 are excellent, and we expect no less from the Pixel 6a. The Galaxy S22 also has better, much better screen protection.
Samsung Galaxy S22 vs. Google Pixel 6a: Performance
Both of these phones are pretty powerful on paper, when it comes to performance-related specs. The Galaxy S22 is powered by the 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 the Google Tensor SoC, while it includes 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. By the way, both devices use LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 flash storage.
These three chips are extremely powerful. The Exynos 2200 was found to have the most issues of the three, but only European Galaxy S22 units are powered by the Exynos SoC. RAM and flash storage are extremely fast on both smartphones. The Galaxy S22 offers excellent performance, at least in its Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 variant. It still gets pretty warm.
The Pixel 6a hasn’t been released yet, so we haven’t had a chance to test it. It has the same SoC, RAM, and storage chips as the Pixel 6, but with slightly less RAM. We therefore expect comparable performances. If that ends up being the case, the Pixel 6a will deliver excellent performance in every aspect. Both of these phones should be able to deliver great 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 will immediately notice a huge difference in battery capacity, despite both phones having the same display size. In fact, you would expect a larger battery to be included in the Galaxy S22 due to its high refresh rate display, but that is not the case. This is where Samsung made a mistake, however.
The Galaxy S22 doesn’t offer excellent battery life, not at all. This is actually one of its weak points. Your battery life will of course 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 couldn’t test its 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 charging? Well, the kind of Galaxy S22 wins in this regard. Not only does the phone support 25W wired charging, but it also supports 15W wireless charging and 5W reverse wireless charging. Pixel 6a, on the other hand, only supports 18W wired charging. So 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 dramatically different camera offerings. The Galaxy S22 uses a 50-megapixel main camera, in addition to 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 has opted for a 12.2-megapixel camera again here, the same camera sensor it’s been using since the Pixel 2.
However, the Pixel 6a has not been released at the time of writing this article, it will be released in July. That said, we can only guess what kind of images it will deliver. The Galaxy S22 has an extremely capable camera setup, and it delivers great results, but not at the level of the Galaxy S22 Ultra, Pixel 6, etc. The Pixel 6a should offer similar results to the Pixel 5a 5G, maybe even a bit better thanks to the Google Tensor SoC that will be included inside the phone.
We can’t directly compare the two phones at this time, but we expect the Pixel 6a to deliver excellent images during the day, with plenty of detail and excellent dynamic range. Solid low-light shots will likely be offered as well. The Galaxy S22 does a pretty good job in low light, but it’s not exactly the best phone for taking low-light images. The Pixel 6a may even measure up in this regard, if not better, we’ll see. The Galaxy S22 will likely have an edge on telephoto shots, thanks to dedicated hardware.
Both of these phones include stereo speakers. The Galaxy S22 actually has really capable stereo speakers and it delivers 32-bit audio. Its speakers are tuned by AKG. Chances are the Pixel 6a won’t come with such capable speakers, but they’ll likely be good enough nonetheless. We will have to wait and see. Good to see that Google has included dual speakers, that’s for sure.
As for an audio jack, neither phone has it. The Pixel 5a 5G included an audio jack, but Google decided not to do the same on the Pixel 6a. We don’t know why, but there you go. You will need to use the Type-C port on both of these phones or use wireless earphones/headsets.
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