Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs OnePlus 10 Pro comparison

OnePlus recently launched the OnePlus 10 Pro. It has a lot of interesting specs and features, which makes it one of the best Android smartphones that you can buy for under $1000 right now. But you might be wondering if your money is better spent on a different flagship smartphone: the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. We’ve compared both phones to help you decide if you should save some money and get the OnePlus 10 Pro, or go for Samsung’s more expensive offerings instead.

Specifications

OnePlus 10 Pro Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
measuring 163 x 73.9 x 8.6 mm (6.42 x 2.91 x 0.34 in) 163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9 mm (6.43 x 3.07 x 0.35 in)
Weight 201 grams 228 grams
an offer 6.7 inch AMOLED 6.8 inch AMOLED
screen resolution 3216 x 1440 pixels (525 ppi) 3088 x 1440 pixels (500 ppi)
Operating System Android 12, OxygenOS 12.1 Android 12, OneUI 4.1
Storage space 128 GB, 256 GB 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB
micro memory card slot no no
Healer Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
RAM 8 GB, 12 GB 8 GB, 12 GB
camera 48 MP, 50 MP, 8 MP rear
32 MP front
108 MP wide, 12 MP wide, 10 MP telephoto, 10 MP rear telephoto periscope
40 MP front
video 8K at 24 fps, 4K at 30/60/120 fps, 1080p at 30/60/240 fps 8K at 24fps, 4K at 30/60fps, 1080p at 30/60/240fps
bluetooth version Bluetooth 5.2 Bluetooth 5.2
ports USB-C . port USB-C . port
fingerprint scanner Yes, in the show Yes, in the show
water resistant T-Mobile version only yes
battery 5000 mAh 5.00 mA
App Market Google Play Store Google Play Store
Network support T-Mobile All major carriers
Colors Volcanic black, emerald forest Phantom black, white, burgundy, green, graphite, red, sky blue
price $899 1199.99 USD
buy from T-Mobile Samsung
revision score 4 out of 5 stars 4.5 out of 5 stars

Design, width and durability

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra looks more like a device from the company’s Note series, rather than a member of the S22 range. At around 9mm thick and weighing 228 grams, it’s bulky and heavy in weight. It’s also wider than most smartphones out there, making it difficult for people with small hands to use it with just one of their phones. The dimensions of the OnePlus 10 Pro compared to its dimensions are all similar to its predecessor, the OnePlus 9 Pro. It is somewhat lighter, thinner and narrower than the Samsung phone; However, it is still difficult to hold – especially for people with small hands.

Both phones look completely different on the back. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra cameras are not housed in a dedicated unit and are placed directly on the back panel of the phone. In contrast, the OnePlus 10 Pro has a large camera module on the back with the Hasselblad mark on the left side.

On the front, both smartphones use an HDR 10+ certified display with LTPO 2.0 technology, for an adaptive refresh rate from 1Hz to 120Hz. These are among the best screens you will find on smartphones available today. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra features a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED panel with a screen resolution of 3088 x 1440 pixels. Its peak brightness is touching a max of 1,750 nits, so using the phone under direct sunlight should be fine. The OnePlus display is no less impressive, too. It comes with a smaller 6.7-inch Liquid AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 3216 x 1440 pixels. You don’t get insanely high brightness levels like the S22 Ultra, but it does go up to 1,300 nits.

To protect your smartphone from minor scratches and drops, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra features the latest Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+ protection on the back and front sides. On the other hand, OnePlus 10 Pro comes with Gorilla Glass Victus on the front and Gorilla Glass 5 on the back. The Galaxy S22 Ultra is also IP68 rated for dust and water protection. The OnePlus 10 Pro also has an IP68 rating, but only if you buy it from T-Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra won this round because it has an IP rating no matter where you buy it, a brighter screen, and the latest Gorilla Glass protection.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Performance, battery life and charging

Play Asphalt 9: Legends on OnePlus 10 Pro.
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The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and OnePlus 10 Pro are powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, paired with an Adreno 730 GPU, and either 8GB or 12GB of RAM. You can expect top-notch performance from these smartphones.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is available in a variety of variants. It comes with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB internal storage. The OnePlus 10 Pro is missing the 1TB storage variant and comes in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB options. Although as of now, the 128GB version is only available in the US on top of that, there is no expandable storage space in both phones, so make sure you pick the right one for you.

Speaking of battery life, you get a 5,000mAh cell on the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and OnePlus 10 Pro. These two smartphones last a day or two depending on your usage, and you can expect the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s battery life to be a little better.

However, the OnePlus 10 Pro takes the lead in charging time – it gets 65W fast charging support in US markets, while the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra fast charging only comes in at 45W. The first takes about 35 minutes to juice, and the other charges fully in about an hour.

Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra gets more internal memory than the OnePlus 10 Pro, and the battery lasts longer. However, the latter takes about half the time to fully charge. Most importantly, the performance should be similar, so this round is a draw.

Winner: tie

camera

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has a quad-camera setup on the back, consisting of a 108MP wide-angle lens, a 12MP ultra-wide sensor with a 120-degree field of view, and dual 10MP telephoto lenses for up to 3.3x optical. Zoom. On the back of the OnePlus 10 Pro, you’ll see a triple camera setup that includes a 48MP primary lens, a 50MP ultra-wide sensor with a 150-degree field of view, and an 8MP telephoto camera for up to 3.3x optical zoom. The front side of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has a 40-megapixel selfie camera, while the OnePlus 10 Pro has a 32-megapixel camera.

According to our reviews of these devices, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra stands out as one of the best camera smartphones. The camera hardware is mostly similar to last year’s Galaxy S21 Ultra, but regardless of that similarity, the phone takes beautiful looking photos with vibrant colors and great balance. With 3x and 10x zoom, color accuracy and exposure could have been a little better. In general, the cameras do not fail to impress.

By contrast, the OnePlus 10 Pro’s main camera with Hasselblad mobile software does a great job of capturing captivating photos full of detail and vibrant colours. There is room for improvement in images from other cameras (ultrawide and telephoto) though, as they can sometimes lack liveliness and contain noise.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra wins this round, because it has a more reliable camera system that takes better photos, and it can zoom up to 100x.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Software and updates

Galaxy S22 Ultra in hand.
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The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and OnePlus 10 Pro both come with Android 12 out of the box. The former runs Samsung One UI 4.1 on top, while the latter runs OxygenOS 12.1. OxygenOS has received a lot of praise from users over the years, but since it’s now integrated with ColorOS, the experience is even worse. Despite this, Samsung’s One UI remains one of the best forms of Android.

When it comes to software updates, Samsung’s flagship smartphones outperform almost all other Android devices. The company promises four years of Android updates and five years of security patches, and that’s the case with the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Also, Samsung smartphones are usually among the first to receive security patches every month.

In return, the OnePlus 10 Pro will receive three years of software updates and four years of security patches. And unlike the Galaxy S22 Ultra, the phone will get security patches every two months.

With better software support, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra won this round.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Special Features

Using the S Pen on the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
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Similar to Samsung’s now discontinued Note series, the Galaxy S22 Ultra comes with a built-in S Pen. Its predecessor, the Galaxy S21 Ultra, also supported one, but it didn’t have a built-in slot to house the stylus. Compared to it, the S22 Ultra stylus has 70% lower latency, so writing or scribbling on the phone should feel more natural and better.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Price and availability

The OnePlus 10 Pro costs $899 and only comes in an 8GB/128GB variant so far. You can get the phone as it is available for purchase via T-Mobile. There is also an unlocked version, which is available on Amazon and Best Buy, but it will lose the official IP rating.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is priced on the higher side, starting at around $1,200 for the 8GB/128GB variant, and can be purchased from all major carriers and retailers.

Overall winner: Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is a better smartphone overall, with better cameras, a brighter screen, a built-in S Pen, better software support, and more durability. The OnePlus 10 Pro charges the phone faster, but that’s the only thing it does better. However, this does not mean that the OnePlus 10 Pro is a bad smartphone. For its price, it offers a lot, which makes it worth considering as well.

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