Apple iPhone 14 vs Samsung Galaxy S22: An early comparison

Apple iPhone 14 vs Samsung Galaxy S22: An early comparison

an introduction

The iPhone 14 aims to eliminate its main competitor – the Galaxy S22. There are other options when it comes to Android smartphones, but the truth is that most people choose either an Apple or a Samsung device, depending on their hardware and software preferences.

There are a lot of similarities between these two phones, although on the surface they may not look alike. The iPhone 14 will be the vanilla model, the standard for all other iPhones (there’s no iPhone mini this year, unfortunately), and the same goes for the Galaxy S22 – it’s the base model, and also the best-selling model.

Today we’re going to do a preliminary comparison between the two devices – granted, the iPhone 14 is still a couple of months away but we already know quite a bit about Apple’s next flagship. We will focus on areas like the screen, camera, performance, battery, etc., so, without further ado, let’s get this thing started.
iPhone 14 vs Galaxy S22 in a nutshell:

  • 6.1″, 60Hz, “slim” OLED screen vs 6.1″, 120Hz, Dynamic AMOLED
  • Apple A15 Bionic (4 GB RAM) vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (8 GB RAM)
  • iOS 16 vs Android 12 (Update to Android 13)
  • Dual Camera System (Main 48 MP) vs Triple Camera System (Main 50 MP, 12 MP Ultra, 10 MP Zoom)

table of contents:

Quality of design and presentation

Compact main ship battle

According to the latest information, Apple is seeking to make some additional changes and upgrades in its iPhone 14 series devices. While the top models in the iPhone 14 lineup are believed to change their front appearance (with holes for the camera in the form of a pill), the vanilla iPhone 14 is expected to retain the narrow notch of the series iPhone 13.

The exact dimensions of the iPhone 14 are not known at the moment, but the fact that it will have a 6.1-inch screen like the Galaxy S22 puts both devices in the same ballpark, when it comes to physical size.

Focusing on the color scheme, rumors suggest the iPhone 14 may come in midnight, Starlight, Product RED, blue, and possibly a new purple. On the other hand, the Galaxy S22 is already available in Cream, Violet, Cyan, and Graphite colours. There is some overlap here, although the names do not match.

Not much is known about the iPhone 14’s display characteristics, except for the fact that it will maintain a 60Hz refresh rate (faster refresh rates are expected to come in higher models). Samsung is likely to make an OLED panel, so there won’t be much difference in quality and brightness. Check out the Galaxy S22 display benchmarks below.

Display Measurements:

performance and software

fast and angry

There’s good news and bad news here – the iPhone 14 is expected to retain the A15 Bionic chipset we all know (and love) from the iPhone 13 series. Here’s the bad news – and the good news is that this chipset is very fast and will likely be on par with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 on the Galaxy S22. When it comes to comparing Apple’s silicon with Qualcomm chips, things are a bit unclear, but we’ll include a comparison between the Galaxy S22 and the iPhone 13, as the performance won’t be much different, given the same silicon inside the iPhone 14.

Performance Standards:

As for the case of RAM, there’s not much to compare here, because the way iOS and Android take care of apps and processes is a little different. For numbers only, we can say that the Galaxy S22 comes with 8GB of RAM while the iPhone 14 is expected to have 4GB.

iPhone 14 will come with iOS 16 is out of the box while the Galaxy S22 runs Android 12 with OneUI 4.1 on top. The software support cycle here is still in favor of the iPhone, although Samsung chose to extend support to four years of Android updates.


cover the basics

Rumors have it that Apple is in the process of making a major update to the main camera of the iPhone 14. The phone is expected to have a new 1/1.3-inch 48-megapixel sensor capable of shooting 8K video. The sheer size of the sensor also indicates better quality at night and low-light photos. Another big rumored upgrade is the auto-focus selfie camera with a wider F1.9 aperture.

On the other hand, the Galaxy S22 is a well-known variant of the imaging equation. The phone comes with a triple camera system – consisting of a 50MP main camera (F1.8), a 12MP ultrawide camera, and a 10MP 3.0x zoom lens. On paper, the Galaxy S22 has an advantage but we need to wait for some real-world samples to come to any conclusions. Meanwhile, here are some Galaxy S22 photo samples for your reference.

Battery life and charging

The great unknown

There is very little (or none) information about the iPhone 14 battery. Some leakers claim that there will be a significant increase in battery life in the iPhone 14 compared to its predecessor but there are no numbers to support these claims at all. The iPhone 13 made a significant jump (15% – from 2,815 mAh to 3,227 mAh) in battery capacity over the previous model, and given that the chipset will remain the same on the iPhone 14, battery life should be similar to the previous one.

The 3,700mAh cell in the Galaxy S22 will likely outperform the iPhone 14 at least in terms of capacity, but the actual battery endurance may be very close. Here are the benchmark scores for the Samsung flagship:

PhoneArena battery test results:

The situation with charging speed is more complicated. We don’t expect a charger in the iPhone 14 retail box, and given the fact that the USB-C transition won’t happen until at least 2023, there likely won’t be any major upgrade in charging speeds. For what it’s worth, the Galaxy S22 also lacks a charger in the box and uses the same 25W fast charging technology from the old Galaxy S21.

Specifications comparison

Summary and final verdict

The battle between these two people has not even begun – we are waiting for the official unveiling of the iPhone 14 series. From what we know so far we can extrapolate some conclusions. Apple seems to be building on the evolution in the iPhone 14 – some people may ask to name the new series 13s. On the other hand, that’s not a bad thing – the iPhone 13 is a very successful device and there’s no reason why the successor can’t take on the Galaxy S22. Two months which means that on paper the iPhone 14 will be the newer device. On the other hand, with the gradual nature of changes, people may be hesitant to upgrade, especially from iPhone 12/13 models. If you’re looking for a new flagship (and you’re swinging between Android and iOS), both devices are a viable option and will serve you well.

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