iPhone 14 Pro Max Vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Best Vs Best

iPhone 14 Pro Max Vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Best Vs Best

iPhone 14 Pro Max was recently launched in the Apple launch event and iPhone lovers are stunned with the upgrades and new features. Tech enthusiasts are already curious to compare this best iPhone so far with Samsung’s best phone so far (Galaxy S22 Ultra).

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Both come with excellent designs, displays, cameras, performance, and features. It will be an “Apple vs Orange” comparison as both cater different audience. But still only to bring out of the curiosity, we are here with an in depth comparison of iPhone 14 Pro Max Vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra to see which is the best. 

Before we start the comparison, let’s see what’s new in the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

  • Satellite connectivity
  • 48 MP camera
  • A16 chip
  • Always on Display
  • Dynamic Island feature
  • New colors 

To find out which one you should get, you need to read the following blog.

Now, let’s compare iPhone 14 Pro Max vs Samsung S22 Ultra.

iPhone 14 Pro Max Vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Body and Display

Well, there isn’t too much difference when we talk about the body size of iPhone 14 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. The latter is thicker though and surprisingly the former is a bit heavier. If we talk about the design, S22 Ultra has a boxy shape as its edges don’t bend vertically. 14 Pro Max on the other hand comes with round edges. Their camera modules are very different. S22 Ultra’s camera module is inside the body (just the cameras are out) whereas the 14 Pro Max’s whole camera module is outside its body. 

Coming to the front side, you get a pill shape punchhole camera cutout on iPhone whereas circular punchhole camera cutout is available on Samsung. iPhone is the winner here as it has used Destiny Island software (shape changing) for this camera cutout that brings a lot of cool features. 

If we talk about the display, the iPhone 14 Pro Max is better on paper as its screen is brighter and that will be helpful in daylight conditions. For watching videos, and consuming other content, displays of both devices are exceptional. And guess what? The iPhone now comes with an always on display. 

SpecificationsiPhone 14 Pro MaxSamsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Dimensions160.7 x 77.6 x 7.85 mm163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9 mm
Build & ProtectionGorilla Glass (front & back)
Stainless Steel Frame
IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 6m for 30 mins)
Gorilla Glass Victus+ (Front & Back)
Armor Aluminum Frame
IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
ColorsSpace Black, Silver, Gold, Deep PurpleBurgundy, Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green
Display Size6.7 inches6.8 inches
Resolution1290 x 2796(~460 ppi density)1440 x 3088 (~500 ppi density)
Display typeLTPO Super Retina XDR OLED, 120Hz,
HDR10, Dolby Vision, 1000 nits (typ), 2000 nits (HBM)
Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz
HDR10+, 1750 nits (peak)
Display FeaturesDynamic Island (shape shifting) punchhole camera cutout
Always On Display
Always On Display

Samsung S22 Ultra vs iPhone 14 Pro Max: Camera Comparison

Well, many of us declare the iPhone camera the winner without even comparison. But now, let’s look at the reality of iPhone camera vs Samsung’s top end smartphone camera. 

Galaxy S22 Ultra comes with a 108 MP primary camera. On the other hand, the iPhone 14 Pro Max comes with a 48 MP primary camera (first time in an iPhone). But does it mean Samsung’s phone will produce better results? Well! That’s hard to say as the actual results are not dependent on the pixel count. Also, software plays a vital role in producing exceptional quality images. So, let’s give the primary camera the benefit of doubt. 

However, Samsung S22 Ultra wins in this department due to another camera. Yes! We are talking about its periscopic telephoto camera with 10x optical zoom. It is the feature missing in the iPhone. Also, Galaxy S22 Ultra can record videos up to 8K whereas iPhone can record by upto 4K. S22 Ultra has a super slow motion mode that can record 720p videos at 960fps. 

The Selfie Camera of iPhone 14 Pro Max is 12 MP and S22 Ultra comes with a 40 MP front camera. On the paper, Samsung looks like a clear winner but we will have to wait till our hand on review to know the reality. 

SpecificationsiPhone 14 Pro MaxSamsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Rear cameras34
48 MP, f/1.8, 24mm (wide), 1.22µm, dual pixel PDAF108 MP, f/1.8, 23mm (wide),
1/1.33″, 0.8µm, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 120˚ (ultrawide), 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 120˚ (ultrawide),
1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, Super Steady video
12 MP, f/2.8, 77mm (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom10 MP, f/2.4, 70mm (telephoto),
1/3.52″, 1.12µm
dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
10 MP, f/4.9, 230mm (periscope telephoto),
1/3.52″, 1.12µm,
dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 10x optical zoom
Rear camera video4K@24/25/30/60fps
Rear camera featuresSensor-shift OIS
10-bit HDR, Dolby Vision HDR
Cinematic mode LED flash (adaptive)
Laser AF, OIS, HDR10+
stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS
Selfie / front camera12 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide),
1/3.6″Depth / biometrics sensor, SL 3D
40 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide),
1/2.82″, 0.7µm, PDAF
Selfie / front camera video4K@24/25/30/60fps

The Best Performer?

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and iPhone 14 Pro Max, both are supreme in terms of performance. The latter uses Apple’s top A16 Bionic mobile chip whereas the former comes with the top snapdragon or Samsung’s Exynos chip. But Apple’s chip is reportedly better as compared to the Exynos or Snapdragon’s chips. 

Although Samsung S22 Ultra comes with more RAM, the storage type of iPhone 14 Pro Max is NVMe that gives extra boost to its performance. Also, many people like the RAM management of Apple as compared to Samsung. But that doesn’t mean Samsung is out of the league. There is so little difference in the performance of both devices that many people will hardly notice. So, both devices are exceptional for high-end gaming.

SpecificationsiPhone 14 Pro MaxSamsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
OSiOS 16Android 12, One UI 4.1.1
ChipsetApple A16 Bionic (4 nm)Exynos 2200 (4 nm) – EuropeQualcomm
SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (4 nm) – Others
GPUApple GPU (5-core graphics)Xclipse 920 – Europe
Adreno 730 – Others
MemoryRAM: 6GB
ROM: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB
RAM: 8GBROM: 128GB / 256GB
RAM: 12GBROM: 512GB / 1TB
Memory typeNVMeUFS 3.1

Who’s Got More Features 

Featurewise, S22 Ultra is behind the iPhone 14 Pro Max. It is because Apple has introduced a Satellite Connectivity feature that allows a person to send an SOS message to emergency services if the cellular signals are not working. Cool right? Also, its GPS has QZSS which is absent in S22 Ultra. The new iPhone also comes with the newer version of Bluetooth 5.3 but Samsung has got the older version (5.2).

But, there is one area where Samsung is the clear winner. Samsung DeX, that allow swift mobile connection with the desktop (computer or laptop). If you want to play mobile games or run your mobile apps on PC quickly without any interruption, Samsung S22 Ultra is the right choice. Also, how can we forget about the famous S Pen? It isn’t available on the iPhone right?

NameiPhone 14 Pro MaxSamsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
SoundStereo LoudspeakerStereo Loudspeaker
ConnectivitySatellite Connectivity (Emergency SOS)
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, GPS (including QZSS)
USB 2.0
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, GPS
USB Type-C 3.2
USB On-The-Go
SensorsFace ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Ultra Wideband (UWB) support
Fingerprint (under display, ultrasonic), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Samsung DeX, Samsung Wireless DeX (desktop experience support)
Bixby natural language commands and dictation
Ultra Wideband (UWB) support
Multi-functional Stylus PenNoYes


Surprisingly, the iPhone 14 Pro Max has got better battery backup timing. It can provide upto 25 hrs of streamed video playback on a single charge whereas the S22 Ultra provides only upto 20 hrs of wireless video playback. Both devices offer reasonable wireless fast charging speed. Fast charging speed is not mentioned by Apple whereas Samsung S22 Ultra comes with a 45W support. 

NameiPhone 14 Pro MaxSamsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Battery Video playback (streamed): Up to 25 hrs
Audio playback: Up to 95 hours
Video Playback (wireless): Up to 20 hrs 
Audio Playback Time: Up to 81 hrs
ChargingFast charging, 50% in 30 min (advertised)
USB Power Delivery 2.0
MagSafe wireless charging 15
WQi magnetic fast wireless charging 7.5W
Fast charging 45
WUSB Power Delivery 3.0
Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W
Reverse wireless charging 4.5W


The price of iPhone 14 is not confirmed in Pakistan after taxes and duties. Let’s find out their global prices and Samsung’s official price in Pakistan.

iPhone 14 Pro Max Price in PakistanSamsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Price in Pakistan
6 GB RAM / 128GB ROM: $1099 (~Rs.245,000)
6 GB RAM / 256GB ROM: $1199 (~Rs.267,000)12 GB RAM / 256 GB ROM: Rs. 314,999 (official)
6 GB RAM / 512GB ROM: $1399 (~Rs.311,000)
6 GB RAM / 1TB ROM: $1599 (~Rs.356,000)

*iPhone’s prices in Rupees are approximate and as per current dollar rate.

You can buy Samsung S22 Ultra officially in Pakistan. But you may not be able to buy the iPhone 14 Pro Max right now as it will take some days to arrive in the country. Also, it will be available unofficially (non-PTA approved) in the start and you will have to pay PTA taxes yourself.

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iPhone 14 Pro Max Vs Samsung S22 Ultra: Highlights

Here are some notable differences in both devices.

iPhone 14 Pro MaxSamsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Better connectivity and experience with
Samsung DeX & Samsung Wireless DeX
Periscopic camera (10 x optical zoom)
Satellite Connectivity (Emergency SOS)
Dynamic Island (shape shifting) punchhole camera cutout
Multi window (popup window apps, side by side apps)
Customizable but less than Samsung S22 UltraBetter customizability

Final Verdict

There is never a winner in the iPhone vs Samsung battle. It is because people who love the Apple ecosystem don’t turn to Samsung phones even if they offer more features. Same is the case with the Samsung lovers who will find it difficult to use the iPhone if they don’t have other Apple Products.

iPhone 14 Pro Max is no doubt a great smartphone in terms of performance, design, and camera (primary one). It also got some new features like Satellite Connectivity and Dynamic Island (shape shifting) punchhole camera cutout that are pretty appealing for the iphone lovers. 

On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has an additional camera (periscopic with 10x zoom). It also got an S-pen, better multi window experience, customizability, and connectivity with the desktops and other devices (except Apple products).

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