Apple iPhone 14 vs Samsung Galaxy S22: Early Comparison


The iPhone 14 is aimed at taking out its main rival – the Galaxy S22. There are other options when it comes to Android smartphones, but the reality is that most people opt for an Apple or a Samsung device depending on their hardware and software preferences.

There are many similarities between those two phones, even though they may not look alike at first glance. The iPhone 14 will be the vanilla model, the benchmark for all other iPhones (sadly no iPhone mini this year), and the same goes for the Galaxy S22 – it’s the base model and also the one that sells the most.

Today we’re going to do a preliminary comparison between the two devices – admittedly, the iPhone 14 is still a few months away, but we already know a significant amount of information about Apple’s next flagship. We’ll be focusing on areas like display, camera, performance, battery, etc. So, without further ado, let’s get this thing up and running.
iPhone 14 vs Galaxy S22 in a nutshell:

  • 6.1″, 60Hz, OLED ‘smart’ notch display vs 6.1″, 120Hz, Dynamic AMOLED
  • Apple A15 Bionic (4GB RAM) vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (8GB RAM)
  • iOS 16 vs Android 12 (update to Android 13)
  • Dual camera system (48 MP main) vs triple camera system (50 MP main, 12 MP ultra, 10 MP zoom)


Design and display quality

Battle of the compact flagships

According to the latest information, Apple is going for some incremental changes and upgrades in its iPhone 14 series devices. While the top models in the iPhone 14 series are believed to change their frontal appearance (with pill-shaped camera cutouts), the vanilla iPhone 14 is expected to retain the narrow notch of the iPhone 13 series.

The exact dimensions of the iPhone 14 are unknown at this time, but the fact that it will have the same 6.1-inch screen as the Galaxy S22 puts both devices in the same margin when it comes to physical size.

Focusing on the color scheme, rumors point to the possibility that the iPhone 14 will come in Midnight, Starlight, Product RED, Blue and possibly a new purple color. On the other hand, the Galaxy S22 is already available in Cream, Violet, Sky Blue and Graphite. There is some overlap here, even if the names do not match.

Little is known about the display characteristics of the iPhone 14, other than that it will maintain the 60Hz refresh rate (higher refresh rates are expected to come in the higher end models). The OLED panel will most likely be made by Samsung, so there won’t be a huge difference in quality and brightness. Check out our Galaxy S22 display benchmarks below.

Display sizes:

Performance and software

Fast and furious

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

Performance benchmarks:

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

The iPhone 14 comes with iOS 16 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 iPhone, although Samsung has opted to extend support to four years of Android updates.


Treating the basics

According to the rumor mill, Apple is planning a major upgrade to the iPhone 14’s main camera. The phone is expected to have a new 1/1.3-inch 48MP sensor capable of recording 8K video. The sheer size of the sensor also indicates better quality at night and low-light photos. Another big upgrade rumored to be the autofocus selfie camera with a wider aperture of F1.9.

The Galaxy S22, on the other hand, is a well-known variable in the photography equation. The phone is equipped with a triple camera system – consisting of a 50 MP main camera (F1.8), 12 MP ultrawide snapper and a 10 MP 3.0x zoom. On paper, the Galaxy S22 has an advantage, but we have to wait for some real-life samples to draw conclusions. Meanwhile, here are some Galaxy S22 image samples for reference.

Battery life and charging

The Great Unknown

There is very little (if any) information about the battery of the iPhone 14. Some leakers claim that the battery life of the iPhone 14 will increase significantly compared to its predecessor, but there are no figures to support these claims. The iPhone 13 made a big jump (15% – from 2,815 mAh to 3,227 mAh) in battery capacity compared to the previous model, and given the chipset will remain the same in the iPhone 14, the battery life should be comparable to that of the predecessor .

The 3,700 mAh cell in the Galaxy S22 would probably beat the iPhone 14, at least in capacity, but the actual battery life could be pretty close. Here are the benchmark results for Samsung’s flagship:

PhoneArena battery test results:

The charging speed situation is even more complicated. We don’t expect a charger in the box with the iPhone 14, and given that the USB-C transition won’t happen until at least 2023, there probably won’t be a 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 of the old Galaxy S21.

Specifications comparison:

Summary and final verdict

The fight between the two has not even started – we are waiting for the official reveal of the iPhone 14 series. From what we know so far, we can extrapolate some conclusions. Apple seems to be relying on evolution in the iPhone 14 – some people might demand that the new series be called 13s. On the other hand, this is not a bad thing – the iPhone 13 is a very successful device and there is no reason for the successor not to cope with the Galaxy S22. Both companies’ flagship release cycles are offset by a few months, meaning on paper the iPhone 14 will be the newer device. On the other hand, with the incremental nature of the changes, people may be hesitant to upgrade, especially from iPhone 12/13 models. If you’re in the market for a new flagship (and you’re fluctuating between Android and iOS), either device is a viable option and will serve you well.

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