Earlier this month, the global variant of the Xiaomi 12 Pro was launched. That’s the company’s new flagship and it seems appropriate to compare it to the best Samsung has to offer. That is why in this article we compare the Xiaomi 12 Pro with the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. Both phones are hugely powerful and have a lot to offer, although they don’t really look much alike. That should make this comparison interesting.
These two phones are different in almost every way. The two companies used similar building materials, but the two phones look different, feel different in the hand, come with different software versions, and so on. There’s a lot to talk about here, to be quite honest, each of them shines in a different way. That said, we’ll list their specs first and then compare them across a number of categories. Let’s start with the comparison Xiaomi 12 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, shall we?
Xiaomi 12 ProSamsung Galaxy S22 UltraScreen Size 6.73-inch QHD+ AMOLED Display (120 Hz Adaptive Refresh Rate LTPO, up to 1 Hz) 6.8-inch QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display (120 Hz Adaptive Refresh Rate, LTPO, up to 1 Hz ) Screen Resolution 3200 x 14403080 x 1440SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Samsung Exynos 2200RAM8GB/12GB (LPDDR5)8GB/12GB (LPDDR5)Storage128GB/256GB, non-expandable128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB, non-expandableback cameraA50MP (expandable) f/1.9 aperture, wide-angle, 24mm lens, OIS, Dual Pixel PDAF, 1.22um pixel size)
50 MP (telephoto, f/1.9 aperture, 48mm lens, PDAF, 2x optical zoom)
50MP (ultra wide angle, f/2.2 aperture, 115 degrees FoV)108MP (f/1.8 aperture, OIS, 0.8um pixel size. Produces 12MP images with 2.4um pixel size)
12 MP (ultra wide angle, Dual Pixel AF, 120 degree FoV, f/2.2 aperture, 1.4um pixel size)
10 MP (telephoto, Dual Pixel AF, OIS, f/2.4 aperture, 1.12um pixel size, 70mm lens, optical zoom 3x)
10 MP (Telephoto, Dual Pixel AF, OIS, f/4.9 aperture, 1.22um pixel size, 230mm lens, 10x optical zoom, 100x Space Zoom) Front camera 32 MP (f/2.5 aperture, 26mm wide angle, 0.7um pixel size) 40 MP ( f/2.2 aperture, 80 degrees FoV, 0.7um pixel size, PDAF) Battery 4,600 mAh, non-removable, 120 W thenewsupdate charging, 50 W wireless charging, 10 W reverse wireless charging 5,000 mAh, non-removable, 45W thenewsupdate charging, 15W Qi wireless charging, 5W Wireless PowerShareSize163.6 x 74.6 x 8.2mm163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9mmWeight204/205 grams228/229 gramsConnectivity5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi, USB Type-CSecurityIn-display fingerprint scanner (optical)In-display fingerprint scanner (ultrasonic)OSAndroid 12
MIUI 13 Android 12
One UI 4.1Price$999$1,199.99BuyXiaomiSamsung
Xiaomi 12 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: design
Both the Xiaomi 12 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra are made of metal and glass. However, the Galaxy S22 Ultra has a much sleeker design. The edges are sharp and both the top and bottom are completely flat. The Xiaomi 12 Pro is much rounder and the edges are not sharp at all. The Xiaomi 12 Pro looks more like other smartphones on the market, while the Galaxy S22 Ultra takes a slightly different path.
However, both devices feel quite premium in the hand and they are both quite slick. The Xiaomi 12 Pro weighs 204/205 grams, while the Galaxy S22 Ultra weighs 228/229 grams, depending on the variant. In terms of height, they are almost identical, while the Xiaomi 12 Pro is significantly narrower and slightly thinner. Both devices offer extremely thin bezels and a centered camera hole on the top.
Rear cameras on both smartphones are placed in the top left corner. However, the Galaxy S22 Ultra has more and the cameras don’t have a dedicated camera island, unlike the ones on the Xiaomi 12 Pro. The Galaxy S22 Ultra also has a silo for the S Pen stylus in the lower right corner, unlike the Xiaomi 12 Pro. Both phones scream “premium”, both are quite slick, although they feel very different in the hand. It’s all a matter of preference, but both companies have done a great job design-wise.
Xiaomi 12 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: display
The Xiaomi 12 Pro has a 6.73-inch QHD+ (3200 x 1440) LTPO AMOLED display. That screen supports an adaptive refresh rate and can refresh up to 120 Hz. It can project 1 billion colors and supports Dolby Vision and HDR10+ content. It also gets quite bright with a peak brightness of 1500 nits. This panel has a 20:9 aspect ratio and is protected by a sheet of Gorilla Glass Victus.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra, on the other hand, has a 6.8-inch QHD+ (3088 x 1440) Dynamic AMOLED 2X display. That is also an LTPO display that refreshes to 120Hz. This screen can also project HDR10+ content and gets extremely bright up to 1,750 nits. This panel is protected by the Gorilla Glass Victus+. By the way, both screens are curved and both have a minimal bezel all around.
Honestly, both panels are really excellent. Both get extremely bright, while both also offer great viewing angles. The black is very deep on both panels, while the colors are vibrant and rich. Thanks to the high refresh rate and software that is well optimized it is a real pleasure to use both, not to mention that the touch response is also excellent. The display of the Galaxy S22 Ultra is slightly better on paper, but you don’t notice that in real life. They are side by side and both are among the best panels out there.
Xiaomi 12 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Performance
Both smartphones are extremely powerful in terms of specifications. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 powers both devices, although the Galaxy S22 Ultra also comes in the Exynos 2200 variant in Europe. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is Qualcomm’s most powerful SoC yet. Both companies decided to combine that with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 flash storage, in addition to the latest version of Android (12). However, their respective skins are applied on top.
All this results in excellent performance on both devices. Xiaomi’s MIUI is significantly different from Samsung’s One UI skin, but both feel extremely smooth, elegant and the truth is excellent overall. Whatever you plan to do with these two smartphones, in terms of performance, they will deliver. They can multitask as well as champions, consume multimedia, browse, edit images, videos, and so on.
Keep in mind that gaming is also excellent on both smartphones. Neither gets too hot or anything like that, although the Galaxy S22 Ultra does get warmer while gaming in our testing. So you don’t have to worry that either one will disappoint you when it comes to performance, because it just doesn’t happen. Note that we tested the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 variant of the Galaxy S22 Ultra, but we can’t vouch for the Exynos 2200 model. We did hear that this variant had to contend with all kinds of problems.
Xiaomi 12 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: battery
The Xiaomi 12 Pro uses a 4,600 mAh battery while the Galaxy S22 Ultra comes with a 5,000 mAh battery pack. The Galaxy S22 Ultra does have a slightly larger screen, but the difference is minimal. With other components in mind, the Galaxy S22 Ultra should come out on top here based on battery size alone. Of course it doesn’t have to be. That’s how it is? Well, yes, it is, at least based on our testing.
The Xiaomi 12 Pro was able to get us to about 5-5.5 hours of screen-on-time, while the Galaxy S22 Ultra was able to exceed that 6-hour screen-on-time threshold most of the time with no problem. The battery life isn’t quite as impressive as the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s battery life, but it’s still very good. Some days it was able to really go above and beyond. Overall, the battery life in our tests is better than what the Xiaomi 12 Pro has to offer, at least for now.
But what about charging? Well, that’s where the Xiaomi 12 Pro excels. The device supports 120W thenewsupdate charging and comes with a charging pad. It also supports 50W wireless charging and 10W reverse wireless charging. The Galaxy S22 Ultra officially supports 45W thenewsupdate charging, but it doesn’t charge as fast, it actually charges just as far as using a 25W charger. There is also no charger in the box. The Galaxy S22 Ultra supports 15W wireless charging and also 5W reverse wireless charging.
Xiaomi 12 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: Cameras
Both devices come with compelling camera settings, albeit different ones. The Xiaomi 12 Pro includes three 50-megapixel cameras, wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle and telephoto units. The Galaxy S22 Ultra has a 108 megapixel main camera (wide angle), a 10 megapixel telephoto lens, a 12 megapixel ultra wide-angle camera and a 10 megapixel periscope telephoto camera. Both phones can also take great photos.
Now the main cameras on both phones can provide a great deal of detail during the day. They also display colors correctly, and both phones do a great job when it comes to processing, and they don’t process images either. The blade results are also good for both, and both do well with high dynamic range scenarios. The Galaxy S22 Ultra’s ultra-wide camera does better at closer range, while the periscope camera can take really crazy zoom shots. Telecameras are excellent on both.
When the light goes out, both phones shine. Both devices can illuminate a scene as much as you want. Thanks to their night modes, you can really get an extremely clear and balanced shot, even if you are in a very dark place when you take the picture. You can also go for something more realistic, both cameras give you plenty of options. Both tend to have problems with flashing lights in nighttime conditions, but not always.
When it comes to audio, they both have a lot to offer. Both phones have stereo speakers. Those on the Xiaomi 12 Pro are tuned by Harman Kardon, while those on the Galaxy S22 Ultra are tuned by AKG. The main speaker is on the bottom of both phones, but the placement of the secondary is different. It faces forward on the Galaxy S22 Ultra, while it faces upward on the Xiaomi 12 Pro.
We prefer the secondary speaker placement on the Galaxy S22 Ultra, while the sound reproduction is excellent on both phones. The Galaxy S22 Ultra gets a little louder, but both are extremely loud, so that won’t be an issue as you basically never tune them all the way. The sound output is well balanced and rich, while we also get a hint of bass on both, which is impressive.