Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra lags behind S21 Ultra and is demolished by Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max in battery life comparison
A fascinating video from the hugely popular Mrwhosetheboss tech channel on YouTube has pitted the brand-new Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra against rival premium flagship smartphones in regard to battery life. The S22 Ultra faced off against the iPhone 13 Pro Max, Pixel 6 Pro, Xiaomi 12 Pro, and even the S21 Ultra. There were some interesting results to be had, with the Galaxy S22 Ultra still performing exceedingly well despite not being the battery life champion.
All the phones used in the comparison were brand new and set on default settings. The channel’s host, Arun Maini, filmed the devices running down from 100% battery life to 0%, with activities such as gaming, web surfing, and shooting, editing, and rendering 4K video used to drain the batteries. The Pixel 6 Pro was the first to reach 50%, while at this point the Galaxy S22 Ultra was on 54% and the iPhone 13 Pro Max was flexing on 66%.
Relative specifications (see table below) were given to keep the battery life comparison test as transparent as possible. This meant stating resolution and battery capacity, with the iPhone 13 Pro Max having the lowest battery capacity yet one of the highest display resolutions. The first phone to run out of juice was the Pixel 6 Pro, which was swiftly followed by the Xiaomi 12 Pro. The S22 Ultra just managed to scrape over 8 hours of usage but was beaten by the S21 Ultra and completely demolished by the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max.
|Battery capacity||Display resolution||Runtime 100-0%|
|Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max||4,352 mAh||1284x2778||10 hr 27 min|
|Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra||5,000 mAh||2400x1080||8 hr 15 min|
|Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra||5,000 mAh||2316x1080||8 hr 8 min|
|Xiaomi 12 Pro||4,600 mAh||2400x1080||7 hr 34 min|
|Google Pixel 6 Pro||5,003 mAh||1440x3120||7 hr 6 min|
Data from MrWhosetheboss
Maini puts forward some reasons why the S22 Ultra couldn’t quite keep up with S21 Ultra, including the possibility that the S Pen might be sucking up additional power. On top of that, the host opines that the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s Exynos 2200 should be peaking at higher rates than the S21 Ultra's Exynos 2100 thus causing quicker battery drain. It’s also possible but unlikely that the S22 Ultra has a worse cooling system than its predecessor or its operating software is not as roundly optimized.