We right here at XDA in most cases would now not hassle dedicating a complete as opposed to piece evaluating a 2022 flagship that’s extensively to be had (Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra) towards a 2021 flagship that’s to be had most effective in make a choice portions of the arena (Vivo’s X70 Pro Plus). However the X70 Professional Plus was once no strange telephone — it was once, no less than in my view after heavy checking out and comparisons, the best smartphone camera of 2021. And because Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Extremely has severe digicam chops of its personal, it’s price evaluating the 2 digicam methods. Is the Vivo X70 Professional Plus nonetheless the digicam king, or has it in spite of everything been dethroned by way of the Galaxy S22 Extremely?

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    The Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely is the alpha canine Android telephone nowadays, providing probably the most of the whole lot.

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    The Vivo X70 Professional Plus is a superb having a look flagship with an overly succesful major digicam.

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Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely vs Vivo X70 Professional Plus: Specs

Specs Vivo X70 Professional Plus Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely
Construct
  • Aluminum mid-frame
  • Gorilla Glass Victus again
  • Gorilla Glass Victus entrance
  • Aluminum mid-frame
  • Gorilla Glass Victus again
  • Gorilla Glass Victus entrance
Dimensions & Weight
  • 164.5 x 75.2 x 8.9 mm
  • 213 grams
  • 163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9mm
  • 229 grams
Show
  • 6.78″ AMOLED
  • 3200 x 1440 pixels
  • variable refresh charge as much as 120Hz
  • 6.8″ Dynamic AMOLED 2X curved exhibit
  • 3088 x 1440 pixels
  • variable refresh charge as much as 120Hz
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+
  • Global: Exynos 2200
  • US and China: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8  Gen 1
RAM & Garage
  • 8GB/12GB RAM
  • 128GB/256GB/512GB
Battery & Charging
  • 4,500mAh
  • 55W Stressed out speedy charging (charger integrated in field)
  • 50W wi-fi charging
  • 5,000mAh
  • 45W USB Energy Supply 3.0 speedy charging
  • 15W wi-fi charging
  • 4.5 opposite wi-fi charging
  • No charger in field in maximum areas
Safety Optical in-display fingerprint reader Ultrasonic in-Show fingerprint scanner
Rear Digital camera(s)
  • Number one: 50MP large, Samsung GN1, f/1.57, 1/1.31″, OIS
  • Secondary: 48MP ultra-wide, Sony IMX 598, f/2.2, Gimbal era
  • Tertiary: 12MP telephoto, Sony IMX 663, f/1.6, 2x optical
  • Quarternary: 8MP Periscope, f/3.4, 5x optical zoom
  • Number one: 108MP large, f/1.8, 1/1.33″, OIS, Laser AF
  • Secondary: 12MP ultra-wide, f/2.2
  • Tertiary: 10MP telephoto, 3x optical zoom, f/2.4
  • Quarternary: 10MP, Periscope, 10x optical zoom, f/4.9
Entrance Digital camera(s) 32MP 40MP
Port(s) USB-C USB-C
Audio Stereo audio system Stereo audio system
Connectivity
  • 5G (mmWave)
  • Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) with 2×2 MIMO
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • NFC
  • 5G (mmWave)
  • Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax)
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • NFC
Device FunTouch OS 12 over Android 12 One UI 3.1 over Android 12
Different Options Twin bodily SIM Unmarried bodily SIM in Korea and US; twin bodily SIM in maximum different areas

About this newsletter: This comparability was once written after months of checking out a Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely supplied by way of Samsung Hong Kong and a Vivo X70 Professional Plus supplied by way of Vivo World. Neither Samsung nor Vivo had any enter on this article.


Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely vs Vivo X70 Professional Plus: Design and {Hardware}

With monitors measuring 6.8-inches and six.78-inches respectively, the Galaxy S22 Extremely and Vivo X70 Professional Plus are each giant telephones. However the former feels extra unwieldy as it’s a bit of wider, heavier, and has pointy corners.

Each telephones do a little peculiar issues with digicam placement — the Galaxy S22 Extremely doesn’t have a digicam island in any respect, with the lenses merely sticking out from the again of the telephone. The X70 Professional Plus, in the meantime, is going the opposite course and includes a gigantic digicam module that stretches just about all the width of the telephone, in spite of cameras being put on one facet — with the opposite part being this reflective plate that does not anything as opposed to upload some beauty attraction.

Each the gadgets are the everyday glass-and-aluminum sandwich slab, even if the Vivo X70 Professional Plus additionally is available in a model with a leather-textured again. I’m really not keen on the fabric Vivo has selected with its glass again right here — it’s this frosted end that feels slippery to my hand; I a lot slightly the Galaxy S22 Extremely’s matte coating.

Because the X70 Professional Plus is technically a last-gen (2021) telephone, it makes use of older parts in comparison to the Galaxy S22 Extremely: the Vivo instrument is powered by way of a Snapdragon 888 Plus as a substitute of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 utilized in my fashion of the Galaxy S22 Extremely (some variants of the Galaxy S22 Extremely run on Exynos 2200), and the X70 Professional Plus’ exhibit panel is a first-gen LTPO panel in comparison to Samsung’s LTPO 2.0 panel, which means that the Galaxy S22 Extremely’s display screen can cycle between a much wider vary of refresh charges.

And whilst each shows are WQHD solution, the Galaxy S22 Extremely display screen will get brighter. Within the underneath product shot, I needed to decrease the Galaxy S22 Extremely’s brightness to round 25% simply to check the identical brightness of the X70 Professional Plus at 50%.
Galaxy S22 Ultra and Vivo X70 Pro Plus displayGalaxy S22 Ultra and Vivo X70 Pro Plus displayThe standard flagship prospers can also be discovered throughout each gadgets, together with IP water resistance score, wi-fi charging, stereo audio system, superb haptics, and the most recent requirements of RAM and garage. However the Galaxy S22 Extremely has a considerably better 5,000 mAh battery than the X70 Professional Plus’ 4,500 mAh cellular, plus it has a stylus (S-Pen) constructed into the telephone. Vivo, in the meantime, provides an additional chip devoted to dealing with symbol processing (Samsung simply will depend on both the Snapdragon/Exynos chip to take action).  Let’s dive into digicam comparisons as a result of images is the most powerful space of both telephone.


Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely vs Vivo X70 Professional Plus: Cameras

Galaxy S22 Ultra and Vivo X70 Pro PlusGalaxy S22 Ultra and Vivo X70 Pro PlusA curious factor took place within the final couple of years relating to Android smartphone cameras: as Samsung beefed up its digicam {hardware} with extra lenses and gaudier specifications, maximum Chinese language manufacturers have taken a step again, virtually like they’re attempting to not fit Samsung’s Extremely telephones lens for lens, spec for spec. As an example, OPPO and Huawei co-pioneered the Periscope zoom lens era in 2019, a complete 12 months sooner than Samsung presented one, and Huawei was once the primary to achieve the 10x optical zoom vary, greater than part a 12 months sooner than the Galaxy S21 Extremely did the similar. However within the final couple of years, OPPO has stopped the use of Periscope zoom tech fully, and Huawei’s most up-to-date flagship had just a 3x Periscope zoom. As for the theory of the use of two zoom lenses for higher focal period versatility? Xiaomi did that first with 2020’s Mi 10 Professional however in some way hasn’t attempted the similar thought since.

Vivo’s X70 Professional Plus appears to be the one exception. It’s the most effective non-Samsung Extremely telephone within the final two years to deliver a quad-camera machine with two zoom lenses, and it has a large number of overkill options — a gimbal digicam machine, Zeiss T-coating lenses — that feels adore it’s designed to be as overkill within the digicam division as Samsung’s Extremely gadgets.

Either one of those major digicam methods be offering 4 focal lengths: ultra-wide, large (aka the primary digicam), telephoto, and an extended zoom. And each telephones do an ideal task of retaining colours constant throughout all 4 lenses.

In spite of Vivo’s telephone providing two zoom lenses, they’re interestingly just a 2x telephoto and 5x Periscope, which means that they don’t moderately be offering the variety of the Galaxy S22 Extremely’s 3x telephoto and 10x Periscope. I’ll evaluation the zoom lenses additional down the object, so let’s speak about the primary (large) digicam first.

Primary Digital camera

All through excellent lighting fixtures prerequisites, each the Galaxy S22 Extremely and Vivo X70 Professional Plus have completely superior major cameras. Each use pixel binning era (Samsung does 9-in-1, Vivo does 4-in-1) to output a 12MP symbol. Vivo’s reasonably better 1/1.31-inch sensor plus having fewer megapixels (50MP) imply there’s extra gentle data for every pixel in comparison to Samsung’s 1/1.33-inch, 108MP sensor.

Those lenses are speedy to focal point, have responsive shutters, produce herbal shallow depth-of-field thank you to very large sensors, and take care of distinction really well due to good HDR. The times of being worried about backlight are long gone — simply level and shoot and the shot will most commonly paintings. Inspecting the underneath samples, we will be able to see a couple of key characteristics that can proceed to be provide all over the remainder of the comparability:

  • The Galaxy S22 Extremely major digicam produces cooler colours, the X70 Professional Plus has a tendency to punch up reds and orange for a extra saturated glance.
  • Pictures from the X70 Professional Plus’ major digicam are brighter because of having fewer pixels. This is a excellent or unhealthy factor relying at the scene.
  • Vivo turns out to make use of device to additional spice up the illusion of bokeh when there are items within the foreground.
  • If we pixel peep at 100% scale, Vivo’s photographs are reasonably extra detailed.

The underneath units of 100% vegetation display the X70 Professional Plus’ extra exaggerated colours, and Samsung’s virtual polishing.

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100% vegetation, Galaxy S22 Extremely (left); X70 Professional Plus (proper).

I’m nitpicking right here, as for probably the most section, daylight hours footage are neck and neck, and “which picture seems higher” comes down to non-public desire. However after we transfer to low gentle scenarios, then Vivo’s insane HDR that allowed it to overcome each 2021 smartphone digicam (no less than in my checking out) begins shining.

Having a look on the underneath average low gentle samples, we will be able to see, once more, Vivo’s photographs are constantly brighter (take a look at the basketball courts), however in spite of that, Samsung’s photographs are nonetheless those which might be liable to blowing out lighting (take a look at the “window and alley” check in the second one set, and the neon lighting within the fourth set.

And if we pixel peep, the Galaxy S22 Extremely’s photographs are softer on main points and showcase extra noise.

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100% vegetation, Galaxy S22 Extremely (left); X70 Professional Plus (proper).

100% crops, S22 Ultra (left); X70 Pro Plus (right).100% crops, S22 Ultra (left); X70 Pro Plus (right).

100% vegetation, Galaxy S22 Extremely (left); X70 Professional Plus (proper).


After we transfer to low gentle scenes, Vivo’s insane HDR that allowed it to overcome each 2021 smartphone digicam begins shining


Actually, the X70 Professional Plus’ HDR is so freaking excellent at discovering correct steadiness, that it every so often makes a shot glance unnatural as though it’s photoshopped. Take a look at the primary two units of samples underneath, the colours of the large display screen within the first set, and the NFT gentle in the second one set, are so completely balanced in Vivo’s photographs that they seem like they could also be photoshopped. Samsung’s photographs, by way of comparability, display the lighting the best way our eyes would possibly understand them — a bit of blown out as a result of they’re shiny lighting in a depressing house.

Shifting to a in reality darkish scene, you in reality see the variation in gentle consumption between the 2 cameras.

Within the above footage of my gimbal and digicam, take a look at how the X70 Professional Plus correctly exposes the lamp, whilst retaining the digicam and gimbal illuminated. The Galaxy S22 Extremely’s shot blows out the lamp, whilst the digicam and gimbal are sopping wet in shadows. And underneath are 100% vegetation of the primary low gentle pattern.

100% crops, S22 Ultra (left); X70 Pro Plus (right).100% crops, S22 Ultra (left); X70 Pro Plus (right).

100% vegetation, Galaxy S22 Extremely (left); X70 Professional Plus (proper).

This will in the long run simply be non-public personal tastes, however the X70 Professional Plus’ HDR continues to blow me away, how it produces uncannily well-balanced and illuminated photographs in each situation. For others, they’ll in finding the effects too processed, too unnatural.

Extremely-Extensive Digital camera

The Galaxy S22 Extremely makes use of a 12MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide digicam with a 120-degree field-of-view; the X70 Professional Plus’s ultrawide is a 48MP sensor with a much wider 114-degree field-of-view and the similar f/2.2 aperture. Vivo’s ultra-wide symbol sensor may be constructed on peak of a miniature gimbal, even if that most effective makes a distinction in footage. As I stated, one of the crucial vital enhancements Android smartphone makers have made is to stay the ultra-wide sensor quite in step with the primary digicam on the subject of colour science.

Within the underneath samples, we will be able to see Vivo’s ultra-wide photographs also are brighter, specifically within the shadows. That is most likely because of the X70 Professional Plus’ ultra-wide having a bigger symbol sensor and the use of binning era. However once more, distinction can also be excellent, and within the daylight hours pattern, I want Samsung’s deeper shadows. Additionally, understand the cooler tone in Samsung’s symbol. In the second one midnight set, we will be able to see Vivo’s symbol is a bit of sharper, specifically within the stores in the back of the tractor.

There in reality isn’t a lot level in zooming in and pixel peeping at ultra-wide photographs, as they’re supposed to be sweeping photographs that you simply read about in complete, however let’s read about a pair anyway — we will be able to see the sharpness and general symbol high quality are more or less about equivalent in each photographs.

100% crops, S22 Ultra (left); X70 Pro Plus (right).100% crops, S22 Ultra (left); X70 Pro Plus (right).

100% vegetation, Galaxy S22 Extremely (left); X70 Professional Plus (proper).

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100% vegetation, Galaxy S22 Extremely (left); X70 Professional Plus (proper)

Each ultra-wides are in reality excellent, however I believe I’d additionally give the slight edge to the X70 Professional Plus for awesome dynamic vary and no more noise.

Zoom cameras

This space is a transparent win for Samsung, as its 3x telephoto and 10x Periscope zoom now not most effective quilt extra flooring, they produce sharper photographs than Vivo’s 2x telephoto and 5x Periscope zoom lens. The adaptation between 2x and 5x may be now not large sufficient to justify two separate lenses — 3x and 10x make extra sense.

The additional we zoom previous 10x, the extra Samsung’s zoom photographs win over Vivo’s zoom photographs.

Selfie digicam

Each telephones use pixel-dense front-facing cameras (40MP for Samsung, 32MP for Vivo) that then bin all the way down to extra customary picture dimension. Samsung’s selfie digicam has a much wider field-of-view however turns out to blow out harsh backlight more uncomplicated than Vivo’s selfie shooter. Samsung additionally has a heavy pores and skin smoothening filter out that isn’t everybody’s cup of tea.

Video

On the subject of video, every telephone business wins in explicit spaces. All through the day, the Galaxy S22 Extremely’s major and ultra-wide pictures turns out higher balanced, however at evening, it’s flipped, because the Vivo X70 Professional Plus pictures has awesome stabilization and noticeably much less noise. The Galaxy S22 Extremely too can transfer lenses (to ultra-wide and zoom) in the midst of filming whilst the X70 Professional Plus can’t, which is a big shortcoming. Samsung’s audio recording turns out to do a greater task of setting apart my voice from the background noise too.

General, either one of those digicam methods are completely tip-top. For nonetheless images, I in my view want Vivo’s major and ultra-wide digicam cameras for his or her shocking HDR, apparently a testomony to the V1 chip’s talent to procedure photographs. However the Galaxy S22 Extremely obviously wins in zoom footage. For video efficiency, the Galaxy S22 Extremely is extra succesful and polished, however the X70 Professional Plus’ evening movies have obviously higher symbol high quality. For my part, successful the primary digicam will have to be valued greater than wins in different lenses (it’s the primary digicam for a explanation why), however I will be able to’t deny that the Galaxy S22 Extremely machine is a little more polished general. Nonetheless, no smartphone digicam constantly makes me say wow just like the Vivo X70 Professional Plus’ major digicam.


Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely vs Vivo X70 Professional Plus: Device

Each telephones run Android 12 with every corporate’s Android pores and skin on peak: One UI for Samsung, FunTouch OS for Vivo. Neither device strays too a long way from Google’s imaginative and prescient of Android, and most commonly plays effectively. Vivo, I will have to upload, has a China-exclusive Android pores and skin named OriginOS this is a lot other in a cool, ingenious method, with dynamic widgets that permit interactions at once at the homescreen (so the China model of X70 Professional Plus would run that). I want Vivo would believe bringing OriginOS to the world marketplace as Android skins have develop into very identical around the board. As an example, each One UI and FunTouchOS let me lock or wake the display screen with double faucets, each have one-hand modes, and each have notification panels and proportion menus that glance identical.

General, I’m nice with each Android skins and don’t have lively gripes with them the best way I do with Huawei’s EMUI/HarmonyOS.


Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely vs Vivo X70 Professional Plus: Common Efficiency

Each telephones carried out nice for me all over weeks of heavy use. I had no problems with steadily launching apps, typing lengthy emails, studying articles and streaming track overdue into the evening, and webhosting video calls. The Galaxy S22 Extremely’s battery existence lasts moderately a bit of longer than the X70 Professional Plus because of it having a bigger battery and awesome LTPO panel: the Galaxy S22 Extremely can very easily final a complete 12, 13-hour day trip and nonetheless come house with over 25% battery, whilst the X70 Professional Plus underneath the similar situation would end the day with the battery in unmarried digits.
S-Pen in actionS-Pen in actionThe X70 Professional Plus can rate a bit of sooner at 55W, and the charger comes with the bundle, whilst the Galaxy S22 Extremely doesn’t come with one and its charging is 45W which isn’t a lot better than 25W. However you do get that aforementioned S-Pen stylus without cost with the Galaxy S22 Extremely, which permits for jotting notes or sketching.

I revel in observing media or gaming on both instrument, however the Galaxy S22 Extremely’s boxier display screen is roomier, plus its stereo audio system get a bit of louder.


Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely vs Vivo X70 Professional Plus: Which one will have to you get?

This can be a little bit of a trick query, because the Galaxy S22 Extremely is extensively to be had in on the subject of each nook of the arena, whilst the Vivo X70 Professional Plus is bought in most effective make a choice areas. Chances are high that a piece of readers studying this won’t be able to shop for the X70 Professional Plus except they import. And as a way to the common shopper, the Galaxy S22 Extremely simply makes much more sense, bearing in mind the costs of the $1,100 Galaxy S22 Extremely and $1,000-ish (depends upon area) X70 Professional Plus don’t seem to be even that a long way off.


The Vivo X70 Professional Plus in the long run is a digicam fans’ telephone, whilst the Galaxy S22 Extremely is the mainstream telephone


Then again, for those who do are living someplace by which the Vivo X70 Professional Plus is an actual choice, then I believe it’s a good comparability. Samsung will nonetheless most likely win if we destroy down each class because it provides a stylus (I don’t in reality use it, to be fair, but it surely’s nonetheless a pleasant bonus to have), plus such things as Samsung DeX.

And whilst Vivo has been strangely excellent at pumping out device updates (my X70 Professional Plus shipped with Android 11 final September however were given bumped to Android 12 in November, lower than a month after Android 12 become authentic), Samsung is making sure another 12 months of Android updates (4 years). However for those who like taking midnight images, specifically in towns with a lot of lighting, the Vivo X70 Professional Plus’ major digicam is simply an absolute stunner. The X70 Professional Plus in the long run is a digicam fans’ telephone, whilst the Galaxy S22 Extremely is the mainstream telephone.

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    The Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely is the alpha canine Android telephone nowadays, providing probably the most of the whole lot.

    Vivo X70 Pro PlusVivo X70 Pro Plus

    The Vivo X70 Professional Plus is a superb having a look flagship with an overly succesful major digicam.

If you’re having a look only on the digicam, the Vivo X70 Professional Plus nonetheless keeps the crown of the most productive digicam smartphone even in 2022, resting at the prowess of its major digicam and ultra-wide digicam. However the second one place is only a breath away, with the Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely providing extra polish within the enjoy and simpler versatility with its zoom. Vivo has its paintings reduce out for the impending X80 sequence, and I will be able to’t wait to look how a long way they may be able to push the envelope for this 12 months.

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