iPhone 13 Pro Max crushes Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra in new benchmark

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What you need to know

  • New benchmarks have come out comparing the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
  • The iPhone 13 Pro Max doubled the score of the Samsung S22 series.

Samsung's Galaxy S22 Ultra and Galaxy S22+ are still no match for the iPhone 13 Pro Max in terms of raw performance.

In new benchmark tests conducted by PCMag, the iPhone 13 Pro Max doubled the score of the Galaxy 22 series on the Basemark Web test. PCMag notes that this is not only because of the performance of the A15 chip but also the Safari browser vs. the Chrome browser that Android phones use.

There is definitely improvement from last year's Snapdragon 888 to this year's Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. We saw a 13% rise in Geekbench single-core scores and a 9% rise in Geekbench multi-core scores. On the GFXBench graphics benchmark, we saw an improvement of 20% or more depending on circumstances.The Qualcomm processor's Geekbench scores beat the Google Tensor chip in the Pixel 6, but didn't match up to Apple's iPhone 13 Pro Max.On Basemark Web, a comprehensive web benchmark, the Galaxy S22 series scored about 8% better than the Galaxy S21 Ultra. But the iPhone 13 Pro Max got double any Samsung model's score, as we've seen in the past, because of the differences between Apple's Safari browser and the Google Chrome browser on Android phones.

The iPhone 13 Pro Max also outperformed Samsung's latest phones in the Geekbench 5 test but fell slightly behind in the GFXBench 5 test.

While Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU is certainly a notable improvement over its previous processor, Apple appears to be cranking out new chips that result in leaps and bounds in performance improvements. The raw performance that Apple gets is also due to it custom designing its chips for its hardware.

As its executives always say, the tight integration between the company's hardware and software results in the kind of performance and experience Apple wants to provide to its customers. More companies, like Microsoft and Google, have recently adopted this idea and started to also develop their own custom chips for their products.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.