Samsung galaxy S22 vs. Galaxy S22+ battery comparison: is bigger better?
We use real-life examples to clarify whether the larger battery in the Galaxy S22+ simply compensates for the larger display or actually provides more battery life.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ have many identical specs on paper. The main difference lies in the housing and display sizes of the devices and thus also in the capacities of the batteries. Today we clarify whether the significantly larger battery of the Galaxy S22+ also means a significantly longer battery life.
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Why no benchmarks?
The battery of the Samsung Galaxy S22 has a total of 3,700mAh. The battery of the Galaxy S22+, on the other hand, is 4,500mAh. This means that the battery in the “+” model is almost 22% larger. The difference in the case and thus also the display area is almost 16%.
Both smartphones otherwise have the same display resolution (2,340 x 1080px), the same refresh rate (120Hz) and even the same maximum display brightness (500 nits). Since the SoC, RAM and Co. are identical in both models, the display size has the greatest impact on the battery life of the two Galaxy top smartphones.
The subjectivity of battery tests and why benchmarks suck
Each of us uses a smartphone differently. For example, one prefers to listen to music/podcasts/news from the first second of the day. Other users look at their smartphone for the first time after breakfast. Some people like to play demanding mobile games in the evening, while for others social networks are more important and a third person no longer has their smartphone in their hands.
In addition, there are factors such as the display brightness setting, background processes, etc. There is not just ONE smartphone user.
Although benchmarks allow a certain comparability with different devices, they say little about the real benefit. In addition, benchmarks only ever run one and the same sequence of tasks. But this is only important for you if your daily use of a smartphone corresponds to that of a benchmark.
If I were to tell you that the Galaxy S22 almost achieved a value X in a certain benchmark and the Galaxy S22+ got a value Y in the same benchmark – would that really help you now? I thought to myself.
In these tests, I focused on typical everyday situations and still tried to cover as wide a range of apps as possible. Both smartphones were set up identically and the adaptive display brightness was deactivated on both. Let’s start straight away.
The first test of the two smartphones wasn’t actually planned at all, but offered itself directly – app updates. Both smartphones arrived in the same factory condition and after both had been set up, updates for Android and the pre-installed apps were pending. The Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ wanted to load a total of 70 apps from the Play Store and the Galaxy Store.
Both smartphones were previously charged to 100%. Of course, downloading and installing all these apps takes some time. In the end, the Galaxy S22 scored 90% and the Galaxy S22+ scored 93%. So there is already a difference here.
As an example, I chose YouTube as a platform because I spend a lot of time there myself. For this test, I watched 90 captivating minutes each on the NBB YouTube channel. Both smartphones watched the same videos with the same display brightness and no ads.
In the end, the Galaxy S22 used 11% battery in that time, while the S22+ showed 8% less. A trend is slowly emerging.
Normally I would use my network of choice for this category – Twitter. However, since that’s caught somewhere between heaven and hell, especially with the Musk acquisition, I’ve opted for the less controversial TikTok instead.
In order to have a reliable value when it comes to mobile games, I played Genshin Impact for an hour each on both Samsung Galaxy – in the name of science, of course. As a demanding 3D game with lots of animations and complex cutscenes, it is perfectly suited to really challenge the Exynos 2200. Surprisingly, the game doesn’t eat up battery power on either smartphone. Even after 60 minutes of brightly colored anime action, both the Galaxy S22 and its big brother used exactly 15% of the battery. This suggests that Samsung’s Game Optimizing Service (GOS) is still throttling games.
Whether in larger cities or far away from civilization – smartphones are perfect for finding your way. However, this convenience also costs battery (and mobile data), since the display is constantly on and so is the GPS.
The trend of the previous tests continues here as well. The Galaxy S22 consumes a whopping 6% of its battery for 30 minutes of navigation, while the Galaxy S22+ loses just 3%.
So that both Samsung Galaxy S22 can really flex their muscles here, I decided to take a few test shots in 8K at 24 FPS. This is the absolute maximum that the two top smartphones can record. Incidentally, the heat development after an hour was kept within limits, whereby the S22+ in particular was hardly lukewarm.
When it comes to video recordings, the difference between the two smartphones becomes even clearer. While the Galaxy S22+ lost 24% of its battery charge within one hour, the small Galaxy S22 lost a whopping 32%.
Conclusion on the battery comparison between the Galaxy S22 and S22+
After several days and several runs, it became clear that the larger battery of the Samsung Galaxy S22+ can do more, i.e. only compensate for the larger display. In some situations it may only have used a few percentage points less, but they add up over the course of the day.
The additional battery life of the Galaxy S22+ gives you two very important advantages. On the one hand, it gives you mental peace if you want to go out again in the evening and there is no more time to charge your smartphone. Is the night getting long? No problem with the Galaxy S22+. With the Galaxy S22 you should rather charge again.
If your wild party nights are now behind you, you still have the second advantage: the battery of your smartphone will naturally become weaker in a few years. If you initially connected your Galaxy S22+ to charge at 35% in the evening, in two years it may only be 20% – but it still got you through the day.
Both the Galaxy S22 and the S22+ convince as top smartphones. When it comes to the battery, however, only one of the two devices is way ahead. If you are not put off by the large 6.6″ display of the Galaxy S22+, I highly recommend accepting the €200 surcharge or insisting on the “+” model when you extend your contract. Worth it.