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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is the more advanced option with higher overall camera quality, a brighter screen, and a longer battery life, but it comes at a premium price. Alternatively, the Google Pixel 6 Pro costs less, yet still offers a good camera and screen experience. If budget is a concern and you're looking for good value, the Pixel 6 Pro is a strong choice. However, if you prioritize the latest technology and the best features in camera and battery performance, and don't mind spending more, the Galaxy S23 Ultra would be the better phone for you. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Google Pixel 6 Pro
  • The Google Pixel 6 Pro has no clear advantages over the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.
Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
  • Best in class for taking photos
  • Very good for recording videos
  • Best in class battery life

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

8.0
Pixel 6 Pro
Galaxy S23 Ultra
9.2
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has excellent overall camera quality, while the Google Pixel 6 Pro has very good overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

8.0
Pixel 6 Pro
Galaxy S23 Ultra
9.5
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra takes best in class photos, while the Google Pixel 6 Pro takes very good photos.

Video Quality

7.3
Pixel 6 Pro
Galaxy S23 Ultra
8.0
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra takes very good videos, while the Google Pixel 6 Pro takes good videos.

Battery

6.7 Hours
Pixel 6 Pro
Galaxy S23 Ultra
10.4 Hours
The Google Pixel 6 Pro has 6.7 hours of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has 10.4 hours of battery life.

Cost

$395
Pixel 6 Pro
Galaxy S23 Ultra
$1,200
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The Google Pixel 6 Pro has a price of $395 and the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra costs $1,200.
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Key similarities

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Screen Size

The Google Pixel 6 Pro has a screen size of 6.71 inches and the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is 6.8 inches.

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How the Google Pixel 6 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Google Pixel 6 ProSamsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Google Pixel 6 ProSamsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

GENERAL

Price
$395
$1,200
Brand
GoogleSamsung
Operating System
AndroidAndroid
Release Date
October 28, 2022February 17, 2023

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.71"6.8"
Resolution
3120 x 14403088 x 1440
Variable refresh rate
YesYes
Pixels Per Inch
512501
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
TensorSD8G2
Internal Storage
128 GB256 GB
RAM
12 GB8 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
8/109.3/10
Photos Score
8.1/109.5/10
Videos Score
7.4/108.1/10
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide, Super TelephotoMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto, Super Telephoto
Main Camera
50 megapixels + OIS200 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
6.7 Hours10.4 Hours
Battery Capacity
5003 mAh5000 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
23 W15 W
Reverse wireless charging
Yes (5 watts)Yes (4.5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
6.45" x 2.99"6.43" x 3.07"
Weight
7.41 oz8.25 oz
Back Material
GlassGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.25.3
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
6e6e
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 257, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78 (SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)1, 7, 25, 28, 41, 66, 71, 78, 258, 260, 270

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Fingerprint sensor: Under DisplayFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
Yes (Except Verizon Models)No
Color
Stormy Black, Cloudy White, Sorta SunnyGreen, Phantom Black, Cream, Lavender, Graphite
Stock Android
YesNo
SD Card
NoNo

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Google Pixel 6 Pro

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James Peckham | August 2022
"The Google Pixel 6 Pro has one of the best screens you’ll find on a smartphone, and you’ll get a bright and bold picture no matter what you’re doing. That’s a big deal for many, and for some it may be reason enough to buy this phone. Its main sensor is fantastic, the telephoto is strong and there are new exciting software features too."

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

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Android Authority

Ryan Haines | March 2023
"The Galaxy S23 Ultra doesn’t just want a place at the top right now; it expects to stay there. Samsung’s excellent update commitment and connectivity standards will keep its flagship feeling fresh for years to come, and the high-end materials will put up with more than their share of wear and tear. It might be more than most users need in terms of size, power, and cost, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a glaring weakness."

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About Google

Google can be considered a relatively new player in the smartphone industry, joining as late as 2016 with their phone, the Google Pixel. Since then, the Pixel lineup has undergone many changes, but it has always been characterized by a focus on photography and clean software, by providing a pure Android experience. By virtue of Google being the creator of the Android operating system, Pixels are known for receiving timely software updates and for being supported with updates for a long time. Additionally, over the past few generations of devices, Google started designing their own processors. This allowed for the implementation of unique software features that are not present in any other phone, such as automatic call screening and unique voice transcribing capabilities.

About Samsung

Samsung is one of the most recognizable names in the smartphone industry, standing as the undisputed best-selling brand of Android smartphones in the United States for many years now. Samsung is known for offering a variety of smartphones in all available price points, as well as for implementing cutting-edge technology and innovative features in their flagship devices, ones that often shape the market going forward. The company offers its own unique spin on Android, called One UI, which focuses on offering a multitude of features and is heavily customizable, according to user preference.

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