Apple released the iPhone 12 Pro Max alongside the iPhone 12 Mini with amazing specifications. It is the most advanced iPhone you can actually get on the shelves but is it even the best phone in the whole market? There is no better way to understand it than comparing it with top-tier Android flagships. While waiting for the release of the Samsung Galaxy S21 which will happen in January 2021, we included the latest Samsung flagship in this comparison: the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G. And given that it is considered by a lot of people as the best Android flagship of 2020, we also included the awesome OPPO Find X2 Pro. Let’s discover all the differences together.
|Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max||Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G||Oppo Find X2 Pro|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||160.8 x 78.1 x 7.4 mm, 228 g||164.8 x 77.2 x 8.1 mm, 208 g||165.2 x 74.4 x 8.8 mm, 217 g|
|DISPLAY||6.7 inches, 1284 x 2778p (Full HD+), Super Retina XDR OLED||6.9 inches, 1440 x 3088p (Quad HD+), Dynamic AMOLED 2X||6.7 inches, 1440 x 3168p (Quad HD+), AMOLED|
|PROCESSOR||Apple A14 Bionic, hexa-core||Samsung Exynos 990, octa-core 2.73 GHz or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+, octa-core 3.1 GHz
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+, octa-core 3.1 GHz|
|MEMORY||6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 6 GB RAM, 256 GB – 6 GB RAM, 512 GB||12 GB RAM, 128 GB – 12 GB RAM, 256 GB – 12 GB RAM, 512 GB – micro SD slot||12 GB RAM, 512 GB|
|SOFTWARE||iOS 14||Android 10, One UI||Android 10, ColorOS|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS|
|CAMERA|| Triple 12 + 12 + 12 MP, f/1.6 + f/2.2 + f/2.4
Dual 12 MP + SL 3D f/2.2 front camera
|Triple 108 + 12 + 12 MP, f/1.8 + f/3.0 + f/2.2
10 MP f/2.2 front camera
|Triple 48 + 13 + 48 MP, f/1.7 + f/3.0 + f/2.2
32 MP f/2.4 front camera
|BATTERY||3687 mAh, fast charging 20W, fast wireless charging 15W||4500 mAh, fast charging 25W, Fast wireless charging||4260 mAh, fast charging 65W|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||5G, Dual SIM slot, IP68 waterproof, eSIM||Hybrid Dual SIM slot, reverse wireless charging 9W, waterproof IP68, 5G, eSIM||Dual SIM slot, 5G, IP68 waterproof|
I love the design of the OPPO Find X2 Pro and I consider it the best design of this trio. It comes with amazing materials: you can choose between a variant made of ceramic and a leather version (it is vegan leather) with an aluminum frame. The phone is also waterproof up to 1.5 meters deep thanks to the IP68 certification. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra still offers an awesome design with its high screen-to-body ratio and its stainless steel frame, and it is waterproof as well with the IP68 certification. But the best build quality is provided by the iPhone 12 Pro Max, coming with a stainless steel frame and Ceramic Shield. The Apple flagship is waterproof up to 6 meters deep!
Here it is a very hard fight. The displays of these phones are more or less at the same level as they provide an astonishing image quality, close to perfection. Unfortunately, the iPhone 12 Pro Max lacks a high refresh rate, that is why I would not choose it. In 2020, the image quality is not everything: the smoothness counts too. Instead, I would go for the OPPO Find X2 Pro with its 10-bit color depth and 120 Hz refresh rate. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G is very similar, but it does not allow using 120 Hz with the max Quad HD+ resolution. On the other hand, it supports the S Pen for handwriting and drawing.
Hardware and Software
Each of these devices sports a flagship-class hardware department, but the most powerful is the iPhone 12 Pro Max: it is fueled by the new Apple A14 Bionic platform built at 5 nm with 5G support. The second place goes to the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G with a Snapdragon 865+ paired with up to 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of native storage. But you should note that the European version is not powered by the Snapdragon 865+: instead, you get an Exynos 990 chipset which is actually inferior to the vanilla Snapdragon 865 found on the OPPO Find X2 Pro.
The best camera performance is offered by the iPhone 12 Pro Max, followed by the OPPO Find X2 Pro. The iPhone 12 Pro Max provides better video recording capabilities, while OPPO Find X2 Pro has higher zoom capabilities thanks to a periscope sensor with 5x optical zoom. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G is slightly less interesting, but it remains one of the best camera phones out there.
Despite it packs a smaller battery, the iPhone 12 Pro Max can actually provide a longer battery life. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a bit disappointing despite its 4400 mAh battery, while the Oppo Find X2 Pro sits in the middle. The Find X2 Pro wins the fast charging comparison with its 65W power, but it lacks wireless charging.
Oppo Find X2 Pro is priced at €1199 in the global market, while you need €10 less to get the iPhone 12 Pro Max ($1099/€1189). Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra costs $1299/€1299. If you are a productivity user, you may find the S Pen very useful, that is why Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra might be the best choice for you. But if you are not I believe OPPO Find X2 Pro is a better phone than Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The iPhone 12 Pro Max looks even better from several points of view (better hardware and camera, but it lacks a high refresh rate and very fast charging) if you can live with iOS.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
- S Pen
- Widest display
- Micro SD slot
- Ultrasonic fingerprint reader
OPPO Find X2 Pro
- Awesome materials
- Fastest wired charging
- Great cameras
- Amazing display
- No wireless charging
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
- Better water resistance
- MagSafe connectors
- Awesome build quality
- Great performance
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