iPhone 12 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra are the best of the best by Apple and Samsung. At the moment, you can not get a better handset from the two best brands in the whole smartphone market. But which brand released the best product? The Galaxy S21 Ultra just hitten the shelves and now we can finally give an answer to this question, even though we specify that it depends on the users’ needs. In this specs comparison between Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max and Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, we will try to let you find out all the main differences between these amazing top-tier flagships.
|Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max||Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||160.8 x 78.1 x 7.4 mm, 228 g||165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9 mm, 227 g|
|DISPLAY||6.7 inches, 1284 x 2778p (Full HD+), Super Retina XDR OLED||6.8 inches, 1440 x 3200p (Quad HD+), Dynamic AMOLED 2X|
|PROCESSOR||Apple A14 Bionic, hexa-core 3.1 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, octa-core 2.84 GHz or Samsung Exynos 2100, octa-core 2.9 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 – 16 GB RAM, 512 GB|
|SOFTWARE||iOS 14||Android 11, One UI|
|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|
|CAMERA||Triple 12 + 12 + 12 MP, f/1.6 + f/2.0 + f/2.4
Dual 12 MP + SL 3D front camera
|Quad 108 + 10 + 10 + 12 MP, f/1.8 + f/4.9 + f/2.4 + f/2.2
40 MP f/2.2 front camera
|BATTERY||3687 mAh, fast charging 20W, wireless charging 15W||5000 mAh, fast charging 25W and wireless charging 15W|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Dual SIM slot, 5G, Face ID||Dual SIM slot, 5G, water resistant (IP68), reverse wireless charging, S Pen|
Despite its big notch, we believe the best design and build quality is provided by the iPhone 12 Pro Max. First of all, it has more premium material: the iPhone 12 Pro Max is composed of a stainless steel frame (instead of the aluminum frame found on the Galaxy S21 Ultra) and a Ceramic Shield rear cover. It offers better water resistance compared to the Galaxy S21 Ultra as it is waterproof up to 6 meters deep. Further, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is more compact thanks to its smaller display, it is thinner and it is even lighter thanks to its smaller battery. The iPhone 12 Pro Max wins the design and builds quality comparison.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra offers a superior display compared to the iPhone 12 Pro Max, as well as one of the best displays in the smartphone market. It has a wide 6.8-inch panel with a 120 Hz refresh rate, a Quad HD+ resolution, a high 1500 nit peak brightness, the HDR10+ certification, and the LTPO technology allowing for an adaptive refresh rate and lower energy consumption. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is also the first phone from the Galaxy S series to support the S Pen for handwriting and drawing. The iPhone 12 Pro Max still comes with an amazing display, but it lacks a high refresh rate and pen support.
Specs & Software
Both Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and iPhone 12 Pro Max offer flagship-class hardware and you will hardly notice the differences between their performances as they are meant for the most advanced usages. The iPhone 12 Pro Max is equipped with an Apple A14 Bionic chipset, while the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is fueled either by the Snapdragon 888 or the Exynos 2100 mobile platform depending on the market. iPhone 12 Pro Max runs iOS 14, while Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is based on Android 11.
In terms of photo quality, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is a superior phone thanks to its better cameras. It packs a 108 MP main sensor with OIS and laser autofocus, a 10 MP periscope sensor with 10x optical zoom, a 10 MP telephoto sensor with 3x optical zoom, and a 12 MP ultrawide sensor for Super Steady videos. The iPhone 12 Pro Max is an awesome camera phone for both photos and videos, but Galaxy S21 Ultra is actually better.
Thanks to its huge 5000 mAh battery, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is able to guarantee a longer battery life than iPhone 12 Pro Max. But the latter is still a good battery phone thanks to its great software optimization.
Both Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and iPhone 12 Pro Max are priced above €1000/$1000 in the global market, with prices varying depending on the market. We think the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is a superior device on the paper, thanks to a better display, cameras, and bigger battery, as well as the S Pen support. But a lot of people may still prefer the iPhone thanks to the advantages and the great user experience offered by iOS.
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
- Great materials
- More compact
- Face ID
- Better water resistance
- Smaller battery
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
- Wider and better display
- S Pen
- Bigger battery
- 120 Hz refresh rate
- Amazing cameras
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