iPhone 11 Pro Max vs S20 Ultra: Which Should you Buy?

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11 Pro Max vs S20 Ultra, the Clash of the titans, Galaxy S20 Ultra is the latest offering from Samsung and it is matched against the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The Galaxy S20 Ultra and iPhone 11 Pro Max are two of the most powerful phones of their respective platforms, so here is a detailed comparison between the two.

11 Pro Max vs S20 Ultra: At a Glance

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra comes with a redesigned camera array with bigger sensors and a periscope camera that can zoom up to 100x. The latest processor from Qualcomm the Snapdragon 865 is powering the device and it also supports both mmWave and sub-6 5G networks.

iPhone 11 Pro Max is the most powerful phone from Apple, it has all-day battery life and the ability to record video using multiple cameras at once. The A13 Bionic chip that powers the phone is extremely powerful, and iOS gives users access to a vast ecosystem of useful and safe apps.

iPhone 11 Pro MaxGalaxy S20 Ultra
– Multi-cam video recording
– The starting price is less expensive than the S20 Ultra
– Deep Fusion image processing
– All-day battery life
– iOS app ecosystem
– Seems more durable

– Starts at just 64GB with no expandable storage
– 100x Space Zoom
– Massive 5000mAh battery
– 5G support
– Up to 16GB of RAM
– 120Hz refresh rate display

– Extremely expensive base price

11 Pro Max vs S20 Ultra: Design

Both phones have a similar approach when it comes to design, the phones a wrapped around glass and metal so that they can give premium in-hand feel. Both devices come in a variety of colors. The S20 Ultra has a glossy coating while the iPhone uses etched matte glass.

The glass on the S20 Ultra is a fingerprint magnet whereas thanks to the etched matte glass, iPhone 11 Pro does not show any prints on the back. iPhone 11 Pro Max comes in four colors, the Midnight Green, Space Gray, Silver, and Gold. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra comes in just two colors that are Cosmic Black, Cosmic Gray.

11 Pro Max vs S20 Ultra: Specs & Performance

The iPhone 11 Pro Max and Galaxy S20 Ultra are huge phones, and that size has allowed companies to squeeze in unimaginable specs. Both phones have incredibly powerful processors, a wide array of cameras, huge batteries, and, huge screens.

Specs/DeviceiPhone 11 Pro MaxGalaxy S20 Ultra
ProcessorApple A13 Bionic, 6-coreQualcomm Snapdragon 865, 8-core
GPUApple GPUAdreno 650
OSiOS 13Android 10
Displays6.5 inches, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 2688×1242 (458 PPI) resolution, Super Retina XDR OLED6.9 inches, 20:9 aspect ratio, 3200×1440 (511 PPI) resolution, Dynamic AMOLED
Rear Camera12MP, ƒ/1.8, 26mm
12MP, ƒ/2.0, 52mm
12MP, ƒ/2.4, 13mm
108MP, ƒ/1.8, 26mm
12MP, ƒ/2.2, 13mm
48MP, ƒ/3.6, 102mm
0.3MP ToF
Front Camera12MP, ƒ/2.2, 23mm40MP, ƒ/2.2, 26mm
SecurityFace IDIn-display fingerprint sensor
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.0, LTEWi-Fi 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.0, 5G (mmWave, sub-6)

When it comes to performance the iPhone 11 Pro Max shines brighter than the Samsungs Galaxy S20 Ultra. Leaked benchmark from the S20 line that comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor made a high score of 3,230 on the multicore Geekbench 5 test.

11 Pro Max vs S20 Ultra

Meanwhile, Apple’s A13 chip from last year’s iPhone Pro Max still managed to outscore the Galaxy S20 Ultra, with a whopping score of 3,517. It doesn’t end there, the integration between iOS 13 and the hardware of the 11 Pro Max is seamless and thanks to that the performance is unbeatable.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra does have an ace up its sleeve, the connectivity offered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chip is unmatched by the iPhone 11 Pro Max. S20 Ultra supports 5G (mmWave, sub-6), and even though 5G technology isn’t widespread, the S20 Ultra is more future proof than the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

11 Pro Max vs S20 Ultra: Display

The biggest difference between the displays of the two devices is that the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has a 120Hz refresh rate, which offers a smoother experience. On the other hand, the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 60Hz display, it isn’t bad in any ways but a faster refresh rate makes for a better experience.

11 Pro Max vs S20 Ultra

On an Apple device, the smoother display can be experienced on the 2018 iPad Pro. The display on the iPhone 11 Pro Max does seem more color-accurate compared to the S20 Ultra, but the S20 has faster touch response receiving input at 240Hz, to the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s 120Hz.

11 Pro Max vs S20 Ultra: Camera

The primary camera on the iPhone 11 Pro Max is the same f/1.8 rating the same as the S20 Ultra’s, the 11 Pro Max has a better (lower) ƒ-stop rating of 2.0, to the S20 Ultra’s ƒ/3.5. The S20 Ultra’s ultrawide lens has a better ƒ rating of 2.2 to the iPhone’s 2.4. The camera on the iPhone is short-handed when it comes to zoom, due to S20 Ultra’s enormous 100x zoom. The S20 Ultra can record up to 8K while the iPhone 11 Pro Max maxes out at 4K. 

11 Pro Max vs S20 Ultra

Unlike iPhone 11 Pro Max, the S20 Ultra has a quad-cam array on the back, that features a 108MP camera on the back and a 64MP camera at the front. The camera captures great images thanks to larger sensors that capture more light and detail. The newest offering is S20 Ultra’s Space Zoom technology, which combines hardware and software capability, for a “hybrid optic zoom”, this allows the S20 to zoom up to 100x.

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In the end, both phones are amazing representations of their particular platform, everyone is going to have their preference when it comes to phones, often it isn’t even about the specific feature, and the ecosystem one prefers, unless you have an operating system preference, you can’t go wrong with any of these devices.

The iPhone 11 Pro works seamlessly with Apple Watch, iPad, AirPods, Apple TV, and Mac. This built-in ecosystem is something Samsung can never match.

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