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iPhone vs Samsung Which is The Best : iPhone 11 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Updated: Apr 2



If you're in the market for a seriously big phone, your decision just became a lot more complicated. The 6.9-inch Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has finally arrived, and it's an epic device in every sense — from its quad-lens, 108-megapixel camera system to its 5G connectivity, 5,000-mAh battery and 120-Hz display. It's also a very compelling alternative to one of our favorite big phones, the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max.


However, both of these large beasts also represents appropriately large price tags — $1,099 for Apple's iPhone, and a whopping $1,399 for the biggest, baddest Galaxy. That makes the decision on what phone to buy even more stressful, but don't worry: Our Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra vs. iPhone 11 Pro Max face-off will help you suss out the differences and determine which one is the best fit for you.


Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra vs. iPhone 11 Pro Max: Price

If you think Apple's iPhone 11 Pro Max is expensive, think twice because Samsung's S20 Ultra will put you on shame. At low price rate of $1399 of Samsun S20 Ultra with the specifications of 12 gigabyte of RAM and 128GB storage, iPhone 11 Pro Max's cheapest phone is about $300 lower with storage of 64 GB.


You could argue that it is, considering you'd have to pay another $149 to get 256GB of storage in the iPhone — driving up the price to $1,249. Even then, you don't have the ability to expand that further with a microSD card on Apple's phone.


Still, most people are going to look at the different prices between the Galaxy S20 Ultra vs. the iPhone 11 Pro Max and come away with some sticker shock from Samsung's offering.


Winner: iPhone 11 Pro Max 


Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra vs. iPhone 11 Pro Max: Specs



Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra vs. iPhone 11 Pro Max: Design


At 6.5 inches, the iPhone 11 Pro is already an impressive smartphone. But the Galaxy S20 Ultra takes things a step further with its largest-in-class 6.9-inch AMOLED panel. Samsung's handset also set down a 20:9 aspect ratio that's slightly narrower than the iPhone 11 Pro Max's squatter 19.5:9 proportions.

As a result, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is considerably taller than Apple's supersized iPhone, yet not quite as wide. Because the S20 Ultra is a hair narrower, Samsung's device is actually a bit easier to pick in your hand. On the contrary, the additional three-tenths of an inch of height means you have to stretch your thumb farther across the Galaxy's display to reach the opposite corner.


The iPhone 11 Pro Max feels a bit more premium and distinctive, with its stainless steel frame, matte glass back, meticulously designed triple-lens rear camera array and selection of color options. The S20 Ultra, by comparison, is only available in Cosmic Black and Cosmic Gray — both of which look very boring.


Winner: iPhone 11 Pro Max 


Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra vs. iPhone 11 Pro Max: Display

the Samsung S20 Ultra comes with a bigger display size of 6.9 inches which is about 0.4 inch bigger than the iPhone 11 Pro Max 6.5 inches. The Galaxy S20 ultra 5G also spots a better display resolution of 1440 x 3200 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~511 ppi density)about 53 ppi density better than that of the iPhone. Both smartphones does have 120Hz refresh rate or touch sensing with the Galaxy S20 ultra having HDR10+ while the iPhone 11 Pro max having HDR10.


Winner: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 


Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra vs. iPhone 11 Pro Max: Camera


Our comparison brings us to the Camera of both phones. Last year, the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ was the best camera smartphone with the Galaxy S10+ just behind in second position. Now they won in these categories without the features currently available in the Samsung Galaxy S20 ultra 5G.


The iPhone 11 pro max comes with a 12 megapixel triple rear cameras (a wide, telephoto and ultrawide). It’s telephoto have a 2x optical zoom which is pretty awesome. On the other-hand, Galaxy S20 ultra 5G comes with a quad rear camera (108MP wide, 48MP telephoto, 12MP ultrawide and 0.3 depth sensor). One interesting feature of the Galaxy S20 ultra 5G is that it telephoto comes with a 10x optical zoom.


What this means is that, the Samsung phone can/will take a clearer pictures from a farther distance. However, both phones comes with the OIS, gyro-EIS, video stabilization and other features enabled. If you are looking for picture qualities, both phones can offer just what you need.


Winner: iPhone 11 Pro Max 


Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra vs. iPhone 11 Pro Max: Performance


The Galaxy S20 Ultra can connect to any major carrier's 5G network, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max has to make do with pedestrian 4G LTE. If you're spending more than $1,000 on a new smartphone, you're going to want one with 5G. Not so much this very moment, but rather in the coming years. You're making a serious investment with either of these devices, and if you're stuck with a 5G-less iPhone two years from now, you'll probably feel the pain in the future. Right now, 5G speeds aren't all they're cracked up to be. Millimeter wave (mmWave) performance delivers exceptional download speeds well beyond 1 Gbps. But to get that, you have to stand outdoors, within line of sight of a node on a telephone pole or building. Meanwhile, broader sub-6-GHz 5G coverage is accessible indoors, but sort of performs like really good LTE, offering speeds hovering around 100 Mbps on T-Mobile's 5G network in New York on the S20 Ultra.

Ultimately, networks figure to improve over time, and because the Galaxy S20 Ultra's X55 modem works with different kinds of 5G, it stands to reap those benefits as you hold onto your phone.


Winner: iPhone 11 Pro Max 


Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra vs. iPhone 11 Pro Max: Battery life


The Non-removable Li-Ion 3969 mAh battery of the iPhone 11 pro max was among the most talked about features of the phone last year. Lots of fans and critics expected more battery power. Galaxy S20 ultra 5G comes with a Non-removable Li-Ion 5000 mAh battery which is better than that of the Apple phone.

Aside from the battery capacity, both phone supports fast charging, wireless charging. However, the Galaxy S20 ultra 5G supports reversible charging technology which is not available in the iPhone 11 pro max.


Winner: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 


Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra vs. iPhone 11 Pro Max: 5G and connectivity



This should be the first place you noticed the difference above. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra comes with 5G network while the Apple iPhone 11 pro max does not. Well, this does not mean that the iPhone 11 pro max won’t download and upload files at great speed. But, comparing the download and upload speed of 4G to that of 5G, the Samsung Galaxy Ultra 5G is winning this category.

What this means is that, if you are to choose between these phones in terms of download and upload speed, the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G is the better option.


Winner: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 


Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra vs. iPhone 11 Pro Max: Software



Both phones comes with the latest operating systems. The Galaxy S20 Ultra comes with Android 10 while the Apple iPhone 11 pro max comes with iOS13. But we won’t be talking much about the Operating System(OS), our focus will be on the performing chipsets or SOCs of both phones.

You see, the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G is packed with the chipsets/SOCs Snapdragon 865 (7nm+) for USA and Exynos 990 (7nm+) for Global market. While the Apple iPhone 11 pro max is built on the chipset/SOCs Apple A13 Bionic (7 nm+).

Here is the fun part. From live test, the Apple iPhone 11 chipset is a little faster in processing than the chipsets used in Samsung Galaxy S20. What this means is that, there are still some tasks that the iPhone 11 pro max will perform faster. Note that this does not mean that the Galaxy S20 ultra 5G will be far behind.


Winner: iPhone 11 Pro Max 


Overall Winner: iPhone 11 Pro Max


It's hard to ignore that the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus gives you everything plus the kitchen sink. If you want the best phone and money is no object, there's really nothing (save for a headphone jack) you could ask for that the S20 Ultra doesn't have.  

However, $1,399 is a lot to spend on a phone, even if the phone in question touts 5G and a special camera. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is significantly cheaper and slightly better in ways that will likely matter to more people — namely, with regard to its more intuitive, regularly updated software, exceptional performance and attractive design. It also remains to be seen whether Samsung’s software patch fixes the S20 Ultra’s dodgy autofocus, which could narrow the camera gap considerably.


Ultimately, you shouldn't regret purchasing either of these phones. No matter which you buy, they're both stunning devices that leave nothing on the table. The Galaxy S20 Ultra represents where the industry is going in so many ways, but the price is just out of reach, and the advantages are negligible. But the iPhone 11 Pro Max is the best phone you can buy today.



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