Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G – Review, specifications and prices

The new Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max phone has a 4 camera setup with a main lens of 12 MP, Apple A14 Bionic processor chipset and a battery of 3687 mAh. On other side, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G also has interesting features. The comparison for both models with new specs are detailed next.

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Specifications

Feature Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
Phones specifications
Screen Display 6.7 in (inches) 6.9 in (inches)
Processor Apple A14 Bionic Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus
Operating System iOS 14.1 iOS 14.1
Resolution 1284 x 2778 pixels 1440 x 3088 pixels
RAM 6 GB (gigabytes) 12 GB (gigabytes)
Storage 128 GB (gigabytes),256 GB (gigabytes),512 GB (gigabytes) 128 GB (gigabytes),256 GB (gigabytes),512 GB (gigabytes)
Camera 12/12/12/TOF MP 108/12/12 MP
Front Camera 12 MP 10 MP
Battery 3687 mAh 4500 mAh

Processor and Operating System

The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max runs on Apple A14 Bionic chipset and the processor has a total of 6 cores composed by 2 cores of 2.65 GHz Firestorm and 4 cores of 1.8 GHz Icestorm. It has a maximum CPU frequency of . Some other special features include 64 bit architecture and Next-generation Neural Engine. Running on iOS 14.1 operating system.

The Apple A14 BionicBoth phones are using the same processor, Apple A14 Bionic. the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus.

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus, the second processor has a total of 8 cores composed by 1 core of 3.09 GHz Kryo 485, 3 cores of 2.42 GHz Kryo 485 and 4 cores of 1.80 GHz Kryo 485. It has a maximum CPU frequency of 3090 MHz (megahertz). Some other special features include 64 bit architecture. And it’s running on iOS 14.1 OS system.

Graphics Processor (GPU)

The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max is carrying a Apple GPU,4 cores gpu in the interior and the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G has the Qualcomm Adreno 650 graphics processor.

Battery

The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max battery capacity is 3687 mAh which is a 22% (percent) less powerful than the 4500 mAh offered by the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G. Some features include Wireless charging, Fast charging, Non-removable, MagSafe wireless charging – 15W, Qi wireless charging – 7.5W and USB Power Delivery 3.0.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G battery include Wireless charging, Fast charging, Non-removable, Qi/PMA wireless charging – 15 W, Wireless reverse charging – 9 W, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 and USB Power Delivery 3.0.

Screen

The device is using a OLED display with 1284 x 2778 pixels and a screen size of 6.7 in (inches).

Meanwhile the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G is featuring a Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with 1440 x 3088 pixels and a screen size of 6.9 in (inches).

As we can see here, the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max is a 2.9% smaller than Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G screen.
The main display features of both phones are detailed next:

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
1200 cd/m² peak brightness 120Hz refresh rate
2000000:1 Always-On Display
800 cd/m² typical brightness Capacitive
Capacitive Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Ceramic Shield HDR10+
Display manufacturer – Samsung Infinity-O Display
Dolby Vision Multi-touch
Haptic Touch Scratch resistant
HDR10
Multi-touch
Oleophobic (lipophobic) coating
Scratch resistant
Super Retina XDR
True tone display
Wide color display (P3)
Wide color gamut

RAM Memory and storage

On the memory hardware side, the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max is carrying a ram memory of 6 GB (gigabytes) with some features like 2750 MHz (megahertz), LPDDR5 and Double channel.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G is coming with a 12 GB (gigabytes) and it has some features like 2750 MHz (megahertz), LPDDR5 and Double channel.
In the basic edition, the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max gives a 100% more ram memory capacity than Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G.

How much built-in storage space you can get for apps and saving photos, files and video? The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max comes with or 128 GB (gigabytes) or 256 GB (gigabytes) or 512 GB (gigabytes). In the basic edition, both phones have the same storage capacity of 128 gigabytes.

At the more expensive edition, both smartphones present the same built-in storage capacity:512 gigabytes.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G gets you or 128 GB (gigabytes) or 256 GB (gigabytes) or 512 GB (gigabytes) of internal storage.

Rear Camera

The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max rear camera setup is composed by 4 lenses of 12/12/12/TOF MP , the flash type is LED , a focal length (35 , of 26 mm , a pixel size of 1.7 µm (micrometers) and aperture lens of f/1.6 f/2.4 f/2.2 respectively.

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Meanwhile the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G rear camera comes with 3 lenses of 108/12/12 MP , the flash type is LED , a focal length (35 mm) of 25 mm , carrying sensor like Samsung S5KHM1 Camera sensor size:8.17 x 10.82 mm , a pixel size of 0.8 µm (micrometers) and aperture lens of f/1.8 f/2.2 f/3.0 respectively.

Samsung
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
1080p @ 240 fps 1080p @ 240 fps
10x digital zoom (#2) 20x digital zoom (#3)
2.5x optical zoom (#3) 2160p @ 60 fps
5-element lens (#2) 50x Super Resolution Zoom (#3)
5x optical zoom range (#3) 5x optical zoom (#3)
6-element lens (#3) 720p @ 960 fps
Angle of view – 120° (#2) Angle of view – 120° (#2)
Aperture size – f/2.2 (#3) Angle of view – 20° (#3)
Aperture size – f/2.4 (#2) Aperture size – f/2.2 (#2)
Autofocus Aperture size – f/3.0 (#3)
Continuous autofocus Autofocus
Continuous shooting Continuous autofocus
Digital zoom Continuous shooting
Dolby Vision HDR video recording Digital image stabilization
Exposure compensation Digital zoom
Face detection Dual-pixel Phase detection
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 13 mm (#2) Exposure compensation
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 65 mm (#3) Face detection
Geotagging Geotagging
HDR HDR
ISO settings HDR10+ video recording
LiDAR scanner (ToF 3D depth) High CRI LED Flash
Macro mode ISO settings
Night Mode Laser autofocus (LAF)
OIS (#3) Nonacell pixel size – 2.4 m (9-in-1 pixel binning)
Optical image stabilization Optical image stabilization
Optical zoom Optical zoom
Panorama Panorama
PDAF (#3) Phase detection autofocus (PDAF)
Phase detection autofocus (PDAF) Pixel size – 1.0 µm (#3)
Pixel size – 1.0 m (#3) Pixel size – 1.4 µm (#2)
RAW Scene mode
Sapphire crystal lens cover Secondary rear camera – 12 MP (ultra-wide angle)
Scene mode Self-timer
Secondary rear camera – 12 MP (ultra-wide-angle) Sensor version – Samsung S5K2L3SX (#2)
Self-timer Sensor size – 5.88 mm x 7.68 mm (#2)
Sensor size – 1/3.4″ (#3) Sensor type – ISOCELL Bright
Sensor size – 1/3.6″ (#2) Third rear camera – 12 MP (telephoto)
Sensor-shift OIS Touch focus
Third rear camera – 12 MP (telephoto) Tracking AF
Touch focus White balance settings
White balance settings

Front Camera – Selfie

The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max comes with a 12 MP in the front.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G has a 10 MP as a main front-camera.

Some other front camera features are detailed next:

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
1080p @ 120 fps 10 MP
12 MP Aperture:f/2.2
Aperture:f/2.2 Auto HDR
Cinematic video stabilization Autofocus
Deep Fusion Face detection
Digital image stabilization Face unlock
Face detection HDR
Face unlock Phase detection autofocus (PDAF)
HDR Phase detection with Dual Pixel
Night Mode Pixel size:1.22 µm /0.001220 mm
Sensor type:CMOS BSI (backside illumination) Sensor model:Samsung S5K3J1
Sensor type:CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor)

Data network and speed connectivity/bandwidth

The mobile networks technologies improve the communication between devices, connectivity speed and files download/upload bandwidth depending of the place.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
5G NSA 5G NSA
5G SA 5G SA
EDGE Built-in 5G modem
EV-DO Rev. A(1.8/3.1 Mbit/s) EDGE
Gigabit-class LTE with 2×2 MIMO and LAA Enhanced 4×4 MIMO
GPRS Exynos Modem 5123
HSPA+(5.76/ 42.2 Mbit/s) GPRS
LTE HSPA+(5.76/ 42 Mbit/s)
LTE-A(500/1 Gbit/s) LAA (US only)
TD- LTE Cat 20
TD-SCDMA UMTS(384 kbit/s)
UMTS(384 kbit/s) Up to 7CA

Price

The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max price is $1300 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G price tag is $1300 (256 GB)

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