Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max – Review, specifications and prices

The new Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra device has a 4 camera setup with a main lens of 108 MP, Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor chipset and a battery of 5000 mAh. On other side, the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max also has interesting features. The comparison for both models with new specs are detailed next.

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Specifications

Feature Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Phones specifications
Screen Display 6.8 in (inches) 6.5 in (inches)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Apple A13 Bionic
Operating System One UI 3.1 One UI 3.1
Resolution 1440 x 3200 pixels 1242 x 2688 pixels
RAM 12 GB (gigabytes) or 16 GB (gigabytes) 4 GB (gigabytes)
Storage 128 GB (gigabytes),256 GB (gigabytes),512 GB (gigabytes) 64 GB (gigabytes),256 GB (gigabytes),512 GB (gigabytes)
Camera 108/12/10/10 MP 12/12/12 MP
Front Camera 40 MP 12 MP
Battery 5000 mAh 3500 mAh

Processor and Operating System

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset and the processor has a total of 8 cores composed by 1 core of 2.84 GHz Cortex-A78, 3 cores of 2.42 GHz Cortex-A78 and 3 cores of 1.8GHz Cortex-A55. It has a maximum CPU frequency of 2840 MHz (megahertz). Some other special features include 64 bit architecture. Running on One UI 3.1 operating system.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 is a better chipset processor than the Apple A13 Bionic.

Meanwhile, the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max has a Apple A13 Bionic, the second processor has a total of 6 cores composed by 2 cores of 2.65 GHz Lightning and 4 cores of 1.8 GHz Thunder. It has a maximum CPU frequency of . Some other special features include 2650 MHz,64 bit architecture,8-core neural engine (NPU) and U1 Ultra-Wideband chip. And it’s running on One UI 3.1 OS system.

Graphics Processor (GPU)

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is carrying a Adreno 660 gpu in the interior and the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max has the A13 GPU,4 cores graphics processor.

Battery

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra battery capacity is 5000 mAh which is a 42.8% (percent) more powerful than the 3500 mAh offered by the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max. Some features 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.
The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max battery include Wireless charging, Fast charging, Non-removable, Qi wireless charging, Wireless reverse charging, USB Power Delivery 3.0, Video playback – up to 20hrs, Video playback (streamed) – up to 12hrs and Audio playback – up to 80hrs.

Screen

The mobile phone is using a Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with 1440 x 3200 pixels and a screen size of 6.8 in (inches).

Meanwhile the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max is featuring a XDR OLED display with 1242 x 2688 pixels and a screen size of 6.5 in (inches).

As we can see here, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is a 4.6% bigger than Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max screen.
The main display features of both phones are detailed next:

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
120Hz refresh rate 120 Hz touch-sensing
1600 cd/m² peak brightness 1200 cd/m² peak brightness
Always-On Display 2000000:1 contrast ratio
Capacitive 800 cd/m² max brightness
Gorilla Glass Victus Capacitive
HDR10+ Dolby Vision
Infinity-O Display Haptic Touch
Multi-touch HDR10
Scratch resistant 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 Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is carrying a ram memory of 12 GB (gigabytes) or 16 GB (gigabytes) with some features like 2750 MHz (megahertz), LPDDR5 and Double channel.

The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max is coming with a 4 GB (gigabytes) and it has some features like LPDDR4X and Double channel.
In the basic edition, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra gives a 200% more ram memory capacity than Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max.

The maximum capacity offered by the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is 16 gigabytes ,which is a 300% bigger than the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max with 4 gigabytes.

How much built-in storage space you can get for apps and saving photos, files and video? The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with or 128 GB (gigabytes) or 256 GB (gigabytes) or 512 GB (gigabytes). In the basic edition, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra gives a 100% more storage memory capacity than Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max.

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

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max gets you or 64 GB (gigabytes) or 256 GB (gigabytes) or 512 GB (gigabytes) of internal storage.

Rear Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra rear camera setup is composed by 4 lenses of 108/12/10/10 MP , the flash type is Dual LED , a focal length 35 mm:24 mm , carrying a sensor like Samsung S5KHM3 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/2.4 f/4.9 respectively.

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Meanwhile the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max rear camera comes with 3 lenses of 12/12/12 MP , the flash type is Quad LED , a focal length (35 mm) of 26mm , carrying sensor like Sony Exmor RS , a pixel size of 1.4µm and aperture lens of f/1.8 f/2.4 f/2.0 respectively.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
1080p @ 240 fps 100% Focus Pixels
10x hybrid optical zoom (#4) 1080p @ 240 fps
10x optical zoom (#3) 1080p @ 240 fps
2160p @ 60 fps 10X digital zoom
3x optical zoom (#4) 2x optical zoom
720p @ 960 fps 5-element lens (#2)
Angle of view – 10° (#4) 5-element lens (#3)
Angle of view – 120° (#2) 6-element lens
Angle of view – 35° (#3) Angle of view – 120° (#2)
Aperture size – f/2.2 (#2) Aperture size – f/2.0 (#3)
Aperture size – f/2.4 (#3) Aperture size – f/2.4 (#2)
Aperture size – f/4.9 (#4) Autofocus
Autofocus Cinematic video stabilization
Continuous shooting Continuous autofocus video
Digital zoom Continuous shooting
Dual Phase Detection (#2) Digital zoom
Dual Phase Detection (#3) Exposure compensation
Dual Phase Detection (#4) Face detection
Exposure compensation Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 13mm (#2)
Face detection Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 26mm
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 13 mm (#2) Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 52mm (#3)
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 240 mm (#4) Focus Pixels (#3)
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 72 mm (#3) Geotagging
Fourth rear camera – 10 MP (telephoto) HDR
Geotagging ISO settings
HDR Macro mode
HDR10+ video recording Night Mode
ISO settings OIS (#3)
Laser autofocus (LAF) Optical image stabilization
Nona Super Phase Detection Panorama
Nonacell pixel size – 2.4 m (9-in-1 pixel binning) Phase detection
Object tracking AF Pixel size – 1.4 µm
OIS (#3) Quad-LED dual-tone flash
OIS (#4) RAW
Optical image stabilization Scene mode
Optical zoom Secondary rear camera – 12 MP (ultra-wide)
Panorama Self-timer
Phase detection autofocus (PDAF) Sensor size – 1/2.55″
Pixel size – 1.22 µm (#3) Sensor size – 1/3.4″ (#3)
Pixel size – 1.22 µm (#4) Third rear camera – 12 MP (telephoto)
Pixel size – 1.4 µm (#2) TOF (Time Of Flight) 3D camera
Scene mode Touch focus
Secondary rear camera – 12 MP (ultra-wide angle) White balance settings
Self-timer
Sensor version – Samsung ISOCELL 3J1 (#3)
Sensor version – Samsung ISOCELL 3J1 (#4)
Sensor version – Sony IMX563 (#2)
Sensor size – 1/2.55″ (#2)
Sensor size – 1/3.24″ (#3)
Sensor size – 1/3.24″ (#4)
Sensor type – ISOCELL Bright
Third rear camera – 10 MP (periscope telephoto)
Touch focus
White balance settings

Front Camera – Selfie

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with a 40 MP in the front.

The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 12 MP as a main front-camera.

Some other front camera features are detailed next:

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
40 MP 1080p @ 120 fps
Aperture:f/2.2 12 MP
Auto HDR Aperture:f/2.2
Autofocus Cinematic video stabilization
HDR Face unlock
Phase detection autofocus (PDAF) HDR
Phase detection with Dual Pixel Sensor CMOS BSI (backside illumination)
Pixel size:0.7 µm /0.000700 mm
Sensor model:Samsung S5KGH1
Sensor size:5.13 x 6.51 mm /0.33 in
Sensor type – ISOCELL Plus
Sensor type:CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor)
TetraCell RGB Bayer Pattern

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.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
5G NSA EDGE
5G SA EV-DO Rev. A(1.8/3.1 Mbit/s)
Built-in 5G modem Gigabit-class LTE 2×2 MIMO-LAA
EDGE GPRS
GPRS HSPA+(5.76/ 42.2 Mbit/s)
HSPA+(5.76/ 42 Mbit/s) LTE Cat 18(221.0/1.2 Gbit/s)
LTE Cat 20 LTE-A(500/1 Gbit/s)
UMTS(384 kbit/s) TD-SCDMA
UMTS(384 kbit/s)

Price

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra price is 1200 (12 GB + 128 GB) or $1250 (12 GB + 256 GB) or $1380 (16 GB + 512 GB) and the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max price tag is $1099 (64 GB) or $1250 (256 GB) or $1450 (512 GB)

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