Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max – Review, specifications and prices

The new Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra handset 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 12 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 12 Pro Max
Phones specifications
Screen Display 6.8 in (inches) 6.7 in (inches)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Apple A14 Bionic
Operating System One UI 3.1 One UI 3.1
Resolution 1440 x 3200 pixels 1284 x 2778 pixels
RAM 12 GB (gigabytes) or 16 GB (gigabytes) 6 GB (gigabytes)
Storage 128 GB (gigabytes),256 GB (gigabytes),512 GB (gigabytes) 128 GB (gigabytes),256 GB (gigabytes),512 GB (gigabytes)
Camera 108/12/10/10 MP 12/12/12/TOF MP
Front Camera 40 MP 12 MP
Battery 5000 mAh 3687 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 A14 Bionic.

Meanwhile, the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max has a Apple A14 Bionic, the second 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. 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 12 Pro Max has the Apple GPU,4 cores graphics processor.

Battery

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra battery capacity is 5000 mAh which is a 35.6% (percent) more powerful than the 3687 mAh offered by the Apple iPhone 12 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 12 Pro Max battery include Wireless charging, Fast charging, Non-removable, MagSafe wireless charging – 15W, Qi wireless charging – 7.5W and USB Power Delivery 3.0.

Screen

The device 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 12 Pro Max is featuring a OLED display with 1284 x 2778 pixels and a screen size of 6.7 in (inches).

As we can see here, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is a 1.4% bigger than Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max screen.
The main display features of both phones are detailed next:

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
120Hz refresh rate 1200 cd/m² peak brightness
1600 cd/m² peak brightness 2000000:1
Always-On Display 800 cd/m² typical brightness
Capacitive Capacitive
Gorilla Glass Victus 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 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 12 Pro Max is coming with a 6 GB (gigabytes) and it has some features like 2750 MHz (megahertz), LPDDR5 and Double channel.
In the basic edition, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra gives a 100% more ram memory capacity than Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max.

The maximum capacity offered by the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is 16 gigabytes ,which is a 166.66% bigger than the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max with 6 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, 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.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max gets you or 128 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 12 Pro Max rear camera comes with 4 lenses of 12/12/12/TOF MP , the flash type is LED , a focal length (35 mm) 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.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
1080p @ 240 fps 1080p @ 240 fps
10x hybrid optical zoom (#4) 10x digital zoom (#2)
10x optical zoom (#3) 2.5x optical zoom (#3)
2160p @ 60 fps 5-element lens (#2)
3x optical zoom (#4) 5x optical zoom range (#3)
720p @ 960 fps 6-element lens (#3)
Angle of view – 10° (#4) Angle of view – 120° (#2)
Angle of view – 120° (#2) Aperture size – f/2.2 (#3)
Angle of view – 35° (#3) Aperture size – f/2.4 (#2)
Aperture size – f/2.2 (#2) Autofocus
Aperture size – f/2.4 (#3) Continuous autofocus
Aperture size – f/4.9 (#4) Continuous shooting
Autofocus Digital zoom
Continuous shooting Dolby Vision HDR video recording
Digital zoom Exposure compensation
Dual Phase Detection (#2) Face detection
Dual Phase Detection (#3) Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 13 mm (#2)
Dual Phase Detection (#4) Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 65 mm (#3)
Exposure compensation Geotagging
Face detection HDR
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 13 mm (#2) ISO settings
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 240 mm (#4) LiDAR scanner (ToF 3D depth)
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 72 mm (#3) Macro mode
Fourth rear camera – 10 MP (telephoto) Night Mode
Geotagging OIS (#3)
HDR Optical image stabilization
HDR10+ video recording Optical zoom
ISO settings Panorama
Laser autofocus (LAF) PDAF (#3)
Nona Super Phase Detection Phase detection autofocus (PDAF)
Nonacell pixel size – 2.4 m (9-in-1 pixel binning) Pixel size – 1.0 m (#3)
Object tracking AF RAW
OIS (#3) Sapphire crystal lens cover
OIS (#4) Scene mode
Optical image stabilization Secondary rear camera – 12 MP (ultra-wide-angle)
Optical zoom Self-timer
Panorama Sensor size – 1/3.4″ (#3)
Phase detection autofocus (PDAF) Sensor size – 1/3.6″ (#2)
Pixel size – 1.22 µm (#3) Sensor-shift OIS
Pixel size – 1.22 µm (#4) Third rear camera – 12 MP (telephoto)
Pixel size – 1.4 µm (#2) Touch focus
Scene mode White balance settings
Secondary rear camera – 12 MP (ultra-wide angle)
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 12 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 12 Pro Max
40 MP 1080p @ 120 fps
Aperture:f/2.2 12 MP
Auto HDR Aperture:f/2.2
Autofocus Cinematic video stabilization
HDR Deep Fusion
Phase detection autofocus (PDAF) Digital image stabilization
Phase detection with Dual Pixel Face detection
Pixel size:0.7 µm /0.000700 mm Face unlock
Sensor model:Samsung S5KGH1 HDR
Sensor size:5.13 x 6.51 mm /0.33 in Night Mode
Sensor type – ISOCELL Plus Sensor type:CMOS BSI (backside illumination)
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 12 Pro Max
5G NSA 5G NSA
5G SA 5G SA
Built-in 5G modem EDGE
EDGE EV-DO Rev. A(1.8/3.1 Mbit/s)
GPRS Gigabit-class LTE with 2×2 MIMO and LAA
HSPA+(5.76/ 42 Mbit/s) GPRS
LTE Cat 20 HSPA+(5.76/ 42.2 Mbit/s)
UMTS(384 kbit/s) LTE
LTE-A(500/1 Gbit/s)
TD-
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 12 Pro Max price tag is $1300

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