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Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra – Battle of Giants – 2021

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Comparison of Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra battle was supposed to be epic. Both are undoubtedly the most powerful, substantial, and biggest smartphones. Samsung and Apple have invariably impressed us with their new releases.

The comparison was the most awaited one since Samsung has launched its flagship device. If you are confused between these two flagship smartphones of 2021, then you are at the right place for guidance. Because now it is time to juxtapose these two devices side by side. This comparison is going to help you out to pick one according to your preferences.

iPhone 12 pro max vs. Samsung Galaxy S21 ultra: Price

Both iPhone 12 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra are above Rs.200,000. When it comes to budget, Samsung is assuredly going to save your money. Samsung Galaxy S21 will cost you Rs.229,999.00, which is slightly higher than Samsung Galaxy S21+ (Rs.194,999.00). Whereas iPhone 12 Pro Max will break your bank by 248,000 PKR. What will you enjoy most? Apple iOS user experience or Galaxy’s display?

ModelsiPhone 12 Pro Max S21 Ultra
Launch dateNovember 13, 2020January 14, 2021
Retail Price in PakistanRs. 248,000Rs. 229,999
Retail Price in USDUSD 1848USD 1714
Retail Price in India₹ 133,900₹ 105,999

iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S21 ultra: Display

iPhone 12 Pro MaxGalaxy S21 Ultra
Size6.7 inches (~87.4% screen-to-body ratio)6.8 inches (~89.8% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1284 x 2778 pixels1440 x 3200 pixels
ProtectionScratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating  Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
TechnologySuper Retina XDR OLED Capacitive Touchscreen, 16M Colors, Multitouch  Dynamic AMOLED 2X Capacitive Touchscreen, 16M Colors, Multitouch  
Peak Brightness1,200 nits1,500 nits
Extra FeaturesHDR SupportHDR Support

Undoubtedly, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will provide a better display than the iPhone 12 Pro Max. With a wide 6.8-inch panel, Samsung did not just beat its rival; but also prove itself as one of the best displays available in the market. It has a refresh rate from 10Hz up to 120Hz, twice that iPhone (60Hz), which allows smoother scrolling and better display. A resolution of 1400x 3200 pixels again higher than its competitor (1284 x 2778 pixels) presents a sharper screen.

The fun part is Galaxy S21 Ultra is the first phone of the S series that supports an S pen (stylus) support. iPhone 12 Max pro provides a premium display but, on the contrary, Samsung has got some extra fancy traits. Apple’s iPhone comes with its signature notch for the selfie camera and Face ID. However, Galaxy S21 has a punch-hole front camera.

iPhone 12 pro max vs. Samsung Galaxy S21 ultra: Camera

iPhone 12 Pro MaxSamsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
 Main Camera12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide), 1.7µm, dual pixel PDAF, sensor-shift stabilization (IBIS)
12 MP, f/2.2, 65mm (telephoto), 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2.5x optical zoom
12 MP, f/2.4, 120˚, 13mm (ultra wide), 1/3.6″  
108 MP, f/1.8, 24mm (wide), 1/1.33″, 0.8µm, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
10 MP, f/4.9, 240mm (periscope telephoto), 1/3.24″, 1.22µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 10x optical zoom
10 MP, f/2.4, 70mm (telephoto), 1/3.24″, 1.22µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultra wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, Super Steady video
Front Camera (Single)12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6″40 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.7µm, PDAF
Additional SensorsLiDAR SensorLaser auto focus

Both phones are well outfitted when it comes to Cameras. The Galaxy carries four lenses along with a laser autofocus sensor with the main camera of 108MP. Then Second and third camera comes with 12MP ultra-wide and dual 10MP telephoto lenses respectively.

Moreover, the iPhone offers the main 12MP sensor-shift stabilization, 12MP telephoto zoom lens, and 12MP ultra-wide camera along with a LiDAR sensor. Both phones are astounding in different areas; Samsung S21 Ultra provides extra zoom and sharp photos and, iPhone is more on the natural side. No doubt, S12 Ultra has some advantages over iPhone due to its extra features.

For videos, iPhone 12 Pro Max features 4k video recording with Dolby HDR standard and Galaxy doubles it with 8k video recording. Even with 4k video recording, iPhone gives competitive results.

iPhone 12 Pro Max vs. Samsung Galaxy S21 ultra: Performance

iPhone 12 Pro MaxSamsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
ProcessorApple A14 Bionic, Hexa-core 3.1 GHzQualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip, Octa-core 2.84 GHz
SoftwareiOS 14Android 11, One UI
GPUApple GPU (4-core graphics)Mali-G78 MP14 – International Adreno 660 – USA/China

S21 ultra is outfitted with Snapdragon 888/ Exynos 2100 chip and Android 11 software. On the other hand, iPhone 12 Pro Max provides Apple A14 Bionic and iOS 14. The iPhones are always set as a benchmark when it comes to their performance, thanks to iOS. For sure, both phones will provide excellent performance, but here iPhone wins. However, Samsung certainly offers better 5G connectivity and fast performance. Moreover, S Pen brings extra features and convenience. Overall gaming performance on both devices is incredible, with high graphics and no lagging.

Read: Snapdragon 888 vs Exynos 2100 – Samsung S21 Ultra War Continues

iPhone 12 pro max vs. Samsung Galaxy S21 ultra: Design

iPhone 12 Pro MaxGalaxy S21 Ultra
Dimensions160.8 x 78.1 x 7.4 mm (6.33 x 3.07 x 0.29 in)165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9 mm (6.5 x 2.98 x 0.35 in)
Weight228g (8.03 oz) 229g (8.04 oz)
MaterialBack: Glass; Frame: Stainless steelBack: Glass; Frame: Aluminum
ResistanceWater, Splash, Dust; IP68Water, Dust; IP68
Biometrics3D Face unlock2D Face unlock

Both devices look and feel is premium and lavish. In terms of protection and durability, iPhone 12 Pro Max stands out. And the reason is; it has premium quality back composed of stainless less steel; on the contrary, Samsung is composed of an aluminum frame. Secondly, iPhone is highly resistant (waterproof up to 6 meters deep) and compact.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes in Phantom Black and Phantom Silver. Whereas, iPhone 12 Pro Max offers four colors (Pacific Blue, Gold, Silver, and Graphite). S21 Ultra (6.5 x 2.97 x 0.35 inches and 8.08 ounces) being a sleek set, is also quite heavy, thicker, and taller compares to iPhone ( 6.33 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches and 8.03 ounces).

iPhone 12 pro max vs. Samsung Galaxy S21 ultra: Battery Life & Charging Time

So, here we can see the noticeable difference between both the competitors. Our S21 Ultra is packed with Li-Ion 5000 mAh, non-removable battery while, iPhone 12 Pro Max comes with Li-Ion 3687 mAh, non-removable battery. iPhones also provide long battery life due to their excellent software optimization.

Both phones offer fast charging but, Samsung supports a bit faster charging than iPhone. iPhone 12 Pro Max can support up to 20W speed, but S21 Ultra stands out with 25W speed. It takes around one hour and thirty minutes for Galaxy to charge fully and around one hour and forty-five minutes for iPhone. As a result, S21 Ultra has an edge. Both devices do not come with a charger in the box. Both phones support wireless charging with 15W speed, but iPhone gets an extra number due to its new MagSafe technology.

 iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: Memory

There are three choices for internal storage options in both phones.Galaxy S21 Ultra features 128GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM and, 512GB 16GB RAM. While iPhone 12 Pro Max offers 128GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 6GB RAM and, 512GB 6GB RAM. And both lack memory card slots, so it will be difficult to upgrade the storage.

iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: Pros and Cons:


iPhone 12 Pro MaxGalaxy S21 Ultra
Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating  S Pen
Stainless Steel Back108 MP Main Camera
MagSafe5000 mAh Battery
3D Face unlockLaser auto focus
LiDAR Sensor1440 x 3200 pixels


Apple iPhone 12 Pro MaxSamsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
3687 mAh BatteryDimensions

Final Verdict:

Apple and Samsung have always amazed us with the quality and innovation. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and iPhone 12 Pro Max are flagship devices and stunners. Each has some advantages over the other, in most areas, Samsung won the battle. But for durability and convenience iPhone stand out. It totally depends on users as to what they prefer in their smartphones or in what compartment they want the most features. If the comparison helped you to make a decision, then let us know. For any query, you can visit our website or leave your question below.

Read our comparison of Samsung S21 Ultra – Snapdragon 888 vs Exynos 2100

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3 years ago

I’ll prefer Samsung S 21 ultra for its amazing camera. However camera lags behind iPhone 12 pro max in portrait mode ..


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