iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Galaxy S20 Ultra; Which one is the best? | Cell phone

O iPhone 12 Pro Max it’s the Galaxy S20 Ultra are two of the most powerful smartphones launched in 2020. The Apple phone is newer – it launched in October and has support for 5G. Samsung’s phone was announced in February, and has already suffered a price reduction over the past few months.

Both models promise to satisfy the needs of which it is “Pro” with the latest cameras, ultra-fast performance and elegant design. But which one is the best for you? Before deciding, read the comparison we prepared.

iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Galaxy S20 Ultra (Image: Vitor Pádua / Tecnoblog)

Price: you can choose between the expensive and the much more expensive

Let’s start with what hurts the most: the price of these smartphones. The Galaxy S20 Ultra arrived in Brazil for R $ 7,999. Currently, almost a year after its launch in the national market, it is found for R $ 7,499 in installments at Samsung’s official store (128 GB version).

Did you find it expensive? For the iPhone 12 Pro Max goes further. It arrives for from R $ 10,999 in the 128 GB version. See the complete price list below:

128 GB 256 GB 512 GB
Galaxy S20 Ultra R $ 7,499 R $ 8,499
iPhone 12 Pro Max R $ 10,999 R $ 11,999 R $ 13,999

Design and construction: stylish in their own way

While Samsung continued to bet on rounded bezels and a sober look, Apple brought back the flat metallic frame of old iPhones.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is quite large, but not as big as the Galaxy S20 Ultra. However, the Apple phone is the one that weighs the most in your pocket.

See the dimensions below:

Dimensions Weight
Galaxy S20 Ultra 166.9 x 76 x 8.8 mm 220 grams
iPhone 12 Pro Max 160.8 x 78.1 x 7.4 mm 226 grams

As for the colors, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the model that offers more options: silver, graphite, gold and pacific blue. The S20 Ultra arrived in Brazil only in black.

Both are resistant to water and dust (IP68) and neither has a P2 port (3.5 mm). The Apple smartphone has Ceramic Shield protection on the screen, which promises to deliver 4 times more resistance compared to the previous generation. Samsung’s phone has Gorilla Glass 6 to prevent accidental scratches.

Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 + and S20 Ultra - Hands-on

Galaxy S20 Ultra (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

120 Hz screen only on Galaxy S20 Ultra

It was not this time that Apple released its first iPhone with a refresh rate above the standard. The iPhone 12 Pro Max Super Retina XDR screen maintains 60 Hz, while the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s Dynamic AMOLED display brought 120 Hz for greater graphical fluidity.

The downside is the high energy consumption of this technology. To paraphrase Paulo Higa, the 120 Hz screen “drinks the battery of the S20 Ultra through a straw”. In this model, Samsung had not yet adopted the display with a variable refresh rate (which came later in the Note 20 Ultra).

In sizes, we have giants 6.9 ”for the S20 Ultra and 6.7” for the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

iPhone 12 Pro Max (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

iPhone 12 Pro Max (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)


Although both phones are incredibly fast, Apple has the great asset: the A14 Bionic processor, manufactured in a 5 nanometer process. It is technically superior to the Exynos 990 present in the Brazilian S20 Ultra, providing greater performance and better energy efficiency.

Add that to all the fluidity of iOS (which arrives in version 14.1) and here we have an absurd speed to run even the most demanding programs without any problem.

The S20 Ultra, on the other hand, does not disappoint. He received a score of 10 in all categories during the tests of the Tecnoblog. For those who prefer the Android system, it is undoubtedly an excellent choice.

If you were looking forward to the specifications, let’s go to them:

Processor Storage + RAM
Galaxy S20 Ultra Exynos 990 (7 nm)
  • 128 GB + 12 GB
  • 512 + 16 GB
iPhone 12 Pro Max A14 Bionic (5 nm)
  • 128 GB + 6 GB
  • 256 GB + 6 GB
  • 512 GB + 6 GB

Professional cameras

This is the main issue that differentiates smartphones. With spectacular cameras, Apple and Samsung vie for the professional user’s preference on their advanced phones.

While the South Korean has the main sensor of 108 megapixels and can achieve a hybrid zoom of up to 10x with its periscopic telephoto lens, the apple brand makes magic in post-processing with “conventional” numbers.

The camera specifications are as follows:

Back camera Frontal camera videos
Galaxy S20 Ultra 108 MP (f / 1.8) + 12 MP (f / 2.2) + 48 MP (f / 3.5) + VGA (f / 1.0) 40 MP (f / 2.2) 8K @ 24 fps

4K @ 60 fps

iPhone 12 Pro Max 12 MP (f / 1.6) + 12 MP (f / 2.4) + 12 MP (f / 2.2). 12 MP (f / 2.2) 4K @ 60 fps

Overall, both phones deliver photos and videos of the highest quality, but Apple comes out ahead with the most consistent end results in all aspects. Not to mention that for those who are passionate about Instagram, optimizing the app for iOS is an important point. Currently, it is already possible to use the ultrawide camera within the social network (something that is not yet available for Android).

Photo taken with the main rear camera of the iPhone 12 Pro Max (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

Photo taken with the main rear camera of the iPhone 12 Pro Max (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

Apple also stands out with the Apple ProRAW mode, which combines attributes of the RAW format with Apple’s computer photography capabilities on the iPhone 12 Pro to deliver even more detailed images.

Finally, the LiDAR scanner provides faster focus in low light conditions and portraits with Night mode. Samsung has a ToF sensor for depth mapping.

Galaxy S20 Ultra: night mode

Galaxy S20 Ultra: night mode (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

Battery for a full day

Yes, Apple decreased the iPhone’s charging capacity and delivered a slightly thinner product. But this reduction was not enough to end the model’s good autonomy. Despite having the largest screen in the line, the iPhone 12 Pro Max should be able to withstand a long day of work, reaching the end of the day with breath to find the charger calmly.

On the other side of the ring, the Galaxy S20 Ultra brings its 5,000 mAh battery, which also bravely withstood our tests, suggesting the ability to get to the second day away from the more restrained sockets.

Remember that the iPhone 12 Pro Max does not come with a charger in the box. If you no longer have your old one, you will have to pay an extra amount to purchase the wall adapter separately. The phone supports fast charging up to 20 W.

iPhone 12 Pro and charger approved by Anatel (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

iPhone 12 Pro and charger approved by Anatel (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

The S20 Ultra is still sold with a charger and supports 45 W fast charging.

Both can be charged by induction. The iPhone 12 Pro Max is compatible with MagSafe, and charges faster (15 W). The S20 Ultra also supports fast charging in the Qi standard (15 W).

Extra features: 5G, fingerprint reader

5G is still an incipient technology in Brazil, but for those looking for an iPhone to last, it might be worth considering the iPhone 12 line due to the compatibility with the fifth generation of mobile networks.

Abroad, Samsung even has a version of the S20 Ultra with 5G, but it did not reach the national market.

And finally, whoever chooses the iPhone will have to settle for Face ID to unlock the screen and authenticate, no digital sensor under the display. On the Galaxy S20 Ultra, the reader is ultrasonic, is under the panel and offers quick unlock.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Galaxy S20 Ultra (Image: Paulo Higa / Tecnoblog)

iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Galaxy S20 Ultra: which is the best phone

In general, even without presenting major innovations in relation to the previous generation, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the winner of the comparison. Aimed especially at professionals working with photo and video, this smartphone delivers great graphics processing and a powerful CPU. IOS is always a highlight for its fluidity, and in version 14, it is more flexible (with widgets on the Home Screen!).

Still, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is a flawless smartphone for the Android ecosystem. Its hardware delivers more than necessary power to run heavy applications and the battery achieves enviable autonomy (if the screen is at 60 Hz).

In the end, it depends on the system you prefer and how much you are willing to pay. It is worth remembering that, in both lines, it is possible to find other cheaper models with similar resources.

If everything we’ve discussed here is a little too much for you (or your budget), it’s worth keeping an eye on the less expensive versions of these products.

And of course – for more details on these smartphones, just check out the full review of each one here at Tecnoblog.

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