The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the most important, most costly entry within the Samsung Galaxy S21 vary, so after all it’s immediately competing with the iPhone 12 Pro Max – Apple’s greatest and most costly cellphone.
These are each large, ultra-high-end handsets, and each include a lot of what you’d count on, together with top-tier energy and close to infinite options. However whereas they’ve lots in frequent, the specifics of what they provide additionally differ in quite a few methods.
So in case you’re attempting to resolve between the Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely and the iPhone 12 Professional Max, this text ought to assist, because it compares the 2 telephones in full.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely has a barely curved glass again with a really massive digicam block within the high left nook, from the entrance, there’s an all-screen design, with curved edges and a single-lens punch-hole digicam within the high middle.
The iPhone 12 Professional Max alternatively is lots flatter – each on the back and front, nevertheless it too has a glass again and is mild on bezel, although slightly than a cut-out within the display screen for the selfie digicam, it has a sizeable notch on the high. Its rear digicam block is smaller than the Galaxy S21 Extremely’s although, and it’s sq., the place Samsung’s is extra rectangular.
The iPhone 12 Professional Max itself is an identical measurement to the S21 Extremely although, coming in at 160.Eight x 78.1 x 7.4mm, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely is 165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9mm. So Samsung’s cellphone is a bit taller and thicker, however barely narrower. The 2 telephones weigh precisely the identical quantity although, at 228g every.
Each handsets even have IP68 certification, that means they’re mud and water-proof. Within the case of the iPhone 12 Professional Max, that water resistance extends to depths of 6 meters for 30 minutes although, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely is just examined to depths of 1.5 meters for 30 minutes.
As for colours, you will get the Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely in Phantom Black and Phantom Silver, whereas the iPhone 12 Professional Max is on the market in Graphite, Silver, Gold, and Pacific Blue shades.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely’s display screen is gigantic at 6.Eight inches. It’s a curved OLED display screen with a 1440 x 3200 decision and a 120Hz refresh charge. Not like earlier Samsung flagships you may as well run it at each full decision and the very best refresh charge concurrently.
The iPhone 12 Professional Max additionally has an enormous display screen, in reality it’s the most important Apple has ever placed on a cellphone, nevertheless it’s barely smaller at 6.7 inches.
This additionally makes use of OLED, nevertheless it’s a flat show, and it is available in at 1284 x 2778. When it comes to pixel density, you’re taking a look at 515 pixels per inch on the Galaxy S21 Extremely, and 458 on the iPhone 12 Professional Max.
Whereas we haven’t but totally examined the S21 Extremely’s display screen, Samsung’s flagships usually have among the many finest smartphone screens of their launch 12 months, however so do Apple’s telephones, and in our evaluate we discovered that the iPhone 12 Professional Max had an incredible, brilliant display screen with wonderful coloration replica.
There’s a quad-lens digicam on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely, with a 108MP f/1.Eight primary sensor, a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide one, a 10MP f/2.Four telephoto one (able to 3x optical zoom), and a second 10MP telephoto one, this time with an f/4.9 aperture and help for 10x optical zoom.
The iPhone 12 Professional Max additionally has a quad-lens digicam, however the specs are fairly totally different. There’s a 12MP f/1.6 primary snapper, a 12MP f/2.Four ultra-wide one, a 12MP f/2.2 telephoto one (with 2.5x optical zoom) and a LiDAR scanner, for judging depth and distances – which is especially helpful for augmented actuality.
On the entrance in the meantime, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely has a 40MP f/2.2 digicam, whereas the iPhone 12 Professional Max has a 12MP f/2.2 one.
Whereas the numbers would possibly look much less spectacular on Apple’s digicam, we had been definitely impressed in our evaluate, noting that the digicam is “highly effective” and performs nicely even at evening. It stays to be seen how the Galaxy S21 Extremely’s digicam will carry out on the time of writing, however we’re anticipating good issues.
There’s an enormous 5,000mAh battery within the Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely, which dwarfs the three,687mAh one within the iPhone 12 Professional Max.
We don’t understand how lengthy the S21 Extremely’s will final but, however in our assessments we discovered that the iPhone 12 Professional Max lasted over a day comfortably, however was unlikely to stretch to 2. With its barely sharper and bigger display screen the Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely would possibly eat by means of battery sooner, however then it’s bought much more obtainable as nicely.
Each telephones help quick charging and wi-fi charging, and the Galaxy S21 Extremely moreover helps Wi-fi PowerShare – which helps you to use it to wirelessly cost different devices.
Specs and options
Each of those telephones are very highly effective, as you’d count on, although the precise specs differ. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely has both a Snapdragon 888 chipset (in case you’re within the US) or an Exynos 2100 (in most different areas), whereas the iPhone 12 Professional Max has an A14 Bionic. All three of those although are the highest of their ranges.
One factor that the Galaxy S21 Extremely has much more of although is RAM, with 12GB included within the 128GB and 256GB fashions, whereas the 512GB mannequin has 16GB of RAM. The iPhone 12 Professional Max alternatively solely has 6GB of RAM, whichever mannequin you purchase (128GB, 256GB, or 512GB). That stated, the iPhone 12 Professional Max is a really quick cellphone, so we wouldn’t learn an excessive amount of into that.
One function that each of those telephones have is 5G, so that you’ll be able to make the most of the brand new era of cellular connectivity, however a whole lot of their different options differ.
For one factor, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely has an in-screen fingerprint scanner, the iPhone 12 Professional Max as a substitute goes all in on Face ID.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely additionally helps Samsung’s S Pen stylus (although that is offered individually), whereas the iPhone 12 Professional Max helps MagSafe equipment, which you’ll magnetically connect to the again of the cellphone.
Worth and availability
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely begins at $1,199 / £1,149 / AU$1,849, for which you’ll get a 128GB mannequin. It’s straightforward to do a direct comparability with the iPhone 12 Professional Max, as that additionally begins with 128GB of storage, for which you’ll pay $1,099 / £1,099 / AU$1,849.
So the 2 telephones value the identical quantity in Australia, however within the US and the UK the iPhone 12 Professional Max is definitely barely cheaper, which isn’t a sentence you’ll hear fairly often. There’s not a lot in it although.
As for availability, the iPhone 12 Professional Max is after all obtainable now, whereas on the time of writing you possibly can pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely, with it occurring sale on January 29.
The iPhone 12 Professional Max and Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely actually get up nicely to one another on paper. Each have premium builds, top-end energy, 5G, quad-lens cameras, as much as 512GB of storage, and equally massive screens.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely’s show is marginally bigger and better decision, it has longer vary optical zoom, a much bigger battery, and extra RAM, plus help for the S Pen stylus. However with the iPhone 12 Professional Max you get MagSafe help, higher water resistance, and a LiDAR scanner, plus in most locations the iPhone 12 Professional Max has a barely decrease beginning worth.
If any of these components are an enormous deal for you, that ought to assist in making a purchase order determination, however you would possibly need to watch for our full Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely evaluate earlier than shopping for both.