Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Galaxy Note 20 ultra. Better one?

Apple and Galaxy are the two company which always try to provide extraordinary features to their consumers. Firstly these companies are the oldest competitor in this tech arena. Therefore, we as a customer always get the best technologies as a result of this competition. If you are planning to purchase a smartphone, and you are confused between iPhone 12 Pro Max and Galaxy Note 20 ultra. In conclusion this post will definitely give you an overview about these phones. As a result, you can easily decide for which you want to go according to your need.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G

Display6.7″ (17.02 cm)

1284×2778 px, 457 PPI
6.9″ (17.53 cm)

1440×3088 px, 494 PPI
PerformanceDual + Quad Core

3.1 GHz + 1.8 GHz, 6 GB RAM
Dual + Dual + Quad Core

2.73 GHz + 2.5 GHz + 2 GHz, 8 GB RAM
Storage128 GB

Non Expandable
256 GB

1 TB (Expandable)
CameraTriple 12 + 12 + 12 MP, f/1.6 + f/2.2 + f/2.4
Dual 12 MP + SL

3D f/2.2 front camera
Triple 108 + 12 + 12 MP, f/1.8 + f/3.0 + f/2.2
10 MP f/2.2 front camera
Battery3687 mAh, fast charging 20W, fast wireless
charging 15W
4500 mAh, fast charging 25W, Fast wireless charging
ProcessorApple A14 Bionic, hexa-coreSamsung Exynos 990, octa-core 2.73 GHz or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+, octa-core 3.1 GHz

 iOS 14Android 10, One UI
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5, GPSWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS
5G, Dual SIM slot, IP68 waterproof
Hybrid Dual SIM slot, reverse wireless charging 9W.
waterproof IP68, 5G, eSIM
iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra


As a matter of fact, the iPhone 12 Pro Max and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra have some standout specs. Although with the latter featuring a ceramic shield on the front and the latter using the newest Gorilla Glass Victus. Overall, build quality on both devices is top-notch, as a result, going by Apple’s claims, the iPhone 12 Pro Max might be more durable. Therefore, in terms of design, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is certainly the better looking of the two devices.

Next up is Display

Firstly the iPhone 12 Pro Max and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra feature class-leading displays. However, the Note 20 Ultra’s panel sports a higher resolution and refresh rate. It is worth noting that resolution doesn’t make a lot of difference on a smartphone, but the refresh rate is something you will notice. However, it isn’t all that big a deal. Another big difference is that Samsung uses a curved screen, while Apple opts for a flat panel.

Performance Field

As a matter of fact, in The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and iPhone 12 Pro Max, you get pretty much the best of the best on the performance front. However, we’re going to ignore RAM here as iOS uses RAM differently from Android. Above all in terms of the two chips, Apple’s A14 Bionic looks a lot better on paper. Moreover, the Exynos Note 20 Ultra model in India is nowhere near as good as the Snapdragon 865+ on the US model. While both phones are going to get the job done without much effort, the iPhone 12 Pro Max does have the upper hand here, at least on paper. In conclusion Apple’s iPhone work efficiently in terms of performance parameter.

Software Race

Above all, software all depends on personal preference. If you have a ton of Apple devices, then best to stick to the iPhone; otherwise, the Note 20 Ultra will be the better option. However, Apple does provide better software support on its devices, especially in the long run, so if you are planning to use your iPhone 12 Pro Max for four to five years, you won’t have any issues on the software side. Moreover, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra offers extra utility courtesy of the S Pen.

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Apple’s A14 Bionic

Barrier of battery

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra battery is surprisingly not the biggest of any Samsung flagship, the S20 Ultra packs a bigger 5,000 mAh battery, but 4,500 mAh is more than sufficient for daily use. While we don’t know the size of the iPhone’s battery, this is the biggest iPhone yet, so battery life is going to be even better than before. Additionally, the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s A14 Bionic chip uses a more efficient 5 nm process, while the refresh rate of the phone is limited to 60Hz. So, in terms of battery life, Apple should have the upper hand.

Who will win behind lenses

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra does have much beefier camera specs on paper, but we all know Apple’s reputation in terms of optics But there are some key differences in how each tackle image processing. In general, Apple’s image processing is superior in finding the best balance in dynamic range, but the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra’s images are slightly sharper as it has more pixels to play with (even factoring in the pixel-binning that takes place). For example, the set below is a relatively challenging shot, with really harsh sunlight blasting through the lower half of the window, while the blackout curtains in the top half cast a deep shadow across the room and the human subject’s face. For instance, the first pic is captured by 12 pro max and the second by 20 ultra.

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iPhone 12 Pro (1)vs Galaxy Note 20 Ultra(2)

Despite all the hype Apple gave its new telephoto lens for 2.5x zoom instead of the 2x zoom, this is still a lopsided win for Samsung

When it comes to main camera performance, it’s too close to call. I generally like the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra’s color science better, and images are slightly sharper if you really want to crop in, but Samsung’s phone also has a slight shutter lag and doesn’t handle dynamic range as well if not given enough time to process. The Note 20 Ultra then wins the zoom lens by miles while edging out another win in the ultra-wide sensor too.

However, the iPhone 12 Pro Max takes better portraits, selfies, and videos, and I’d argue that, to average consumers, these are more important than 12x zoom, or ultra-wide shots at night. I think if I have to pick a winner in this camera comparison — I’d give the win to the iPhone 12 Pro Max, Still, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra camera is fantastic — the most well-rounded camera system in Android.


Here I mentioned Price at the last, but I am sure for plenty of people Price is the most important aspects when we go out to purchase anything. In order to recall, the starting price of the iPhone 12 Pro Max in the US is $1,099; for instance, in India, it’s Rs 1,29,900 or a whopping $1770. There are definitely taxes to consider here, but we still feel the pricing is just way over the top. Similarly, we’re almost entering Galaxy Z Fold 2 territory here. However, price is not a determining factor for quite a few people at these prices, but the ‘night and day’ difference was definitely worth mentioning.


Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

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The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max comes with lots of incredible and advanced features, but what really sets it (and all Apple products) apart is the comprehensive ecosystem that makes life easier in so many ways.


  • Seamless integration with other Apple users, products, devices, and MagSafe accessories.
  • Stronger glass display with ceramic shield
  • Dolby Vision video with integrated editing functionality
  • 20 hours video playback on a single charge


  • Slower 60hz refresh rate and less RAM
  • No power adapter or headphones included
  • Lower resolution photos and less zoom

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G

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For sheer performance, speed, and graphics, the Galaxy S20 Ultra may just be the best on the market. The 120Hz refresh rate combined with 12 GB RAM makes for a blazing fast display that plays games and videos beautifully


  • Impressive 6.9-inch AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate
  • 108MP camera with 100X digital zoom
  • Comes with earphones and a power adapter
  • Powerful USB-C fast charging


  • Less battery life with 16 hours of video playback
  • Inadequate video image stabilization
  • Feels a bit too heavy and bulky

The bottom line

Above all, your final decision will likely depend on your ecosystem preferences. If you have other Apple products, or if your friends and family are all using iPhones, then the Apple ecosystem provides many clear advantages for convenience, device integration, and social interactions. At the end of the day, it comes down to the Big Question, for instance Android or iOS? That’s a question only you can answer.

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