Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra vs iPhone 11 Pro Max: Comparison

Samsung has already shown its cards to start 2020. The new Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the most powerful terminal in the history of Samsung and there are currently few rivals that can shade it. Today we wanted to face it face to face with an entire iPhone 11 Pro Max to see the differences between both terminals and the advantages of one over the other.

Before continuing, several factors must be clear. It is true that both terminals are the most powerful of their respective brands at the moment. It is also true that the Galaxy S20 comes to light four months after the presentation of the iPhone 11 Pro Max. We must also highlight the difference in operating system and processor architecture, but both integrate two of the most advanced chips of the moment.

Screen and dimensions

As for the screen, we see that the Galaxy S20 Ultra sports a huge panel of 6.9 inches and resolution of 3,200 x 1,440 pixels . The iPhone 11 Pro Max has a size of 6.5 inches with 2,436 x 1,125 pixels. Both terminals are compatible with HDR technology, but the refresh rate of the S20 Ultra is much higher with its 120 Hz compared to the 60 Hz of the iPhone.

When we look at the thickness and weight, we see that the Galaxy S20 Ultra has rises to 8.8 millimeters and 220 grams. Against 8.1 millimeters and 226 grams of weight. As for the design, we see that the Galaxy S20 Ultra offers an all-screen design with a hole located at the top to accommodate the front sensor. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is in another era with its huge eyebrow-shaped notch.

Processor and memory

Under the hood we see the powerful Exynos 990 brand of the house, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max integrates the A13 Bionic. In the case of the Galaxy S20 Ultra it is accompanied by 128 or 512 GB of internal memory and 12 or 16 GB of RAM. The iPhone 11 Pro Max can also reach 512 GB, but it has a single variant of 4 GB of RAM. In addition, only the S20 Ultra can expand its internal storage using microSD cards up to 1TB.



In the cameras section there are also big differences. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra mounts a quad rear camera, which highlights a main sensor of 108 megapixels , a wide angle of 12 megapixels, a telephoto lens of 64 megapixels and a depth sensor. The front sensor for its part, reaches 40 megapixels. The iPhone 11 Pro Max on the other hand, could give the feeling of going several generations behind when seeing its triple rear camera with three 12 megapixel sensors, including telephoto and wide angle. The front camera of the iPhone 11 Pro Max is 12 megapixels.

samsung galaxy s20 ultra vs iphone 11 pro max

Connections and OS

We see that both terminals have the main connections, but only the Galaxy S20 Ultra is compatible with the new 5G networks , something that we will not see in Apple until the appearance of the new 2020 models within a few months. Another of the big differences is found in the method of unlocking, since while Samsung is firmly committed to the on-screen fingerprint unlock, the iPhone 11 Pro Max relies on precise facial unlocking.

The two terminals have the latest versions of their operating systems such as Android 10 and iOS 13 , which in their latest updates have made important adjustments in security measures or the integration of functions such as Dark Mode.


Another huge difference is also found in batteries. The Galaxy S20 Ultra reaches 5,000 mAh with 45W charging and technologies such as wireless and reverse charging. The iPhone 11 Pro Max keeps its 3,969 mAh, which is compatible with 18W fast charging and wireless charging.

Prices and conclusion

As for prices, the new Samsung terminal starts from 1,359 euros in its version with 12 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is currently available for 1,259 euros, but in its 64 GB variant. Since the difference is only 100 euros, the comparison reveals that the latest from Samsung and the latest from Samsung are very far apart technologically. It is clear that we can have a stronger smartphone feeling of 2020 with the latest from Koreans.

Samsung Galaxy S20 +iPhone 11 Pro Max
screenDynamic AMOLED 6.9 ″ / Resolution QHD + (3200 x 1440) 20: 9/515 dpi / 120 Hz / HDR10 +6.5 inch OLED Super Retina XDR (2436 x 1125) / 458 dpi / 60Hz / HDR10
Size and weight166.9 x 76 x 8.8 mm / 220 grams158 mm x 77.8 mm x 8.1 mm / 226 grams
ProcessorExynos 990 (7nm / octa-core) at 2.73 GHzApple A13 Bionic (7nm hexa-core) at 2.65 GHz
Storage128 or 512 GB UFS 3.0 + microSD up to 1 TB64/256/512 GB
CameraRear: 108 MP quad (main) ƒ / 1.8 and OIS + 12 MP (wide angle) ƒ / 2.2 + 64 MP (telephoto) ƒ / 3.5 and OIS and 10X hybrid zoom + DepthVision Front camera 40 MP with ƒ / 2.2Triple Rear: 12 MP (f / 1.8 PDAF, OIS) + 12 MP (f / 2.0, telephoto, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom) + 12 MP (f / 2.4 ultra wide angle)
Front: 12 MP, f / 2.2 + TOF 3D
Connectivity5G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz) Bluetooth 5 LE, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C, fingerprint reader on screen4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz), Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5 LE, GPS + GLONASS, Lightning, FaceID
YOUOne UI based on Android 10iOS 13
Battery5,000 mAh with fast 45W charging, wireless and reversible3,969 mAh with fast 18W charging and wireless charging
PriceFrom 1,359 eurosFrom 1,259 euros