samsung s20 ultra vs iPhone11 pro max

Comparison of iPhone 11 Pro Max And Samsung S20 Ultra 5G

iPhone 11 Pro Max and Samsung S20 Ultra 5G are both flagship phones from Apple and Samsung respectively. There is a common question that which phone is better? Well, Both phones are great in different ways and it all comes to end-user preference and familiarity with OS. Here is a comparison of iPhone 11 Pro Max And Samsung S20 Ultra 5G

Samsung S20 Ultra 5G
Samsung S20 Ultra 5G
Apple IPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
BODYDimensions166.9 x 76 x 8.8 mm (6.57 x 2.99 x 0.35 in)158 x 77.8 x 8.1 mm (6.22 x 3.06 x 0.32 in)S20 is Bigger in size 
Weight222 g (7.83 oz)226 g (7.97 oz)iPhone is heavier
BuildGlass front (Gorilla Glass 6), glass back (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminum frameGlass front (Gorilla Glass), glass back (Gorilla Glass), stainless steel frameBuild Quality is nice for both but fingerprints are more visible on S20 Body
SIMSingle SIM (Nano-SIM and/or eSIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)Single SIM (Nano-SIM and/or eSIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) – for ChinaIPhone has Dual SIM option in models for China Mainland, Hong Kong and Macau
IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 4m for 30 mins)IPhone can go deeper but for both phones are not for use in shower or swimming
DISPLAYTypeDynamic AMOLED 2X capacitive touchscreen, 16M colorsSuper Retina XDR OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colorsNo Curve edges on IPhone
Size6.9 inches, 114.0 cm2 (~89.9% screen-to-body ratio)6.5 inches, 102.9 cm2 (~83.7% screen-to-body ratio)S20 has bigger display and higher screen-to-body ratio
Resolution1440 x 3200 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~511 ppi density)1242 x 2688 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~458 ppi density)S20 has better resolution
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 6Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
HDR10+800 nits max brightness (advertised)In S20, Default is 60Hz. You can switch to 120Hz from the settings
Always-on displayDolby Vision
120Hz@FHD, 60Hz@QHDHDR10
Wide color gamut
120Hz touch-sensing
PLATFORMOSAndroid 10.0; One UI 2iOS 13, upgradable to iOS 13.4
ChipsetExynos 990 (7 nm+) – GlobalApple A13 Bionic (7 nm+)
Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+) – USA
CPUOcta-core (2×2.73 GHz Mongoose M5 & 2×2.50 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55) – GlobalHexa-core (2×2.65 GHz Lightning + 4×1.8 GHz Thunder)
Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585) – USA
GPUMali-G77 MP11 – GlobalApple GPU (4-core graphics)
Adreno 650 – USA
MEMORYCard slotmicroSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)NoS20 has support for MicroSD. It can support upto 1TB MicroSD card
Internal128GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 16GB RAM64GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 4GB RAM, 512GB 4GB RAMLarger RAM in S20
MAIN CAMERAModules108 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.33″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OISBetter Specs for S20
Periscope 48 MP, f/3.5, 103mm (telephoto), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS, 10x hybrid optical zoom12 MP, f/2.0, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1.4µm, Super Steady video12 MP, f/2.4, 13mm (ultrawide)
0.3 MP, TOF 3D, f/1.0, (depth)
FeaturesLED flash, auto-HDR, panoramaQuad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama)
Video4320p@24fps, 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR10+, dual-video rec., stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS & OIS2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, stereo sound rec.Better Specs for S20
SELFIE CAMERAModules40 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 0.7µm, PDAF12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide)Better Specs for S20
SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
FeaturesDual video call, Auto-HDRHDR
Video2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS
SOUNDLoudspeakerYes, with stereo speakersYes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jackNoNo
32-bit/384kHz audio
Tuned by AKG
COMMSWLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, hotspot
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, LE5.0, A2DP, LE
Infrared portNoNo
RadioFM radio (Snapdragon model only; market/operator dependent)No
USB3.2, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go2.0, proprietary reversible connector
FEATURESSensorsFingerprint (under display, ultrasonic), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometerFace ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometerS20 has 2D face ID, No finger print on Iphone
ANT+Siri natural language commands and dictation
Bixby natural language commands and dictation
Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh batteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3969 mAh battery (15.04 Wh)Bigger Battery on S20 but it drains quickly on 120Hz
ChargingFast charging 45W, 100% in 70minsFast charging 18W, 50% in 30 min (advertised)
USB Power Delivery 3.0USB Power Delivery 2.0
Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15WQi wireless charging
Power bank/Reverse wireless charging 9W
Battery LifeWith Screen On time 12 hours with 60Hz and around 9 Hour with 120 Hz11 Hours 54 mins with screen On timeIPhone has a better battery performance overall
2G bandsGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (Dual SIM model only)GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM) – for ChinaIPhone has Dual SIM option in models for China Mainland, Hong Kong and Macau
CDMA 800 / 1900 & TD-SCDMACDMA 800 / 1900TD-SCDMA is supported in S20
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
CDMA2000 1xEV-DOCDMA2000 1xEV-DO
4G NetworkLTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 14(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700), 30(2300), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500), 46(5200), 48, 66(1700/2100), 71(600) – SM-G988ULTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 11(1500), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 21(1500), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700), 30(2300), 32(1500), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500), 42(3500), 46(5200), 48, 66(1700/2100)IPhone has some additional bands for models different regions but mostly they are same
5G NetworkSA/NSA/Sub6/mmWaveNot AvailableNo 5G available on IPhone
5G band 2(1900), 5(850), 41(2500), 66(1700), 71(600), 260(39 GHz), 261(28 GHz), – SM-G988U
SpeedHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (7CA) Cat20 2000/200 Mbps; 5G (5+ Gbps DL)HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A 1.6 Gbps DL, EV-DO Rev.A 3.1 Mbps
A Very detailed comparison of iPhone 11 Pro Max And Samsung S20 Ultra 5G (Source: Zollotech YouTube Channel)

Apple iOS 13

There is some improvement from Apple in iOS. The new iOS 13 feature introduces Optimized Battery Charging. According to Apple, the iPhone learns from your daily charging routine and waits to finish charging past 80 percent until just before you need to use it, which is meant to cut down on battery aging. Also, the new feature “Dark Mode” in the latest iOS 13 seems to enhance battery life as compared to Light Mode. Both displays are made by Samsung and of the highest quality.

Related: Features In new Apple iOS 13.5


Both of these large flagships also feature appropriately large price tags. iPhone 11 Pro Max is ranging from US$ 1099-1449 and Samsung S20 is ranging from US$ 1399-1599.

iPhone 11 Pro Max comes in 4 colors, midnight green, space gray, silver, and gold finishes. Samsung S20 Ultra comes in 2 colors, Cosmic Grey and Cosmic Black. The 5G unavailability from iPhone is disappointing considering the price of this phone. Although many of us are not using 5G till now it is still a considering factor for buyers when the option is available from other brands.

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Finally, both phones are amazing and there is not much difference in the performance either. As I said earlier, it all comes to individual preference, OS usability and comfort.

Leave a Comment below, what is your preference?