If you are planning to buy a brand-new smartphone today, it could be tricky to choose between the iPhone 12 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. There are many differences between the two. If you enjoy playing 3D games, the Snapdragon 888 and Apple Bionic A14 chipsets are capable of rendering at high frame rates for many games. However, it is no use if the display only has 60Hz refresh rate. For much smoother gameplay and interface scrolling, it is better to choose Galaxy S21 Ultra with its 120Hz display. If you want an unobstructed view on the display, it is better to choose Galaxy S21 Ultra with its punch hole. The iPhone 12 Pro Max has wide notch to accommodate the selfie camera and Face ID sensor. The Galaxy S21 Ultra also offers display with higher resolution for clearer text rendering. Although the Snapdragon 888 is the latest chipset from Qualcomm, it is still somewhat slower than Apple Bionic A14. When it comes to single-core performance, the iPhone 12 Pro Max simply goes berserk, beating the Snapdragon 888 by far. If you want a more integrated and efficient 5G implementation, it is better to choose the Galaxy S21 Ultra with its built-in Snapdragon X60 modem. When it comes to expendable memory slot, both devices don’t microSD support.
If you take photos and record videos often, it is important to choose the right smartphone model. Both devices are capable enough in terms of photography performance. In fact, photo results are great enough that photographers can use for quick snapshots for editing later. If you prefer to magnify subjects often, you need to choose Samsung’s flagship with a couple of telephoto sensors. On the other hand, the iPhone 12 Pro Max comes with a single telephoto lens. Other than its double telephoto solutions, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra also has a secondary camera with zoom capability. With 3x magnification, it should work well for short-range photography. The Galaxy S21 Ultra can also record videos at 8k resolution, but they may look quite choppy at 24fps. The iPhone 12 Pro Max is more sensible with maximum 4k resolution and Dolby HDR feature to generate richer colours. If you prefer to record videos at only 4k, the iPhone 12 Pro Max works better with its higher dynamic range. In very low light situation, Samsung’s flagship performs rather poorly in collecting enough light. This makes the video looks grainier, compared the one we get from iPhone 12 Pro Max. This all depends on your personal preferences and requirements.
For busy professionals, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is more suitable with faster charging feature, because you can draw more battery juice from 30 minutes of charging. Prices are also crucial factor when choosing any of the device. The Samsung Galaxy Ultra 12 is a bit more expensive at $1,200 for the 128GB model. The iPhone 12 Pro Max is a better choice financially at $1,100 for 128GB version.