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Galaxy S21 Ultra Vs. iPhone 12 Pro Max: What’s the Difference and Which Should You Buy?

Have you ever been stuck on which brand of phone device to settle for? Well, maybe or maybe not. However, with the latest release from Samsung; Galaxy S21 ultra, I’m certain you would be rolling in a puddle of confusion.

While you or any of your buddies might have talked about purchasing the iPhone 12 Pro Max but with the Galaxy S21 release, you may have to take a step back as regards any previous decision made.

Now, this is in no way, a brand tussle. Albeit, at some point, especially regarding gadgets, we all have to make a tough decision.

While you may experience draw-backs as a result of your inability to settle for just one particular brand, do not worry your head.

So, to help ease your indecisiveness, I’ve meticulously written you this article and it would be worth your while if you read this until the point you find the word ‘cheers’.

Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro Max and the Samsung Galaxy S21 ultra from Samsung are the ‘big fishes’ reigning presently amongst its counterpart in the phone world.

Hence, in this article, I will be discussing the difference between the two products by juxtaposing them using their key features.


The Galaxy S21 is seen to have a tiny hole at the side of its screen while the iPhone has the typical notch which accommodates the camera sensors for front selfies and face ID scan.

Galaxy S21 Ultra Vs. iPhone 12 Pro Max:display

While the S21 has a greater resolution density of 1440 * 3200 pixels and 516ppi for clearer details, the iPhone 12 Pro Max has a resolution density of 1284 * 2778 pixels and 458ppi.

Both devices use the same OLED technology and also HDR supports.

As you know, it will cost you a fortune if the screen gets damaged hence, you would need to purchase a screen protector. so, here are product category recommendations from ESR using the link below;


For its size, the Galaxy S21 is curved at all its edges and features a 6.8-inch while the iPhone 12 Pro Max is flat at its edges and it is 6.7-inches (that is, 0.1 inch less than that of S21). This slight difference is apparently seen on both device screen.


For the iPhone 12 pro max, it uses the A14 Bionic chip as its processor while the Galaxy S21 ultra uses the most recent QUALCOMM snapdragon 888 chip in the US while the foreign models will work with a Samsung made Exynos 2100 processor of equal function with that of the snapdragon 888 chip.


While the iPhone 12 Pro Max features a LIDAR sensor, the Samsung Galaxy comes with two telephoto zoom cameras and its camera unit as a whole unites with the side of the phone.

The camera unit for both phones is noticeably different however the two telephoto cameras on the S21 give it an edge over the iPhone camera that has just one telephoto camera.

The Galaxy S21 and iPhone 12 Pro Max both have an ultra-wide-angle lens which allows for a wider perspective.

Other features of the main and secondary cameras of both devices differ too. Same also with the additional sensors; while the Galaxy S21 uses a laser autofocus to help solve focus problems, the iPhone 12 Pro Max on the other hand uses a LIDAR sensor to combat issues of focus in low light.

Albeit, what appears to be a downside on both device camera units turns out to be a blessing in disguise; when both phones are placed on a surface, the camera side looks slightly elevated without a case-cover for balancing. Hence, the need for purchasing a case cover.

In a bid to make things easier for you, here are case cover recommendations from ESR you can purchase and even easier, I have incorporated links for both devices so, take your time to check them out.

For video recording, the Galaxy S21 includes 8K video recording at 30fps for a neater detail. On the other hand, the iPhone 12 pro max can do a 4K video but for richer colors, it supports the Dolby HDR standard hence, giving a higher effective range.

Galaxy S21 Ultra Vs. iPhone 12 Pro Max:camera


For the Galaxy S21, storage begins with an internal memory of 128GB which is same with that of the iPhone 12 pro max.

Just as in the phone 12 pro max, the galaxy S21 does not come with a micro SD slot which means it’s pretty difficult to have expandable memory.


The Samsung Galaxy S21 ultra comes with a 5000mah capacity while the iPhone 12 pro max comes with a 3,687mAh capacity which is still reasonably manageable.

One noticeable feature on android is the higher the battery cell capacity, the larger the size of the battery thus, you get to enjoy a faster charge and longer-lasting battery life than that of the iPhone 12 Pro Max.


The iPhone 12 pro max is seen to support a charging speed of about 20W but the galaxy S21 is sure ready to surpass this mark as it will support a charging speed up to about 25W.

While we all were taken aback by Apple’s move of taking off the charger from the iPhone 12 Pro Max box and replacing it with a wireless charge technology before shipping, don’t be too surprised as Samsung has joined the bandwagon for this trend, so don’t expect a charger to accompany your galaxy S21 device.

An additional feature to the Galaxy S21 (which is absent in the iPhone 12 Pro Max) is the reverse wireless charge. You can easily top-up charge on your galaxy bud’s pro by using your Galaxy phone as a wireless power bank.


Both the iPhone 12 Pro Max and the Samsung Galaxy S21 supports the 5G connectivity (that is, both the sub-6GHz and mm Wave types).


Just like the cliché phrase “save the best for the last”, this is perhaps the part you’ve been irking to know.

Due to the economic downturn, Samsung has lowered the price for their new release (pre-order from 14th of January, while the release date is slated for the 29th of January).

The starting price for the Samsung Galaxy S21 is $1200 and this is quite pricey compare to the iPhone 12 pro max. The price is stated below;

Galaxy S21 ultra 5G

  • 128GB – $1200
  • 256GB – $1250
  • 512GB – $1380

iPhone 12 Pro Max

  • 128GB – $1100
  • 256GB – $1200
  • 512GB – $1400

So, there you have it. I hope you will make be able to make the right decision after thoughtful consideration of the above juxtapositions of the key features.

I am a super enthusiast of electronic products and often experience various electronic accessories. I hope what I shared is helpful to everyone!

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