Silicon showdown - iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra compared

Jan

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iPhone 13 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Apple's latest top-end flagship, the iPhone 13 Pro Max, is poised to take on Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra for the title of ultimate premium smartphone for 2021.

Boasting among the best features and designs you will find in any smartphone today; these two devices are for the most discerning buyers.
 

Johnatan56

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Apple’s phone, however, is wider, thicker, and heavier than the Galaxy S21 Ultra, while the latter is slightly longer.
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Apple users will finally get the smoother navigation experience that many Galaxy S flagships have had for some time.

Its display now also supports an adaptive high refresh rate that goes up to 120Hz.
That's not only navigation...
The Galaxy S21 Ultra has a larger screen with a higher pixel count and pixel per inch density (515 versus 458), making for a bigger and more detailed image.
No, there's more to display tech than ppi, and you need to define what is a pixel.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max boasts the new 6-core A15 Bionic processor, which Apple has claimed offers 50% better performance than the leading competition.

The company did not say exactly which processor it considered competition, but its 4-core A14 Bionic was already faster than the Snapdragon 888 in the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Early Geekbench benchmarks show the A15 Bionic could be as much as 55% faster than its predecessor.
So you left their claim in because you wanted more wow factor, you could just have said that it's faster than competition, and a Geekbench benchmark doesn't really mean much, it's not real-world.
Performance includes things like IPC, in other words performance per watt. And Apple will be better, they are on a way better process node.
However, the Galaxy S21 Ultra could still be dominant in long-distance shooting, with up to 100x digital zoom, whereas the iPhone 13 Pro Max only has 15x digital zoom.
And what is your base? And is the 100x any actual use?
It can also record video in 8K at 24fps, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max can only go up to 4K at 60fps.
And is the quality better at 8k?
However, the addition of ProRes codec recording on the iPhone 13 Pro Max could be a defining factor in quality.
And that you need 256GB+ for 4k version.
Despite a substantial increase in battery size over its predecessor, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is still at a disadvantage to the Galaxy S21 Ultra when it comes to total capacity.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra has a 5,000mAh pack, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max will sport a 4,373mAh battery.
Does it matter when the A15 uses less power/other parts do as well and the OS is better optimized for the hardware?

Hate these clickbait/filler articles.
 

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Quite impressive that the iphone can withstand lightning surges. Does it offer protection to the user too when in a lightning storm?
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A beefier battery will always be better as noted with previous iPhones not cutting the muster https://www.gsmarena.com/battery-test.php3. The iPhone comes in way lower compared to Samsung.
iPhone 12 Pro Max has a 3600mAh battery and gets 95 hours.
The 13 is using the new OLED display that's supposedly 30% better energy efficiency, Samsung will get it with the S22, but for now that's a major factor. So if not taking screen into account, that should be over 120, beating the S21 Ultra.

The parts, how you clock the SoC, etc. all matter, the phones are designed around lasting a full day or two full days, anything past that they will rather clock it higher, thin the battery, etc.
 

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That's not only navigation...

No, there's more to display tech than ppi, and you need to define what is a pixel.

So you left their claim in because you wanted more wow factor, you could just have said that it's faster than competition, and a Geekbench benchmark doesn't really mean much, it's not real-world.
Performance includes things like IPC, in other words performance per watt. And Apple will be better, they are on a way better process node.

And what is your base? And is the 100x any actual use?

And is the quality better at 8k?

And that you need 256GB+ for 4k version.

Does it matter when the A15 uses less power/other parts do as well and the OS is better optimized for the hardware?

Hate these clickbait/filler articles.
Somebody’s trying to get hired
 

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Does anybody (or enough anybody's for it to matter) ever compare these type phones and pick the best of the two?

Apple is going to Apple and Android (including the Potato Farmer™) are going to Android.
 

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They've left out the most important statistic - the north of R20K pricetag
 

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An idea of the relative camera performance can be extrapolated from the DXOMARK ratings. They have not tested the iPhone 13 yet, but the 12 Pro Max got an overall score of 130. The Snapdragon S21 Ultra got a score of 123. They note that the Exynos version that we will be getting produces noticeably worse photos, especially in low light and when using digital zoom.

At the moment Huawei and Xiaomi are still leading the camera ratings.
 
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