Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra vs Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: specs and size comparison

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra vs Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: specs and size comparison
It wouldn’t be a big overstatement to say that the newly announced Galaxy S20 Ultra and the iPhone 11 Pro Max are easily the apex representatives of their respective camps, iOS and Android. Thus, it’s only natural to compare the main aspects of both devices against one another!  


Design & size comparison


While Samsung is shedding some visual heft by employing an even smaller front camera, the iPhone is proudly flaunting its sensor-filled notch up front. Of course, the iPhone needs those for Face ID to work properly, while the Galaxy relies on the selfie camera for its non-secure face unlock. 


In terms of the exterior, both the Galaxy S20 Ultra and the iPhone 11 Pro Max are logical evolutionary steps of their respective design languages. Glass and metal is what you’d find on both, and the two devices are quite similar to one another. Previous signature features that separated iPhones and Galaxies are now gone. For example, the display of the Galaxy S20 Ultra is not as curved as its predecessors, and the staple headphone jack has been nixed as well. There’s no dedicated Bixby key on the right part of the frame as well, which helps achieve a cleaner overall look.

In terms of size, both are quite large and impose a notable presence. The S20 Ultra stands at 6.57 x 2.99 x 0.34 inches (166.9 x 76 x 8.8mm), but has a quite thick and protruding 10.2mm camera bump. The scales are tipped at 7.76oz (220gr), which is quite a lot.

Meanwhile, the iPhone stands at 6.22 x 3.06 x 0.32 inches (158 x 77.8 x 8.1 mm), so it’s just a smidgen shorter and wider, but a bit heavier at 7.97oz (226gr).

Here’s how the two compare against one another:

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G

Dimensions

6.57 x 2.99 x 0.35 inches

166.9 x 76 x 8.8 mm

Weight

7.83 oz (222 g)

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.06 x 0.32 inches

158 x 77.8 x 8.1 mm

Weight

7.97 oz (226 g)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G

Dimensions

6.57 x 2.99 x 0.35 inches

166.9 x 76 x 8.8 mm

Weight

7.83 oz (222 g)

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.06 x 0.32 inches

158 x 77.8 x 8.1 mm

Weight

7.97 oz (226 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Hardware


In terms of hardware, neither the Galaxy S20 Ultra nor the iPhone 11 Pro Max disappoint. Actually, you can’t have it any better with any other phone — the Snapdragon 865 and the Apple A13 Bionic chipsets are the creme of the hardware crop right now. How would the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the Galaxy S20 Ultra duke it out in terms of benchmark scores? Well, that one remains to be seen, but here’s a raw specs comparison between the two, which should help you build a better understanding of what’s to come.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra one-ups the iPhone in a few areas, though. For example, it comes with a buttery-smooth 120Hz display, whereas the iPhone uses the more traditional 60Hz refresh rate. There’s a much larger 5,000mAh battery on the S20 Ultra, but it remains to be seen if the battery life will be drastically better in comparison with the 3,969mAh battery.

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Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
  • Display 6.9 inches
    3200 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 108 MP (Quad camera)
    40 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, 12GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 5000 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI
iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • Display 6.5 inches
    2688 x 1242 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Triple camera)
    12 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A13 Bionic, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3969 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x

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15 Comments

16. wickedwilly

Posts: 789; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

As has been the case for a good many years Samsung sets the pace with Apple chasing to catch up, only for the former to sprint way ahead. iFans will, of course, try their best to discredit the facts, playing down the obvious advances made, just like above with the 100x zoom.

9. monoke

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

'Damn. That iPhone 11 pro has a big ass stove top at the back!' S20 plus : Hold my beer..

4. thxultra

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Meh that 100x zoom is crazy blurry. Not going to get a great zoomed in picture with such small lenses it just doesn't work. More Samsung gimmicks.

6. Alcyone

Posts: 652; Member since: May 10, 2018

It's a gimmick since Apple didn't do it first, right? No company can fully overcome pixelation at such zoom with confined usable space. Just don't by it and wait for an Apple attempt. Give Samsung respect though, they still innovate. Apple needs to really step it up to compete with this.

10. thxultra

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Gimmick when it is pretty much useless. What good is such a pixelated picture? Are you really ever going to use that zoom? Other Samsung gimmicks from just last year include... AR Doodle, Samsung DEX (Did they even mention it today), Link to Windows Does anyone use any of these? For the record I have had many Samsung phones.

11. MsPooks

Posts: 369; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

I use DeX and Link all...the...time. I'm thinking that your record doesn't include any Samsung phones that had either. And just because YOU don't know what to do with features....

14. Chris_ABN

Posts: 203; Member since: May 16, 2018

I use DeX.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7676; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I used the zoom on the S20 Ultra, and it puts to shame the iPhone 11 pro zooms.

7. vgking9699

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Exactly, even with that 64MP lens, that’s makes for only 0.64MP quality zoomed into that 100x lol, totally pointless when it’s gonna look like crap and not sharable

8. vgking9699

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Should’ve just stuck to 8x zoom, that’s way you’d still maintain 8MP quality at 8x zoom But now with 100x zoom, that’s only 0.64MP quality lol If anything, Samsung just proved they know very little about camera technology

12. MsPooks

Posts: 369; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

No phone on the planet provides a great zoomed in picture at maximum digital crop. What kind of ignoramus was really expecting that? The fact that they can do 100x at all is amazing. It looks about like any other phones' maximum digital crop, regardless of magnification.

13. Guaire

Posts: 900; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Where do you get this ridiculous idea that that is related to sensor size? Stop talking like you have a clue. Blur is related to shaking. At such level zoom you need a tripod or a gimbal.

3. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1191; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

S20 Ultra is miles ahead of anything else available right now.

2. shield

Posts: 900; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Iphone is crap :D

1. hateftotti

Posts: 234; Member since: May 03, 2011

Samsung has raised the bar again with S20 Ultra

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