The Galaxy S20 Ultra and iPhone 11 Pro Max are two of the biggest phones in the smartphone industry, both in physical dimensions and in terms of significance. They are also some of the most expensive phones on the market, so what makes them worth that money, and is the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra better than Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro Max?

The Galaxy S20 Ultra and iPhone 11 Pro Max are two enormous flagship phones, and that size gives you enough room to squeeze in every imaginable application. Both have incredibly powerful cameras, massive batteries, and of course, huge screens, but there are plenty of things they do not have in common.

For starters, the newer Galaxy S20 Ultra supports 5G while the iPhone 11 Pro Max does not. From a design standpoint, the Galaxy S20 Ultra has a glossy coating while the iPhone uses etched matte glass.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max’s Super Retina XDR display is incredibly color-accurate and has excellent daylight visibility, but the Galaxy S20 Ultra is equally vibrant and has much higher resolution, but the most important advantage is its 120Hz refresh rate. The S20 Ultra’s display refreshes twice as often as the iPhone’s, making scrolling through apps and text feel incredibly smooth and responsive.

Both phones have powerful cameras, with three 12MP sensors on the iPhone 11 Pro Max and four sensors of different resolutions on the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Apple’s Deep Fusion processing takes incredible photos, while the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s powerful processor can handle 8K video.

With the Galaxy S20 Ultra, Samsung is using AI image processing as well and has beefed up its cameras with dramatically larger sensors that take in more light and detail. Video is an equally impressive factor of both phones. Using third-party apps like Filmic Pro, the iPhone 11 Pro Max can record 4K videos from multiple cameras at once. On the Galaxy S20 Ultra, you can record 8K video, and even trim, edit, and upload straight from the phone.

4K video resolution is a high-definition (HD) video that has four times that resolution of 1080p HD video. 8K is a higher resolution standard than 4K, quadrupling the total number of pixels just like 4K did with 1080p HD video. 8K is 7,680 by 4,320 resolution or approximately 8,000 horizontal pixels.

Both phones are fantastic representations of their parent platforms, and both make incredible use of their cameras. Either phone can serve your needs, but you will save money with the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The Galaxy S20 Ultra is more expensive, but if you are looking to try 5G for the first time or even shoot 8K video, this is the best option.

Below are the specifications for both phones and it seems that the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is a better phone than Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro Max. It weighs 4grams less than the iPhone 11 Pro Max. It has a larger battery capacity, has a larger screen by 0.4inches and has 3 times the memory size of iPhone 11 Pro Max. Lastly, it has 5 cameras, 4 in the back and 1 in front, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max has 3 cameras at the back and 1 front camera.

So what do you think? Is the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra smartphone a better phone than the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max smartphone? We would like to know what you think.

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy S20 UltraApple’s iPhone 11 Pro Max
Operating SystemAndroid 10iOS 13
ColorsCosmic Black, Cosmic GraySpace Gray, Silver, Midnight Green, Gold
Dimensions166.9 x 76 x 8.8mm158 x 77.8 x 8.1mm
Water ResistanceIP68IP68
AudioDual speakersDual speakers
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.0, 5G (mmWave, sub-6)Wi-Fi 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.0, LTE
SecurityIn-display fingerprint sensorFace ID


6.9 inches, 20:9 aspect ratio, 3200×1440 (511 ppi) resolution, Dynamic AMOLED6.5 inches, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 2688×1242 (458 ppi) resolution, Super Retina XDR OLED


Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, 8-coreApple A13 Bionic, 6-core
GraphicsAdreno 650Apple GPU
Memory12/16GB RAM4GB RAM
Expandable StorageYesNo
Rear Cameras108MP, ƒ/1.8, 26mm

12MP, ƒ/2.2, 13mm

48MP, ƒ/3.6, 102mm

0.3MP ToF

12MP, ƒ/1.8, 26mm

12MP, ƒ/2.0, 52mm

12MP, ƒ/2.4, 13mm

Front Camera40MP, ƒ/2.2, 26mm12MP, ƒ/2.2, 23mm