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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N9860) vs Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (512GB)

Side by side comparison between Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G vs Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max phones, differences, pros, cons with full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max XSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N9860)19Points
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N9860)
6.9"
AMOLED

1440x3088

108
MP

10mp

12GB
RAM

64bit Octa

4500
mAh

(Non removable)

vs
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (512GB)
6.7"
AMOLED

1284x2778

12
MP

12mp

6GB
RAM

64bit Hexa

3687
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better phone? Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N9860)

The phonemore's choice is much more technical than personal. Therefore, you shouldn't only consider this. Our goal is to help you, but what's important to us may not be important to you. You decide which one is the best! Comment!

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N9860)19 Advantages Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N9860)vsiPhone 12 Pro Max (512GB)8 Advantages Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (512GB)
+12GB LPDDR5100%
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking.
vs6GB LPDDR4X
+Until 1TB microSD, microSDXCAdvantage
More external storage for files using memory cards
vsNot supported
+208 grams (7.28 ounces)9%
Lighter
vs226 grams (7.91 ounces)
+120Hz100%
The display reproduces more frames per second because the frequency (Hertz) is higher, improves fluidity and tires your eyes less.
vs60Hz
+1440x3088 pixels25%
Higher resolution screen
vs1284x2778 pixels
+494 PPI8%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
vs457 PPI
+6.9"3%
Larger screen
vs6.7"
+(triple camera) 108MP + 12MP + 12MP3 times
Higher resolution main camera
vs(quad camera) 12MP + 12MP + 12MP + 0.3MP
+8K UHD (7680x4320)3 times
More image quality for recording videos with the primary camera
vs4K UHD (3840x2160)
+2500000 apps (Google Play Store)19%
More apps available to download and use
vs2100000 apps (App Store)
+Type-C reversible connectorAdvantage
Best output for headset
vsproprietary audio output
+Fingerprint sensor (under display)Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+ANT+Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+4500 mAh22%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
vs3687 mAh
+25W25%
More power (watts) to charge the battery faster. Sometimes, the charger that comes with the device doesn't have the same power supported by the device. Check before you buy it.
vs20W
+FMAdvantage
The radio lets you listen to your songs and sports in general
vsNot supported
+DLNAAdvantage
With DLNA technology you can access and play media files on TV, tablet or DLNA compatible device.
vsNot supported
+USB 3.2 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-GoAdvantage
Newer and faster USB version for transferring photos, mp3 or data.
vsUSB 2.0 proprietary connector
+Type-CAdvantage
Reversible connector, you can stick in a USB-C cable any which way; either side is up.
vsUSB 2.0 proprietary connector
3.09Ghz 64bit Octa-Corevs+3.1Ghz 64bit Hexa-Core4%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
256GB (221GB available)vs+512GB (494GB available)124%
More internal storage for applications and files
UFS 3.0vs+NVMe (SSD)Advantage
Fastest write and read storage.
8.1 millimeters (0.32 inches)vs+7.4 millimeters (0.29 inches)9%
Thinner
LED flashvs+Dual-LED flashAdvantage
The Dual-LED flash helps in dark places or in low light
f/1.8 (aperture)vs+f/1.6 (aperture)13%
Diaphragm opening (Aperture) of the camera which has the smallest F number takes photos with better light exposure.
(front) 10MPvs+(dual front camera) 12MP + 0.3MP23%
Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies
5G SA/NSAvs+5G NRAdvantage
The 5G NR network is newer and faster

34 Common items in both devices
Stainless steel body, glass front/back
Dynamic AMOLED / Super AMOLED
HDR10+ / Dolby Vision/HDR10
16 million
Digital and optical zoom
PDAF: phase detection autofocus on both cameras / PDAF: phase detection autofocus
OIS: Optical stabilization
+27 specs and more in the table below

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Physical featuresSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N9860)Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (512GB)
ModelGalaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N9860)iPhone 12 Pro Max (512GB)
Other model names三星Galaxy Note20 Ultra SM-N9860 Dual-SIM (Snapdragon)iPhone 12 Pro Max A2342, A2410, A2411, A2412
Country or region availableChinaHong Kong
China, Hong Kong
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
BrandSamsungApple
Release dateAugust, 2020October, 2020
Depth8.1 millimeters (0.32 inches)7.4 millimeters (0.29 inches)
Size (width x height)77.2 x 164.8 millimeters (3.04 x 6.49 in)78.1 x 160.8 millimeters (3.07 x 6.33 in)
Weight208 grams (7.28 ounces)226 grams (7.91 ounces)
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Build, materialsStainless steel body, glass front/backStainless steel body, glass front/back
Protection against water and othersIP68 certified: dust proof and waterproof over 1.5 meter and 30minIP68 certified: dust proof and waterproof over 1.5 meter and 30min
System (OS)Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N9860)Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (512GB)
Operating systemAndroid 10iOS 14
Firmware updatefeature not registeredfeature not registered
HardwareSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N9860)Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (512GB)
Chipset64bit - Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SM8250 (7nm)64bit - Apple A14 Bionic (5nm)
CPU processorOcta-Core, 3 processors:
3.09Ghz Single-Core Kryo 585
2.42Ghz 3-Cores Kryo 585
1.8Ghz Quad-Core Kryo 585
Hexa-Core, 2 processors:
3.1Ghz Dual-Core Firestorm
1.8Ghz Quad-Core Icestorm
GPU graphical controllerQualcomm Adreno 650Apple GPU MP4
RAM memory12GB LPDDR56GB LPDDR4X
Internal storage256GB (221GB available)
UFS 3.0
512GB (494GB available)
NVMe (SSD)
External storageUntil 1TB microSD, microSDXC
(hybrid slot/shares the same SIM-2 slot)
Not supported
DisplaySamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N9860)Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (512GB)
Display typeDynamic AMOLEDSuper AMOLED
Screen size6.9" inches6.7" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~92.5% (screen-to-body ratio)~87.8% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1440x3088 pixels1284x2778 pixels (19.5:9)
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)494 PPI457 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassGorilla Glass VictusCeramic Shield
Display features120Hz, 1500 nits, HDR10+60Hz, 800 nits, Dolby Vision/HDR10
Mobile networksSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N9860)Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (512GB)
Dual-SIMDual-SIM Standby - Call active on one sim card
(hybrid slot/shares the same microSD slot)
Dual-SIM Standby - Call active on one sim card
SIM card2 slots (Dual-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF) + e-SIM
Maximum download/upload5000/200 Mbps5000/200 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G, 4G, 5G2G, 3G, 4G, 5G
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM Mhz bandQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900CDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkTD-SCDMA 1900/2000
UMTS 850/900/1900/2100
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
TD-SCDMA 1900/2000
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkLTE Cat20 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28)
TD-LTE (34, 38, 39, 40, 41)
VoLTE
LTE Cat20
VoLTE

A2342 version:
LTE (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 66, 71)
TD-LTE (34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48)

A2410 version:
LTE (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 66, 71)
TD-LTE (34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48)

A2411, A2412 versions:
LTE (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 30, 32, 66)
TD-LTE (34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48)
Primary 5G networkSA/NSA/Sub6 (41, 78, 79)A2342 version:
Sub6/mmWave (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79, 260, 261)

A2410, A2411, A2412 versions:
Sub6 (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78, 79)
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, TD-SCDMA, UMTS, TD-HSDPA, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, 5G SA/NSAGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, TD-SCDMA, UMTS, TD-HSDPA, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, 5G SA/NSA, 5G NR
Secondary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900Not supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkGPRS, EDGENot supported
CallingSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N9860)Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (512GB)
MessagingSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
SpeakerphoneSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
Call controlVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commandsVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commands
CameraSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N9860)Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (512GB)
Back camera (main camera)(triple camera)
108 megapixels
12MP periscope telephotof/3.0120mm1.0µmPDAFOIS5x-optical-zoom50x-hybrid-zoom
12MP ultrawidef/2.2120º13mm1/2.55"1.4µm
(quad camera)
12 megapixels
12MP ultrawidef/2.4120º13mm1/3.6"
12MP telephotof/2.265mm1/3.4"1.0µmPDAFOIS2.5x-optical-zoom
0.3MP TOF 3DLiDAR-scanner
Main camera resolution12000x9000 pixels4000x3000 pixels
Video recording (primary)8K UHD (7680x4320) 24 fps4K UHD (3840x2160) 60 fps
FlashLED flashDual-LED flash
Focal aperturef/1.8 (aperture)f/1.6 (aperture)
Focal length26mm lens26mm lens
Sensor size1/1.33" inchesfeature not registered
Pixel size0.8µm pixel1.7µm pixel
AutofocusPDAF: phase detection autofocus on both camerasPDAF: phase detection autofocus
Touch focusSupportedSupported
Image stabilizationOIS: Optical stabilizationOIS: Optical stabilization
ZoomDigital and optical zoomDigital and optical zoom
Face/smile detectionFace detection, Smile detectionFace detection, Smile detection
BSI sensorSupportedSupported
HDRHDR photo/video on both camerasHDR photo/video on both cameras
2ª cameraSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N9860)Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (512GB)
Front camera (secondary)10 megapixels(dual front camera)
12 megapixels
0.3MP SL 3D
Front camera resolution3872x2592 pixels4000x3000 pixels
Video recording (secondary)4K UHD (3840x2160)4K UHD (3840x2160)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturef/2.2 (aperture)f/2.2 (aperture)
Focal length26mm lens23mm lens
Sensor size1/3.2" inches1/3.6" inches
Pixel size1.22µm pixelfeature not registered
MultimediaSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N9860)Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (512GB)
RadioFMNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, XviD, MKVMPEG4, H.265, H.264, MOV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, FLACMP3, WAV, AAX+, AIFF
ConnectivitySamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N9860)Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (512GB)
USBUSB 3.2 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-GoUSB 2.0 proprietary connector
TV outputUSB Type-C (reversible)Proprietary TV-out
Audio outputType-C reversible connectorproprietary audio output
Bluetooth5.0 + A2DP/LE5.0 + A2DP/LE
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) Wifi6 + MIMO802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) Wifi6 + MIMO
DLNASupportedNot supported
NFCSupportedSupported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDouA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported
Other functionsSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N9860)Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (512GB)
Active noise cancellationSupportedSupported
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customizedPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5
SensorsAccelerometer
Proximity sensor
Compass
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Barometer
Hall effect
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (under display)
ANT+
Accelerometer
Proximity sensor
Compass
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Barometer
Face unlock
Other features- Colors: Mystic Black, Mystic Bronze, Mystic White
- Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor
- One UI 2.5
- Always-on display
- 32-bit/384kHz audio
- Dolby Atmos/AKG sound
- Bixby
- Samsung Wireless DeX
- Samsung Pay (MST, NFC)
- Stylus pen (Bluetooth integration)
- WiFi direct, hotspot
- Colors: Silver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific Blue
- Oleophobic coating screen
- Face ID
- Dolby Atmos
- Dolby Digital Plus
- Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX)
- WiFi hotspot
Power supplySamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N9860)Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (512GB)
BatteryLi-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)Li-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)
Battery capacity4500 mAh3687 mAh
Charger, watts25W Fast battery charging
15W Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
4.5W Reverse wireless charging between devices
USB Power Delivery 3.0
20W Fast battery charging
15W Qi wireless charging
USB Power Delivery 2.0
Talk time autonomyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Radiation rateSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (SM-N9860)Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (512GB)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registered0.99W/kg (head) | 0.99W/kg (body)
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