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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (SM-N960U 128GB) vs Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (256GB)

Side by side comparison between Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max phones, differences, pros, cons and full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max XSamsung Galaxy Note 9 (SM-N960U 128GB)18Points
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (SM-N960U 128GB)
6.4"
AMOLED

1440x2960

12.2
MP

8mp

6GB
RAM

64bit Octa

4000
mAh

(Non removable)

vs
12PointsApple iPhone 11 Pro Max (256GB)Compare Samsung Galaxy Note 9 X
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (256GB)
6.5"
AMOLED

1242x2688

12
MP

12mp

4GB
RAM

64bit Hexa

3969
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better phone? Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (SM-N960U 128GB)

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 9 (SM-N960U 128GB)18 Advantages Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (SM-N960U 128GB)vsiPhone 11 Pro Max (256GB)12 Advantages Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (256GB)
+2.8GHz 64bit Octa-Core7%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
vs2.65GHz 64bit Hexa-Core
+6GB LPDDR4X50%
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking.
vs4GB LPDDR4X
+Until 1TB microSD, microSDXCAdvantage
More external storage for files using memory cards
vsNot supported
+201 grams (7.04 ounces)12%
Lighter
vs226 grams (7.91 ounces)
+1440x2960 pixels28%
Higher resolution screen
vs1242x2688 pixels
+514 PPI13%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
vs456 PPI
+f/1.5 (aperture)20%
Diaphragm opening (Aperture) of the camera which has the smallest F number takes photos with better light exposure.
vsf/1.8 (aperture)
+3500000 apps (Google Play Store)52%
More apps available to download and use
vs2300000 apps (App Store)
+(4G+ LTE-A) 1200 Mbps17%
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
vs(4G+ LTE-A) 1024 Mbps
+ANT+Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+Heart rateAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+Iris scannerAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+SpO2Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+4000 mAh1%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
vs3969 mAh
+3.5mm jackAdvantage
Headsets with 3.5mm Jack size are more common and easy to find in stores
vsproprietary audio output
+USB 3.1 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
128GB (111GB available)vs+256GB (242GB available)118%
More internal storage for applications and files
UFS 2.1vs+NVMe (SSD)Advantage
Fastest write and read storage.
8.8 millimeters (0.35 inches)vs+8.1 millimeters (0.32 inches)9%
Thinner
Aluminum frame, glass front/backvs+Ceramic frame, glass front/backAdvantage
More resistant material
HDR10vs+Dolby Vision/HDR10Advantage
The Dolby Vision/HDR10 display provides vibrant colors and more details
6.4"vs+6.5"2%
Larger screen
(dual camera) 12.2MP + 12MPvs+(triple camera) 12MP + 12MP + 12MP49%
Higher resolution main camera
Dual-LED flashvs+Quad-LED flashAdvantage
The Quad-LED flash helps in dark places or in low light
(front) 8MPvs+(dual front camera) 12MP + 0.3MP54%
Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies
(front) 2K UHD (2560x1440)vs+(front) 4K UHD (3840x2160)125%
More image quality for recording videos with the secondary camera
15Wvs+18W20%
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.
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMOvs+802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax wifi6 (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMOAdvantage
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax wifi6 (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO is newer and faster

32 Common items in both devices
Super AMOLED
60Hz
16 million
Digital and optical zoom
PDAF on back camera and autofocus front camera / PDAF: phase detection autofocus
OIS: Optical stabilization
BSI sensor
+25 specs and more in the table below

Check the comparison table below for more items that are not evaluated in comparison score above.

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📱 Model features

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (SM-N960U 128GB)Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (256GB)
ModelGalaxy Note 9 (SM-N960U 128GB)iPhone 11 Pro Max (256GB)
Other model namesGalaxy Note9 (Qualcomm) 6GB RAM, Samsung CrowniPhone 11 Pro Max A2218, A2220, A2161
Country or region availableUSA
USA
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
BrandSamsungApple
Release date8/1/20189/20/2019, Announced: 9/10/2019
Depth8.8 millimeters (0.35 inches)8.1 millimeters (0.32 inches)
Size (width x height)76.4 x 161.9 millimeters (3.01 x 6.37 in)77.8 x 158 millimeters (3.06 x 6.22 in)
Weight201 grams (7.04 ounces)226 grams (7.91 ounces)
Build, materialsAluminum frame, glass front/backCeramic frame, glass front/back
Protection against water and othersIP68 certified: water-resistant up to 1.5 meters for 30min and dust-resistantIP68 certified: water-resistant up to 1.5 meters for 30min and dust-resistant

🤖 Operating System

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (SM-N960U 128GB)Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (256GB)
System versionAndroid 8.1 OreoiOS 13
Firmware updateAndroid 10iOS 15
User Interfacefeature not registeredfeature not registered

⚙️ Processor

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (SM-N960U 128GB)Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (256GB)
Chipset64bit - Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 MSM8998 (10nm)64bit - Apple A13 Bionic (7nm)
CPUOcta-Core, 2 processors:
2.8GHz Quad-Core Kryo 385 Gold
1.7GHz Quad-Core Kryo 385 Silver
Hexa-Core, 2 processors:
2.65GHz Dual-Core Lightning
1.8GHz Quad-Core Thunder
GPU graphical controllerQualcomm Adreno 630Apple GPU MP4
Performance (benchmark)feature not registeredAnTuTu: 459713 (v7), 536883 (v8)
Geekbench: 13870 (v4.4), 3503 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 57fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)

💽 Memory and storage

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (SM-N960U 128GB)Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (256GB)
RAM memory6GB LPDDR4X4GB LPDDR4X
Internal storage128GB (111GB available)
UFS 2.1
256GB (242GB available)
NVMe (SSD)
External storageUntil 1TB microSD, microSDXC
(dedicated slot)
Not supported

📲 Display

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (SM-N960U 128GB)Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (256GB)
Display typeSuper AMOLEDSuper AMOLED
Screen size6.4" inches6.5" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~84% (screen-to-body ratio)~84.4% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1440x2960 pixels (18.5:9)1242x2688 pixels (19.5:9)
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)514 PPI456 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassGorilla Glass 5Scratch-resistant glass
Refresh rate60Hz60Hz
Display featuresHDR10800nits[typ], 1200nits[peak]
Dolby Vision/HDR10

📶 Mobile networks

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (SM-N960U 128GB)Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (256GB)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM card1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
Maximum download/upload1200/150 Mbps1024/150 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G, 4G2G, 3G, 4G
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM MHz bandQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkCDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900CDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkCDMA2000 1xEV-DO
TD-SCDMA 1900/2000
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkLTE Cat18 (1,2,3,4,5,7,8,12,18,19,20,28,29,30)
TD-LTE (38,39,40,41)
LTE Cat16
A2218 version:
LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 66)
TD-LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48)
A2220, A2161 version:
LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, 66, 71)
TD-LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48)
Primary 5G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, TD-SCDMA, UMTS, TD-HSDPA, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-AGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported

📷 Camera

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (SM-N960U 128GB)Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (256GB)
Back camera (main camera)(dual camera)
12.2 megapixels
12MP telephotof/2.41/3.4"52mm1.0µmAFOIS2x-optical-zoom
(triple camera)
12 megapixels
12MP ultrawidef/2.413mm
12MP telephotof/2.052mm1/3.4"1.0µmPDAFOIS2x-optical-zoom
Main camera resolution4032x3024 pixels4000x3000 pixels
Video recording (primary)4K UHD (3840x2160) 60 fps4K UHD (3840x2160) 30 fps
FlashDual-LED flashQuad-LED flash
Focal aperturef/1.5 (aperture)f/1.8 (aperture)
Focal length26mm lens26mm lens
Sensor size1/2.55" inches1/2.55" inches
Pixel size1.4µm pixel1.4µm pixel
AutofocusPDAF on back camera and autofocus front cameraPDAF: 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
Camera extrasfeature not registeredfeature not registered

📸 Front camera

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (SM-N960U 128GB)Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (256GB)
Front camera (secondary)8 megapixels(dual front camera)
12 megapixels
0.3MP SL 3D
Front camera resolution3264x2448 pixels4000x3000 pixels
Video recording (secondary)2K UHD (2560x1440)4K UHD (3840x2160)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturef/1.7 (aperture)f/2.2 (aperture)
Focal length25mm lens23mm lens
Sensor size1/3.6" inchesfeature not registered
Pixel size1.22µm pixelfeature not registered

🔉 Sound and multimedia

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (SM-N960U 128GB)Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (256GB)
LoudspeakerSupportedSupported
Active noise cancellation2 microphones or more2 microphones or more
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, DivX, XviDMPEG4, H.265, H.264, MOV
Audio formatsMP3, OGG, eAAC+, FLACMP3, WAV, AAX+, AIFF

🔌 Connectivity

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (SM-N960U 128GB)Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (256GB)
USBUSB 3.1 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-GoUSB 2.0 proprietary connector
Audio output3.5mm jackproprietary audio output
TV outputUSB Type-C SlimPort®Proprietary TV-out
Bluetooth5.0 + A2DP/LE5.0 + A2DP/LE
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
WiFi Direct, hotspot
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax wifi6 (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
DLNANot supportedNot supported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDouA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS
NFCSupportedSupported
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported

🧭 Sensors

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (SM-N960U 128GB)Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (256GB)
SensorsAccelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
ANT+
Barometer
Compass
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)
Gyroscope
Hall effect
Heart rate
Iris scanner
Proximity sensor
SpO2
Accelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Barometer
Compass
Face unlock
Gyroscope
Proximity sensor
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported

🔋 Battery

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (SM-N960U 128GB)Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (256GB)
Battery typeLi-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)Li-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)
Battery capacity4000 mAh3969 mAh
Charger, watts15W Fast battery charging
Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
18W (9V/2A) Fast battery charging
Qi wireless charging
USB Power Delivery 2.0
Talk time autonomyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered

➕ Other features

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (SM-N960U 128GB)Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (256GB)
Call controlVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commandsVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commands
MessagingSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
Hands-free callingSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customizedPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
Miscellaneous- Colors: Black, Copper, Purple, Blue
- Gorilla Glass 5 back panel
- Curved edge screen
- S Pen Stylus (Bluetooth integration)
- Samsung Pay
- 32-bit/384kHz audio
- Samsung DeX (Desktop experience)
- Miracast
- Colors: Space Gray, Silver, Gold, Midnight Green (matte)
- Oleophobic coating screen
- Face ID
- Dolby Atmos
- Dolby Digital Plus
- Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX)
- WiFi hotspot

☢️ Radiation rate

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (SM-N960U 128GB)Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (256GB)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)feature not registered1.16W/kg (head), 1.17W/kg (body)
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registered0.95W/kg (head), 0.99W/kg (body)
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