Wed. Dec 8th, 2021


This iPhone 13 Pro Max vs. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra face-off is all about finding out which premium flagship phone reigns supreme. And based on our testing, it’s not easy to pick a winner.

The iPhone 13 Pro Max delivers improved cameras, a bigger battery and a brighter display with a 120Hz refresh rate. That latter feature is already included with the Galaxy S21 Ultra, though, with Samsung’s phablet boasting impressive cameras and performance of its own. Plus, the S21 Ultra offers S Pen support.

With the iPhone 13 Pro Max now available, we’ve had a chance to do a more thorough comparison of the two big-screen contenders. A lot of it comes down to what you value most in a flagship, but ultimately there can only be one champ.

iPhone 13 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: Specs

iPhone 13 Pro Max Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Starting price $1,099 $1,199
Screen size 6.7 inches (2778 x 1284) 6.9 inchres (3200 x 1400)
Refresh rate 10Hz – 120Hz 10 -120Hz
CPU A15 Bionic Snapdragon 888
RAM Unknown 12GB, 16GB
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Rear cameras 12MP wide (f/1.5), 12MP ultra-wide (f/1.8), 12MP telephoto (f/2.8) with 3x zoom; LiDAR sensor 108MP wide (f/1.8), 12MP ultra wide (f/2.2), 10MP telephoto (3x zoom, f/2.4), 10MP telephoto (10x zoom, f/4.9), laser AF sensor
Front camera 12MP TrueDepth (f/2.2) 40MP (f/2.2)
Battery size Unknown 5,000 mAh
Battery life (Hrs:Mins) 12:16 10:07
Size 6.3 x 3.1 x 0.3 inches 6.5 x 2.97 x 0.35 inches
Weight 8.5 ounces 8.08 ounces
Colors Graphite, Gold, Silver, Sierra Blue Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, Phantom Navy, Phantom Titanium, Phantom Brown

iPhone 13 Pro Max vs. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: Price and availability

Not much has changed on the pricing front. The iPhone 13 Pro Max is now available at a starting price of $1,099. That gets you the 128GB, and to boost storage to 256GB, you’ll pay an extra $100. There are also 512GB and 1TB iPhone 13 Pro Max options for $1,399 and $1,599, respectively. That latter price is getting into Galaxy Z Fold 3 territory.