The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has established itself as a new benchmark in the premium smartphone segment. The new top of the range from Samsung is directly confronted with the iPhone 11 Pro Max from Apple. It’s time for the duel.
Until now, Samsung has relied on its Galaxy S20 Ultra to hold the high for the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the most premium smartphone from its great rival Apple. The South Korean manufacturer can now count on its Galaxy Note 20 Ultra to stand out in the very high-end segment. But between the flagship of Samsung and that of Apple, which is really the best?
The iPhones are immediately recognizable by the huge notch on the front panel, which houses, among other things, Face ID’s 3D scanners. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is thus equipped with advanced facial recognition technology on the mobile market. But in return, the unsightly notch prevents having a large homogeneous screen surface. For its part, the Note 20 Ultra retains a very rectangular shape, where the Note 20 is more rounded. On the back, the two devices have an imposing block to group the photo sensors in the upper left corner. It is square on the iPhone 11 Pro Max and rectangular on the Note 20 Ultra.
In terms of dimensions, the Note 20 Ultra is larger lengthwise, and similar to the iPhone 11 Pro Max for the rest: 164.8 x 77.2 x 8.1 mm for the first and 158 x 77.8 x 8.1 mm for the second. Despite its size, the Samsung smartphone still manages to offer a contained weight of 208 grams, against 226 grams for the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
For materials, both mobiles deserve their premium device status. They have a stainless steel frame and a glass back (special mention to Corning’s all-new Gorilla Glass Victus , even stronger than Gorilla Glass 6). At Samsung as at Apple, the IP68 certification for protection against water and dust is present.
Samsung is the king of smartphone displays. Moreover, Apple is supplied by the South Korean group to equip its iPhone with OLED panels. We are thus dealing here with two screens of very high quality.
The Note 20 Ultra’s panel has a long diagonal of 6.9 inches for a WQHD + image definition of 1440 x 3200 pixels, or a resolution of approximately 508 pixels per inch. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is satisfied with a 6.5-inch screen of 1242 x 2688 pixels (for a density of about 458 ppi). The refresh rate is also to the advantage of the Note 20 Ultra, which can boast of reaching 120Hz in FHD+. The two manufacturers are betting on an increasingly popular elongated format: 19.3: 9 for the Note 10 Ultra and 19.5: 9 for the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
For better color rendering and contrasts, note that the iPhone 11 Pro Max is HDR10 and Dolby Vision compatible, while the Note 20 Ultra supports HDR10+.