Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: Comparison

Comparison of features, performance, design, battery, camera and connectivity between the following smartphones: Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. The complete information of specifications to decide which to buy.

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Basics

Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
Global · 8GB · 256GB
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Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Global · 8GB · 256GB · SM-S918B
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Score

Ki Cost-effective
Score
8.9 Ki Cost-effective
Score
9.2 Ki Cost-effective
Score
Design and Screen score 8.5Design & Materials 8.8Design & Materials
Performance and Hardware score 8.6Performance & Hardware 8.5Performance & Hardware
Camera score 9.3Camera 8.9Camera
Connectivity score 8.8 Connectivity 8.9 Connectivity
Battery score 8.5 Battery 8.1 Battery

User reviews

User score
9.1
13 reviews
9.7
97 reviews

Technical specifications of the Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

Specs stores to buy Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
Global · 8GB · 256GB
stores to buy Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Global · 8GB · 256GB · SM-S918B
Inches 6.7" 6.8"
Resolution QHD WQHD+
Usable surface 88% useful 89% useful
Aspect Ratio 19.5:9 19.5:9
Dimensions 76.7 mm
159.9 mm
8.3 mm
78.1 mm
163.4 mm
8.9 mm
Weight 221 g 233 g
Micro A17
Hexa-Core
SnapD. 8 Gen2
Octa-Core
RAM 8 GB RAM 8 GB RAM
Storage 256 GB 256 GB
AnTuTu 1.641.883
v10
1.521.862
v10
Battery 4441 mAh 5000 mAh
Main Camera 1
48 Mpx · ƒ/1.78
IMX803
2 3
1
200 Mpx · ƒ/1.7
ISOCELL HP2
2 3 4
Selfie Camera SELF 12 Mpx · ƒ/1.9 SELF 12 Mpx · ƒ/2.2
Bands
OS iOS 17 Android 13 Tiramisu


About this comparison

The high-end smartphone market is an ever-evolving place, with companies pushing forward new and exciting features in order to stay ahead of the competition. This year, two of the biggest names in the industry, Apple and Samsung, are set to bring us two of the most advanced smartphones yet - the Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max and the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.

The Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max is a premium device from Apple that is set to be released in September 2023. It features a 6.70 inch OLED screen with a resolution of 1290x2796 (QHD), a 1000 cd/m² (typ) brightness and a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio. The device also has stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos audio and a noise-cancelling microphone. It’s made of Corning Gorilla Glass, Titanium and glass which makes it highly durable. The usable surface is 87.8%.

The hardware of the device includes the Apple A17 Bionic (3nm) processor, 8GB RAM (LPDDR5X), 256GB, 512GB and 1TB of internal storage (NVMe). Its AnTuTu benchmark score (v10) comes in at 1641883. The camera setup consists of a triple camera configuration with the main sensor being a Sony IMX803, 48.0Mpx sensor with an f/1.78 aperture. The wide angle + macro lens is 12.0Mpx with an f/2.2 aperture and the telephoto lens is 12.0Mpx with an f/2.8 aperture. The selfie camera is 12.0Mpx with an f/1.9 aperture. Optical Stabilization (OIS), 4K video support, 5x optical zoom, ultra wide angle lens 120º and digital zoom 25x are some of the other features of the camera.

In terms of connectivity, the Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max has Bluetooth 5.3, Dual SIM, USB Host 3.0, NFC, WiFi 6 (802.11ax), GPS (L1+L5) and eSIM support. It also has a 4441mAh battery with 27.0W fast charging support and wireless charging.

Samsung are releasing the Galaxy S23 Ultra in February 2023 and it’s already gaining plenty of attention. It features a 6.80 inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440x3088 (WQHD+), a refresh rate of 120 Hz and a maximum brightness of 1200 cd/m². The device also has stereo speakers, Hi-Res Audio and a noise-cancelling microphone. Its materials include aluminium, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2 and glass for superior durability. The usable surface is 89.1%.

Under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen2 (3,36 GHz) (4nm) processor with 8GB or 12GB RAM (LPDDR5X). It has 256GB, 512GB or 1TB of internal storage (UFS Storage 4.0). Its AnTuTu benchmark score (v10) comes in at 1521862. The device has a quadruple camera setup with the main sensor being a Samsung ISOCELL HP2, 200.0Mpx, f/1.7 sensor. The wide angle lens is a Sony IMX564, 12.2Mpx sensor with an f/2.2 aperture. The telephoto + portrait lens is a 10.0Mpx sensor with an f/2.4 aperture while the telephoto lens is a 10.0Mpx, f/4.9 aperture. The selfie camera is a Samsung S5K3LU, 12.0Mpx, f/2.2 sensor. Optical Stabilization (OIS), 4K and 8K video support, 3x and 10x zoom with OIS, 100x digital zoom and HDR10+ are some of the other features of the camera.

On the connectivity front, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra supports Bluetooth 5.3, Dual SIM, NFC, WiFi 6 (802.11ax), GPS (L1+L5) and eSIM. It also has a 5000mAh battery with 45.0W fast charging support and wireless charging.

Both the Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max and the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra are powerful devices which promise to offer users a cutting edge experience. The former offers a triple camera setup with Optical Stabilization (OIS) and 4K video support and the latter has a quadruple camera array with OIS, 4K and 8K video support and HDR10+. Both devices will have a competitive price tag when they launch and are sure to give their rivals a run for their money.

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Brand

Brand Apple Samsung
Aliases A3106 SM-S918B, SM-S918B/DS

Release Date

Release date September 2023,
7 months ago
February 2023,
1 year ago
State On Sale On Sale
Market Global Global

Design & Materials

Structure

Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Size
76.7 mm 159.9 mm 8.3 mm
Print 3D Model
78.1 mm 163.4 mm 8.9 mm
Print 3D Model
Weight 221 g 233 g
Usable surface 88 % 89 %
Materials Glass, Titanium, Corning Gorilla Glass Glass, Aluminium, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2
Resistance IP68 IP68
Colors
Black

White

Blue

Silver
Black

White

Green

Violet

Beige

Screen

Diagonal 6.7" 6.8"
Type Oled Super Retina XDR Super AMOLED Dynamic AMOLED 2X
Aspect Ratio 19.5:9 19.5:9
Resolution QHD
1290 x 2796 px
WQHD+
1440 x 3088 px
Density 460 Pixels per inch 500 Pixels per inch

Others

Others
  • Hole-punch Notch
  • Peak brightness - 2000 cd/m²
  • Brightnes 1000 cd/m² (typ)
  • Max brightness HBM - 1600 cd/m²
  • 2000000:1 contrast ratio
  • Always-On Display
  • HDR10
  • DCI-P3
  • True Tone display
  • Super Retina XDR
  • Dolby Vision
  • Scratch resistant
  • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Ceramic Shield
  • Capacitive
  • Multi-touch
  • Oleophobic (lipophobic) coating
  • Frameless
  • Haptic Touch
  • LTPO (Low Temperature PolySilicon oxide)
  • Hole-punch Notch
  • 1-120 Hz refresh rate
  • Refresh rate 120 Hz
  • Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
  • Touch sampling rate 240 Hz
  • Peak brightness - 1750 cd/m²
  • Max brightness HBM - 1200 cd/m²
  • 3000000:1 contrast ratio
  • Always-On Display
  • HDR10+
  • DCI-P3
  • Scratch resistant
  • Dual Edge display
  • Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
  • S-Pen
  • Capacitive
  • Multi-touch
  • Frameless
  • LTPO (Low Temperature PolySilicon oxide)

User reviews

Is it a drop-resistant and scratch-resistant smartphone?
8.2
9.1
Do you think it's a nice phone?
9.2
9.7
Is it comfortable?
9.2
8.8
Can you see it well in the sunlight?
9.3
9.7
Number of reviews
13 reviews
97 reviews

Performance & Hardware

Processor

Model Apple A17 Bionic Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen2 ( 3,36 GHz)
CPU 2x 3.7 GHz + 4x 1x3.36GHz Cortex-X3 + 4x2.8 GHz Cortex-A715 + 3x2.02 GHz Cortex-A510
Type Hexa-Core Octa-Core
Manufacturing 3 nm 4 nm
64 Bits Yes Yes

Graphics

GPU Apple GPU 6 Cores Qualcomm Adreno 740

RAM

RAM 8 GB 8 GB
Type RAM LPDDR5X RAM LPDDR5X

Antutu

Score
1.641.883
Antutu v10
Overall performance better than 98% of devices
1.521.862
Antutu v10
Overall performance better than 96% of devices

Storage

Capacity 256 GB 256 GB
Type NVMe
UFS Storage 4.0
SD Slot No No

Security

Fingerprint No Yes, in screen

Sensors

Sensors
  • Proximity
  • Light sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Compass
  • Gyroscope
  • Barometer
  • LiDAR Scanner
  • Fingerprint
  • Proximity
  • Light sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Compass
  • Gyroscope
  • Barometer
  • Gravity
  • Hall
  • Geomagnetic

Audio

Audio
  • Dolby Atmos
  • Noise cancellation microphone
  • Stereo Speakers
  • 3 microphones
  • Hi-Res Audio
  • Noise cancellation microphone
  • Stereo Speakers
  • 2 microphones

Others

Notifications LED -- --
Cooling system No No
Gaming buttons No No

User reviews

Does it have good sound?
9.1
9.5
Does it work smoothly in everyday use?
9.2
9.8
What's your experience been with demanding games?
9.2
9.7
Number of reviews
13 reviews
97 reviews

Camera

Main

No. of cameras Triple rear camera Quad rear camera
1
Camera type

Standard

Standard
Resolution 48 Mpx 200 Mpx
Sensor Sony IMX803 Samsung ISOCELL HP2
Type CMOS ISOCELL
Aperture ƒ/ 1.78 ƒ/ 1.7
ISO -- --
Pixel size 1.22 µm 0.60 µm
Pixel Binning 1-4 (2x2) 1-4 (2x2)
Sensor size 1/1.3" 1/1.3"
2
Camera type

Wide Angle + Macro

Wide Angle lens
Resolution
12 Mpx
12.2 Mpx
Sensor
Sony IMX633
Sony IMX564
Type
CMOS
CMOS
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.2
ƒ/ 2.2
Pixel size
1.40 µm
1.40 µm
Pixel Binning
--
--
Sensor size
1/2.55"
1/2.55"
3
Camera type

Telephoto lens

Telephoto + portrait
Resolution
12 Mpx
12 Mpx
Sensor
Sony IMX913
Sony IMX754
Type
CMOS
CMOS BSI
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.8
ƒ/ 2.4
Pixel size
1.12 µm
1.12 µm
Pixel Binning
--
--
Sensor size
--
1/3.52"
4
Camera type
--

Telephoto lens
Resolution
12 Mpx
Sensor
Sony IMX754
Type
CMOS BSI
Aperture
ƒ/ 4.9
Pixel size
1.12 µm
Pixel Binning
--
Sensor size
1/3.52"

Features

Flash Dual LED LED
Optical Stabilisation Yes Yes
Slow Motion Video Yes,
240 fps
Yes,
480 fps
Others
  • Cinematic Mode
  • Noise reduction
  • Face unlock
  • Pro Video Mode
  • 4K Video
  • Digital zoom
  • Optical zoom
  • Triple camera
  • Digital image stabilization
  • Optical Stabilization (OIS)
  • Ultra stable video
  • Autofocus
  • Touch focus
  • Continuous autofocus
  • Manual focus
  • Phase detection autofocus (PDAF)
  • Continuous shooting
  • Geotagging
  • Panorama
  • HDR
  • Face detection
  • White balance settings
  • ISO settings
  • Exposure compensation
  • Scene mode
  • Self-timer
  • RAW
  • Night Mode
  • Tracking AF
  • Flicker sensor
  • Time-Lapse
  • 4K Video
  • 8K Video
  • Digital zoom
  • Optical zoom
  • Quadruple camera
  • Digital image stabilization
  • Optical Stabilization (OIS)
  • Autofocus
  • Touch focus
  • Manual focus
  • Phase detection autofocus (PDAF)
  • Laser autofocus (LAF)
  • Continuous shooting
  • Geotagging
  • Panorama
  • HDR
  • Face detection
  • White balance settings
  • ISO settings
  • Exposure compensation
  • Scene mode
  • Self-timer
  • RAW
  • Night Mode

Selfie

SELF
Camera type

Dedicated

Dedicated
Resolution 12 Mpx 12 Mpx
Sensor Sony IMX714 Samsung S5K3LU
Type CMOS ISOCELL
Aperture ƒ/ 1.9 ƒ/ 2.2
Pixel size -- --
Pixel Binning -- --
Sensor size -- --
Others
--
--

DxOMark Score

DxOMark Score
154
Mobile
153
Photo
158
Video
149
Selfie
145
Photo
156
Video
140
Mobile
139
Photo
137
Video
141
Selfie
139
Photo
145
Video

User reviews

Quality of daytime photos
9.4
9.7
Quality of nighttime photos
8.9
9.4
Quality of selfies
9.3
9.5
Does it have a powerful flash?
8.9
9.4
Number of reviews
13 reviews
97 reviews

Connectivity

Network compatibility

5G
  • n1 (2100)
  • n2 (1900 PCS)
  • n3 (1800)
  • n5 (850)
  • n7 (2600)
  • n8 (900)
  • n12 (700)
  • n20 (800)
  • n25 (1900)
  • n26 (850)
  • n28b (700)
  • n28a (700)
  • n30 (2300)
  • n38 (2600)
  • n40 (2300)
  • n41 (2500)
  • n48 (3500)
  • n53 (2400)
  • n66 (1700)
  • n70 (1700)
  • n77 (3700)
  • n78 (3500)
  • n79 (4700)
  • n1 (2100)
  • n2 (1900 PCS)
  • n3 (1800)
  • n5 (850)
  • n7 (2600)
  • n8 (900)
  • n12 (700)
  • n20 (800)
  • n25 (1900)
  • n28b (700)
  • n28a (700)
  • n38 (2600)
  • n40 (2300)
  • n41 (2500)
  • n66 (1700)
  • n75 (1500)
  • n77 (3700)
  • n78 (3500)
4G LTE
  • B1 (2100)
  • B2 (1900)
  • B3 (1800)
  • B4 (1700/2100 AWS 1)
  • B5 (850)
  • B7 (2600)
  • B8 (900)
  • B12 (700)
  • B13 (700)
  • B17 (700)
  • B18 (800)
  • B19 (800)
  • B20 (800)
  • B25 (1900+)
  • B26 (850)
  • B28b (700)
  • B28a (700)
  • B30 (2300)
  • B32 (1500)
  • B34 (TDD 2100)
  • B38 (TDD 2600)
  • B39 (TDD 1900)
  • B40 (TDD 2300)
  • B41 (TDD 2500)
  • B42 (TDD 3500)
  • B46 (TDD 5200)
  • B48 (TDD 3600)
  • B53 (TDD 2400)
  • B66 (1700/2100)
  • B1 (2100)
  • B2 (1900)
  • B3 (1800)
  • B4 (1700/2100 AWS 1)
  • B5 (850)
  • B7 (2600)
  • B8 (900)
  • B12 (700)
  • B13 (700)
  • B14 (700)
  • B17 (700)
  • B18 (800)
  • B19 (800)
  • B20 (800)
  • B25 (1900+)
  • B26 (850)
  • B28b (700)
  • B28a (700)
  • B32 (1500)
  • B38 (TDD 2600)
  • B39 (TDD 1900)
  • B40 (TDD 2300)
  • B41 (TDD 2500)
  • B66 (1700/2100)
3G
  • B1 (2100)
  • B2 (1900)
  • B4 (1700/2100 AWS A-F)
  • B5 (850)
  • B8 (900)
  • B1 (2100)
  • B2 (1900)
  • B4 (1700/2100 AWS A-F)
  • B5 (850)
  • B8 (900)
2G
  • B2 (1900)
  • B3 (1800)
  • B5 (850)
  • B8 (900)
  • B2 (1900)
  • B3 (1800)
  • B5 (850)
  • B8 (900)
No official network bands

SIM card

Dual SIM Dual Sim Dual Standby Dual Sim Dual Standby
Type
  • Nano SIM
  • eSIM
  • Nano SIM
  • Nano SIM / eSIM

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • 802.11n 5GHz
  • 802.11ac
  • WiFi 6 (802.11ax)
  • WiFi 6E
  • 802.11ax. Wi-Fi 6E
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • 802.11n 5GHz
  • 802.11ac
  • WiFi 6 (802.11ax)
Others
  • Dual band
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Wi-Fi MiMO
  • Dual band
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • Wi-Fi Display
  • Wi-Fi MiMO

Bluetooth

Version Bluetooth 5.3 LE Low energy consumption Bluetooth 5.3 LE Low energy consumption
Others
  • A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile)
  • LE (Low Energy)
  • APT-x
  • A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile)
  • AVRCP (Audio/Visual Remote Control Profile)
  • DIP (Device ID Profile)
  • HFP (Hands-Free Profile)
  • HID (Human Interface Profile)
  • HSP (Headset Profile)
  • LE (Low Energy)
  • MAP (Message Access Profile)
  • PAN (Personal Area Networking Profile)
  • OPP (Object Push Profile)
  • PBAP/PAB (Phone Book Access Profile)

Navigation

Navigation
  • GPS
  • A-GPS
  • GLONASS
  • QZSS
  • Galileo
  • GPS (L1+L5)
  • GPS
  • A-GPS
  • GLONASS
  • Beidou
  • QZSS
  • Galileo
  • GPS (L1+L5)
  • GLONASS (L1)
  • BeiDou (B1)
  • Galileo (E1+E5a)
  • QZSS (L1 + L5)

USB

USB
  • Charging
  • Mass Storage
  • Proprietary
  • USB Type C
  • USB Host 3.0
  • Charging
  • Mass Storage
  • USB On-The-Go (OTG)
  • USB Type C
  • USB Host 3.1

SAR

European measurement

The European Union sets a limit of 2 W/kg averaged over 10 grams of tissue.

-- --
American measurement

The FCC limit is 1.6 W/kg measured in a volume of 1 gram of tissue

-- --

Others

Others
  • NFC
  • Computer sync
  • OTA sync
  • Tethering.
  • VoLTE
  • UMA
  • VoWiFi
  • eSIM
  • Ultra-wideband (UWB)
  • NFC
  • Computer sync
  • OTA sync
  • Tethering.
  • VoLTE
  • VoWiFi
  • No official network bands
  • eSIM

User reviews

Does it have good coverage for calls?
9.1
9.6
Quality of the GPS
9.2
9.8
And the WiFi?
9.0
9.7
Number of reviews
13 reviews
97 reviews

Battery

Battery

Capacity
4441 mAh
5000 mAh
Type Li-Ion Li-Polymer
Fast charge Yes,
27.0W
Yes,
45.0W
Others
  • Wireless charging
  • Non-removable
  • Bypass Charging
  • Wireless charging
  • Non-removable

User reviews

How long does the battery last?
  • 8%
    Less than half day
  • 8%
    Less than a day
  • 31%
    One day
  • 38%
    More than one day
  • 15%
    Two days or more
  • 0%
    Less than half day
  • 0%
    Less than a day
  • 21%
    One day
  • 61%
    More than one day
  • 19%
    Two days or more
Number of reviews
13 reviews
97 reviews

Software

Software

Operating System
  • iOS 17
    iOS 17 , 7 months ago
  • Android 13
    Android 13 Tiramisu, 1 year ago
Google Services (official) -- Yes

User reviews

Did it come with preinstalled applications?
  • 42%
    It comes with a clean operating system
  • 50%
    It has preinstalled apps but they don't bother me
  • 8%
    It has preinstalled apps that I can't uninstall
  • 4%
    It comes with a clean operating system
  • 92%
    It has preinstalled apps but they don't bother me
  • 4%
    It has preinstalled apps that I can't uninstall
Do you regularly receive updates?
  • 0%
    Never
  • 8%
    Once a year
  • 8%
    Every six months
  • 83%
    Every two months or less
  • 0%
    Never
  • 0%
    Once a year
  • 21%
    Every six months
  • 79%
    Every two months or less
Number of reviews
13 reviews
97 reviews