The best iPhone of 2021 is finally on the shelves, but is it also the best phone out there? There is no definitive answer to this question, but we can help you to learn the differences between the iPhone 13 Pro Max and the best Android flagships out there. After comparing it to the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, it is time for the iPhone 13 Pro Max to challenge the best Samsung phone released in the second half of 2021: the Galaxy Z Fold 3. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 belongs to another category of devices because it is foldable, but it is still one of the best phones you can get in the current market: let’s discover whether or not it can compete with the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 vs Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
|Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3||Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||158.2 x 128.1 x 6.4 mm,|
|160.8 x 78.1 x 7.7 mm,|
|DISPLAY||7.6 inches, 1768 x 2208 pixels (Quad HD+), Dynamic AMOLED 2X||6.7 inches, 1284 x 2778p (Full HD+), Super Retina XDR OLED|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, octa-core 2.84 GHz||Apple A15 Bionic hexa-core 3.22 GHz|
|MEMORY||12 GB RAM, 512 GB – 12 GB RAM, 256 GB||6 GB RAM, 512 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 6 GB RAM, 256 GB – 6 GB RAM, 1 TB|
|SOFTWARE||Android 11, One UI||iOS 15|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5, GPS|
|CAMERA||Triple 12 + 12 + 12 MP, f/1.8 + f/2.4 + f/2.2|
4 MP f/1.8 front camera
10 MP f/2.2 front camera
|Quad 12 + 12 + 12 MP + TOF 3D LiDAR scanner, f/1.5 + f/2.8 + f/1.8|
Dual 12 MP + SL 3D f/2.2
|BATTERY||4400 mAh, fast charging 25W and Qi wireless charging 11W||4373 mAh, Fast Charging 20W, Qi wireless charging 7.5W|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||5G, eSIM, IPX8 waterproof, S Pen support, foldable phone, two displays||5G, optional dual SIM, optional eSIM, MagSafe 15W, IP68 waterproof|
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 has obviously the most original design because it is foldable, but if you are looking for an elegant, thin, and compact phone, then you should go for the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Besides being very refined, the iPhone 13 Pro Max has a better build quality. It has a Ceramic Shield back and a stainless steel frame, as well as the IP68 certification which guarantees dust resistance and water resistance up to 6 meters deep. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is foldable and it becomes very compact while folded, but it is thicker. It has the IPX8 certification, a glass back, and an aluminum frame.
The most interesting phone in terms of the display is naturally the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. It has a foldable panel that reaches a diagonal of 7.6 inches and sports a Quad HD+ resolution, as well as a 120 Hz refresh rate and the HDR10+ certification. Not only the panel has great color accuracy, a smooth viewing experience, and a great resolution, but it also allows using this phone as a tablet. Further, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 supports the S Pen like the Galaxy Note series for handwriting and drawing. Last but not least, while the phone is folded, it allows the user to use a second external display with a diagonal of 6.2 inches. Despite the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is more interesting, the iPhone 13 Pro Max still offers one of the best displays out there in terms of image quality.
Specs & Software
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and iPhone 13 Pro Max are flagship phones with flagship-class hardware. The one providing the highest performance is the iPhone 13 Pro Max thanks to its powerful Apple A15 Bionic chipset running at a max frequency of 3.22 GHz. With the iPhone 13 Pro Max, you can also get more internal storage: up to 1 TB. But given that Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is still one of the best flagships thanks to the Snapdragon 888 mobile platform and 12 GB of RAM, the difference between the performances of these two phones is noticeable only in a few scenarios. iPhone 13 Pro Max runs iOS 15, while Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is based on Android 11.
On the paper, it may seem that Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and iPhone 13 Pro Max have similar camera departments, but the truth is that the photo quality and the video quality offered by the iPhone 13 Pro Max are superior to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max has a smaller battery life than its rival, but its battery life is longer because its components and its operating system have a lower energy consumption.
The starting price of the iPhone 13 Pro Max is $1099 in the U.S. and about €1200 in Europe, while you need either €1800 or $1600 to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. The phones are very different: the Galaxy Z Fold 3 can offer a more advanced productivity and multimedia experience, but the specs sheet of the iPhone 13 Pro Max is more interesting. What would you choose?
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 vs Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max: PRO and CONS
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
- S Pen
- External display
- Under-display camera
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
- iOS 15
- Great materials
- Amazing hardware
- Price $509