Galaxy S20+ vs iPhone 11 Pro Max: Will Samsung’s Flagship Smartphone Top Apple’s?

Rumored to be called the Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra, Samsung’s new flagship smartphone series is expected to have significant upgrades from its predecessors. Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro series is currently the fastest and most powerful mobile phone today, but how will the Korean giant’s upcoming series compare? We deep dive into the leaked features of the Galaxy S20+ and compare them side by side with the highly-acclaimed iPhone 11 Pro Max to find out.

Samsung Galaxy S20+ vs iPhone 11 Pro Max Comparison Chart

ModelSamsung Galaxy S20+Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
galaxy s20+iphone 11 pro max
PriceComing SoonCheck Price
Display120 Hz Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED display60 Hz Super Retina XDR OLED display
Screen Size6.7″6.5″
Resolution3200 x 1440 pixels2688 x 1242 pixels
Pixel Density525 PPI458 PPI
Dimensions162 x 74 x 7.8 mm158 x 77.8 x 8.1 mm
Weight188 g226 g
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 865A13 Bionic chip with
third-generation
Neural Engine
5GYesNo
RAM12GB4GB
Storage128GB, 256GB64GB, 256GB, 512GB
Rear Cameras12MP Wide, 64MP Telephoto, 12MP Ultra-Wide, ToF CameraTriple 12MP Ultra Wide, Wide, Telephoto
ZoomUp to 30X Digital ZoomUp to 10x Digital Zoom
Front Cameras10MP IMX 37412MP Smart HDR
VideoRear: up to 8K 30 fps
Front: up to 4K 60 fps
Rear: up to 4K at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
Front: Up to 4K at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
Face IDNoYes
Battery4500mAh3969mAh
Battery LifeTBAVideo Playback: Up to 20 hours
Video Streaming: Up to 12 hours
Audio Playback: Up to 80 hours
Wireless ChargingTBAYes
Water ResistanceIP68IP68 
Android VersionAndroid 10.0 with One UI 2.0N/A
MicroSDYes, up to 1TBNo
ColorsCosmic Black, Cosmic Grey, Cloud BlueMidnight Green
Space Gray
Silver
Gold

Design

The Samsung Galaxy S20+ will be lighter and will have a bigger display than the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

A leaked rendering of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus (left) and the iPhone 11 Pro Max (right) released in 2019

The Galaxy S20 Plus will be slightly slimmer and taller than the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The upcoming Galaxy S20+ sports a larger 6.7-inch display than the iPhone’s 6.5-inch screen. Both feature an all-screen design with no physical buttons on the front. Their button controls are housed on the side of the device. Both smartphones have also removed the traditional 3.5mm audio jack.

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Both their rear cameras are located at the upper left corner of the handset, but the Galaxy S20+’s cameras look more stealthy than the 11 Pro Max’s bigger cameras. The Samsung smartphone on the horizon is rumored to come in blue, black, and gray. On the other hand, Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro Max comes in four colors: midnight green, gold, silver, and space gray.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy S20+ will have a higher resolution and pixel density than the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max.

iphone 11 Pro Max
Both the Galaxy S20+ and iPhone 11 Pro Max (in photo) boast clear and sharp displays with 525 PPI and 458 PPI, respectively

Apart from its bigger screen display, the bezel-less Samsung Galaxy S20+ also boasts a 120 Hz Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED display. This is a step ahead of the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s custom 60 Hz Super Retina XDR OLED display.

Although Apple devices are already equipped with smooth, responsive panels, 60 Hz can’t rival the smoothness that a 120 Hz refresh rate can offer. That said, the 11 Pro Max still delivers stunning quality when used with streaming platforms such as Netflix and Apple TV with its 458 pixels per inch display.

Performance

The Galaxy S20 Plus and iPhone 11 Pro Max are both powerful smartphones, but the S20+ will support 5G.

Unlike the Galaxy S20+, the iPhone 11 Pro Max (in photo) does not have 5G connectivity

With its bespoke A13 Bionic chip, Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro Max with 4GB RAM is one of the fastest and most powerful smartphones in the market today. However, the yet-to-be-released Galaxy S20+ is rumored to have a 12GB RAM that will run on the Snapdragon 865 processor. Qualcomm’s latest CPU posted impressive benchmark scores, but we can only wait for the official release of the S20+ to confirm whether it is faster than the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

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What we know for sure is the Samsung Galaxy on the horizon will have 5G capabilities, thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. This was already made available in the Galaxy S10, so this feature doesn’t come as a surprise. Meanwhile, none of the iPhone 11 Pro smartphones support 5G connectivity.

Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy S20+ will have four rear cameras while the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max only has three.

Taken using the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s Ultra-Wide camera

Both the Samsung Galaxy S20+ and the iPhone 11 Pro Max are equipped with 12 MP wide and ultra-wide rear cameras. They also have a telephoto lens, but Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S20+ will have a 64MP telephoto while the 11 Pro Max only comes with a 12 MP telephoto lens. What the iPhone 11 doesn’t have is the ToF (Time of Flight) rear camera of the S20 Plus which creates better bokeh for video recording and more immersive 3D and AR viewing experience.

The soon-to-be-unveiled Galaxy S20+ is also capable of recording 8K videos and up to 30x digital zoom (three times more than the 11 Pro Max’s 10x digital zoom). Meanwhile, the iPhone 11 Pro Max can only capture 4K videos in both its rear and front cameras. While the S20+ already sounds better on paper, we have yet to see actual photos and videos taken from the latest Galaxy to definitively say whose cameras are better.

While the Galaxy S20+ may have more cameras, the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s zero shutter lag, beautiful night mode and telephoto captures, intelligent front camera, and QuickTake are still noteworthy features. We’ll find out what specific camera features the S20+ has once it is officially released.

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Battery and Additional Features

Both the Galaxy S20+ and iPhone 11 Pro Max are water and dust resistant and have a long battery life

The Galaxy S20+ and iPhone 11 Pro Max (in photo) are IP68rated

Both Samsung and Apple continue to aim to create more and more efficient smartphones for longer-lasting usage. The Galaxy S20+ is rumored to come with a higher battery capacity of 4500mAh compared to the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s 3969mAh battery.

The 11 Pro Max can be used to play downloaded videos for up to 20 hours, stream videos for up to 12 hours, and listen to music for up to 80 hours. While the Galaxy has a larger battery capacity on paper, we can only confirm the actual hours of usage once the smartphones are officially released.

Both the Galaxy S20 Plus and the iPhone 11 Pro Max have an IP rating of 68. This rating indicates they are splash-resistant, dustproof, and sand-proof. Apple claims that the 11 Pro Max can withstand submersion in a depth of up to 4 meters for 30 minutes, while the Galaxy models can be submerged in only 1.5 meters for the same duration.

Smartphone users who like taking a lot of photos and videos will like the expandable storage that the Samsung Galaxy S20+ will have. It is expected to have internal storage of up to 256GB and a MicroSD slot for expandable storage of up to 1TB. Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro Max is available in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage capacity and doesn’t have a slot for external storage.

Verdict

Samsung’s Galaxy S20+ will be packed with more features than Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro Max

Samsung Galaxy S20+

galaxy s20+

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

iphone 11 pro max

Undoubtedly, both flagship smartphones command a premium price tag that comes with their top-notch features. While the official price of the Galaxy S20+ is not yet set, expect this flagship smartphone to set you back a little over a grand. Loyal Apple users will find powerful and significant upgrades on the iPhone 11 Pro Max. This Apple flagship is still a smartphone to beat. However, the Galaxy S20+ offers overall better value for your money as it will be equipped with 5G connectivity, 8K video recording capability, extra camera, higher-resolution photos, and up to 1TB expandable storage.

Make sure to bookmark this page for updates once the Samsung Galaxy S20+ officially hits the market.