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Xiaomi Mi 11 vs Samsung Galaxy S21: Who Is the Best

The Xiaomi Mi 11 and the Samsung Galaxy S21 are high-end smartphones with very nice promises and very convincing. There are therefore good reasons to hesitate between these two references. Here is our point by point comparison to help you decide between them according to your needs.

The year 2021 has got off to a strong start in the world of smartphones with two models that already intend to establish themselves as benchmarks. The Xiaomi Mi 11 thus faces the Samsung Galaxy S21 on a high-end price segment.

However, this is precisely the object of our comparison of the day: to know which smartphone between the Xiaomi Mi 11 and the Samsung Galaxy S21 is the best for you.

Key Specification

Mi 11Galaxy S21
$CHECK PRICECHECK PRICE
ChipsetSnapdragon 888Exynos 2100
Display6.81 inches6.2 inch
RAM8 GB, 12 GB8 GB
Camera108 MP + 13 MP
+ 5 MP (Primary)
108 MP + 10 MP +
10 MP + 12 MP (Primary)
Screen Lock Position

Design

Mi 11Galaxy S21
DimensionsHeight: 164.3 mm
Width: 74.6 mm
Thickness: 8.1 mm
Height: 165.1 mm
Width: 75.6 mm
Thickness: 8.9 mm
Weight196 grams229 grams
Screen Size6.81 ” (17.3 cm)6.8 ” (17.27 cm)
TypeAMOLEDDynamic AMOLED
ColorsBlackBlack

Two schools, two philosophies… and not at all the same products. The Xiaomi Mi 11 is a large smartphone rising to a little more than 164 mm in height when the Samsung Galaxy S21 plays its true false small format with its 151.7 mm. This notable difference in terms of dimensions is confirmed in terms of weight: 196 grams for the first, 171 grams for the second. To aim bigger at Samsung, you have to look to the significantly more expensive S21+.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 and the Galaxy S21 are therefore not at all alike in terms of format and you will have to keep this in mind when making your choice. This applies to the dimensions, but also to the pure design. One of the only commonalities is the matte treatment on the back surface of both smartphones.

However, even at this level, the biases of Samsung and Xiaomi clash. The South Korean has opted for plastic to lighten his device when the Chinese remain on glass (Gorilla Glass 5 on the back). The latter material is certainly considered nobler and more pleasant to the touch, but do not denigrate too much plastic. Samsung has done a lot of work to refine the satin effect – without perfectly imitating glass.

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Let’s take a closer look at the back of the two smartphones, more particularly on their respective triple photosensors. The Xiaomi Mi 11 opts for a square format module with rounded corners and a rather new appearance composed of three layers: a sensor and the flash alongside a black oval which itself is overlooked by the main sensor well highlighted.

For its part, the Galaxy S21 also plays the card of originality with an aluminium module that follows the curve of the edges of the smartphone to give the impression that it is directly integrated into the chassis. In either case, you have to deal with a certain protuberance.

On the front, the two competitors choose Gorilla Glass Victus to protect their pierced screens – in the left corner for the Mi 11, in the centre for the Galaxy S21. However, it should be noted that during our test of the Xiaomi champion, we scratched the panel without mistreating it more than reasonable. So be careful with both smartphones despite this protection.

The confrontation of the two smartphones in the field of screen quality is playing out little. We have OLED and a super smooth 120Hz display on both sides. More than that, visual comfort is superbly cared for on the Xiaomi Mi 11 as on the Samsung Galaxy S21.

Contrast, maximum brightness, the richness of colors. Everything is there! We will simply note that the Galaxy S21 is, unfortunately, a little too dull when it is set to Natural mode. Therefore prefer the Vivid mode which however requires a small temperature adjustment to avoid the over-dominance of blue.

For its part, the Mi 11 rolls mechanics offering a QHD + definition against the classic Full HD + at its rival. It’s always good to know, but it should be noted that the difference should not be particularly felt, especially since the Samsung model has a relatively small diagonal of 6.2 inches against 6.81 inches at the competitor.

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The battle here, therefore, turns a priori to the advantage of the Mi 11 thanks to a more efficient calibration. However, the situation changes if you prefer the contained formats, as the S21 should then get your preference in this case.

Performance

Mi 11Galaxy S21
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus – 7 nmQualcomm Snapdragon 875
GPUAdreno 670Adreno 660
RAM8 GB12 GB
Internal storage128 GB256 GB
Storage expansionNoNo
OSAndroid v11 (Q)Android v11 (Q)
MaterialsCorning Gorilla Glass v6Corning Gorilla Glass v7

The Xiaomi Mi 11 is the first smartphone on the European market to feature Qualcomm’s state-of-the-art Snapdragon 888. Opposite, the Galaxy S21 does not demerit with its Exynos 2100 also engraved in 5 nanometers. The first thing to remember: we are dealing here with very high end in terms of power. Neither device is overdue on any daily task. In terms of raw power, we are at the top of the basket.

However, we can award the victory to the Snapdragon 888 in this duel of titans. Be careful, as you can see in the benchmarks below, the Exynos 2100 defends itself very honourably and even outperforms its opponent in certain exercises.

However, it is on the graphics part that things get a bit sour. The Galaxy S21 lags too frequently on a game of Fortnite in Epic quality at 60 fps, while this same mission is much easier for the Xiaomi Mi 11. If mobile gaming performance is extremely important to you, then you know which smartphone to turn to.

Camera

Mi 11Galaxy S21
Rear108 MP + 50 MP + 13 MP + 5 MP with autofocus12 MP f/1.8 (Wide Angle)
64 MP f/2 (Telephoto)
12 MP f/2.2 (Ultra Wide)
Front20 Megapixel, 27mm (Widescreen)10 Megapixel, 26mm (wide), Dual Pixel PDAF, f/2.2 aperture
Video recording1080p8K @ 24fps UHD, 4K @ 30/60fps UHD, 1080p @ 240/30/60fps FHD, 720p @ 960fps HD

As for the photo, the two smartphones are really very good without having the same approach. A 108-megapixel sensor accompanied by an ultra-wide-angle and a sensor for the macro equips the Xiaomi Mi 11. On the Samsung Galaxy S21, it is the main sensor of 12 megapixels which is in control with an ultra-large -angle and a third 64-megapixel sensor dedicated to full-frame photos, 8K videos and zoom.

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Whatever your choice, know that you will enjoy very beautiful photos. Xiaomi however offers a slightly more neutral treatment than that of Samsung and may lack finesse in certain details. The Mi 11 like the S21 know how to manage the dynamics of immortalized scenes.

At night, the two smartphones do very well with their main sensor, even if the Xiaomi Mi 11 falls a little more easily into the lens flare effect trap, without this having too much of an impact on the proposed rendering.

Note also that, by default, each device can automatically activate night mode when it considers it necessary. Regarding the ultra-wide-angle, there are colourimetric inconsistencies on both sides in most conditions, while this shooting mode is generally disappointing in low light. The Galaxy S21 has the small advantage of avoiding the distortion effect on the edges a little more effectively.

Multimedia

Mi 11Galaxy S21
Headphone jackYesNo
LoudspeakerYesYes

Battery Life

Mi 11Galaxy S21
Capacity5000 mAh, Li-Po Battery4000 mAh, Li-Po Battery
TypeNon-Removable BatteryNon-Removable Battery
Fast Charging120W Fast Charging25W Fast Charging

Xiaomi is renowned for the battery life of its smartphones. However, with a 120 Hz screen with QHD + definition by default, the Mi 11 has advantages that can compromise its endurance. Result: the product is a little less effective than the other models of the brand to last a long time without being recharged. Nothing prohibitive, it remains quite able to withstand long active days. Just remember to check your battery level before going to bed to be sure to avoid unpleasant surprises.

On the opposite, the Galaxy S21 does not have the same heritage. Its recent predecessors have not dazzled by their autonomy and it was precisely up to him to restore Samsung’s image in this area. The good news, he’s doing it pretty well. Without working a miracle, its 4000 mAh battery withstands the throes of active use well, enough to aim for a day and a half of use.

The real difference between the two smartphones on the battery is played on the efficiency of the recharge. By not supporting a power beyond 25 W, the Galaxy S21 is far too slow to regain 100%. A problem that the Mi 11 does not suffer from, which only needs three-quarters of an hour to refuel with its 55 W block. Xiaomi also delivers the charger, which Samsung does not.

Connectivity

Mi 11Galaxy S21
SIMSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)SIM1: Nano, SIM2: e-SIM
BluetoothYes, v5.0Yes, v5.0
WifiWi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n/n
USBUSB-C USB-C v3.2
SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, GyroscopeAccelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass, Barometer

All 4G frequency bands are supported by these two devices, as is the 5G network. Regarding the calls, the quality is always excellent to have pleasant conversations.

It may happen that the Xiaomi Mi 11 compresses your voice a bit to better eliminate the noise around you, but it does not have to be ashamed of the almost flawless Samsung Galaxy S21 in this exercise.

 

Which is better!

The Galaxy S21 is an excellent smartphone that will certainly appeal to people looking for a smartphone with a content and light format. It is packed with qualities in all aspects and does not usurp its place in the high-end segment. However, the Xiaomi Mi 11 has formidable weapons in the face and is on par with its opponent and even outperforms them in in-game performance or speed of charging.

Above all, the Xiaomi Mi 11 is significantly cheaper. So, if the MIUI experience doesn’t put you off, pay attention to IP68 certification, and aren’t bored with relatively large smartphones, you’ve undoubtedly found your champion. For others, the Galaxy S21 will be a great companion.

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OnePlus 9 Pro vs OnePlus 9: What Are the Differences

The new OnePlus phones not only have the best possible hardware, but they also want to conquer us with that soul that goes beyond the rational. The brand also promises a forward in photography.

Throughout the year, many technological products pass through. Most of them, with their positives and negatives, end up leaving a good taste in the mouth. However, only a few have that special aura that makes you connect with them and go far beyond their specification table, their price, or their market positioning. The new OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro, with which we have had the opportunity to spend the last few days.

Key Specification

OnePlus 9 ProOnePlus 9
$CHECK PRICECHECK PRICE
ChipsetSnapdragon 888Snapdragon 888
Display6.55 inch6.67 inch
Memory8 or 12 GB8 or 12 GB
Camera48 MP + 50 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP48 MP + 50 MP + 2 MP
Fingerprint SensorExmor-RS CMOS SensorExmor-RS CMOS Sensor,
UltraPixel BSI image sensor

Design

OnePlus 9 ProOnePlus 9
Dimensions163.2 x 73.6 x 8.7 mm160 x 74.2 x 8.7 mm (EU/NA)
160 x 73.9 x 8.1 mm (IN/CN)
Weight197 g (6.95 oz)192 g (EU/NA)
183 g (IN/CN) (6.46 oz)
Screen Size6.7 ” (17.02 cm)6.55 ” (16.64 cm)
Display1440 x 3216 pixels1080 x 2400 pixels
ColorsMorning Mist, Pine Green, Stellar BlackAstral Black, Arctic Sky, Winter Mist

One of the keys to this pleasant experience is attention to detail. OnePlus is a brand that has always been known for it. And neither the OnePlus 9 nor the OnePlus 9 Pro are an exception.

The packaging, for example, is quite careful. It is something that many brands tend to leave in the background because, after all, we probably see it only once. However, for the Chinese brand, it is something worth treating well.

The same can also be said about the firmness of the buttons, the super useful switch to mute the phone – something that only Apple and OnePlus mount – or the harmony of the materials that make up the phone. But the thing, obviously, does not stop there: both phones have a design that, in addition to sitting very well in the hand, is quite attractive.

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The OnePlus 9, first of all, is characterized by having a completely flat screen and lines quite similar to the OnePlus 8T. However, the texture of some materials, the range of colors selected by OnePlus, the design of the new photographic module and the weight distribution of the product make the feeling more premium than that of the model to which it happens.

The OnePlus 9 Pro, on the other hand, features a curved screen. Mind you: the radius of curvature is smaller than on previous occasions, which is a step in the right direction. It is true that curved screens attracted a lot of public attention for some years, but, with the passage of time, they have been losing weight. In fact, Samsung, who launched them in the first place, has progressively reduced the curvature of its panels with each generation.

Both the OnePlus 9 and the OnePlus 9 Pro that I have been testing for the past few days have a mirror finish. In the case of the Pro, in silver; and, in the case of the standard model, in a tone close to mauve. An interesting detail of this finish is that the mirror effect is progressive. That is to say: the lower half is more reflective than the upper half, which tends more towards matte. It is probably difficult to see in the images, but when you hold them, it is striking.

Performance

OnePlus 9 ProOnePlus 9
ProcessorOcta core (2.84 GHz, Single core, Kryo 680 + 2.42 GHz, Tri core, Kryo 680 + 1.8 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 680)Octa core (2.84 GHz, Single core, Kryo 680 + 2.42 GHz, Tri core, Kryo 680 + 1.8 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 680)
GPUAdreno 660Adreno 660
RAM8 or 12 GB8 or 12 GB
Internal storage128 or 256 GB128 or 256 GB
Storage expansionNoNo
OSAndroid 11, OxygenOS 11.2.2Android 11, OxygenOS 11.2.2

One of the characteristics that have always defined OnePlus products is speed. The company usually incorporates the fastest components, but its work does not stop there: OnePlus also greatly refines the software of its products to get that extra performance that other brands leave in the pipeline.

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The new OnePlus 9, how could it be otherwise, check in this regard. The combination of the Snapdragon 888 – Qualcomm’s most advanced chipset -, UFS 3.1 memories, up to 12 GB RAM modules, up to 120 Hz displays, and various OnePlus optimizations make everything on this phone super fast and fluid. From scrolling through the most popular applications to the most demanding video games. I think I would not be exaggerating if I said that these are the most fluid Android phones of the moment.

One of the keys to that good experience, as I said, is the screen. In both phones, we find OLED panels capable of raising their refresh rate to 120 Hz, although the OnePlus 9 Pro is a bit more advanced.

Camera

OnePlus 9 ProOnePlus 9
Rear48 MP + 50 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP48 MP + 50 MP + 2 MP
Front16 MP16 MP
Video recording7680×4320 @ 30 fps
3840×2160 @ 60 fps
1920×1080 @ 240 fps
1280×720 @ 480 fps
7680×4320 @ 30 fps
3840×2160 @ 60 fps
1920×1080 @ 240 fps
1280×720 @ 480 fps

OnePlus has put a lot of emphasis on the photography area this year. In the Pro model, the company has decided to opt for a new range of sensors, in addition to resorting to the iconic Hasselblad to refine the color of the images. In the standard model, in addition to all that, it has also dispensed with the macro camera in favor of a better wide-angle.

In general, both the OnePlus 9 and the OnePlus 9 Pro are capable of capturing quite good photos, better than those of previous generations. The scenes are better balanced, the colors are much more natural, etc. The step forward is super evident.

Multimedia

OnePlus 9 ProOnePlus 9
Headphone jackUSB Type-CUSB Type-C
SpeakersDolby AtmosDolby Atmos

Battery Life

OnePlus 9 ProOnePlus 9
No of Cell/Capacity4500 mAh4500 mAh
Quick ChargingWarp, 65W: 100 % in 29 minutesWarp, 65W: 100 % in 29 minutes
User ReplaceableNoNo

Last year, OnePlus put an end to one of its main shortcomings: wireless charging. However, it did so only with the Pro model. Both the OnePlus 8T and the OnePlus 8 were left without this feature that some of their main rivals did offer.

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This year, luckily, the story is different. The two OnePlus 9s are compatible with the Qi standard, although the charging speed varies between the two models. The OnePlus 9 supports up to 15 watts of power and the OnePlus 9 Pro raises that figure to 50 watts.

The 50-watt wireless charging system, dubbed Warp Charge 50 Wireless, allows the mobile to be fully charged in less than an hour, which is very useful in some situations. Of course: to charge the mobile at maximum speed it is necessary to use the OnePlus wireless charger – which is sold separately and is priced at 69.95 euros. This one, by the way, has a small fan that cools the device while it is charging. If you are in a quiet room, you will hear it.

The OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro are also compatible, how could it be otherwise, with the brand’s fastest cable charging system. This manages up to 65 watts of power and allows the battery to be fully charged (from 1% to 100%) in just 29 minutes.

The battery of both models, by the way, has a capacity of 4,500 mAh capacity. In practice, the experience has been satisfactory. No day, even when I’ve been using the phone the most, have I had to turn off power-saving features or find a charger before the day was out.

Connectivity

iPhone 11 ProiPhone 11 Pro
SIMDual SIM, GSM+GSMDual SIM, GSM+GSM
Bluetoothv5.2v5.2
WifiWi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/ax/b/g/n, MIMOWi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/ax/b/g/n, MIMO
USBUSB Type-C 3.1, USB On-The-GoUSB Type-C 3.1, USB On-The-Go
SensorsOn-screenOn-screen

Conclusion!

The OnePlus 9 Pro, overall, is an excellent phone. The design is attractive, the screen is really good, it’s super fast. It checks everything you can ask for, including the camera – which, despite being a bit below the iPhone 12 Pro Max and the Galaxy S21 Ultra, achieves good results. If to all that you add the RRP –which is less than 1200 USD– and that soul that I have commented throughout the analysis, it is impossible not to recommend its purchase. For me it is – and probably will be – one of the mobiles that I have enjoyed the most in 2021.

With the OnePlus 9, the experience is also super good, but it is true that, due to its price, it competes with mobiles like the Xiaomi Mi 11, which is a pretty tough nut to crack. The choice between one or the other will depend, at the end of the day, on the preferences of the consumer. But what I am clear about is that this OnePlus 9 has everything to be in the battle.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs iPhone 12 Pro Max: Premium Comparison

Would you like to treat yourself to the ultimate in cellphone, but you are hesitating between the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max? Here are some elements that should help you make your choice according to your needs.

The Galaxy S21 slew has just arrived and it’s time for everyone to play the game of comparisons. For this, the two most powerful smartphones from Samsung and Apple, the Galaxy S21 Ultra and the iPhone 12 Pro Max were chosen. Let’s take a tour of the media to see everyone’s opinions.

Pros and Cons

Galaxy S21 UltraiPhone 12 Pro Max
6.8-inch AMOLED displayBig and bold screen
S Pen supportA14 Bionic processor
Great Battery LifeLong battery life
Heavy and big phoneLarge camera bump
No charger or earphones in the boxWay too big for some

Key Specification

Galaxy S21 UltraiPhone 12 Pro Max
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ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 888Apple A14 Bionic (5 nm)
Display Size6.8 inch6.7 inch
Memory16 GB6 GB
Storage512 GB128-512 GB
Camera108 + 12 + 10 + 10 MP12 + 12 + 12 MP
Fingerprint Sensor PositionOn ScreenFace ID

In addition, the update rate is yet another aspect that differentiates the two phones. The Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with variable technology ranging from 10 to 120 Hz, in order to adjust according to demand without consuming a lot of battery. The iPhone 12 Pro Max brings only the 60 Hz option.

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However, the Apple smartphone took the title of the best screen in the world by the specialized website DisplayMate in November 2020. The device also comes with Ceramic Shield (ceramic shield, in Portuguese), which promises to be the toughest glass on the market against falls and scratches.

Design

Galaxy S21 UltraiPhone 12 Pro Max
Dimensions165.1x 75.6 x 8.9 mm160.8 x 78.1 x 7.4 mm
Weight229 grams228 grams
Screen Resolution3200 x 1440 pixels1284 x 2778 pixels
Pixel Density515 ppi458 ppi
ColorPhantom Black, Grey, Pink, Silver, Violet, WhiteSilver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific Blue
Display TypeOLEDOLED, HDR10

When it comes to design, the Samsung offers more rounded lines than those of the iPhone 12 Pro Max which is part of a more rectilinear format. The Galaxy S21 Ultra measures 165.1×75.6×8.9 mm for a weight of 227 grams which is not anything in a pocket against 160.8×78.1×7.4 mm and 226 grams for the iPhone 12 Pro Max which remains the world’s thinnest 5G mobile. It is available in black, white, gold or blue while the South Korean mobile is offered in different colors: black, silver and, exclusively on the manufacturer’s website, in titanium, navy and brown.

The screen of the S21 Ultra measures 6.8 inches in curved mode compared to 6.7 inches for the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Both benefit from an HDR-compatible AMOLED panel, but that of the Samsung offers a refresh rate of 120 Hz against half for the American mobile which would therefore offer less fluidity when scrolling pages, for example. The screen definition of the S21 Ultra is 1440×3200 pixels against 1284×2778 pixels at Apple.

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Performance

Galaxy S21 UltraiPhone 12 Pro Max
ProcessorOcta core 2.2 GHzHexa-core 2×3.1 GHz
GPUAdreno 660Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
RAM16 GB6 GB
Internal storage512 GB128-512 GB
Storage expansionYesNo
OSAndroid 11iOS 14.1

Both benefit from the latest SoC platform, namely an Exynos 2100 for Samsung and an A14 Bionic for Apple. The Galaxy S21 Ultra has 12 or 16 GB of RAM compared to only 6 GB for the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The latter has a battery with a capacity of 3687 mAh against 5000 mAh for the S21 Ultra with the possibility of charging at 25 Watts. On paper, it offers greater autonomy, it remains to be seen whether this holds true in reality.

Camera

Galaxy S21 UltraiPhone 12 Pro Max
Rear108 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide)
12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide)
10 MP f/4.9, 240mm(telephoto)
10 MP f/2.4, 70mm(telephoto)
12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide)
12 MP, f/2.4, 13mm (ultrawide)
12 MP f/2.2, 65mm(telephoto)
Front40 MP, f/2.2, 26mm(wide)12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6″
Video recording4K@24/30/60fps,
1080p@30/60/120/240fps
4K@24/30/60fps,
1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS

For the camera section, the iPhone 12 Pro Max relies on three 12-megapixel sensors with, particularly powerful image processing. For its part, the Galaxy S21 Ultra uses the main module of 108 megapixels, the third generation, accompanied by a 12-megapixel lens for the wide-angle and two other 10 megapixel sensors. The mobile can film with a maximum definition of 8K at 24 frames per second against Ultra HD (4K) at 60 frames per second for the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Both are waterproof. They get 5G and Wi-Fi 6 even though the Galaxy S21 Ultra is already Wi-Fi 6E ready.

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Multimedia

Galaxy S21 UltraiPhone 12 Pro Max
Headphone jackYes 3.5 mmLightning
LoudspeakerYesYes
Audio FeaturesDolby AtmosDolby Atmos
FM RadioNoNo

Battery Life

Galaxy S21 UltraiPhone 12 Pro Max
Capacity5000 mAh3687 mAh
TypeLi-ionLi-ion
Quick ChargingYesYes
Wireless ChargingYesYes
User ReplaceableNoNo

On paper, the 3,689mAh battery of the iPhone 12 Pro Max seems to lag far behind the 5,000mAh of that of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra . But that is without counting on the formidable optimization signed Apple which can boast of an autonomy in normal use of 20 hours where Samsung is limited to 14 hours . The situation is the same for streaming videos, but the reverse is true for a phone call.

There remains the question of the charging time, which is close to two hours for the iPhone 12 (with a normal charger) against 1:09 for the S21 . Apple advantage, unless you spend your life on the phone.

Note that no charger is sold with these phones which additionally support wireless charging. Finally, only the S21 Ultra can charge other devices.

Connectivity

Galaxy S21 UltraiPhone 12 Pro Max
SIMDual SIM, GSM+GSMDual SIM, GSM+GSM
Network Support5G, 4G, 3G, 2G5G, 4G, 3G, 2G
Bluetoothv5.2 + LE v5.0
Water ResistanceYesNo
WifiWi-Fi 6E (802.11ax)Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, hotspot
GPSYes with A-GPS, GlonassYes with A-GPS, Glonass
NFCYesYes
SensorsAccelerometer, Barometer (Altimeter), Compass, Fingerprint, Gyroscope, ProximityFace ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Overall Performance

 

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Compare: iPhone 12 Mini vs iPhone 12 Pro Max

We compare the largest to the smallest of Apple’s iPhone 12 family at the camera level. Is there so much difference in photos from iPhone 12 mini to 12 Pro Max? In this post, we will show you a series of examples with which you can compare with your own eyes if there is a big difference between them. We understand that they are two models that, far from being contradictory, give rise to doubts because they are the two extremes of this generation. Therefore, your doubts will be resolved shortly.

It should be noted that in order to offer a better loading speed for this page, we have had to compress the photographs shown in the following sections. In any case, the same percentage of compression has been used and the least possible quality has been lost. Therefore, the results presented and the differences can be seen in all cases. On the other hand, none of the photographs has been retouched in any of its aspects, so that the results that these iPhones are capable of the showing are seen as naturally as possible.

Key Specification

iPhone 12 miniiPhone 12 Pro Max
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ReleasedNov 2020Oct 2020
ChipsetApple A14 Bionic (5 nm) Apple A14 Bionic (5 nm)
Display Size5.4 inch6.7 inch
Memory4 GB6 GB
Storage128-512 GB128-512 GB
Camera12MP + 12MP12MP + 12MP + 12MP
Fingerprint Sensor PositionFace IDFace ID

Design

iPhone 12 miniiPhone 12 Pro Max
Dimensions131.5 x 64.2 x 7.4 mm160.8 x 78.1 x 7.4 mm
Weight135 grams228 grams
Screen Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels1284 x 2778 pixels
Pixel Density476 ppi458 ppi
ColorBlack, White, Red, Green, BlueSilver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific Blue
Display TypeXDR OLED, HDR10OLED, HDR10

Performance

iPhone 12 miniiPhone 12 Pro Max
ProcessorHexa core 2×3.1 GHzHexa-core 2×3.1 GHz
GPUApple GPU (4-core graphics)Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
RAM4 GB6 GB
Internal storage128-512 GB128-512 GB
Storage expansionNoNo
OSiOS 14.1, upgradable to iOS 14.4iOS 14.1, upgradable to iOS 14.4

Camera

iPhone 12 miniiPhone 12 Pro Max
Rear12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide)
12 MP, f/2.4, 13mm (ultrawide)
12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide)
12 MP, f/2.4, 13mm (ultrawide)
12 MP f/2.2, 65mm(telephoto)
Front12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm(wide)12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6″
Video recording4K@24/30/60fps,
1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS
4K@24/30/60fps,
1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS

We believe that talking about technical data on many occasions is somewhat confusing, since with this sometimes the real perception of what the devices offer is lost. That is why in the next sections we are going to see the differences that we find in practice, but we believe that it is equally important to know what differences exist between the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max when it comes to cameras.

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Something very important to take into account is the Apple ProRAW format that incorporates the ‘Pro Max’ model and not the ‘mini’. This is a new format added by Apple in this generation and that gives more quality the photographs taken both with this equipment and with the 6.1-inch ’12 Pro ‘model.

In practically all devices, the front or front camera is the one with the lowest quality, or at least if we compare it with what is found on the back. In these iPhone, it was not going to be an exception and we also found a lower quality than the rear, although they are not bad cameras for that. In fact, if you look at the following photograph, you will see that the fact that both terminals have identical specifications on their front is also reflected in the results, finding identical points.

Multimedia

iPhone 12 miniiPhone 12 Pro Max
Headphone jackLightningLightning
LoudspeakerYesYes
Audio FeaturesDolby AtmosDolby Atmos
FM RadioNoNo

Battery Life

iPhone 12 miniiPhone 12 Pro Max
Capacity2227 mAh3687 mAh
TypeLi-ionLi-ion
Quick ChargingYesYes
Wireless ChargingYesYes
User ReplaceableNoNo

Connectivity

iPhone 12 miniiPhone 12 Pro Max
SIMDual SIM, GSM+GSMDual SIM, GSM+GSM
Network Support5G, 4G, 3G, 2G5G, 4G, 3G, 2G
Bluetoothv5.0v5.0
WifiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, hotspot
GPSYes with A-GPS, GlonassYes with A-GPS, Glonass
NFCYesYes
SensorsFace ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometerFace ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Conclusion!

The main point by which someone can hesitate between buying an iPhone 12 mini and a 12 Pro Max is fundamentally the size and the battery, since there is a very palpable difference between the two. If, on the other hand, you find yourself at a point where both extremes attract your attention and you think that the camera can be a definitive point, obviously we have to tell you the large model is superior.

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It is a big difference? Well, as you may have seen yourself, in some points they share results, but in others, such as Night Portrait or zoom photographs, the ‘mini’ is far behind. If you think these differences can be bridged, the iPhone 12 mini is a great call in the photographic aspect as well.

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