iPhone 11 Pro Max Vs Galaxy Note 10 Plus: Performance, Camera, Design

Ramish Zafar

Cupertino tech giant Apple has launched the iPhone 11 lineup, and the gadgets are everything that we expected them to be. Apple's upgraded their cameras to bring the smartphones on par with today's flagships, and the iPhones' processor receives upgrades stemming from TSMC's N7+ fabrication process. These upgrades and the fact that Apple's slightly rebranded the iPhone this year to bring the iPhone XR's successor into the primary gadgets' fold has left several folks confused.

So, if you're in the market for a flagship purchase and are stuck between the Galaxy Note 10 Plus and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, you've come to the right place. We've taken a detailed look at the devices' hardware and then reached our conclusions. Head on below for the details!

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iPhone 11 Pro Max Vs Galaxy Note 10 Plus - Processor, RAM & Storage:

Starting off with their processors, the iPhones 11 have the better chip. Apple's A13 is manufactured on TSMC's latest performance node, which is a generation ahead of the one that the Note 10 Plus' Snapdragon 855 is made on. The A13 is a hexa-core chip with four low-performance and two high-performance cores. Apple hasn't provided the chip's frequency, but the company's numbers claim that all the cores are 20% faster than their predecessors on the A12.

However, unofficial information for the A13 pegs the SoC's CPU's low-performance cores clocked at 1.59GHz and high-performance cores at 2.5GHz. Additionally, the chip's base frequency is speculated to be 2.66GHz, but since the numbers aren't official, we can't use them for concrete conclusions.

Moving over to the Snapdragon 855, Qualcomm's flagship processor is a generation older than the Apple A13. It features seven cores. Four of these are the power-efficient Kryo 485 Silver cores based on ARM's Cortex A55 designs and clocked at 1.8GHz. Three are the Kryo 485 Gold cores based on ARM's Cortex A76 and clocked at 2.42GHz. Finally, an additional Kryo 485 Gold core clocked at 2.84Ghz is also present.

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Keep in mind that the Snapdragon 855's benchmark scores are comparable to Apple's 2018 SoC, the A12 and as a result,  the iPhone 11 Pro Max will be faster than the Note 10 Plus.

Moving towards gaming, Apple's GPU for the A13 has four cores and is 15% power efficient and 20% faster than its predecessor on the A12. Qualcomm's Adreno 640, on the other hand, has three cores clocked at 585MHz and features 768 ALUs. When the Adreno 640 is compared to the A12's graphics unit, the Adreno comes out on top. Therefore, we believe that the iPhone 11 Pro Max will match the Galaxy Note 10 Plus for GPU performance.

Finally, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB storage options. The Note 10 Plus, on the other hand, comes with 256GB and 512GB, with the option to add a 1TB microSD card. RAM wise, we're hopeful that the iPhone will offer 6GB, with the Note 10 Plus featuring 12GB.

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iPhone 11 Pro Max Vs Galaxy Note 10 Plus - Camera Specifications:

Camera upgrades continue to form the backbone of every smartphone launch, and with the iPhone 11 Pro Max, it's no different. After waiting for some time, Apple has finally introduced a triple camera setup on the iPhone. This upgrade comes in line with technology that the company dubs as 'Deep Fusion'. Deep Fusion takes eight images before you've engaged the iPhone 11 Pro Max's shutter. It then takes one more image after the shutter engages, and the A13's Neural Engine then goes through 24 million pixels in one second to optimize a photograph's various parameters.

Specs-wise, the iPhone's three camera sensors have 12MP resolution each. The wide-angle sensor has an f/1.8 aperture, the ultra-wide sensor has an f/2.4 and the telephoto lens has an f/2.0 aperture. The wide and telephoto lenses have optical image stabilization and six-element lenses, while the ultra-wide sensor has a five-element lens. For zooming, the iPhone 11 Pro Max can 2x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out and 10x digital zoom. Looks like the smartphone won't be receiving accolades from DxOmark for its zoom performance which has recently been thrown in the spotlight with Huawei's P30 Pro.

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The iPhone will also let users adjust their perspective image's field of view through the viewfinder. For video recording, the iPhone 11 Pro Max has extended dynamic range for videos recorded up to 60 frames per second. Extended dynamic range is the ability of a camera to capture different shades of color and light or dark areas accurately. The iPhone can record 4K video at 24, 30 or 60fps; 1080p video at 30 and 60 fps and 720p video at 30fps.

Apple has also made upgrades to the smartphones' front camera setup dubbed as 'True Depth'. The primary camera lens in this setup now has a 12MP resolution with an f/2.2 aperture. It's got similar frame rate video recording parameters for 4K and 1080p video, and can also record 1080p slow-motion video at 120fps. Additionally, with the iPhone 11 Pro Max, you'll also be able to take selfies in an ultra-wide-angle mode, which should help with group photos.

iPhone 11 Pro Max: Galaxy Note 10+:
Ultra-wide: 12MP, f/2.4 16MP, f/2.2
Wide: 12MP, f/1.8 12MP, f/1.5 - f/2.4
Telephoto: 12MP, f/2.0 12MP, f/2.1
Video: 4K @ 24, 30 & 60fps 4K @ 30, 60fps
1080p @ 30, 60, 120, 240*fps 1080p @ 30, 60, 240fps
720p @ 30fps 720p @ 960fps
Smart HDR HDR 10+
Front: 12MP, f/2.2 10MP, f/2.2
1080p @ 120fps 2160p @ 30fps

Despite Tough Camera Competition, Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 Plus Still Has An Advantage Over Apple's iPhone 11 Pro Max:

Moving towards the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, Samsung's premium phablet also has a triple rear camera setup. The individual sensor resolutions on this setup are identical to the iPhone 11 Max Pro for the Wide and Telephoto lens. However, the Note 10's Ultra-wide angle lens has a 16MP resolution, giving it an edge over the iPhone. Over here, we believe that Apple might be limited by the amount of data that the A13 can effectively compute using Deep Fusion, and thus, the Ultra-wide angle lens is limited to 12MP.

The Note 10 Plus' ultra-wide sensor also lets in more light, and therefore, the phablet will perform better in taking large photographs. Samsung's phablet also has the iPhone beat with the wide-angle lens due to a variable aperture setup. This setup lets the Note 10 Plus capture in more (low f-number) or less (high f-number) light at will, with the iPhone 11 Pro Max limited at f/1.8.

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For video recording, the iPhone 11 Pro Max's frame rate rendering weakness due to not using Qualcomm's excellent GPUs is laid bare. While both the iPhone and the Note can render 4K video at 30 and 60fps and 1080p at 120 and 240fps, the difference in recording for 720p is stark. Samsung's got the strengths of Qualcomm's Adreno GPU on its side, but camera performance for the international variants of the Note 10 Plus that are powered by ARM's Mali GPU series also follows similar lines. So, if you love high-definition, slow-motion video recording, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus should be the device for you based on numbers only.

Finally, it's important to keep in mind that while a gadget's camera sensors can capture all the data that they want but unless the silicon to which this data is fed to doesn't process it effectively, any gains made through hardware upgrades can be neutered. The best example of this are Google's Pixel smartphones, which perform the job of multiple camera sensors through one simply by optimizing algorithms, But, unless contrary evidence surfaces, our recommendation is that you consider the Galaxy Note 10 Plus if you want stellar camera performance, especially for video recording. A Final conclusion for video performance will, however, depend on other features too such as white balance and contrast.

iPhone 11 Pro Max Vs Galaxy Note 10 Plus - Design, Build & Conclusion:

Apple's iPhone 11 Pro Max measures 158 x 77.8 x 8.1 mm and the Galaxy Note 10 Plus measures 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 mm. The Note 10 has a larger display (6.8" diagonal) compared to the iPhone 11's 6.5 inches. Both devices have a glass back, and Apple claims that the iPhones' back is manufactured out of a single sheet. Their frames are made of different materials, with the iPhone 11 Pro Max having one built out of stainless steel, and the Note 10 Plus having one made of aluminum.

Design-wise, the Note 10 Plus has a better display. Samsung's edged displays have cemented the company's lead in a world of bezel-free smartphones, and if you get a chance to compare the iPhone 11 Pro Max and Galaxy Note 10 Plus side-by-side, you'll see the difference Samsung's displays make firsthand. Take our word for it if you must. The iPhone 11's rounded corners give the gadget a more easygoing look, but Samsung's excellent back finishes on the Note 10 Plus ensure that the phablet does not lose any design points over its primary competitor.

All in all, design and camera go to the Note 10 Plus while performance goes to the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Love to stretch your gadget's performance to the edge? The iPhone 11's the device for you. Love shooting great videos in 720p? Give the Note 10 Plus a chance.

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