iPhone 13 Pro Max: How Apple's priciest phones compare to the best Pixel, Galaxy phones

The new iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are Apple's highest-end phones for 2021. Here's how they stack up against heavy hitters from the Google and Samsung.

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iPhone 13 Pro cameras

The iPhone 13 Pro has wide-angle, ultrawide and telephoto cameras.

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Apple's iPhone 13 Pro Max and the iPhone 13 Pro are the new highest-end phones revealed at Tuesday's Apple event. The phones received many of the improvements given to the entire iPhone 13 line, such as longer battery life and a new design featuring a slightly smaller notch. On top of that, these two Pro iPhones receive displays with a 120Hz refresh rate for smoother animations along with a new triple-lens camera system. If you want an especially spacious iPhone, a 1TB storage option is now available for each Pro iPhone.

Read more: CNET's iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max reviews

The phones also pack a more expensive punch in the wallet, starting at $999 (£949, AU$1,699) for the Pro and $1,099 (£1,049, AU$1,849) for the Pro Max. The price range puts it firmly into the premium line of phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, the OnePlus 9 Pro and Google's Pixel 5.

If you can easily swap between iOS and Android -- and are looking to upgrade to one of these companies' highest-end phones -- check out our chart below detailing each of them side by side. Pixel fans should probably hold off a few more weeks as it's getting close to the time we expect the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro to debut, but for now we're including the Pixel 5 while it remains Google's highest-end phone.

iPhone 13 Pro Max vs. rivals

iPhone 13 Pro MaxGalaxy S21 UltraPixel 5OnePlus 9 Pro
Display size, resolution 6.7-inch OLED; 2,778x1,284 pixels6.8-inch Edge WQHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2x, 3,200x1,440 pixels6-inch FHD+ OLED; 2,340x1,080 pixels6.7-inch AMOLED; 1,440x3,216 pixels
Pixel density 458 ppi515 ppi432 ppi525 ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.33x3.07x0.3 in2.97x6.5x0.35 in5.7x2.8x0.3 in6.43x2.90x0.34 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 161x78x7.65 mm75.6x165.1x8.9mm144.7x70.4x8.0 mm163.2x73.6x8.7 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 8.48 oz; 240g8.07 oz; 229g5.33 oz; 151g197 g; 6.95 oz
Mobile software iOS 15Android 11Android 11Android 11
Camera 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 12-megapixel (telephoto)108-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 10-megapixel (3x telephoto), 10-megapixel (10x telephoto)12.2-megapixel (standard), 16-megapixel (ultra-wide)48-megapixel (main), 50-megapixel (ultrawide), 8-megapixel (telephoto), 2-megapixel (monochrome)
Front-facing camera 12-megapixel10-megapixel8-megapixel16-megapixel
Video capture ProRes video recording up to 4K at 30 fps (1080p at 30 fps for 128GB storage)*8K4K8K
Processor Apple A15 BionicQualcomm Snapdragon 888Qualcomm Snapdragon 765GQualcomm Snapdragon 888
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB128GB/256GB, 512GB128GB128GB/256GB
RAM Undisclosed12GB, 16GB8GB8GB, 12GB
Expandable storage NoNoNoNo
Battery Undisclosed; Apple lists 28 hours of video playback5,000 mAh4,000mAh4,500 mAh
Fingerprint sensor No (Face ID)In-screenRearIn-screen
Connector LightningUSB-CUSB-CUSB-C
Headphone jack NoNoNoNo
Special features ProMotion technology with adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz; lidar scanner; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water-resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) IP68 rating, 5G-enabled, 100x Space Zoom, 10W wireless charging, 10x optical zoom5G enabled; water resistant (IP68); 90Hz refresh rate display; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); reverse wireless charging; fast charging5G enabled; water resistant (IP68), fast charging 65W, fast wireless charging 50W; stereo speakers
Price off-contract (USD) $1,099 (128GB), $1,199 (256GB), $1,399 (512GB), $1,599 (1TB)$1,200 (128GB), $1,250 (256GB), $1,380 (512GB)$699$969 (128GB)
Price (GBP) £1,049 (128GB), £1,149 (256GB), £1,349 (512GB), £1,549 (1TB)£1,329£599£829
Price (AUD) AU$1,849 (128GB), AU$2,019 (256GB), AU$2,369 (512GB), AU$2,719 (1TB)AU$1,849AU$999N/A
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