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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.

iPhone 13 Pro cameras

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

Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET

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 Max Galaxy S21 Ultra Pixel 5 OnePlus 9 Pro
Display size, resolution 6.7-inch OLED; 2,778x1,284 pixels 6.8-inch Edge WQHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2x, 3,200x1,440 pixels 6-inch FHD+ OLED; 2,340x1,080 pixels 6.7-inch AMOLED; 1,440x3,216 pixels
Pixel density 458 ppi 515 ppi 432 ppi 525 ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.33x3.07x0.3 in 2.97x6.5x0.35 in 5.7x2.8x0.3 in 6.43x2.90x0.34 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 161x78x7.65 mm 75.6x165.1x8.9mm 144.7x70.4x8.0 mm 163.2x73.6x8.7 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 8.48 oz; 240g 8.07 oz; 229g 5.33 oz; 151g 197 g; 6.95 oz
Mobile software iOS 15 Android 11 Android 11 Android 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-megapixel 10-megapixel 8-megapixel 16-megapixel
Video capture ProRes video recording up to 4K at 30 fps (1080p at 30 fps for 128GB storage)* 8K 4K 8K
Processor Apple A15 Bionic Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB 128GB/256GB, 512GB 128GB 128GB/256GB
RAM Undisclosed 12GB, 16GB 8GB 8GB, 12GB
Expandable storage No No No No
Battery Undisclosed; Apple lists 28 hours of video playback 5,000 mAh 4,000mAh 4,500 mAh
Fingerprint sensor No (Face ID) In-screen Rear In-screen
Connector Lightning USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack No No No No
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 zoom 5G enabled; water resistant (IP68); 90Hz refresh rate display; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); reverse wireless charging; fast charging 5G 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$1,849 AU$999 N/A
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