In 2019, Apple introduced smartphones with the Pro prefix for the first time. Compared to the regular model, they offer more features, better cameras and a better screen. In the iPhone 11 lineup, there was a place for two “firmware” at once – the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the main differences between which were only in the screen size and its resolution.
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The iPhone 11 Pro Max has aroused great interest among lovers of uncompromising solutions – maximum power with maximum display. But in 2020, even the base iPhone 12 gets an improved screen and a new processor. Is it able to compete with last year’s iPhone 11 Pro Max, especially since they are almost comparable in prices?
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IPhone 12 and iPhone 11 Pro Max design and dimensions
The focus on the iPhone 12 is largely due to its redesigned design. The flat edges are reminiscent of the style of the iPhone 4 and the latest iPad Pro. The frames around the screen have been made noticeably smaller.
The iPhone 11 Pro Max has a familiar design from the iPhone X with rounded edges and slightly thicker bezels than the 2020 flagships. The front and back panels of the iPhone 11 Pro Max are made of glass, while the front panel of the 2020 model has been protected by Ceramic Shield.
According to Apple, this glass with the strength of ceramics will be 4 times better at protecting the screen when the smartphone is dropped.
The bezel between the bezels on iPhone 12 is brushed aluminum, even though this material is of high quality and is used in the aerospace industry. On the iPhone 11 Pro Max, however, the bezel is made of surgical stainless steel and looks polished.
iPhone 11 Pro Max
If we talk about size, last year’s flagship is noticeably larger and heavier than its young counterpart:
iPhone 11 Pro Max: 158 x 77.8 x 8.1 mm, weight 226 g.
iPhone 12: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4 mm, weight 162 g.
Obviously, the iPhone 12 will be more comfortable in the hand, whereas if you need a larger screen, then you should give preference to the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
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IPhone 12 and iPhone 11 Pro Max colors
The iPhone 11 Pro Max has generally understated color options. There are 4 of them: gold, space gray, silver and dark green.
IPhone 11 Pro Max colors
But the iPhone has 12 colors already 5, they look brighter: blue, green, red, white and black.
IPhone 12 colors
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IPhone 12 and iPhone 11 Pro Max screen
Apple users turned their attention to the Pro models in large part because of the apparently better screen. But this year, even the iPhone 12 got an OLED Super Retina XDR display. The main difference between the displays of the smartphones in question is the size of the diagonal. The iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 6.5-inch screen, while the iPhone 12 has a 6.1-inch screen. The difference in resolution and density is insignificant – 2688 × 1242 and 458 PPI for last year’s model versus 2532 × 1170 and 460 PPI for the current one.
Matrices are similar in capabilities: they support True Tone technology, color gamut P3, have a contrast ratio of 2,000,000: 1. The brightness in HDR mode reaches 1200 cd / m2, but the standard brightness for the iPhone 11 Pro Max is slightly higher – 800 cd / m2 versus 625 cd / m2 for the iPhone 12. This difference will hardly be felt in practice. We can state that the screen of even the basic model of 2020 was equal in quality to last year’s flagship. Screen refresh rates of 120 Hz, like none of the flagship of last year, did not appear in 2020 models.
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IPhone 12 and iPhone 11 Pro Max performance and storage
The iPhone 11 Pro Max is powered by the 7nm A13 Bionic, while the 2020 smartphone has a fresh 5nm A14 Bionic processor. The Neural Engine also updated a generation and doubled the number of cores. Synthetic tests show the superiority of A14 Bionic in 20-25% over its predecessor. Machine learning will be 70-80% faster.
Both smartphones received 4 GB of RAM, but the iPhone 12 received a new type of RAM – LPDDR5, which is faster than LPDDR4X in the iPhone 11 Pro Max. But the owners of last year’s flagship should not be upset – its performance will last for a long time. In real life scenarios, the difference in speed between the iPhone 12 iPhone 11 Pro Max will be difficult to see.
The base storage size is the same for both models – 64 GB. But if the “firmware” also received options with 256 and 512 GB, then the regular iPhone 12 has more modest options: 128 and 256 GB.
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IPhone 12 and iPhone 11 Pro Max cameras
iPhone 11 Pro Max was the first of the iPhones to receive a module of three cameras. These are 12-megapixel wide-angle with f / 1.8, ultra-wide-angle with f 1 / 2.4 and telephoto with f / 2.0 aperture.
IPhone 11 Pro Max cameras
But the iPhone 12 has only two cameras in a similar module. And if the super-wide got the same aperture, then the wide-angle one already has f / 1.6, which promises better image quality.
IPhone 12 cameras
Last year’s flagship has better optical stabilization – it is double, in addition to the same 2x optical zoom for reduction, there is also 2x zoom for increase. The digital zoom is 10x, while the iPhone 12 has 5x. Both models received Night Mode, support Deep Fusion technology, but the work with the new Smart HDR 3 speaks in favor of the novelty.
Video shooting capabilities are better on the 2020 model. Both smartphones shoot 4K video at 24, 30 and 60 frames per second and HD video at 30 or 60 frames per second, slow-motion video 1080p 120/240 frames per second. But at the same time, the iPhone 12 was able to shoot HDR video in the Dolby Vision standard and Timelapse in Night mode. Obviously, these opportunities are provided by the new processor. In favor of last year’s flagship, you can only present a slightly better optical and digital zoom.
The front-facing TrueDepth camera in the iPhone 12 is better than last year’s model. And if the resolution and aperture remained the same – 12 MP and f / 2.2, then the new product received additional bonuses such as Night mode for selfies, Deep Fusion, Smart HDR 3 and the ability to shoot HDR video in the Dolby Vision standard. The iPhone 12 camera enables 1080p FaceTime video calling.
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Autonomy and charging iPhone 12 and iPhone 11 Pro Max
The iPhone 11 Pro Max, thanks to its size, received an impressive battery for the iPhone. Its volume is 3960 mAh. This allows the smartphone to watch videos for up to 20 hours. But the iPhone 12 has a battery of only 2815 mAh, which makes it possible to watch 17 hours of video. The winner is clear on this issue.
Both smartphones support fast charging, which allows you to recharge up to 50% charge in 30-35 minutes using the 20W adapter. There is also support for wireless charging of the Qi standard. But the iPhone 12 has the ability to work with the MagSafe magnetic charger (sold separately).
By attaching the magnetic connector to the back cover, you can charge your smartphone with up to 15W. But this technology will clearly spawn a fair amount of iPhone 12 accessories.
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If Apple considers the appearance of 5G in the iPhone 12 an important milestone, then for us, unfortunately, this is still an insignificant fact – there are no such networks in Russia, and they are unlikely to appear in the foreseeable future. Received a new smartphone and additional support for navigation systems Galileo, QZSS and BeiDou.
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Water resistant iPhone 12 and iPhone 11 Pro Max
The iPhone 12 is slightly better at water, splash and dust resistance. This is still the same IP68 rating, but the novelty can be submerged in water for half an hour at a depth of 6 meters, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max should not be submerged at a depth of more than 4 meters for the same time.
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IPhone 12 and iPhone 11 Pro Max
Alas, the iPhone 12 will ship without a headset and without a charger in a slimmer box. But last year’s model not only had them, but also the adapter was immediately at 18 W, which made it possible to take advantage of the advantages of fast charging.
IPhone 11 Pro Max Bundle
But the iPhone 12 has a cable for connecting to the more modern USB Type-C connector.
IPhone 12 Bundle
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A detailed comparison of the technical characteristics of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 11 Pro Max
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IPhone 12 and iPhone 11 Pro Max price
iPhone 12 can be purchased for:
iPhone 12, 64 GB – 79,990 rubles (buy)
iPhone 12, 128 GB – 84,990 rubles (buy)
iPhone 12, 256 GB – 94,990 rubles (buy)
iPhone 11 Pro Max has been discontinued, but is still available from authorized resellers at these prices:
iPhone 11 Pro Max, 64 GB – 81,990 rubles (buy)
iPhone 11 Pro Max, 256 GB – 91,200 rubles (buy)
iPhone 11 Pro Max, 512 GB – 98 200 rubles (buy)