iPhone 15 Pro Max vs. Galaxy S23 Ultra

By Teltech ICT

The latest Apple iPhone elevates its optical zoom features to rival the Galaxy S23 Ultra, coupled with a refreshed design that prioritises robustness for extended durability. Let’s delve into a preliminary comparison between the iPhone 15 Pro Max and the Galaxy S23 Ultra, considering all available information.

Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Height: 159.9 mm 163.4 mm
Width: 76.7 mm 78.1 mm
Depth: 8.25 mm 8.9 mm
Weight: 221 grams 233 grams
Screen Size: 2796 x 1290 resolution
at 460 pixels per inch
3088 x 1440 resolution
at 500 pixels per inch
Operating System: Apple iOS 17 Android 13 with One UI 5.1
Processor: Apple A17 Pro Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
Storage: 256GB
RAM: 8GB 8GB | 12GB
Battery: 4,422mAh
20W charging
Wireless charging
No reverse wireless charging
Super Fast Charging 2.0 at 45W
Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
Wireless PowerShare
Cameras: Rear: 48-megapixel (MP) primary
12MP ultrawide
12MP telephoto
Front: 12MP
Rear: 200MP primary with Laser Auto Focus
12MP ultrawide
10MP telephoto
Front: 12MP
Video: Rear: Up to 4K at 24, 25, 30
60 frames per second (fps)
FHD at up to 60 fps and slow-mo
Front: Up to 4K at up to 60 fps
Rear: Up to 8K at 30 frames per second (fps)
4K at 60 fps, FHD at 120 fps
960 fps for slow motion
Front: Up to 4K at 60 fps
Biometrics: Face ID - Enabled by the TrueDepth
front camera for facial recognition
Ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor
Face Recognition
Colours: Black Titanium
White Titanium
Blue Titanium
Natural Titanium
Phantom Black
Bluetooth: Yes, Bluetooth® 5.3
Water Resistance: Rated IP68 (maximum depth of 6 metres for up to 30 minutes) under IEC standard 60529
Network: Superfast 5G


The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra boasts the most adaptable smartphone camera setup. It features a 200MP main camera, two 10MP telephoto cameras offering 3x and 10x optical zoom, and a 12MP ultra-wide lens. This phone is a top choice for vacations due to its vibrant colours and impressive zoom capabilities.

The iPhone 15 Pro Max competes with Samsung’s top phone by offering a 5x optical zoom, but it doesn’t have the 3x optical zoom found in the iPhone 15 Pro, which lacks the 5x optical zoom. In terms of specs, the iPhone 15 Pro Max has three rear cameras: a 48MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide camera, and a 12MP telephoto camera. Apple claims they’ve enhanced HDR for photos with the new iPhones. Additionally, there’s an upgraded portrait mode that captures depth data in every photo, allowing you to transform a regular photo into a portrait using the Photos app.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra records decent videos, but we anticipate the iPhone 15 Pro Max will perform even better. Additionally, you can save videos directly to external storage with the new iPhone. Both phones feature a 12MP front camera for selfies.

Processing Performance

The iPhone 15 Pro Max runs on Apple’s A17 Pro chip, made with advanced 3nm technology. It comes with a 6-core CPU, a 6-core GPU, and a 16-core Neural Engine. Apple suggests you can play console games on this iPhone, a unique feature. Also, the base model offers 256GB of storage, similar to the Galaxy S23 Ultra.


The Samsung flagship uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy chip, which worked smoothly in our tests. We didn’t experience any slowdowns while using the S23 Ultra. However, the iPhone seems to have a stronger GPU performance. Both phones come in three storage options: 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB.


Summary Overview

Overall, for some, regardless of the varied features and specifications of each phone, when it comes down to it in most cases the choice is not Apple vs Samsung but Apple vs Android. 

In the end, the choice between Apple and Android comes down to your personal preferences, priorities, and budget. Both ecosystems have their strengths and weaknesses, so it’s important to consider what matters most to you in a smartphone and technology experience. View our array of products in our shop online to see what smartphone device suits your needs.