In 2020, it delivered several powerful leading smartphones from the world’s top manufacturers – Samsung, Apple and Huawei.
In early 2020, Samsung and Huawei launched their Galaxy S20 and Huawei P40 smartphones.
State of the art in recent years, this was followed by their second flagship range – the new Galaxy Note 20 and Mate 40 smartphones
Apple retained its only major smartphone release with the launch of the iPhone 12 in October.
From the current selection, top smartphones in these three ranges are iPhone 12 Pro Max, Mate 40 Pro + and Note 20 Ultra.
We compared the hardware, design and features of these three powerful smartphones to see how they fit together.
When it comes to the smartphone that boasts a display with the largest size, resolution and highest refresh rate, the Note 20 Ultra is the best choice.
Its OLED display measures 6.9 inches and boasts a resolution of 3,200 x 1,440, running at a smooth refresh rate of 120Hz.
The screen of the Mate 40 Pro + is followed by 6.76 inches with a resolution of 2,772 x 1,344 and a refresh rate of 90Hz. Its panel is also OLED.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max still has a very respectable 6.7-inch display of 2,778 x 1,242, but sticks to the standard 60Hz of most smartphones.
This means that frame-dependent navigation and apps are likely to look and feel better on the Note 20 Ultra and Mate 40.
All three of these smartphones come with state-of-the-art processors that run among the best of all the smartphones available today.
Kirin 9000 chips of iPhone 12 Pro Max A14 Bionic and Huawei Mate 40 Pro + are built on the most modern production process of 5nm.
It is difficult to directly compare performance between Android and iOS devices due to their different ecosystems.
However, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is expected to perform significantly better than its predecessor, which was already very powerful.
The US version of the Note 20 Ultra boasts a Snapdragon 865+, which is slightly less capable than the Kirin 9000, according to recent benchmarks, according to Gizmochina.
However, it should be noted that the Note 20 Ultra features an even less powerful chip in South Africa – the Exynos 990 – which has already been introduced in the S20 range.
Photography capabilities are often cited as one of the biggest features of premium smartphones.
The Mate 40 Pro + comes with a rear heel camera set, which consists of a 50MP main lens, 20MP ultra-video, 12MP telephoto, 8MP zoom and 3D depth sensor.
According to independents DxOMark camera benchmark page, its less powerful sibling Mate 40 Pro tops the current 136 smartphone camera.
The Note 20 Ultra features a 108MP main lens, 12MP and 12MP ultraviolet, and a DepthVision sensor.
It currently ranks 14th in the DxOMark rankings – boasting a score of 120.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max, on the other hand, offers a triple rear camera consisting of three 12MP sensors – main, ultra-wide and
While its camera has yet to be reviewed, DxoMark said it does not expect it to be much better than the iPhone 11 Pro Max – which scored 124.
This was because it did not increase the focal length of the phone’s lens, nor was it capable of the same level of optical zoom as its competitors.
Battery and charger
Of the three smartphones, the Note 20 Ultra has the largest 4,500mAh battery capacity – enough for more than a day of normal use.
Although it has a slightly smaller 4,400mAh battery, the Mate 40 Pro + has an advantage when it comes to charging capabilities.
Huawei’s flagship SuperCharge technology enables 66W wired charging and 50W wireless charging.
This compares to the Note 20 Ultra’s 25W wireless charging and 15W wireless charging.
Although it has a smaller battery than the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the 3.687mAh iPhone 12 Pro Max package promises the same 20 hours of use between charges.
Supports 20W and 15W wireless charging with MagSafe.
The 256 GB Note 20 Ultra 5G starts at R36.999 in South Africa, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max 128GB is priced at R25.999.
Mate 40 Pro + has not been officially confirmed to be coming to the country.
In Europe, the Mate 40 Pro + comes with 256 GB of memory and costs € 1,399, which translates to around R25,800.
Below are the specifications and image of iPhone 12 Pro Max, Huawei Mate 40 Pro + and Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G.
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max – Starting from R25.999
|Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max|
|Screen||6.7-inch 2,778 x 1,242 OLED|
|Storage||128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB|
|Rear camera||12MP + 12MP + 12MP|
|Connection||Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC|
|Battery and charger||3,687mAh, 20W wired, 15W wireless|
|Dimensions||160.8 x 78.1 x 7.4 mm|
Huawei Mate 40 Pro + – € 1,399
|Huawei Mate 40 Pro +|
|THEY||Android 10 EMUI 10|
|Screen||6.76 inches 2,772 x 1,344 OLED 90Hz|
|Rear camera||50MP + 20MP + 12MP + 8MP + 3D|
|front camera||13MP, 3D|
|Connection||Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, 5G|
|Battery||4,400mAh, 66W wired, 50W wireless|
|Dimensions||162.9 x 75.5 x 9.1 mm|
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G – R36.999
|Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G|
|Screen||6.9 inches 3,200 x 1,440 AMOLED|
|Rear camera||108MP + 12MP + 12MP + DepthVision|
|Connection||Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C|