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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G vs Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max: The better flagship? – Smartprix

Samsung envisages foldable as the next frontier in smartphone design. It has thus engineered two distinct folding phones namely the Galaxy Z Fold 3 (review) and Galaxy Z Flip 3. Among the two, the former is the more flashy and is the company’s flagship device for the fall, 2021. And while Samsung has unveiled its crown jewel, its biggest competitor, Apple has also launched its own best offering named the iPhone 13 Pro Max. And amongst the two, if you are confused about which one to spend your money on, let us help you out. Today, we will be comparing the Z Fold 3 against the iPhone 13 Pro Max. So, let’s get straight into the showdown.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G Vs Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max Ultra

We are going to look at the major positives and negatives of both these high-end phones which should help you decide which one is the best new phone for you.

Design and Display

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G

The key difference between the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max is that this one is foldable while the latter isn’t. Z Fold 3 is like a tablet that can be folded into something compact and pocketable.

While Samsung has been using high refresh OLED panels for quite some time now, it’s the first time for Apple’s phone lineup. The iPhone 13 Pro Max has got a ProMotion OLED display too with an adaptive refresh rate from 10-120Hz. This means smoother visuals than before.

Rest both phones sport a good picture processing pipeline and tuning, which makes them palatable for entertainment and other things in daily use.

That said, nothing can come close to what Samsung’s foldable feast presents. You get a large real estate inside and an additional cover screen outside (also 120Hz) for a narrow but rather usable display. And not to forget, the main display also supports S-Pen stylus input for some convenient note-taking.

The Z Fold 3’s design is unique and its hydrophobic rating is impressive. For a foldable device with lots of moving parts, that’s cutting-edge work. But, the lack of dust resistance and overall durability of its display can be concerning for some. Although, Samsung boasts a lot of endurance tests and in my review, I felt it to be built strong. But if you ought to have something on the safer side something with IP68 ingress protection, and something that’s easy to handle, choose iPhone 13 Pro Max.


iPhone 13 Pro Max Cameras

The quality of the camera has not been Samsung’s primary focus with the Galaxy Z Fold 3. It doesn’t have a bad camera per se but cannot hold a candle to the iPhone 13 Pro Max cameras. You can glean the camera specs and features of both from the table below.

Overall so, if you are looking to flex your camera skills, iPhone 13 Pro Max should have a clear lead, closely followed by the Z Fold 3 in most settings.


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 relies on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor while iPhone 13 Pro Max uses Apple A15 Bionic Chipset. Although in benchmarks and raw grunt, iPhone’s A15 takes the cake, the SD888 within Samsung is a capable performer in its own rights. In other words, they are top-end performers in all respects. And in real-world usage, unless you are a power user, you won’t even need the amount of performance these chips boast. In all other aspects too, these handsets are equipped with upstate specs and connectivity options like 5G, WiFi, and Bluetooth for telephony functions.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

The software also plays a key role in the user experience. First of all, you have to choose your side in the age-old debate of Android vs iOS. Both android and iOS have their own advantages and disadvantages so it will eventually come down to your preferences. Lately, the line of differences between both platforms in terms of their UI elements, privacy and security measures are getting blurred. Still, among the two, Z Fold 3’s One UI 3.5 is smartly tailored for unmatchable multitasking on a folding format, while iPhone’s iOS feels more secure but walled for the same reason.


MagSafe Cases for iPhone 13 Pro Max

While Samsung supports 25W (PD) wired charging, iPhone isn’t far behind with its 20W PD speeds. But both don’t come with an adapter in the box. Both tech giants claim e-wastage reduction as the reason for this unbundling. As for wireless charging, Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 supports an 11W wireless charger while iPhone 13 Pro Max is compatible with 15W MagSafe (and 7.5W Qi) wireless charger. 

Pricing and Availability

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G is priced as follows:

  • 256GB: ₹149,999
  • 512GB: ₹1,57,999

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max is priced as follows:

  • 128GB: ₹1,29,900
  • 256GB: ₹1,39.900
  • 512GB: ₹1,59,900
  • 1TB: ₹1,79,900

It’s true that the pricing of a device plays a crucial factor while choosing a smartphone. However, if you are spending big bucks, experiences do matter.

If you are a shutterbug and someone who loves taking a lot of photos and videos, then iPhone 13 Pro Max is for you. It won’t break a sweat regardless of casual daily or demanding use cases. But where it all wanes in comparison is the multitasking prowess and entertainment avenues offered by Samsung’s foldable. So, if money no bar, Z Fold 3 5G is the exceptional flagship you can get.

Rest, for a comparative look at the specifications of all 3 smartphones, check out the following table —

Specs Comparison

Model Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Dimensions and Weight Unfolded: 158.2 x 128.1 x 6.4mm
Folded: 158.2 x 67.1 x 14.4-16mm;
160.8 x 78.1 x 7.7 mm;
Build Material Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus) (folded) Plastic front (unfolded), glass back (Gorilla Glass Victus) aluminum frame Glass front (Gorilla glass), glass back (Gorilla Glass), stainless steel frame
  IPX8 Water-resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins) IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 6m for 30 mins)
Display Main: 7.6 inches, 179.9 cm2 (~88.8% screen-to-body ratio), 1768 x 2208 pixels (~374 ppi density), Foldable Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1200 nits (peak), Gorilla Glass Victus

Cover: 6.2 inches, 832 x 2268 pixels, 25:9 ratio, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus

6.7 inches, 110.3 cm2, 1284 x 2778 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~457 PPI density), Super Retina XDR OLED, 120Hz, HDR10, Dolby Vision, 1200 nits, Scratch-resistant ceramic glass, oleophobic coating
Software Android 11, One UI 3.1.1 iOS 15
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm) Apple A15 Bionic (5 nm)
GPU Adreno 660 Apple GPU 
Card Slot No No

256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM;

No expandable storage

128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 512GB 8GB RAM, 1TB;

No expandable storage

Rear Camera 12MP (f/1.8, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS)
12MP (f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6″, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom)
12MP (f/2.2, 123˚ ultrawide)
12MP (f/1.5, dual pixel PDAF, sensor-shift stabilization)
12MP (f/2.8, telephoto, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom)
12MP (f/1.8, 120˚ ultrawide, PDAF, with Macro shooting up to 2cm radius)
TOF 3D LiDAR scanner (depth)
Video [email protected], HDR10+ [email protected], 10‑bit HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 60fps), ProRes, Cinematic mode, stereo sound recording
Front Camera 4 MP, f/1.8, under display

Cover camera: 10MP, f/2.2

 12 MP, f/2.2
Video [email protected] [email protected]
 Misc. Wi-Fi 6e, dual-band, Bluetooth 5.2, aptX HD,
Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
Ultra-Wideband (UWB) support, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C 3.2
Lightning USB 2.0, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 6, dual-band,

Ultra-Wideband (UWB) support, Apple Pay, GPS, NFC

Battery 4400 mAh Size not revealed
Charging Fast charging 25W, Fast wireless charging 11W, Reverse wireless charging 4.5W

Fast charging 20W, USB Power Delivery 2.0, MagSafe wireless charging 15W, Qi magnetic fast wireless charging 7.5W

Sensors Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Colors Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, Phantom Green Graphite, Gold, Silver, Sierra Blue
Price 256GB: ₹149,999
512GB: ₹1,57,999
128GB: ₹1,29,900
256GB: ₹1,39.900
512GB: ₹1,59,900
1TB: ₹1,79,900

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