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Compare Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max vs Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

This review compares the differences between the tech specs of the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max and the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra. The iPhone 13 Pro Max is officially launched on 14 Sep 2021 at the Apple online event at 1PM ET., and the launch also includes Apple Watch 7 and Airpods 3.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra was launched in March this year, which is 6 months ahead of Apple, but yet they have achieved several world records, including the fastest charging time and largest camera phone sensor to date. Let’s see if Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max has achieved any significant breakthrough in its product development.

Read more: Compare iPhone 13 Pro Max Vs Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

Key Differences

Compare Size and Material

Tech Specs iPhone 13 Pro Max (5G) Mi 11 Ultra (5G)
Release Date 14-Sep-21 29-Mar-21
Form Factor
Size 160.8 x 78.1 x 7.65mm
6.3 x 3.1 x 0.3 in
164.3 x 74.6 x 8.38mm
6.46 x 2.94 x 0.33 in
Weight 204 g (7.19 oz) 234 g (8.25 oz)
IP Rating IP68
IEC standard 60529
IP68
IEC standard 60529
Material Front: Ceramic shield, crack and scratch resistant
Back: Textured matt glass and
stainless steel design.
Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus™

The Mi 11 Ultra is a very heavy phone at 234g, which is almost 15% heavier than the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The fault may not be Xiaomi’s failure to allow a phone to become overweight, but Apple’s focus on weight-watching while developing and adding features need to be applauded. Anyone can easily squeeze hundreds of features into a tank, but try to do the same for the size of an ice cream bar is a completely different story.

Miniaturization is a keyword in developing mobile devices. If this is not always on the mind during the product development, then the weight and size will end up too big and less portable.

Mi 11 Ultra uses the latest, branded Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, while Apple uses a secretively branded ceramic shield that appears to be “nuke-proof”. Based on tests done by CNet on the previous iPhone, these ceramic shields are really tough at least when compared to the older Corning Gorilla Glass on older phones. When Apple says they are scratch and crack resistant, then they are telling the truth. Do note however that it is “scratch and crack-resistant”, not “scratch-proof” or “crack-proof”. There is no such thing on earth that is really scratch and crack proof.

Compare Display

Tech Specs iPhone 13 Pro Max (5G) Mi 11 Ultra (5G)
Display
Screen Type Super Retina XDR display AMOLED DotDisplay
Screen Size 6.7″ WQHD+ 6.81”
Resolution 2778×1284 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio,
458 ppi
3200 x 1440 pixels, 20:9 ratio,
515 PPI
Brightness Max 1000 nits max brightness (typical);
1,200 nits max brightness (HDR)
HBM 900 nits (typ)
1700 nits peak (typ)
Refresh Rate 120 Hz, adaptive 120 Hz
Screen-to-body 86.0% 91.3%
Contrast Ratio 2,000,000:1 5,000,000:1
Colors 10 bit, or > 1 billion colors 1.07 billion colors
Color Gamut Wide Color (P3) DCI-P3

There are not many known changes in the display of the iPhone 13 Pro Max when compare to the previous iPhone 12 Pro, except for the 1000 bits maximum brightness.

The Mi 11 Ultra HBM (high brightness mode) boosts and 20% brightness for their AMOLED screen. On the paper, it seems that the Mi Ultra 11 has a better screen overall in terms of brightness, resolution, and contrast, it may not be obvious to the end-user during actual usage.

Compare Battery and Charging

Tech Specs iPhone 13 Pro Max (5G) Mi 11 Ultra (5G)
Battery
Capacity Capacity TBC. Non-removable. 5000mAh (typ), non-removal.
Type Lithium Ion Lithium Polymer
Wired Charging Fast charging 20W
50% in 30 min
67W wired turbo charging
100% in 36 min (advertised)
Wireless Charging MagSafe charging up to 15W
Qi charging up to 7.5W
67W wireless turbo charging
100% in 39 min (advertised)
Reverse Wireless
Charging
No 10W
Charging Technology PD 2.0 QC 4+, PD 3.0

The capacity of iPhone 13 Pro Max is kept a secret during the Apple Event briefing, and the only message we get is that the battery life of the iPhone Pro Max is the best ever in the history of iPhone.

Apple emphasizes the battery life of the iPhone 13 Pro Max is significantly improved by at least 90 mins under normal use, or in the case of video playback, as much as additional 2 hours or 12% more battery life than the previous iPhone. This could also be attributed to the A15 Bionic chip which is touted to have better efficiency.

Mi Ultra 11 continues to lead the pack with high-speed charging using 67W for both wired and wireless mode.

Compare Cameras

Tech Specs iPhone 13 Pro Max (5G) Mi 11 Ultra (5G)
Rear Camera
Resolution 12 MP, f/1.5 (wide)
12 MP, f/2.8 (telephoto)
12 MP, f/1.8, 120˚ (ultrawide)
TOF 3D LiDAR scanner (depth)
Triple Camera:
50 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide), 1/1.12″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
48 MP, f/4.1, 120mm (periscope telephoto), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom
48 MP, f/2.2, 12mm, 128˚ (ultrawide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF
Video recording 4K: 24/25/30/60fps
1080p: 25/30/60fps
720p: 30fps
ProRes 4K: [email protected]
Cinematic Mode: [email protected]
8K: 24 fps
4K: 30/60fps
1080p: 30/ 60 /120 /240 /480 / 960 /1920fps
720p: 30 /120 /240 /480 /960 /1920fps
Front Camera
Resolution 12 MP, f/2.2 20 MP, f/2.2, 27mm (wide), 1/3.4″, 0.8µm
Video capture: 4K: 24/25/30/60fps
1080p: 25/30/60fps
All other modes at 30fps
1080p(30/60fps), 720p(120fps)

iPhone 13 Pro Max continues to use the 12MP camera lenses as per the previous model, which is a much lower resolution when compared to Mi Ultra 11. However, Apple packs and advertises a lot of features such as ProMotion, Cinematic stabilization, smart focus where the camera focuses on the person depending on where he is looking. These comparisons would require another full blog article to compare the differences.

A 12MP camera does not always mean that it will produce a worse photo than a 50MP camera, as it depends on other factors, one of which is the camera sensor size. The larger the sensor, the more light it captures, and so in theory it should provide a better quality photo image. In this case, the Mi Ultra 11 still wins because it has one of the largest camera sensors in the market.

Below is a full comparison table to contribute to your research.

Tech Specs iPhone 13 Pro Max (5G) Mi 11 Ultra (5G)
Release Date 14-Sep-21 29-Mar-21
Form Factor
Size 160.8 x 78.1 x 7.65mm
6.3 x 3.1 x 0.3 in
164.3 x 74.6 x 8.38mm
6.46 x 2.94 x 0.33 in
Weight 204 g (7.19 oz) 234 g (8.25 oz)
IP Rating IP68
IEC standard 60529
IP68
IEC standard 60529
Material Front: Ceramic shield, crack and scratch resistant
Back: Textured matt glass and
stainless steel design.
Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus™
Colors Graphite, Gold, Silver, Sierra Blue Ceramic black, ceramic white
Display
Screen Type Super Retina XDR display AMOLED DotDisplay
Screen Size 6.7″ WQHD+ 6.81”
Resolution 2778×1284 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio,
458 ppi
3200 x 1440 pixels, 20:9 ratio,
515 PPI
Brightness Max 1000 nits max brightness (typical);
1,200 nits max brightness (HDR)
HBM 900 nits (typ)
1700 nits peak (typ)
Refresh Rate 120 Hz, adaptive 120 Hz
Screen-to-body 86.0% 91.3%
Contrast Ratio 2,000,000:1 5,000,000:1
Colors 10 bit, or > 1 billion colors 1.07 billion colors
Color Gamut Wide Color (P3) DCI-P3
Touch Sampling Rate Up to 480 Hz
Eye Care True Tone SGS Eye Care Display Certification
Hardware & OS
OS Apple iOS 15 MIUI 12* based on Android 11
Chipset A15 Bionic chip (5nm) Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 888
5nm power-efficient
Processor New 6‑core CPU with 2 performance and 4 efficiency cores
New 16‑core Neural Engine
Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680)
GPU Apple GPU (5 cores) Adreno™ 660 GPU
RAM/Storage 8GB/128GB, 8GB/256GB,
8GB/512GB, 8GB/1TB
(NVMe)
12GB/256GB
(LPDDR5 + UFS 3.1)
SIM Card Single Nano SIM +  eSIM
Dual eSIM support
Dual Nano SIM
Expansion Card No No
3.5mm Ear Jack No No (USB-C)
Speaker Two, Stereo Two, Stereo
Security Face ID 2D Face unlock,
In-screen fingerprint (Optical)
Stylus Support No No
Sensors Face ID
Accelerometer
LiDAR Scanner
Three-axis gyro
Digital compass
Ambient Light Sensor
Proximity Sensor
Barometer
Accelerometer
Fingerprint Sensor (Optical)
Gyroscope
Electric compass
Hall Sensor
Ambient Light Sensor
Proximity Sensor
IR Blaster
Grip Sensor
Barometer
Rear light (Color Temp) Sensor
Flicker Sensor
Multi-Dot Laser Focus Sensor
X-axis Linear Motor
Battery
Capacity TBC. Non-removable. 5000mAh (typ), non-removal.
Type Lithium Ion Lithium Polymer
Wired Charging Fast charging 20W
50% in 30 min
67W wired turbo charging
100% in 36 min (advertised)
Wireless Charging MagSafe charging up to 15W
Qi charging up to 7.5W
67W wireless turbo charging
100% in 39 min (advertised)
Reverse Wireless
Charging
No 10W
Charging Technology PD 2.0 QC 4+, PD 3.0
Rear Camera
Resolution 12 MP, f/1.5 (wide)
12 MP, f/2.8 (telephoto)
12 MP, f/1.8, 120˚ (ultrawide)
TOF 3D LiDAR scanner (depth)
Triple Camera:
50 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide), 1/1.12″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
48 MP, f/4.1, 120mm (periscope telephoto), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom
48 MP, f/2.2, 12mm, 128˚ (ultrawide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF
Camera Features – 3x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out; 6x optical zoom range
Digital zoom up to 15x
– Night mode portraits enabled by LiDAR Scanner
– Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
– Portrait Lighting with six effects (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, High‑Key Mono)
– Dual optical image stabilization (Telephoto and Wide)
– Sensor‑shift optical image stabilization (Wide)
– Six‑element lens (Telephoto and Ultra Wide); seven‑element lens (Wide)
– True Tone flash with Slow Sync
– Panorama (up to 63MP)
– Sapphire crystal lens cover
– 100% Focus Pixels (Wide)
– Night mode
– Deep Fusion
– Smart HDR 4
– Photographic Styles
– Macro photography
– Apple ProRAW
– Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
– Lens correction (Ultra Wide)
– Advanced red‑eye correction
– Photo geotagging
– Auto image stabilization
– Burst mode
– Image formats captured: HEIF and JPEG
Night mode 2.0 + Ultra Night PhotosAction capture
Video recording 4K: 24/25/30/60fps
1080p: 25/30/60fps
720p: 30fps
ProRes 4K: [email protected]
Cinematic Mode: [email protected]
8K: 24 fps
4K: 30/60fps
1080p: 30/ 60 /120 /240 /480 / 960 /1920fps
720p: 30 /120 /240 /480 /960 /1920fps
Video Features: – Dual optical image stabilization for video (Telephoto and Wide)
– Sensor‑shift optical image stabilization for video (Wide)
– 3x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out; 6x optical zoom range
– Digital zoom up to 9x
– Audio zoom
– True Tone flash
– QuickTake video
– Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
– Time‑lapse video with stabilization
– Night mode Time‑lapse
– Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p)
– Continuous autofocus video
– Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
– Playback zoom
– Video formats recorded: HEVC and H.264
– Stereo recording
Gyro-EIS, HDR 10+ recording
Front Camera
Resolution 12 MP, f/2.2 20 MP, f/2.2, 27mm (wide), 1/3.4″, 0.8µm
Video capture: 4K: 24/25/30/60fps
1080p: 25/30/60fps
All other modes at 30fps
1080p(30/60fps), 720p(120fps)
Features: – Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
– Portrait Lighting with six effects (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, High‑Key Mono)
– Animoji and Memoji
– Night mode
– Deep Fusion
– Smart HDR 4
– Photographic Styles
– Apple ProRAW
– Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps
– Time‑lapse video with stabilization
– Night mode Time‑lapse
– Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p)
– QuickTake video
– Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
– Lens correction
– Retina Flash
– Auto image stabilization
– Burst mode
Connectivity
Bluetooth Ver 5.0, A2DP, LE 5.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
Wi-Fi Ver Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, hotspot. Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Connector Lightning USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go
GPS Built‑in GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS and BeiDou Dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS, NavIC,
BDS (tri-band)
NFC Yes with reader mode Yes
Infra-Red Port No Yes
Network 5G, 4G LTE, HSPA, GSM 5G, 4G LTE, HSPA, GSM

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