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The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max 256GB is a significantly better phone than the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max 256GB, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max 256GB!

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Excellence Score
82.6
94.4
Value for Money Score
49.7
50.4
Price ₹ 87,749 onwards ₹ 133,900 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Nov, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Apple iOS 13, Upgradeable to 14Expected update to next Apple iOS version Apple iOS 14Expected update to next Apple iOS version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.5 inches 6.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1242x2688 pixels (~ 456 pixels per inch) 1284x2778 pixels (~ 457 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Type AMOLED OLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Super Retina XDR Display, HDR Display, True Tone Display, Wide Colour Display (P3), 3D Touch, Fingerprint-resistant Oleophobic Coating, Support for Display of Multiple Languages and Characters Simultaneously Super Retina XDR OLED, Dolby Vision, HDR display, True Tone, Wide color (P3), Haptic Touch, Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.66 GHz 3.1 GHz
Processor Type Hexa Core Hexa Core
Processor Name Apple A13 BionicRanked #2 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Apple A14 BionicRanked #1 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Apple GPU Apple GPU
RAM 4 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port Lightning Lightning
Primary Camera 12MP + 12MP + 12MP 12MP + 12MP + 12MP + TOF 3D LiDAR Scanner
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 12MP (Ultrawide): F/2.4 Aperture; 120° Field-of-view; 5P Lens, 12MP (Wide): F/1.8 Aperture; 2x Optical Zoom Out; 5x Digital Zoom; PDAF; Optical Image stabilization (OIS); 6P Lens, 12MP (Telephoto): F/2.0 Aperture; 1/3.4" Sensor Size; 1.0um Pixel Size; PDAF; Optical Image stabilization (OIS); 2x Optical Zoom, Portrait Mode, Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Panorama, 100% Focus Pixels, Night mode, Auto Adjustments, HDR, Live Photos, QuickTake, Red-eye Correction, Auto Image Stabilization, Burst Mode, Geo-tagging, Video: [email protected]/30/60fps; [email protected]/60/120/240fps, Video HDR, Stereo Sound rec., Time-lapse Video, Cinematic Video Stabilization, Continuous Autofocus Video, Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video, Playback Zoom 12MP: f/1.6 aperture; 26mm focal length; 1.7um pixel size; dual pixel PDAF; Sensor-shift OIS, 12MP: f/2.2 aperture; 65mm focal length; Telephoto camera; 1/3.4" sensor size; 1.0um pixel size; PDAF; OIS; 2.5x optical zoom, 12MP: f/2.4 aperture; 120-degree ultra-wide; Lens correction, TOF 3D LiDAR scanner: Depth sensor, Video: [email protected]/30/60fps; [email protected]/60/120/240fps; Dolby Vision HDR; stereo sound rec., Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Brighter True Tone flash with Slow Sync, Panorama (up to 63MP), Night mode, Night mode portraits, Deep Fusion, Smart HDR, Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos, Advanced red-eye correction, Auto image stabilization, Burst mode, Photo geotagging, Audio zoom, QuickTake video, Time-lapse video with stabilization, Night mode Time-lapse, Extended dynamic range for video up to 60 fps, Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p), Continuous autofocus video, Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video, Playback zoom
Secondary Camera 12MP 12MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, Portrait Mode, Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Animoji, Memoji, Video: [email protected]/30/60fps; [email protected]/60/120fps, HDR, Cinematic Video Stabilization, Live Photos, Retina Flash, Auto Image Stabilization, Burst mode F/2.2 Aperture, Portrait Mode, Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Animoji, Memoji, Video: [email protected]/30/60fps; [email protected]/60/120fps, HDR, Cinematic Video Stabilization, Live Photos, Retina Flash, Auto Image Stabilization, Burst mode, Night mode, Deep Fusion, HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 30 fps, Time-lapse video with stabilization, Night mode Time-lapse, Extended dynamic range for video up to 30 fps, Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p), QuickTake video, Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos, Lens correction, Retina Flash, Auto image stabilization
Internal Memory 256 GB 256 GB
Expandable Memory Slot
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.1 mmMedium 7.4 mmSlim
Weight 226 gmHeavy 226 gmHeavy
Width 77.8 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 78.1 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Audio Output Lightning Lightning
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 4m for 30 mins) Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 6m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3969 mAh 3687 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime 20.00 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Fast Charging (50% in 30 min) Yes, 20W Fast Charging (50% in 30 min)
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters Video playback: Upto 20 hrs, Video playback (Streamed): Upto 12 hrs, Audio playback: Upto 80 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor
Other Features Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified); Wireless Charging (works with Qi chargers); Siri; NFC; TV Out; WiFi Calling; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 Content; AirPlay Mirroring; Photos and Video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later); Video Mirroring and Video Out Support; Dolby Atmos; AirDrop; AirPlay; AirPrint; Control Centre; Handoff; HomeKit; iCloud; iCloud Keychain; Multitasking; Night Shift; Notification Centre; Siri; Spotlight Search; iMovie; Pages; Keynote; Numbers; iTunes U; GarageBand; Apple TV Remote; iTunes Remote; Music Memos, Siri Shortcuts, Measure Charging Adapter not included in the box; 15W Fast Wireless Charging; 7.5W Qi wireless charging; Siri; iBeacon microlocation; Stainless Steel Frame; NFC; TV Out; Lightning Connector; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 Content; AirPlay Mirroring; Photos and Video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later); Video Mirroring and Video Out Support; Dolby Atmos; Spatial audio playback
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Beautiful, premium Apple design, clad in a single piece of milled glass with a matte finish that covers everything except the Apple logo and the phones' three cameras - it's a little more premium looking and sophisticated than the iPhone 11
  • Packs a more premium stainless steel frame (instead of the aluminium frame on the iPhone 11)
  • The matte finish also means it's more fingerprint resistant compared to the iPhone 11's glossy back
  • IP68 water resistance, and more durable glass, compared to last year's iPhones - in fact Apple claims the glass used on iPhone Pros is the "most durable glass used on a smartphone"
  • Face ID is now slightly faster, and supports more face angles too - which means you can lean over your iPhone resting on your coffee table, and it will unlock
  • Beautiful, high resolution OLED display - one of the best on any smartphone - and even brighter than the excellent OLED displays on last year's iPhone XS and XS Max
  • The iOS dark mode which is finally here looks great on the iPhone 11 Pros' OLED screen
  • It's also the largest display of the 2019 iPhones - so if you really enjoy your movies, this is the premium iPhone to get
  • Apple knows how to do software well, and iOS continues to be an intuitive, and smooth experience - plus of course, you get regular, and timely updates
  • Break-neck speeds with the new A13 processor - it's a bit faster in single tasking, and a bigger leap in multitasking, compared to the A12, which already was the fastest mobile chipset around - in simple terms this is the fastest smartphone out there now (along with the iPhone 11 Pro models), and of course runs butter smooth
  • iPhones have always been among the top camera phones each year (along with the Pixels, Galaxy Notes, Galaxy S, and Huawei flagships in recent times), and the iPhone 11 Pro Max continues that tradition bringing in some serious camera improvements to bring at par with the best of the pack
  • The 2 key camera upgrades are - a new ultrawide-angle camera and a Night Mode for low-light photography - and all 3 work quite well
  • The ultrawide-angle camera can make for dramatic shots - you get an expanded-view viewfinder that now previews what's outside the shot, which can help you know when to use the ultrawide lens
  • Apple's version of Night mode too is excellent - it works automatically, taking an extra 1 to 3 seconds to capture more light and assemble a picture that ends up almost surreal and richly colored (you will be wowed) - it's as good as the excellent Night modes on the Pixel 3 and the Huawei P30 Pro - the 2 phones that have so far been champions of night photography
  • The telephoto camera with 2x zoom has a wider aperture this time, which means it's better than last year's iPhones at providing bright photos when it's dark out
  • Later this year, the iPhone 11 Pro Max will also offer a new Deep Fusion feature to perform pixel-by-pixel photo processing to deliver even more detail and better textures along with less noise - again, you won't need to activate a separate mode
  • it will just kick in when you're indoors and there's a decent amount of light
  • iPhone video cameras have always been fantastic, arguably the best on any smartphone - in the iPhone 11 Pro Max they have even better stabilization for smoother video, and look better in darker spaces (though the video camera doesn't use Night mode)
  • Front camera is very good too, and is wider-angled this time - it can digitally zoom in or out to accommodate a wider view that includes more people and background
  • The front camera also get a new "slow motion selfie video" feature ("Slofies") - it's a fun feature, to add some drama to selfies
  • Overall, the excellent cameras on the iPhone 11 Pro Max bring it in the top bracket, on par with the other 2 top camera phones - the Pixel 3 and the Huawei P30 Pro
  • Excellent audio capabilities - Apple has introduced a feature called spatial audio to the iPhone 11 models, which creates a virtual sound stage to make you believe that the sound is coming out of the screen rather than just at the end of the phone and it's actually quite impressive in action - plus, you also get Dolby Atmos support - again, this is one of the best audio setups on any smartphone
  • The new U1 positioning chip inside all of Apple's new iPhones will allow iPhone 11/Pro/Max owners to more easily AirDrop files to each other by pointing their phones at specific people - and many other interesting location based applications could follow soon
  • Excellent battery life - improved very significantly over the iPhone XS Max - by as much as 30% - with moderate usage, you should comfortably get 1.5+ days of use - overall battery life is the best of the 2019 iPhones
  • Fast charging support, and the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max also are the first iPhones to ship with a bundled fast charger (finally!)
  • This year's iPhone 11 Pro Max is a well executed refinement over the iPhone XS Max - it's more durable, faster, has better cameras, better battery life - there might not be any stand-out wow upgrade here but it's a very meaningful upgrade in all key areas
  • It's the premium iPhone to get this year, if you are looking for a combination of premium, and large screen for watching content
  • Elegant, 'new' charming design, that resonates with the iPhone 4 and 5 models - it has flat sturdier steel sides and a flat-screen, the back has a matte finish, just like the last year's model - it’s the smartphone equivalent of jewelry
  • At the front, Apple is using the new sapphire crystal shield to provide better drop protection than previous iPhones
  • The back of the phone features Apple’s new MagSafe magnetic wireless charging and mount system - it let's accessories to attach at the back of the phone magnetically, Apple has some of its own accessories like a wireless charger, a wallet and many cases that attach to the back - Apple is hoping a MagSafe ecosystem will develop as third parties find more use for this execution
  • IP68 water and dust resistance - the iPhone 12 series can take a dunk of up to 6 meters, compared to 2 meters on similarly rated phones
  • Face ID is plenty fast and accurate (though, it could be a pain to use while wearing a mask)
  • A gigantic 6.7-inch, Full HD+ Super Retina XDR display that looks bright and vibrant, it has blacker blacks - the bezels are a bit thinner all around too, whether you're playing the latest game, watching a spot of Netflix or just reading an email, it's a luscious display
  • As always iOS 14 continues to be a clean, intuitive, and smooth experience - additionally, you will get regular updates for years to come, something beyond any Android manufacturer could provide
  • Apple has added few customisation options with the new iOS 14 - you can now use custom icon packs and add widgets to your home screen
  • Incredibly rapid performance from the new A14 Bionic - Apple remains the undisputed king when it comes to mobile CPU performance - iPhone 12 series is the fastest phones available in the market - you can throw anything, be it heavy games, AR, or numerous app, it handles everything with ease
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max has the best cameras on any iPhone or arguably, any smartphone - the primary cameras has a much larger sensor with sensor shift, so it physically moves to provide better stabilisation, night mode comes to all of the cameras on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, even a night portrait mode and LiDAR for better focusing in low-light
  • The primary camera's image quality is pretty spectacular - it produces some of the best looking images, with plenty of bright colours and rich detail
  • The ultra-wide camera remains the same as the last year's iPhone 11 - it adds some software improvement and the images look pretty dramatic as the iPhone 12 trades detail for space - the night mode on the ultra-wide also works well
  • The telephoto lens on the 12 Pro Max is nice to have, it can take up to 2.5x optical zoom shots and with added night mode, it is much more useful in low-light situations
  • Low-light photography is excellent with the wider aperture, you will get clearer, brighter shots, a nice improvement in image quality and sharpness in dim lighting conditions
  • Night mode is impressive, the iPhone 12 Pro Max needs to drop into night mode less often, but when it does, you get bright, sharp images that look amazing - they still feel like they were taken at night and they aren't over-blown
  • The 12 Pro also has a new LIDAR sensor on the back - in low-light situations, it enables the camera to focus much more quickly, and also take night mode portrait shots
  • Video quality iPhones have always been the best in class, the iPhone 12 Pro continues that tradition and even adds Dolby Vision, a first for any mobile camera - the Dolby Vision adds features for Pro filmmakers to use that no other phone provides
  • Very good selfies come out of the front camera on the iPhone 12 Pro - the wider view can accommodate more people in selfies - night mode selfies portrait is a great new feature and produces impressive results
  • Overall, the cameras on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, while not substantially better than the Pro's, are arguably the best in the market
  • Excellent stereo speaker setup - the Dolby Atmos support is still present, with the Apple-exclusive spatial audio feature
  • Battery life is terrific - it is difficult to kill this phone in a day, it will easily last a whole day and then some
  • It is easily the best and most capable smartphone camera on the market right now, and a battery that seems to last forever - if you can deal with the size, it’s worth passing over the 12 Pro and getting the 12 Pro Max, those are two dramatic and meaningful improvements for the money - this is a tremendous phone
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The large display notch is still there
  • Siri has generally fallen behind Google Assistant now, in terms of usefulness and intelligence, so iPhones are not the best 'smart assistant' experiences now
  • The ultrawide-angle camera doesn’t have Night Mode or OIS
  • Having said that, it remains ridiculously expensive - so it's only worth splurging on if you have a lot to splurge
  • And, if you are not wedded to the iOS ecosystem, there are a number of Android flagships from Samsung, OnePlus, Google, Huawei, Asus, and Xiaomi - that are more than worthy competitors
  • If you are wedded to the iOS ecosystem, the significantly cheaper iPhone 11, that is almost as good in all key areas, will provide you much better bang for your buck
  • The iPhone 12 Pro Max is a very big phone - it’s just a little bit bigger than the 11 Pro Max, but the new design with flat sides makes it feel much larger than it is, and makes it slightly harder to hold than a phone with curved sides
  • The notch is still present and is significantly larger than any other competing flagship phones
  • There's no high refresh rate to be found on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, you're stuck with that 60Hz refresh rate instead - it has become the standard for almost every Android flagship phone out there right now
  • Siri still lags as a virtual assistant - it would be great if Apple would put much more effort into making Siri a little more competitive with the Google Assistant
  • Apple has added 5G support to all iPhone 12 models, however, they leave out the support for faster 5G mmWave in Indian models - there's also no infrastructure for 5G availability in India and there might not be for years to come - 5G is good to have as an option that makes the iPhones future proof, but not a game-changing feature
  • The iPhone supports improved 20W fast charging, but Apple isn't providing a charging adapter with the new iPhones at all - so, if you don't have an adapter lying around or you want to use that fast charging, you will have to buy that separately
  • If you want your phone to be more practically sized and use, consider the iPhone 12 or the 12 Pro, you will get almost the same features, in a compact size and less money
Expert Reviews
  1. The new iPhone 11 Pro duo is expectedly great and even pulled off a couple of surprise moves here and there
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. While they may not feature the most cutting-edge innovation, the iPhone 11 Pro series are beautifully conservative...but if you can live without the extras, the iPhone 11 will be a much more sensible and affordable choice
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are the iPhones for camera and battery lovers...they offer just a little bit extra, but some of those features matter a lot to extreme mobile users and pixel experts
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Among the most powerful smartphones money can buy right now.... But if you don't need the best of the best, or still aren't thrilled about the idea of dropping that much money on a phone, the iPhone 11 is probably the smarter choice
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The iPhone Pro models stand out as among the best flagships of the year....but they are expensive
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is the best that Apple can cram into a smartphone...However, this phone is really for the Apple fan or someone that really needs that extra lens or a touch more battery life - the iPhone 11 instead feels like it offers better value
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. There's no doubting its credentials as a top-notch phone...but starting at INR 1,09,900, it's a lot of money to spend on a phone
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max prove Apple still has the magic touch
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A great phone, but it comes at a price – unless you simply must have an OLED display, ultrawide camera and a flashier finish, the regular iPhone 11 might be a better buy
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The best offering Apple has at the moment when it comes to the sheer experience of using a phone
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Everything on the iPhone 11 Pro Max will compel you to upgrade to this beast of a smartphone and it is highly recommended for Apple fans who wouldn't mind the cost
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. Apple’s biggest iPhone might be expensive, but it is the best smartphone you can buy
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  13. Killer triple cameras, excellent battery life and a super-bright display make this the phone to beat...the ultimate power user's smartphone
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. This year’s iPhones are worth buying if you can afford them...And unlike yesteryears, you will make next to no compromise on these devices
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. The best iPhone Apple’s ever made – but it again comes at a price
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  16. The iPhone 11 Pro becomes a hard-sell when you consider just how good the iPhone 11 is
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. A great upgrade option for those coming from the iPhone X or earlier generations
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. Gives people what they want: Cameras, battery life and a good price
    cnbc.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. High quality for high prices
    arstechnica.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. Best of Apple is also the best of all
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  21. If you've been holding out on an iPhone upgrade, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is an easy recommendation, but you've got to be willing to open your wallet up wide to get one
    finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  22. Apple has made a stellar iPhone in the form of 11 Pro Max
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. A great phone, but with a tempting cheaper alternative (iPhone 11)
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  25. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. With a big battery, outstanding cameras and the largest screen ever on an iPhone, the 12 Pro Max deserves a spot in your pocket... if you can get it to fit
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Apple's latest premium offering has a great camera, but a stiff ergonomic cliff
    techcrunch.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The best iPhone... if you can deal with its size
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The best phone you can buy
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. If you want big then this iPhone delivers without making the form-factor awkward to hold or use
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  17. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  19. pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. neowin.net in-depth Read Review »
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