Our Opinion

The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max 512GB is a much better phone, but the Xiaomi POCO F1 (6GB RAM, 128GB) is much better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if that is not a constraint then we recommend the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max 512GB

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max 512GB  Xiaomi POCO F1 (6GB RAM, 128GB) 
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Excellence Score
85.0
37.5
Value for Money Score
37.1
66.3
Price ₹ 141,900 onwards ₹ 18,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Aug, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Apple iOS 13, Upgradeable to 14Expected update to next Apple iOS version Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.5 inches 6.18 inches
Screen Resolution 1242x2688 pixels (~ 456 pixels per inch) 1080x2246 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type AMOLED IPS LCD
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 IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight display, Night display, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.66 GHz 2.8 GHz
Processor Type Hexa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Apple A13 BionicRanked #2 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with LiquidCool TechnologyRanked #15 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Apple GPU Adreno 630
RAM 4 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port Lightning USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 12MP + 12MP 12MP + 5MP
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/1.9 Aperture; Dual Pixel Autofocus; 1.4um Pixel Size; Sony IMX363 sensor, 5MP: 1.12um Pixel Size; F/2.0 Aperture, Portrait mode, EIS, Low light enhancement, HDR, Panorama, Face recognition, AI Beautify, AI dirt detection, Slow motion video
Secondary Camera 12MP 20.0MP
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 LED flash, AI portrait mode, AI detection of 10 different scenes, Selfie timer, Face recognition
Internal Memory 512 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.1 mmMedium 8.8 mmMedium
Weight 226 gmHeavy 182 gmMedium
Width 77.8 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 75.3 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output Lightning 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 4m for 30 mins) Yes, Splash Resistant
Battery Capacity 3969 mAh 4000 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, 18W Quick Charge 3.0
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W 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 Yes
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 MIMO; WiFi Display; Noise Filtration; Dirac HD; Dual Smart PA
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
  • Rugged design, with top-notch fit and finish - one of the most solidly built phones in recent times - comes with a polycarbonate chassis instead of a glass finish more commonly seen in this price bracket these days - what that means is that it looks less premium, but at the same time will be much more durable over the long term
  • Excellent IR based facial recognition - which works in the dark too (like the iPhone X) - the unlock time is just 0.1ms - in fact it works so well, that you will likely end up not using the fingerprint sensor at all (which itself, works very well too, in case you do want to use it)
  • Very good 6.18-inch FHD+ 19:9 display - excellent brightness levels ensure that there are zero issues with reading the contents on the screen under harsh sunlight as well
  • MIUI has always been one of the most refined Android UIs out there, and continues to get even better - it offers a good combination of aesthetics, useful added functionality, lots of customizability, and optimization - and now it also has an app drawer like stock Android (there are some preinstalled apps like UC Browser, Amazon, and Facebook, to Microsoft apps like Word and Excel, but all of these apps can be uninstalled if you don't need them)
  • And as is the case with all phones running Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, the POCO F1 offers Treble, and POCO says it will honor the warranty for those users that tinker with custom ROMs - in fact POCO is actively encouraging the modding community to make custom ROMs for the phone - which means that (unofficial) Android updates will continue to be available for the phone for a long, long time to come
  • Top-end performance, backed by the scorching Snapdragon 845 - the speed here is right up there with the likes of the OnePlus 6, and other flagships - it delivers blistering performance day in, day out - coupled with a well optimized MIUI, you are going to get butter smooth performance all through
  • To further differentiate the F1, POCO has incorporating liquid cooling in the device, which is designed to boost sustained peak performance times - there's a vapor chamber next to the chipset that siphons heat and dissipates it over a wider area, preventing the phone from overheating during prolonged gaming sessions - what that means is you could play graphics-heavy games for hours on end, and the phone doesn't warm up in any significant amount
  • Good dual rear camera setup, with plenty of AI chops - photos taken in daylight come out with plenty of detail and high dynamic range - bokeh shots come out well too - and low-light shots are decent too - overall the camera is pretty close to that on the OnePlus 6 in overall quality (and the OnePlus 6 costs much more!)
  • Good front camera too - delivers some great vanity shots, and is surprisingly good in portrait mode, getting most of the edges right, and blurring out background beautifully
  • Video recording quality is pretty good too, with quality 4K and 1080p shots
  • Good call quality and dual VoLTE support
  • The speaker is one of the best you'll find at this price point, and the F1 gets loud — playing games and watching videos is a delight on this phone - a major reason for that has to do with the fact that the phone has Dirac HD Sound — a mainstay on Xiaomi phones in the past - the earpiece also doubles up as a secondary speaker
  • The F1 is in a class of its own when it comes to battery life, outclassing even the battery powerhouse Redmi Note 5 - thanks to the combination of the 10nm Snapdragon 845, the 4000mah battery, and well-optimized MIUI - you'll easily get two days' worth of use out of the F1
  • The F1 supports Quick Charge 3.0, and Poco is bundling an 18W charger in the box - it takes just under two hours to charge the device fully, and you'll be able to go from flat to a 50% charge in just under 30 minutes
  • Combine the excellent battery life + the excellent fast charging, there isn't a single flagship that comes close to the F1 in terms of battery life
  • On the whole, the Poco F1 gives incredible performance at an unbeatable price - nothing comes close - and some great devices like ASUS' ZenFone 5Z, and the OnePlus 6 start to look expensive in comparison (which is saying something) - the F1 is a durable all-rounder flagship that will serve you well in all areas - and it comes right now with an incredible value-for-money proposition
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 polycarbonate design means that it definitely doesn't look quite as premium as the OnePlus 6, or the Zenfone 5Z (although what it lacks in looks it makes up for in durability, so it depends on what you value)
  • The display has fairly significant bezels around it, compared to the tall displays on other flagship phones
  • Low light performance is one area where it's not quite as good as the OnePlus 6 camera, since it lacks OIS
  • Like other recent Xiaomi phones, the Poco F1 does not support HD streaming from Netflix and Amazon Prime (the content is streamed at max 540p), due to a certification issue, so you might want to keep that in mind if you plan to use these services on your phone
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. A remarkably well-rounded budget smartphone
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A Pocket-Friendly Flagship Slayer
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Xiaomi has hit the ball right out of the park
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Deal of the Century
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. At Rs 20,999, it can’t get any better
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Incredible value for money
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. A good phone, but an amazing deal
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. At this price, Poco F1 is a steal
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Unmatched value for money
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The phone is so fiercely priced for a package this well rounded, that it is hard for us to not recommend it
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Xiaomi redefines flagship with this hard-to-beat smartphone
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Simply the best value for money smartphone you can buy
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  17. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  18. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  22. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  23. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  24. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  25. thenextweb.com hands-on Read Review »
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