Our Opinion

The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max 128GB is a much better phone, but the realme XT (8GB RAM, 128GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Probably the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max 128GB, if your budget allows for it.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max 128GB  realme XT (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max realme XT
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Excellence Score
94.7
44.0
Value for Money Score
52.1
67.8
Price ₹ 124,900 onwards ₹ 19,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Nov, 2020 Sep, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Apple iOS 14Expected update to next Apple iOS version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.7 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1284x2778 pixels (~ 457 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type OLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Super Retina XDR OLED, Dolby Vision, HDR display, True Tone, Wide color (P3), Haptic Touch, Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating Night mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 3.1 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Hexa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Apple A14 BionicRanked #1 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 712Ranked #32 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Apple GPU Adreno 616
RAM 6 GB 8 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 USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 12MP + 12MP + TOF 3D LiDAR Scanner 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 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 64MP: 1/1.72" Sensor Size; Samsung GW1 Sensor; 0.8um Pixel Size; F/1.8 Aperture; EIS, 8MP: 119° Wide-angle Camera; F/2.25 Aperture; 5P lens, 2MP: Depth Sensor, 2MP: Macro Camera; 4cm Shooting Distance, AI HDR, AI beauty, AI scene recognition, Chrome boost, Super nightscape, Filter mode, Panorama, Expert mode, Time-Lapse
Secondary Camera 12MP 16MP
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, 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 Sony IMX471 Sensor, F/2.0 Aperture, 5P lens, AI beauty, AI HDR
Internal Memory 128 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
Thickness 7.4 mmSlim 8.6 mmMedium
Weight 226 gmHeavy 183 gmMedium
Width 78.1 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 75.2 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output Lightning 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 6m for 30 mins) Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 3687 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 20W Fast Charging (50% in 30 min) Yes, 20W VOOC Flash Charge 3.0
Included Fast Charger Yes, 20.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features 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 UFS 2.1 Storage; In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Beautiful, attractive, premium glass design (Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back - a first for Realme), with a modern gradient finish at the back
  • The phone is also marginally smaller than the Realme X and is lighter too at 183 grams, which gives it a very balanced in-hand feel
  • The glass on the back is of the glossy kind, but it barely registers any fingerprints or smudges and it isn't very reflective
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor is snappy as is the facial recognition
  • Very good 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080x2340) Super AMOLED display with a dewdrop notch - it has vibrant colours, deep blacks, good sunlight legibility, and good viewing angles - one of the best displays of this price range
  • Also comes with Widevine L1 standard, which means videos on platforms like Netflix and Prime can be seen in crisp HD resolution
  • ColorOS is now more streamlined than before, and packs fast animations that helps the phone feel snappy - there are of course a number of add-on features too, compared to what you would get in stock Android
  • The UI also isn't ad-strewn as recent Xiaomi phones have tended to be
  • Very good performance backed by the powerful Snapdragon 712, which is one of the better mid-range mobile SoCs out there, especially for gaming - the Realme XT is able to run graphically intensive games like PUBG on default high graphics without breaking a sweat - of course day-to-day use is a breeze too
  • Thermal management is good too - the phone remains quite cool throughout gaming sessions
  • Excellent quad camera setup at the rear - 64MP primary + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP macro + 2MP depth sensor - this is the first phone to launch in India with a 64MP sensor
  • Much like the popular 48MP sensor, the 64MP camera also works (by default) on a 4-in-1 pixel binning technology that combines four 16MP shots to offer one bright and detailed photo
  • The primary camera capture some really attractive photos in daylight, offering good brightness and clarity - with HDR enabled, the camera offers a wide dynamic range
  • The ultra wide-angle camera comes in handy if you want to capture a wider frame of view or want a different perspective on the subject (but there is some noise even in daylight conditions)
  • The camera also supports Nightscape (Night mode), which comes in handy in low-light conditions, and helps improve picture clarity
  • The Realme XT also does a good job when using Portrait mode - edge detection is excellent thanks to the dedicated 2-megapixel depth sensor and details are crisp
  • Decent video recording performance - image quality is good, and there is also stabilization at 1080p (but not at 4k)
  • Overall, this is now arguably the new camera champ of the under 20k category, coming out a bit ahead of the current leaders pack - the Realme 5 Pro, the Realme X, and the Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Good speaker - verbal audio sounds clear enough even in max volume, and the audio is loud enough for you to hear the phone ring from another room
  • Very good battery life with a large 4000mAh battery - you will get about 1.5 days of moderate use
  • There is VOOC 3.0 fast charging support, which is great - you can charge up the Realme XT in about 80 minutes
  • Once again, like clockwork, Realme has launched another champion phone with the XT, that sets the benchmark for mid-range phones even higher
  • But more broadly, you won't go wrong with either of the current leading 3 Realme phones - Realme 5 Pro (cheapest, Snapdragon 712, but not a premium glass design, not a 'full-screen' display, not an AMOLED display), Realme X (pop-up selfie, and 'full-screen' AMOLED experience, but not a premium glass design, and 'only' Snapdragon 710), or the Realme XT (premium glass design, AMOLED display, best camera of the lot by a small margin, Snapdragon 712, but not a 'full-screen' display) - and you can chose one depending on your priorities
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • There is as usual some bloatware that comes pre-installed (but most of it can be uninstalled)
  • The macro lens is ordinary - you will be able to get really close to the subject, but detail levels in the images are low
Expert Reviews
  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. dnaindia.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  20. pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. neowin.net in-depth Read Review »
  1. Amazing value for money proposition...one of the easiest recommendations we have given
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Realme XT has it all...the next round of Realme vs Redmi begins
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Yet another solid addition to Realme's smartphone lineup...packs in a lot of features for the price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. One of the best phones in the midrange segment
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Realme has delivered an ace with the XT....it is hard to not get impressed by
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. The camera is a well-rounded hardware and software package that makes this one of the best smartphones in the mid-range segment
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Makes for a very attractive option, especially with the aggressive pricing
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Solidifying Realme's presence in sub-20K smartphone category...it's going to be a tough call choosing between the Realme XT and Redmi Note 8 Pro
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Standout phone...the phone to beat in this segment when it comes to value
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The realme XT offers a raft of exciting features and top-notch performance at an equally impressive price.
    finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  11. Great choice for those looking for camera-centric smartphone
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Emerges as a winner
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. A very able phone
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. You will be hard pressed to find a phone that offers as much value...an easy recommend for anyone looking for a phone in the sub-20k segment
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. A good device even apart from its excellent camera performance
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. It's a steal...comes really close to being a game changer
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. A good phone on most counts....but if you are going for this smartphone only and only for the 64 MP camera, don't
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. Takes the whole value for money proposition thing to another level...Dear mid-segment, we have a real(me) contender for your crown
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. Yet another winner from Realme
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  20. asianage.com in-depth Read Review »
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