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Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra vs Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max, Google Pixel 8 Pro, OnePlus 12: high-end flagships compared

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Samsung $1,300 (£1,249, AU$2,199) Galaxy S24Ultra is the most expensive and expensive phone available from the company now Galaxy S24 lineup. Highlights include new AI features and adjustments to the cameras.

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It’s also by far the most expensive non-folding flagship phone currently available, priced at $100 more than last year’s base Galaxy S23 Ultra from $1200 and the also $1,200 iPhone 15 Pro Max from Apple.

Look at this: Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra vs Galaxy S23 Ultra vs iPhone 15 Pro Max (flagship phones compared)

You get a lot for your money, including the most powerful phone specs and a camera that will likely specialize in detailed zoom photos. The S24 Ultra has the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor and a large 6.8-inch AMOLED display. The 200-megapixel main camera is now accompanied by a 50-megapixel telephoto camera.

My colleague Lisa Eadicicco reviewed the Galaxy S24 Ultra and found that while it proves to be a spec beast, it’s a very expensive way to try out Samsung’s new Galaxy AI features. Many of these AI features are also available on other Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S23 phones.

In the following diagram, we’ve outlined what’s inside the S24 Ultra and compared it to Apple’s iPhone 15 Pro Max: Google’s Pixel 8 Pro and the OnePlus 12.

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra vs Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max vs Google Pixel 8 Pro vs OnePlus 12

Samsung Galaxy S24Ultra iPhone 15 Pro Max Google Pixel 8 Pro OnePlus 12
Screen size, resolution 6.8-inch AMOLED; 3,120 x 1,440 pixels; 1-120Hz adaptive refresh rate 6.7-inch OLED; 2,796 x 1,290 pixels; 120 Hz adaptive 6.7-inch OLED; 3,120 x 1,440 pixels; 1-120Hz adaptive refresh rate 6.82-inch OLED; 3,168 x 1,440 pixels; 1-120Hz adaptive refresh rate
Pixel density 501 ppi 460 ppi 489 ppi 510 ppi
Dimensions (inches) 6.40 x 3.11 x 0.34 inches. 3.02 x 6.29 x 0.32 inches. 6.4 x 3.0 x 0.3 inches. 6.5x3x0.36 inches
Dimensions (millimeters) 163 x 79 x 8.6mm 76.7 x 159.9 x 8.25mm 162.6 x 76.5 x 8.8mm 164.3 x 76 x 9.2mm
Weight (gram, ounce) 233g (8.22oz.) 221g (7.81oz.) 213g 220g
Mobile software Android 14 iOS 17 Android 14 Android 14
Camera 200 megapixel (wide-angle), 12 megapixel (ultra-wide), 10 megapixel (3x telephoto), 50 megapixel (5x telephoto) 48 megapixel (wide angle), 12 megapixel (ultra-wide), 12 megapixel telephoto (5x optical) 50 megapixel (wide), 48 megapixel (ultra-wide), 48 megapixel (telephoto) 50 megapixel (wide), 48 megapixel (ultra-wide), 64 megapixel (telephoto)
Front camera 12 megapixels 12 megapixels 10.5 megapixels 32 megapixels
Video recording 8K 4K 4K 8K
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 A17 Pro Google Tensor G3 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
RAM/storage 12GB RAM + 256GB, 512GB, 1TB 256GB, 512GB, 1TB 12GB RAM + 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB 12GB RAM + 256GB; 16GB RAM + 512GB
Expandable storage No No No No
Battery charger 5,000mAh Not made public; Apple claims up to 29 hours of video playback (25 hours streamed) 5,050mAh 5,400 mAh (dual-2,700 mAh)
Fingerprint sensor Below view None (Face ID) Below view Below view
Connector USB-C USB-C (USB 3.0) USB-C USB-C
Headphone connection No No No No
Special features Titanium frame, peak brightness of 2,600 nits; 7 years of OS and security updates; 5G (mmWave); IP68 water resistance; wireless PowerShare to charge other devices; integrated S Pen; UWB for finding other devices; 45 watt wired charging (charger not included); Galaxy AI; WiFi 7; Gorilla Glass Armor cover glass 5G (mmw/Sub6), action button, Always-On display, IP68 rating, MagSafe, Dynamic Island, 5x optical zoom (120mm equivalent), satellite connectivity, eSIM, Thread network technology 5G (Sub 6 and mmWave); VPN from Google One; 7 years of OS, Security and Feature Drop updates; front camera has autofocus; 13 watt Qi wireless charging; 30 watt wired charging; USB 3.2 speeds over USB-C; IP68 dust and water resistance; Gorilla Glass Victus 2 on the front and back 4,500 nit peak brightness; 80 watts wired charging (100 watts wired charging outside the US); 50-watt wireless charging with fan dock; WiFi 7; Gorilla Glass Victus 2 cover glass
Out-of-contract price (USD) $1,300 (256GB) $1,199 (256GB), $1,399 (512GB), $1,599 (1TB) $999 (128GB) $800 (256GB)
Price (GBP) £1,249 (256GB) £1,199 (256GB), £1,399 (512GB), £1,599 (1TB) £999 (128GB) To be determined
Price (AUD) AU$2,199 (256GB) AU$2,199 (256GB), AU$2,549 (512GB), AU$2,899 (1TB) AU$1,699 (128GB) To be determined