Home : Smartphones

Apple iPhone 11 Pro vs 11 Pro Max in 2021: Is It Just Size?

author Luis Silva (March 2020 Updated: August 2021 - 6 min. reading time)

Apple iPhone 11 Pro, Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

Photo by Made By Morro on Unsplash

CONTENTS

Click on one of these
shortcuts and then tap
"back" to return here

Introduction

Is the 11 Pro Pro enough for you? Or do you need to Max a Pro? Let's find out.

Apple's iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max started selling in September 2019.

In this article, we see how the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is the right one for you.

The weight of each section

For additional information regarding our smartphone comparisons, check this FAQ.

to check who their rivals are.

Price*
vs.
Device iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Release Date 2019, September 2019, September 0y.
OS Updates 6 years 6 years 0y.
Security Updates 6 years 6 years 0y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

As for performance, Geekbench 5 gives them the same score. All in all, there's not much of a difference between the two.

It's safe to say that both of them can be tagged as high-end.

Performance*
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
SoC Apple A13 Apple A13
Graphics Apple GPU Apple GPU
Geekbench 5 Score 3428
3435
7
OS iOS 13 iOS 13
Tek-Score
7.7
7.7
0.0

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Apple iPhone 11 Pro front transparent png Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max front transparent png

There isn't a winner here, so you have to decide for yourself.

Do you despise big screens? Then, there aren't many devices to consider besides the iPhone 11 Pro. It really is short compared to most similarly priced phones.

Given the iPhone 11 Pro, 89% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 93% have an Always-On display.

Compared to the iPhone 11 Pro Max, all of its rivals can play HDR content and have an AMOLED screen, 85% offer you more than 60hz of refresh rate, and 90% have an Always-On display.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Size 5.8
6.5
0.7
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1125x2436
1242x2688
597996
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 462.63
455.55
-7.08
Always-On-Display No No
Notch Wedge Wedge
Peak Brightness 811 nits
811 nits
0
HDR HDR10 HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
3.3
3.2
-0.1
Protection Corning toughened glass Corning toughened glass
Tek-Score
5.9
5.9
0.0

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Apple iPhone 11 Pro back transparent png Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max back transparent png

Overall, You shouldn't be seeing any difference between these cameras.

About the iPhone 11 Pro: I'm sure the guys at DXOMARK will not look back at this camera, but we don't need a crystal ball to guess the score: 134*. If you also consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, the final score goes up to 145** points.

Before moving on, you should know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 93% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Yet, only 11% of them feature a macro lens.

About the iPhone 11 Pro Max: DXOMARK's gurus gave this shooter a score of 132. And by adding the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we get a score of 143 points. Just click here to read about it.

Finally, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization, and 90% feature a telephoto lens. Regardless, none of them feature a macro lens.

We can classify these two as high-end.

Just in case it's a deciding factor, the iPhone 11 Pro Max zoom lens is 54mm below what you'll commonly find on related-priced phones.

*The guys over at DXOMARK know how to benchmark these shooters. Too bad some cameras don't have a chance to be tested. So when I find one such shooter, I score every camera spec (like sensor size, lenses, and so on) to get a similar global score. As of now, you can expect a deviation of up to 2 points.

**You should give this score a margin of error of up to 6 points, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. These guys recently updated their test protocol, and I only have few reviewed devices to deduce a compatible score.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 1.8
1.8
0.0
Lens 26mm
26mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 4 4 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 145
143
-2

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 2.0
2.0
0.0
Lens 52mm (2x zoom)
52mm (2x zoom)
0
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 12 12 0
Aperture 2.4 2.4 0.0
Lens 13mm 13mm 0
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 11 11 0
Selfie Camera iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max vs.
Megapixels 12
12
0
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 23mm 23mm 0
iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max vs.
Tek-Score
8.5
8.4
-0.1

Who has the best frame?

The iPhone 11 Pro does stand out because of its weight. But they're not that far apart.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max is 38 g. (1.50 oz) heavier than the other, weighing about 188 g. (6.63 oz). If you're curious, the iPhone 11 Pro has a "weight to screen size" score of 3.0, which suggests it's kind of weighty for a 5.8 inches display. The iPhone 11 Pro Max, in its turn, has 1.7, which indicates it's oddly heavy.

The iPhone 11 Pro truly is water-resistant. It can be submerged 1 to 3 meters deep, just like the iPhone 11 Pro Max. But remember: it's for a maximum period of half an hour, and it's freshwater in standby mode only.

Looks*
vs.
Body iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Size 144 x 71 x 8 mm
(5.08 x 2.50 x 0.28 in)
158 x 77 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.72 x 0.28 in)
15536
Weight 188 g. (6.63 oz)
226 g. (7.97 oz)
38
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green
Screen To Body Ratio 80.80%
85.31%
4.51
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.0 1.7 -1.3
Looks 8.5/10
9.6/10
1.0
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Face ID
Tek-Score
7.3
6.4
-0.9

*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.

Which has the best battery?

The iPhone 11 Pro does have a smaller battery, with 3046 mAh, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max has 3969 mAh. And GSMArena did test them out, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max does have an advantage here.

Battery*
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Capacity (mAh) 3046 3969 923
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 79% left
83% left
4
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 63% left
69% left
6
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 65% left
73% left
8
Bat. To Phone Size Score 6.7 3.6 -3.1
Sub Tek-Score
6.9
7.5
0.6
Fast Charging 18w
18w
0
Wireless Charging 5w
5w
0
Tek-Score
6.2
6.5
0.4

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

None of them has.

The iPhone 11 Pro has 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM. Furthermore, other devices from this budget usually offer more RAM and more storage. They have 8GB of RAM and 139Gb of storage on average, but you can find better options.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max also offers 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. Again, you can get more storage and more RAM on most of its rivals. 9Gb/166Gb. That's the average.

Most people should be OK with their internal storage. However, if you love to store 4k videos, you'll find out that 64 GB won't be enough for you.

Storage*
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
RAM (GB) 4GB
4GB
0
Internal (GB) 64GB
64GB
0
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
2.8
2.8
0.0

*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

There also isn't much to see here.

These two are LTE compatible. If you'd rather have a smartphone with 5G, you may want to check the iPhone 12 or the iPhone 12 Pro.

Connectivity
vs.
Features iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Network LTE LTE
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
3.6
3.6
0.0

Which is more affordable?

Here's what we've found out:

Apple iPhone 11 Pro

Reference: $750

Apple iPhone 11 Pro

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

Reference: $900

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

I earn a small fee from qualifying purchases. It doesn't affect the price you pay nor my opinions, but it will mean a lot if you click on one of these buttons before purchasing your next phone (or whatever else you end up buying). You'll be helping to take this to the next level.

Prices on eBay are in $US but Europe-based. You can click to check the prices in your country.

Prices marked with ! are from renewed/refurbished/carrier-locked phones (except eBay prices that, as a last resort, can be from bids or used devices).

How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).

Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.

Value for money iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max VS
Amazon 1.01 ! 0.56 ! -
eBay 0.89 0.61 -0.28
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - ! -

Also, don't forget to check the latest deals from these four stores, and the state of the art on mobile technology, if you don't want to overpay on your next smartphone.


Related articles:


Best smartphone deals


The Best Unbiased Smartphones For All Budgets


Smartphone Specs Statistics: The State Of The Art (Q1 2021)

Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. First, let me mention the average at their price range. The iPhone 11 Pro class is at 7.0, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max 7.4.

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

These are the best of the best in the iPhone world. But they're both a bit far from perfect. They lack the Always-On display that lots of people love, the 3.5mm audio jack, the MicroSD slot (although let's be honest here, Apple will never make an iPhone with one), and their weight, that is way over the average on the 11 Pro Max.

Don't get me wrong, these are great cameras and great performers.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max stands out in the battery department, and its display is 0.7" bigger.

Pros iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Cameras Cameras
#4 Fast Charging Battery Life
#5 Wireless Charging Fast Charging
#6 Glass Protection Wireless Charging
#7 Glass Protection
Cons iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
#1 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#2 MicroSD Slot MicroSD Slot
#3 Weight Weight
#4 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
#5 Price Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
Gaming Score
6.2
6.2
0.0
Tek-Score
6.12
6.12
0.00
Your Score

Scroll the sliders down below to get your own personalized score. Let's suppose you value performance and battery life, and you don't really care about anything else. Then, just set the "Performance" and the "Battery" sliders up to 5 (5+5=10), and then the other sliders down to 0. You'll know what's the best phone for you.

Performance 1.9
Display 1.7
Cameras 1.4
Frame 0.9
Battery 1.9
Storage 2.0
Connectivity 0.4
Total Should be 10 or as close as possible: 9.6

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

For suggestions and bug reports, click here. Your help is appreciated. Thank you.

If you want to know more about them, click here:

About me

Hello!

My name is Luis Silva, and I have a degree in computer management. Ever since I was a teenager, I've loved everything to do with tech. Music, pictures, video editing, I've done it all! This site is a place for me to share some of the knowledge I have, as well as keep up-to-date with current trends. This is a wonderful place for tech-geeks and everyone else that just want to learn more about tech and smartphones in general.


Keep in touch


pinterest logo Follow us on Pinterest

facebook logo Join our Facebook group







No spam, I promise. You can unsubscribe at any time and I'll never share your email without your permission.



Apple iPhone 11 Pro Related Comparisons


Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max Related Comparisons

×

"Display size to phone weight" ratio explained

This indeed is a "display size to phone weight" ratio, but because every phone ended up somewhere between 0.0272 and 0.0421, I've amplified (adapted) those values so they would fit in a 0-10 scale. As of now, the best smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy A40, with 140g. (4.94 oz) for a 5.9 inch display. It got a score of 9.92. While the worse device is the iPhone 8 Plus, which weighs 202 g. (7.13 oz) and has a 5.5-inch display. It ended up with a score of 0.75.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

×

"Battery to device size" ratio explained

This score should give you an idea about the energy footprint of the devices you're considering. It reflects not only the hardware and the energy that it requires but also the amount of energy that the battery can deliver.

The major spenders on any device should be the display and the SoC. But everything from a notification led to its modems need to be optimized, or else, the OEM should simply include a bigger battery as a compensation. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible due to size limitations. But in the end, if a particular OEM can do a good job and give you excellent battery life on a small device, so should everyone else. That's why I've added a "battery to device size" ratio. But since the real scale went from 119 (for the Galaxy S10e, Snapdragon variant) and up to 164 (for the iPhone 7 Plus), I've decided to convert them so they would fit in a 0-10 scale, being 0 the worst device, (the iPhone 7 Plus) and 10 the one every OEM should look up to.

As an example, Apple did an excellent job on the iPhone 7. It has a score of 8. Despite having a small capacity, the hardware is well optimized, and it still gives you decent battery life considering its size. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, with those bezels shrinking its display size, clearly could've been the #1 in our top 10 list of best battery devices if Apple simply filled all that empty space with a bigger battery.

As a side note: I haven't included the dept of the devices in this formula because even if a device ended up being 1mm/0.03 inches thicker, it wouldn't matter that much to those who really value battery life.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

×

Rivals

As of now, these are the rivals that were considered for each of them. They may change every time its prices are updated.

These are the lowest prices found on Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, and Walmart.


 Apple iPhone 11 Pro 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $689
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $688
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $649
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
    $565
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
    $579
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $575
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $598
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $650
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $689
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $689
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $697
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $789
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
    $599
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $780
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $697
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $600
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $809
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $799
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $580
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $729
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $600
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $549
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
    $650
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698
  • OnePlusrival9
    $551
  • OpporivalFind X3 Lite
    $554

 Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Pro
    $969
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
    $789
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.EX
    $999
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.SD
    $899
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $780
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
    $809
  • HuaweirivalMate 30 Pro
    $849
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
    $799
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
    $799
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 20 U.
    $899
  • HuaweirivalMate 40 Pro
    $1065
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Ultra
    $846
  • OpporivalFind X2 Pro
    $950
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Ultra
    $899
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $729
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Ultra
    $1079
  • OnePlusrival9 Pro
    $969
  • VivorivalX60 Pro
    $900
×

Formula deviation

Since the guys at DxoMark don't review every camera out there, I've come up with a formula based on the ones that they do rate, so I could get an equivalent score for the ones they don't review. After testing it against these cameras, I got the deviation between that and their DxO score.

Device: DxOScore Deviation
Samsung Galaxy A50: 88 -1
Apple iPhone XR: 104 1
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: 108 -7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: 87 1
Sony Xperia 1: 99 -1
Sony Xperia 5: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 126 2
Apple iPhone 8 Plus: 96 -3
Xiaomi Pocophone F1: 92 -1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 90 -1
Apple iPhone X: 101 3
Apple iPhone 11: 112 -1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 107 1
Apple iPhone XS Max: 110 -2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: 124 1
Samsung Galaxy S10: 124 2
Apple iPhone XS: 110 -1
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 120 -2
OnePlus 7 Pro: 122 0
OnePlus 7T Pro: 122 0
Huawei P30 Pro: 125 -1
Google Pixel 4: 117 0
Google Pixel 3: 103 0
Google Pixel 2: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: 127 -2
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 132 2
OnePlus 6: 100 0
OnePlus 6T: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: 105 -1
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 120 0
Xiaomi Mi 9: 115 0
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: 132 0
Huawei P40 Pro: 140 -1
Apple iPhone SE 2: 101 0
OnePlus 8 Pro: 126 0
Xiaomi Mi 8: 105 1
Samsung Galaxy A71: 89 1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: 134 0

As you can see, most cameras sit between 1 and -1, while a few of them go up to 2 or -2. That means it's reasonable to assume other similar cameras that they don't review to, in the worst-case scenario, be anywhere from -2 to 2 points from the score that the formula gets.

For example: Given that the Pixel 4 got 117 points and that the Pixel 4 XL share the same year and camera specs, it's reasonable to expect a score of 117 too. But in reality, if they do review that camera, it may end up anywhere between 115 and 119.

Be aware that at DxO, they give a score based on their opinion, not based on any formula. That's why I think there's an odd difference of 6 points between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. In theory, they should have the same camera.

I'm guessing that the Mi 9T Pro got a deviation of 7 points because they tested its Chinese variant (the K20 Pro).

Update: They just changed their protocol to include preview image evaluation and trustability. I'm keeping the old table (for now) for reference purposes, and I'll be adding a new one as soon as they review at least a couple of new mclass-range cameras.

You can expect the same (or a bit bigger) deviation for high-end cameras, but anything with a score below 100-110 should be taken with a grain of salt.

This is valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they dclassn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.

×

About GeekBench 5

This is just a quick note to let you know that, if, by any chance, the smartphone you're looking for isn't on the GeekBench site yet, you can check on GsmArena.com, as they also usually test smartphones with that benchmark tool.



Top 10 Smartphones