Black Week is an opportunity to take advantage of great prices on smartphones, especially high-end models. But between the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, the iPhone 15 Pro Max and the Google Pixel 8 Pro, which one is really for you? Here are several technical and physical characteristics compared to help you see more clearly.
Aesthetically, there are big differences between the three models that we compare in this article. Indeed, the most classic, shall we say, is the iPhone 15 Pro Max with its flat profiles and its island of photo sensors gathered within a square housed in the upper left corner. The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra offers a more refined design, especially at the back with lenses that seem to just sit on the shell, barely protruding, without any artifice. Finally, the Google Pixel 8 Pro has a strip that occupies the entire width of the device to integrate the sensors.
To function, Google’s Pixel 8 Pro has a battery with a capacity of 5050 mAh compared to 5000 mAh for the Galaxy S23 Ultra while the iPhone 15 Pro Max makes do with 4422 mAh. Among the three, it is the Samsung mobile which will recharge faster than the other two. Next, the Pixel 8 Pro can charge with a maximum power of 30 watts compared to 27 watts for the iPhone 5 Pro Max. All three smartphones can charge wirelessly and offer reverse charging.
Which is the most powerful and what quality for the screens?
If it’s power you’re looking for, you have to look at the iPhone 15 Pro Max. Indeed, it benefits from the Apple A17 Pro chip supported by 8 GB of RAM. This is also the case for the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra but which is also offered with 12 GB of RAM, based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 For Galaxy processor. Remember that this is a chipset specially optimized for the brand’s mobiles in order to offer increased performance but not as powerful as the Apple chip. Finally, the Pixel 8 Pro is equipped with the Google Tensor G3 chipset with 12 GB of RAM.
Concerning the display, it is the Galaxy S23 Ultra which offers the largest screen with a diagonal of 6.8 inches on an AMOLED panel. It offers a definition of 1440×3088 pixels with support for the HDR10+ video format and a refresh rate that can vary between 1 and 120 Hz. This is also the case for the Google Pixel 8 Pro screen. The latter received the best rating awarded by the DxOMark laboratory, thus classifying it as the best screen in the world for a smartphone. It benefits from a diagonal of 6.7 inches on an AMOLED panel with HDR10+ compatibility and a maximum brightness of 2400 cd/m². The iPhone 15 Pro Max can go up to 2000 cd/m², according to Apple on its 6.7-inch AMOLED panel with a maximum frequency of 120 Hz and compatibility with the Dolby Vision video format.
What configurations for photos and what connectivity?
To take photos, the iPhone 15 Pro Max has a 48-megapixel main sensor optically stabilized to limit shake. It is associated with a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor as well as two 12-megapixel telephoto lenses each for 2x and 5x optical zooms. It obtained a score of 154 by the DxOMark laboratory. Just behind, with a score of 153, Google’s Pixel 8 Pro is equipped with a 50-megapixel main sensor optically stabilized with a 48-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor as well as a 48-megapixel telephoto lens allowing optical zooming in 5x. It’s not for taking photos but, at the back, just below the flash, know that the Pixel 8 Pro benefits from a temperature sensor which allows you to measure the degrees of an everyday object. A fun activity that works quite well.
Finally, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is not bad either even if its score is lower (140, by DxOMark) benefiting from a 200 megapixel main sensor with a 12 megapixel ultra wide-angle sensor and two 10 megapixel telephoto lenses. megapixels each for 3x and 10x optical zooms. For selfies, the latter uses a 12 megapixel lens capable of recording videos in HDR10+ format compared to a 12 megapixel module for the iPhone 15 Pro Max and 10.5 megapixels for the Google Pixel 8 Pro.
Finally, for connectivity, the three devices offer 5G compatibility as well as Wi-Fi 6E with the possibility of upgrading to Wi-Fi 7 via an update for Samsung and Google. They are NFC and Bluetooth compatible. None have an audio jack for plugging in headphones. They support eSIM technology and are certified completely waterproof and dustproof. The Galaxy S23 Ultra and Pixel 8 Pro benefit from a fingerprint reader installed under the screen. All three devices have a USB-C port for charging. The iPhone 15 Pro has an Action button that is customizable to assign it to open a particular application or device function. It works under the iOS system. The Galaxy S23 Ultra is powered by Android with a One UI software overlay which benefits from 5 years of updates, while for the Pixel 8 Pro, we can count on an Android 14 interface and 7 years of updates. .
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