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iPhone 15 Pro Max vs. Google Pixel 7 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: The Battle for Superiority

iPhone 15 Pro Max vs. Google Pixel 7 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: The Battle for Superiority

With the recent launch of the iPhone 15 Pro Max, many tech enthusiasts are eager to see how it stacks up against other industry giants. While iPhones are renowned for their cameras, Google Pixel’s latest offering, the Pixel 7 Pro, is giving it a run for its money. In the world of mobile phones, Samsung has long been the arch-rival of the iPhone. So here, we will compare these titans of the mobile phone industry: iPhone 15 Pro Max vs. Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra vs. Google Pixel 7 Pro.

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Let’s begin with the Design!

iPhone 15 Pro Max vs. Google Pixel 7 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: Body & Design

In terms of design, these phones are like snowflakes — no two are alike. The iPhone 15 Pro Max boasts a Titanium body, which is both stronger and lighter compared to the aluminum bodies of the others. When it comes to overall design, the iPhone stands out with its curvy aesthetics. The Google Pixel also has some subtle curves, while Samsung’s phone features a more boxy shape. Design is subjective, and it all boils down to personal preference.

Turning to their backs, the iPhone showcases its iconic three-camera module and a matte glass finish. The Pixel comes with a sleek and wide camera module. Meanwhile, Samsung’s phone stands out with in-body cameras.

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The Pixel 7 Pro is the lightest, followed by the iPhone 15 Pro Max and the Galaxy S23 Ultra.

SpecificationsiPhone 15 Pro MaxGoogle Pixel 7 ProSamsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Dimensions159.9 x 76.7 x 8.3 mm162.9 x 76.6 x 8.9 mm163.4 x 78.1 x 8.9 mm
Weight221g212 g234 g
Build & ProtectionTitanium, Ceramic Shield front,
Textured matte glass back
Rated IP68 (maximum
depth of 6 meters
up to 30 minutes)
under IEC standard 60529
Glass front & back (Gorilla Glass Victus 2),
aluminum frame
IP68 dust/water resistant
(up to 1.5m for 30 min)
Glass front & back (Gorilla Glass Victus 2),
aluminum frame
IP68 dust/water resistant
(up to 1.5m for 30 min)
ColorsBlack Titanium, White Titanium,
Blue Titanium & Natural Titanium
Obsidian, Snow & HazelGreen, Phantom Black, Lavender & Cream

Samsung S23 Ultra vs. Google Pixel 7 Pro vs. iPhone 15 Pro Max: Display

When it comes to display size, there isn’t much difference. The iPhone and Pixel both feature 6.7-inch screens, while the Galaxy has a slightly larger 6.8-inch display. In terms of quality, all three shine, but the Google Pixel takes the lead with the highest pixel density.

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The iPhone scores a point with its Dynamic Island pill-shaped notch, which brings some cool features. It also offers higher peak brightness, making its screen more visible in outdoor conditions.

SpecificationsiPhone 15 Pro MaxGoogle Pixel 7 ProSamsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Display Size6.7‑inch6.7 inches6.8 inches
Resolution1290 x 2796 pixels
(~460 ppi density)
1440 x 3120 pixels
(~512 ppi density)
1440 x 3088 pixels
(~500 ppi density)
Display typeSuper Retina XDR OLED, 120Hz,
HDR10, Dolby Vision,
1000 nits (typ), 2000 nits (HBM)
LTPO AMOLED, 120Hz,
HDR10+, 1000 nits
(HBM) & 1500 nits (peak)
Dynamic AMOLED 2X,
120Hz, HDR10+, 1200 nits
(HBM) & 1750 nits
(peak)
Display FeaturesHaptic Touch, Always-on
display & Dynamic Island
(Pill Shape Notch)
Always-on displayAlways-on display

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra vs. iPhone 15 Pro Max vs. Google Pixel 7 Pro: Camera

This is where many people eagerly anticipate seeing how these titans compete. In terms of primary camera pixel count, Samsung leads with a whopping 200MP, followed by Google Pixel’s 50 megapixels and the iPhone’s 48 megapixels. However, pixel count doesn’t always tell the full story, as many have reported that Google Pixel 7 Pro’s 50MP camera produces better results in most conditions compared to the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s 200MP camera. And, of course, we are well aware of the iPhone’s fantastic camera capabilities.

When it comes to other cameras, Samsung appears to be the winner on paper, thanks to its 10x optical zoom periscopic lens. Before the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s arrival, the Pixel 7 Pro had an edge with its 5x telephoto lens, but now the iPhone also boasts a 5x optical zoom camera (though with lower pixel count).

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Samsung excels in video features with up to 8K video recording and impressive slow-motion at 960 frames per second. However, in terms of video quality, the iPhone and Google Pixel take the lead and compete head-to-head.

The iPhone’s selfie camera is highly regarded, but customer reviews will tell us more about the new model. Both the Pixel and Galaxy come with decent selfie cameras, but the Google Pixel stands out with its ultrawide selfie camera.

SpecificationsiPhone 15 Pro MaxGoogle Pixel 7 ProSamsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Rear cameras334
Main Camera48 MP, f/1.8, 24mm (wide),
1.22µm, dual pixel PDAF
50 MP, f/1.9, 25mm (wide), 1/1.31″, 1.2µm, multi-directional PDAF, Laser AF, OIS200 MP, f/1.7, 24mm (wide), 1/1.3″,
0.6µm, multi-directional
PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
Telephoto Camera12 MP, f/2.8, 120mm (periscope telephoto),
1.12µm, dual pixel PDAF,
3D sensor‑shift OIS &
5x optical zoom (Digital zoom up to 25x)
48 MP, f/3.5, 120mm (telephoto),
1/2.55″, 0.7µm, multi-directional
PDAF, OIS &
5x optical zoom
10 MP, f/2.4, 70mm
(telephoto), 1/3.52″, 1.12µm,
Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS &
3x optical zoom
Ultrawide Camera12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 120˚ (ultrawide),
1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF
12 MP, f/2.2, 126˚ (ultrawide), 1/2.9″, 1.25µm, AF12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm,
120˚ (ultrawide), 1/2.55″,
1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF,
Super Steady video
PeriscopeNoNo10 MP, f/4.9, 230mm
(periscope telephoto),
1/3.52″, 1.12µm, Dual Pixel
PDAF, OIS,
10x optical zoom
Rear camera video4K@24/25/30/60fps &
1080p@25/30/60/120/240fps
4K@30/60fps,
1080p@30/60/120/240fps
8K@24/30fps,
4K@30/60fps,
1080p@30/60/240fps,
1080p@960fps
Rear camera featuresSensor-shift OIS10-bit HDR,
Dolby Vision HDR, Cinematic mode
LED flash (True Tone Adaptive)
gyro-EIS, OIS,10-bit HDR
Dual-LED flash, Pixel Shift,
Auto-HDR, panorama
HDR10+, stereo sound rec., gyro-EISLED flash,
2 auto-HDR, panorama
Selfie / front camera12 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide),
1/3.6″Depth / biometrics sensor,
SL 3D
10.8 MP, f/2.2, 21mm (ultrawide),
1/3.1″, 1.22µm
12 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide)
Dual Pixel PDAF
Selfie / front camera video4K@24/25/30/60fps
1080p@25/30/60/120fps
4K@30/60fps
1080p@30/60fps
4K@30/60fps
1080p@30fps

Who Performs the Best? iPhone 15 Pro Max vs. Google Pixel 7 Pro vs. Galaxy S23 Ultra

We cannot expect any of these devices to have performance issues (at least for some years), as they are all flagship phones. However, the most efficient among them appears to be the iPhone due to Apple’s A17 Pro chipset, thanks to its 3nm fabrication process. The Google Pixel 7 Pro comes equipped with the Google Tensor chipset, which is among the best in the market. The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, also ranks top among Qualcomm’s offerings.

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Now, when it comes to memory speed, the iPhone 15 Pro Max takes the lead with its NVMe storage type. The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra follows with a UFS 4.0 storage type, which is faster than the UFS 3.1 of the Google Pixel 7 Pro.

In terms of overall performance, the iPhone has the edge, followed by Samsung’s phone, while Google’s Pixel lags slightly in this regard.

SpecificationsiPhone 15 Pro MaxGoogle Pixel 7 ProSamsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
OSiOS 17Android 13Android 13, One UI 5.1
ChipsetApple A17 Pro (3 nm)Google Tensor G2 (5 nm)Qualcomm SM8550-AC
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (4 nm)
CPU6‑core CPU with 2 performance
and 4 efficiency cores
Octa-core (2×2.85 GHz Cortex-X1 &
2×2.35 GHz Cortex-A78 &
4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A55)
Octa-core (1×3.36 GHz Cortex-X3 &
2×2.8 GHz Cortex-A715 &
2×2.8 GHz Cortex-A710 &
3×2.0 GHz Cortex-A510)
GPU6‑core GPU
(16‑core Neural Engine)
Mali-G710 MP7Adreno 740
Storage/Memory & RAM256GB, 500GB & 1TB8GB RAM & 128GB/256GB Storage
12GB RAM & 128GB/256GB/512GB Storage
12GB RAM & 512GB Storage
Storage/Memory TypeNVMeUFS 3.1UFS 4.0

Features 

When you look at the features of the iPhone 15 Pro Max, Samsung S23 Ultra, and Google Pixel 7 Pro, you will notice that each of them packs a ton of cool features. The iPhone stands out with features like Satellite Connectivity (Emergency SOS), Face ID, UWB2 support, and the introduction of a USB Type-C 3.0 port. Samsung’s phone boasts Samsung DeX, S-Pen, and some other unique features. However, Google’s phone offers a stock Android experience without any special additions.

NameiPhone 15 Pro MaxGoogle Pixel 7 ProSamsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
SoundStereo SpeakersStereo SpeakersStereo Speakers
ConnectivitySatellite Connectivity (Emergency SOS)
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC,
GPS (including QZSS) &
USB Type-C 3.0
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.2,
NFC, GPS &
USB Type-C 3.2
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.3,
NFC, GPS &
USB Type-C 3.2, OTG
SensorsFace ID, accelerometer, gyro,
proximity, compass, barometer
Ultra Wideband 2 (UWB2) support
Fingerprint (under display, optical),
accelerometer, gyro, proximity,
compass, barometer &
Ultra Wideband 1 (UWB1) support
Fingerprint (under display, ultrasonic),
accelerometer, gyro, proximity,
compass, barometer,
Samsung DeX, Samsung Wireless
DeX (desktop experience support)
Bixby natural language
commands and dictation
Samsung Pay (Visa,
MasterCard certified)
Ultra Wideband (UWB) support

Battery & Charging

In the battery and charging department, Samsung takes the trophy thanks to its large battery similar to Pixel 7 Pro but faster charging support compared to the others. Interestingly, many were expecting the iPhone 15 Pro Max to have better fast charging support with the introduction of the USB Type-C 3.0 Port, but that’s not the case.

NameiPhone 15 Pro MaxGoogle Pixel 7 ProSamsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Battery Lithium‑IonLi-Ion 5000 mAhLi-Ion 5000 mAh
ChargingFast charging, 50% in 30 min (advertised)
with USB Power Delivery 2.0
MagSafe wireless charging 15W
Qi magnetic fast wireless charging 7.5W
23W wired, PD3.0, 50% in 30 min (advertised)
23W wireless
Reverse wireless
45W wired, PD3.0, 65% in 30 min (advertised)
15W wireless (Qi/PMA)
4.5W reverse wireless

iPhone 15 Pro Max vs. Samsung S23 Ultra vs. Google Pixel 7 Pro: Price Comparison

The pricing of the iPhone 15 and Google Pixel 7 Pro in Pakistan is still uncertain, factoring in taxes and duties, as they haven’t been officially launched. Let’s explore the global pricing of the iPhone 15 Pro Max and Google Pixel 7 Pro, converting them directly into PKR. As the  Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is officially available, its official price is mentioned here.

iPhone 15 Pro Max(Approximate & Without PTA Taxes)Google Pixel 7 Pro(Approximate & Without PTA Taxes)Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
128GB: $649 (Rs.190,000)
256GB: $1199 (Rs.360,000)256GB: $749 (Rs.220,000)
512GB: $1399 (Rs.420,000)512GB: $849 (Rs.250,000)12GB/512GB: Rs.560,000 (Official)
1TB: $1599 (Rs.480,000)

Note: The prices of the iPhone 15 Pro Max and Google Pixel 7 Pro in Rupees are approximate and based on the current dollar rate. Actual prices will be higher after adding PTA taxes. You will likely spot the iPhone 15 Pro Max on OLX shortly after its global launch.

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Final Verdict

Alright, let’s analyze these smartphone giants! The iPhone 15 Pro Max certainly shines in the camera department, performance, display brilliance (in bright outdoor lighting), and even has some fancy extras like Dynamic Island notch and emergency satellite connectivity. But, be ready to dig deep into your pockets for it, and that’s before the taxman rings the doorbell.

Turning our attention to the Samsung S23 Ultra, it is a performance beast, loaded with an array of features, has impressive camera zoom capabilities, S-Pen, and better fast charging support. However, it doesn’t hold back on the price either.

Now, let’s talk about the Google Pixel 7 Pro, the lighter option. It delivers that clean Android experience, gives the iPhone’s camera a run for its money, offers a sharper display, and won’t break the bank.

We have covered the key factors for your decision between the iPhone 15 Pro Max vs. Samsung S23 Ultra vs. and Google Pixel 7 Pro. Now, it’s your turn to choose the one that fits your needs and budget.

So, what’s it gonna be? Which of these heavyweights gets your vote? Share your thoughts below!

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