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Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra vs. iPhone 15 Pro Max vs. Google Pixel 8 Pro: The Battle for Superiority

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra vs. iPhone 15 Pro Max vs. Google Pixel 8 Pro: The Battle for Superiority

With the exciting launch of the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra, many tech enthusiasts are eager to see how it stacks up against other industry giants. While the highlight of Galaxy S24 Ultra is its AI features, Google Pixel’s latest offering, the Pixel 8 Pro is not too behind. In the world of mobile phones, the iPhone has long been the arch-rival of Samsung. So here, we will compare these titans of the mobile phone industry: Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra vs. iPhone 15 Pro Max vs. Google Pixel 8 Pro.

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Let’s begin with the Design!

Samsung S24 Ultra vs. iPhone 15 Pro Max vs. Google Pixel 8 Pro: Body & Design

In terms of design, these phones are like snowflakes — no two are alike. The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra & iPhone 15 Pro Max boast a Titanium body, which is both stronger and lighter compared to the aluminum body of the Pixel 8 Pro. When it comes to overall design, the iPhone stands out with its curvy aesthetics. But if you are fond of boxy design, you are going to love the S24 Ultra. The Google Pixel also has some subtle curves. Design is subjective, and it all boils down to personal preference.

Turning to their backs, the Samsung S24 Ultra has a traditional quad camera setup and a frosted glass. The iPhone showcases its iconic three-camera module and a matte glass finish. The Pixel comes with a sleek and wide camera module. 

The Pixel 8 Pro is the lightest, followed by the iPhone 15 Pro Max and the Galaxy S24 Ultra.

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy S24 UltraiPhone 15 Pro MaxGoogle Pixel 8 Pro
Dimensions162.3 x 79 x 8.6 mm159.9 x 76.7 x 8.3 mm162.6 x 76.5 x 8.8 mm
Weight232 g221g213 g
Build & ProtectionGlass front (Gorilla Glass Armor)
Glass back (Gorilla Glass)
Titanium frame
Titanium frame, Ceramic Shield front,
Textured matte glass back
Rated IP68 (maximum depth of 6 meters
up to 30 minutes) under IEC standard 60529
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2
ColorsTitanium Gray, Titanium Black,
Titanium Violet, Titanium Yellow,
Titanium Blue, Titanium Green
& Titanium Orange (Availability
may vary as per country/region)
Black Titanium, White Titanium,
Blue Titanium & Natural Titanium
Obsidian, Porcelain & Bay

Samsung S24 Ultra vs. Google Pixel 8 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 Galaxy S24 Ultra takes the lead with the highest pixel density & peak brightness. The iPhone scores a point with its Dynamic Island pill-shaped notch, which brings some cool features. 

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy S24 UltraiPhone 15 Pro MaxGoogle Pixel 8 Pro
Display Size6.8 inches6.7‑inch6.7-inch
Resolution1440 x 3088 pixels ~501 ppi density2796 x 1290 (~460 ppi density)1344 x 2992 resolution (~489 ppi density)
Display typeDynamic LTPO AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+, 2600 nits (peak)Super Retina XDR OLED, 120Hz, HDR10, Dolby Vision, 1000 nits (typ), 2000 nits (HBM)Super Actua display LTPO OLED
Display FeaturesHaptic Touch, Always-on display & Dynamic Island (Pill Shape Notch)120 Hz, up to 1600 nits (HDR) and up to 2400 nits (peak brightness)

Samsung S24 Ultra vs. iPhone 15 Pro Max vs. Google Pixel 8 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. Although pixel count doesn’t always tell the full story, the AI integration has really made the camera of S24 Ultra quite impressive. And, of course, we are well aware of the iPhone’s fantastic camera capabilities. But Pixel 8 Pro is not much behind as it is head to head with the iPhone’s cameras. Among all, only Samsung is capable of recording 8K videos.

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 8 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).

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

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy S24 UltraiPhone 15 Pro MaxGoogle Pixel 8 Pro
Rear cameras433
200 MP, f/1.7, 24mm (wide),
1/1.3″, OIS
48 MP, f/1.8, 24mm (wide), 1.22µm,
dual pixel PDAF
50 MP, f/1.9, 25mm (wide), 1/1.31″
50 MP, f/3.4, 111mm
(periscope telephoto),
OIS, 5x optical zoom
12 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/2.8, (telephoto), 1/2.55″
12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm,
120˚ (ultrawide), 1/2.55″,
1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF,
Super Steady video
12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 120˚
(ultrawide), 1.4µm,
dual pixel PDAF
48 MP, f/2.0, (ultrawide)
10 MP, f/2.4, 67mm
(telephoto), 1/3.52″,
OIS, 3x optical zoom
Rear camera video8K@24/30fps,4K@30/60/120fps,
1080p@30/60/240/960fps
4K@24/25/30/60fps,
1080p@25/30/60/120/240fps
4K@30/60fps,
1080p@30/60/120/240fps
Rear camera featuresLED flash, auto-HDR,
panorama, multi-directional
PDAF & Laser AF
Sensor-shift OIS10-bit HDR,
Dolby Vision HDR
Cinematic mode LED flash
(True Tone Adaptive)
gyro-EIS, OIS,
10-bit HDR
Selfie / front camera12 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide),
Dual Pixel PDAF
12 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide),
1/3.6″Depth / biometrics sensor,
SL 3D
10.5 MP, f/2.2,
21mm (ultrawide)
Selfie / front camera video4K@30/60fps,
1080p@30fps,
Dual video call
4K@24/25/30/60fps
1080p@25/30/60/120fps, 
gyro-EIS
4K@30/60fps,
1080p@30/60fps

Who Performs the Best?

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 8 Pro comes equipped with the Google Tensor chipset, which is among the best in the market. The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra, powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, which is the best performer among all of them.

Now, when it comes to memory speed, the iPhone 15 Pro Max takes the lead with its NVMe storage type. The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra follows with a UFS 4.0 storage type, which is faster than the UFS 3.1 of the Google Pixel 8 Pro.

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

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy S24 UltraiPhone 15 Pro MaxGoogle Pixel 8 Pro
OSAndroid 14, One UI 6.1iOS 17Android 14
ChipsetQualcomm SM8650-AC Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 (4 nm)Apple A17 Pro (3 nm)Google Tensor G3 (4 nm)
CPUOcta-core (1×3.3 GHz Cortex-X4
& 5×3.2 GHz Cortex-A720
& 2×2.3 GHz Cortex-A520)
6‑core CPU with 2 performance and 4 efficiency coresNona-core (1×3.0 GHz Cortex-X3
& 4×2.45 GHz Cortex-A715 &
4×2.15 GHz Cortex-A510)
GPUAdreno 750 (1 GHz)6‑core GPU
(16‑core Neural Engine)
Immortalis-G715s MC10
Storage/Memory12GB RAM 256GB/512GB/1TB Storage256GB, 500GB & 1TB128GB/256GB/512GB Storage & 12GB RAM
Storage/Memory TypeUFS 4.0NVMeUFS 4.0

Features 

When you look at the features of the iPhone 15 Pro Max, Samsung S24 Ultra, and Google Pixel 8 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 many cool AI features like live transcription, circle search, AI generative photo editing, Samsung DeX, and some other unique features. However, Google’s phone offers a stock Android experience along with AI features like circle search and much more.

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NameSamsung Galaxy S24 UltraiPhone 15 Pro MaxGoogle Pixel 8 Pro
SoundStereo speakersStereo SpeakersDual-LED flash, Pixel Shift,
Auto-HDR, panorama
ConnectivityWi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC,
GPS, GLONASS, BDS,
GALILEO
USB Type-C 3.2, OTG
Stylus (Bluetooth integration,
accelerometer, gyro)
Satellite Connectivity (Emergency SOS)
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC,
GPS (including QZSS)
USB Type-C 3.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e,
dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct
SensorsFingerprint (under display, ultrasonic), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometerFace ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometerUltra Wideband 2 (UWB) supportFingerprint (under display,
optical), accelerometer, gyro,
proximity, compass, barometer,
thermometer (skin temperature)
Extra FeaturesSamsung DeX, Samsung Wireless DeX
(desktop experience support)
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 8 Pro but faster charging support of 45W compared to the others. All the phones offer wireless charging but Pixel 8 Pro offers the fastest wireless charging of 23W among all three.

NameSamsung Galaxy S24 UltraiPhone 15 Pro MaxGoogle Pixel 8 Pro
Battery Li-Ion 5000 mAhLithium‑IonLi-Ion 5050 mAh
Charging45W wired, PD3.0, 65% in 30 min (advertised)
15W wireless (Qi/PMA)
4.5W reverse wireless
Fast charging, 50% in 30 min (advertised) with USB Power Delivery 2.0
MagSafe wireless charging 15W
Qi magnetic fast wireless charging 7.5W
27W wired, PD3.0, 50% in 30 min (advertised)
23W wireless
Reverse wireless

iPhone 15 Pro Max vs. Samsung S24 Ultra vs. Google Pixel 8 Pro: Price Comparison

The pricing of all these phones in Pakistan is still uncertain, factoring in taxes and duties, as they haven’t been officially launched. With the official global sale of Samsung S24 ultra starting from 31-Jan-2024, the sellers are going to charge the price higher than its official price (until its official launch in Pakistan). Let’s explore the global pricing of the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra, iPhone 15 Pro Max, and Google Pixel 8 Pro, converting them directly into PKR. 

StorageSamsung Galaxy S24 Ultra
(Approximate & Without PTA Taxes)
iPhone 15 Pro Max
(Approximate & Without PTA Taxes)
Google Pixel 8 Pro
(Approximate & Without PTA Taxes)
128GB$999 (Rs.280,000)
256GB$1,300 (Rs.365,000)$1199 (Rs.335,000)$1059 (Rs.295,000)
512GB$1,420 (Rs.400,000)$1399 (Rs.390,000)$1179 (Rs.330,000)
1TB$1,660 (Rs.465,000)$1599 (Rs.450,000)$1399 (Rs.390,000)

Note: The prices of these phones in Rupees are approximate and based on the current dollar rate. Actual prices may vary as per PTA taxes and the currency rate fluctuation.

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Final Verdict

Alright, let’s analyze these smartphone giants! The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra certainly shines when we look at its AI features, performance, camera upgrade, display brilliance (in bright outdoor lighting). The iPhone 15 Pro Max is outstanding in the camera department and with unique features like pill shape notch and SOS satellite connectivity. Now, let’s talk about the Google Pixel 8 Pro, the lighter option. It delivers that clean Android experience along with AI features, gives the iPhone’s camera a run for its money, and comes at a relatively lower price.

We have covered the key factors for your decision between the Samsung S24 Ultra vs. iPhone 15 Pro Max vs. and Google Pixel 8 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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