Apple is relying on various iPhone models. The largest and heaviest among them is the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max,which is intended to convince fans of a large screen and targets photographers with a high-quality triple camera.
The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max smartphones, there is again a very large iPhone on the market this year. As the successor in the spirit of the iPhone XS Max from 2018, the Pro Max again offers a 6.5-inch screen diagonal, many pixels, an extra-large battery and, of course, the three camera modules that the smaller sister model Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max smartphones also comes with.
The idea of a large iPhone did not convince everyone last year, and prices starting at 1,249 euros also caused criticism. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is based on the price of the predecessor, which is now officially no longer available from Apple. Fortunately, this time there is no longer an upward price increase; together with the models that are still available, the price range for new iPhones now ranges from 529 euros for the iPhone 8 to 1,649 euros for the iPhone 11 Pro Max with 512 GB mass storage.
But what are the differences to the iPhone XS Max? On the one hand in the new camera setup with a wide-angle lens that allows more flexibility when taking pictures. On the other hand, the brighter, even higher-contrast screen and the longer battery life, according to Apple. The processor has of course become faster and there are numerous detail improvements. Apple still does not have a 5G model on offer.
Of course, we compare the iPhone 11 Pro Max with the iPhone XS Max, but the new Samsung Galaxy Note10 + or the Galaxy S10 + are also an option if you don’t necessarily want to rely on Apple hardware. But maybe a cheaper “Pro” model would be enough, then the OnePlus 7 Pro would be an option, with which you can save a lot. The Huawei P30 Pro and the Sony Xperia 1 are now also scratching the 1,000-euro mark.
Note: We tested the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max as part of a live test, which we have continuously expanded.
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Processor Apple A13 Bionic
Graphics CardApple A13 Bionic GPU
Main memory: 4096 MB
Screen 6.5 inch 2.16: 1, 2688 x 1242 pixel 456 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, ten multi-touch points, Super Retina XDR display, OLED, True Tone Display, fat-repellent coating, haptic touch, glossy: yes, HDR
Mass storage 64 GB SSD, 64 GB
Weight 226 g, power supply: 74 g
Links: Apple Startseite
Housing – iPhone now also with matt glass
If you look at the Apple iPhone XS Max from last year, the changes are rather small: apart from the new, quite eye-catching camera module and a new color option, little has changed on the case: it still consists of a metal frame and tempered glass on the front – and back. The glass on the back is now frosted and is much less susceptible to fingerprints on our silver test device. The quite large notch of the predecessor has also remained, Apple apparently doesn’t think much of gimmicks like extendable cameras or camera holes in the display.
The dimensions remain largely the same, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is again a very massive and heavy smartphone: At 226 grams, it is noticeably heavier than its predecessor and almost 30 grams heavier than the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+.
The new color is called night green, and anyone who knows Apple already suspects that a more subtle tone is used here for a pro product: it is a gray with a slight green tinge. Furthermore, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is protected against water and dust, now you can dive to a depth of 4 meters with it.
Communication and GPS – iPhone 11 Pro Max with Wi-Fi 6
With the variety of LTE frequencies, some have been added compared to the iPhone XS Max, but in the end it is only a matter of detail improvements that guarantee travelers to Japan, the USA or China a somewhat better network diversity. Even before that, the iPhone could actually be used worldwide. As with the predecessor, there are again 4×4 MIMO, i.e. four antennas that can send and receive four data streams at the same time, which in theory is now even faster.
Support for Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 ax) is new, although a corresponding WLAN router is of course required, of which there are not yet many. Theoretically, the standard should allow data rates of up to 11 GBit / s, for a smartphone the theoretical upper limit is currently 1.2 GBit / s, but Apple does not provide any information on this. There are also numerous other advantages, such as better methods to avoid interference from neighboring networks or new energy-saving mechanisms. Two antennas (2×2 MIMO) are available for WiFi.
This year, the iPhone can keep up with the top smartphones from the Android universe in terms of WLAN speed; the values are roughly on the level of the predecessor. Fortunately, our chart shows only minimal fluctuations with one exception. It should also be said that we are currently only measuring the values with our Linksys EA8500 reference router, which does not support Wi-Fi 6.
The NFC chip is still of limited use, but Apple is opening it with iOS 13 for significantly more applications. As with the predecessor, there is again Bluetooth 5.0, the standard aptX or aptX HD is still not supported by iOS. However, Apple uses its own codecs here to ensure high quality audio streaming.
Brand new is a built-in ultra-wideband chip, with which Apple wants to give its smartphone a spatial awareness. Other devices that also contain this chip can be located exactly in the room. In a first step, AirDrop is simplified by just pointing the smartphones at each other to transfer files or information, but other applications are to follow.