Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max 256GB  +2 variations

price₹ 139,900 onwards

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Design

  • Elegant, 'new' charming design, that resonates with the iPhone 4 and 5 models - it has flat sturdier steel sides and a flat-screen, the back has a matte finish, just like the last year's model - it’s the smartphone equivalent of jewelry
  • At the front, Apple is using the new sapphire crystal shield to provide better drop protection than previous iPhones
  • The back of the phone features Apple’s new MagSafe magnetic wireless charging and mount system - it let's accessories to attach at the back of the phone magnetically, Apple has some of its own accessories like a wireless charger, a wallet and many cases that attach to the back - Apple is hoping a MagSafe ecosystem will develop as third parties find more use for this execution
  • IP68 water and dust resistance - the iPhone 12 series can take a dunk of up to 6 meters, compared to 2 meters on similarly rated phones
  • Face ID is plenty fast and accurate (though, it could be a pain to use while wearing a mask)
  • The iPhone 12 Pro Max is a very big phone - it’s just a little bit bigger than the 11 Pro Max, but the new design with flat sides makes it feel much larger than it is, and makes it slightly harder to hold than a phone with curved sides
  • The notch is still present and is significantly larger than any other competing flagship phones

Display

  • A gigantic 6.7-inch, Full HD+ Super Retina XDR display that looks bright and vibrant, it has blacker blacks - the bezels are a bit thinner all around too, whether you're playing the latest game, watching a spot of Netflix or just reading an email, it's a luscious display
  • There's no high refresh rate to be found on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, you're stuck with that 60Hz refresh rate instead - it has become the standard for almost every Android flagship phone out there right now

Software

  • As always iOS 14 continues to be a clean, intuitive, and smooth experience - additionally, you will get regular updates for years to come, something beyond any Android manufacturer could provide
  • Apple has added few customisation options with the new iOS 14 - you can now use custom icon packs and add widgets to your home screen
  • Siri still lags as a virtual assistant - it would be great if Apple would put much more effort into making Siri a little more competitive with the Google Assistant

Performance

  • Incredibly rapid performance from the new A14 Bionic - Apple remains the undisputed king when it comes to mobile CPU performance - iPhone 12 series is the fastest phones available in the market - you can throw anything, be it heavy games, AR, or numerous app, it handles everything with ease

Camera

  • iPhone 12 Pro Max has the best cameras on any iPhone or arguably, any smartphone - the primary cameras has a much larger sensor with sensor shift, so it physically moves to provide better stabilisation, night mode comes to all of the cameras on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, even a night portrait mode and LiDAR for better focusing in low-light
  • The primary camera's image quality is pretty spectacular - it produces some of the best looking images, with plenty of bright colours and rich detail
  • The ultra-wide camera remains the same as the last year's iPhone 11 - it adds some software improvement and the images look pretty dramatic as the iPhone 12 trades detail for space - the night mode on the ultra-wide also works well
  • The telephoto lens on the 12 Pro Max is nice to have, it can take up to 2.5x optical zoom shots and with added night mode, it is much more useful in low-light situations
  • Low-light photography is excellent with the wider aperture, you will get clearer, brighter shots, a nice improvement in image quality and sharpness in dim lighting conditions
  • Night mode is impressive, the iPhone 12 Pro Max needs to drop into night mode less often, but when it does, you get bright, sharp images that look amazing - they still feel like they were taken at night and they aren't over-blown
  • The 12 Pro also has a new LIDAR sensor on the back - in low-light situations, it enables the camera to focus much more quickly, and also take night mode portrait shots
  • Video quality iPhones have always been the best in class, the iPhone 12 Pro continues that tradition and even adds Dolby Vision, a first for any mobile camera - the Dolby Vision adds features for Pro filmmakers to use that no other phone provides
  • Very good selfies come out of the front camera on the iPhone 12 Pro - the wider view can accommodate more people in selfies - night mode selfies portrait is a great new feature and produces impressive results
  • Overall, the cameras on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, while not substantially better than the Pro's, are arguably the best in the market

Audio

  • Excellent stereo speaker setup - the Dolby Atmos support is still present, with the Apple-exclusive spatial audio feature

5G

  • Apple has added 5G support to all iPhone 12 models, however, they leave out the support for faster 5G mmWave in Indian models - there's also no infrastructure for 5G availability in India and there might not be for years to come - 5G is good to have as an option that makes the iPhones future proof, but not a game-changing feature

Battery

  • Battery life is terrific - it is difficult to kill this phone in a day, it will easily last a whole day and then some
  • The iPhone supports improved 20W fast charging, but Apple isn't providing a charging adapter with the new iPhones at all - so, if you don't have an adapter lying around or you want to use that fast charging, you will have to buy that separately

Verdict

  • It is easily the best and most capable smartphone camera on the market right now, and a battery that seems to last forever - if you can deal with the size, it’s worth passing over the 12 Pro and getting the 12 Pro Max, those are two dramatic and meaningful improvements for the money - this is a tremendous phone
  • If you want your phone to be more practically sized and use, consider the iPhone 12 or the 12 Pro, you will get almost the same features, in a compact size and less money

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  1. With a big battery, outstanding cameras and the largest screen ever on an iPhone, the 12 Pro Max deserves a spot in your pocket... if you can get it to fit
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Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max 256GB Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSApple iOS 14Expected update to next Apple iOS version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.7 inches
Screen Resolution1284x2778 pixels (~ 457 pixels per inch)
Display TypeOLED
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Screen DesignWide Notch
Screen Refresh Rate60 HzStandard
Display Features
  • Super Retina XDR OLED
  • Dolby Vision
  • HDR display
  • True Tone
  • Wide color (P3)
  • Haptic Touch
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes
Sensors
  • Face ID
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
Face UnlockYes, IR Based
Processor/RAM
Processor3.1 GHz, Hexa Core, Apple A14 BionicRanked #1 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUApple GPU
RAM6 GB
Memory
Internal Memory256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity3687 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, 20W Fast Charging (50% in 30 min)
Dimensions
Weight226 gmHeavy
Thickness7.4 mmSlim
Width78.1 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Camera
Primary Camera12MP + 12MP + 12MP + TOF 3D LiDAR Scanner
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)
Other Camera Features
  • 12MP: f/1.6 aperture; 26mm focal length; 1.7um pixel size; dual pixel PDAF; Sensor-shift OIS
  • 12MP: f/2.2 aperture; 65mm focal length; Telephoto camera; 1/3.4" sensor size; 1.0um pixel size; PDAF; OIS; 2.5x optical zoom
  • 12MP: f/2.4 aperture; 120-degree ultra-wide; Lens correction
  • TOF 3D LiDAR scanner: Depth sensor
  • Video: [email protected]/30/60fps; [email protected]/60/120/240fps; Dolby Vision HDR; stereo sound rec.
  • Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
  • Portrait Lighting
  • Brighter True Tone flash with Slow Sync
  • Panorama (up to 63MP)
  • Night mode
  • Night mode portraits
  • Deep Fusion
  • Smart HDR
  • Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
  • Advanced red-eye correction
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Burst mode
  • Photo geotagging
  • Audio zoom
  • QuickTake video
  • Time-lapse video with stabilization
  • Night mode Time-lapse
  • Extended dynamic range for video up to 60 fps
  • Cinematic video stabilization (4K
  • 1080p
  • and 720p)
  • Continuous autofocus video
  • Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
  • Playback zoom
Secondary Camera12MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.2 Aperture
  • Portrait Mode
  • Depth Control
  • Portrait Lighting
  • Animoji
  • Memoji
  • Video: [email protected]/30/60fps; [email protected]/60/120fps
  • HDR
  • Cinematic Video Stabilization
  • Live Photos
  • Retina Flash
  • Auto Image Stabilization
  • Burst mode
  • Night mode
  • Deep Fusion
  • HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 30 fps
  • Time-lapse video with stabilization
  • Night mode Time-lapse
  • Extended dynamic range for video up to 30 fps
  • Cinematic video stabilization (4K
  • 1080p
  • and 720p)
  • QuickTake video
  • Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
  • Lens correction
  • Retina Flash
  • Auto image stabilization
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortLightning
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
VoWiFi/WiFi-CallingYes
5GYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + GALILEO + QZSS
CompassYes
TV OutYes
NFCYes
More
App StoreApple App Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Water ResistantYes, IP68 Rated (up to 6m for 30 mins)
Dust ResistantYes
Noise FiltrationYes
Stereo SpeakersYes
More
  • Charging Adapter not included in the box
  • 15W Fast Wireless Charging
  • 7.5W Qi wireless charging
  • Siri
  • iBeacon microlocation
  • Stainless Steel Frame
  • Supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 Content
  • AirPlay Mirroring
  • Photos and Video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later)
  • Video Mirroring and Video Out Support
  • Dolby Atmos
  • Spatial audio playback
  • Lightning Connector

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