iPhone 13 Pro Max vs OnePlus 10 Pro in a nutshell:
- iPhone is much wider and bulkier, OnePlus is more one-hand friendly
- Equally sized, 6.7″ OLED screens with Adaptive 120Hz
- Apple A15 chip vs Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip on OnePlus
- 6GB RAM on iPhone vs 12GB RAM on OnePlus
- Both have triple camera systems (main, ultra and 3X zoom)
- OnePlus has much faster charging
Display and Design
The OnePlus has a unique look and is far easier to hold in one hand
While on paper these two come with the same size 6.7″ display, they look quite different. The OnePlus is the narrower phone and with its tapered sides it is comfortable to hold, while the iPhone feels positively gigantic and the flat sides may look good, but they are not quite as ergonomic.
Both feature a frosted glass back that won’t catch fingerprints, which is nice. The middle of the phone is made of aluminum on the OnePlus, while the iPhone uses shinier but also heavier stainless steel.
Both also have a mute switch: a 2-way one on the iPhone, and a 3-way one on the OnePlus. No headphone jack, no microSD expandable storage in either one, in case you are wondering. When it comes to craftsmanship, these are as good as it gets, and they are also both water and dust protected with an official IP68 certification.
The pair have the same sized 6.7-inch displays using OLED technology with adaptive 120Hz refresh rate for buttery smooth scrolling.
We are yet to test the OnePlus 10 Pro and we will be updating this section with detailed display benchmarks, brightness measurements and all the rest as soon as we have that data.
The other difference is about that notch on the iPhone, which is still very much there, while the OnePlus has a tiny punch hole front camera. Naturally, you have Face ID recognition on the iPhone, while the OnePlus uses an optical fingerprint reader placed inside the screen. OnePlus also traditionally offers face recognition of the less secure image-based type, still a nice option to have.
Battery and Charging
The iPhone 13 Pro Max is the battery champ
The iPhone 13 Pro Max is all about that incredible battery life, as you can commonly get 2 days or even more out of a single charge with a battery size not even reaching 4,400mAh. The OnePlus 10 Pro, on the other hand, sports a bigger, 5,000mAh battery. That’s an upgrade from last year’s OnePlus Pro model which had a smaller, 4,500mAh cell.
We will be updating this section with our independent battery test results as soon as we get to test the OnePlus, and we’re curious to see if it can match up to the iPhone. Stay tuned.
OnePlus is also known for pushing the boundaries with charging speeds, and that’s exactly what it has done with the 10 Pro. Expect 80W charging speed on the OnePlus, compared to merely 20W on the Pro Max. Okay, unofficially, the iPhone actually charges at up to 27W with a compatible charger but still.
Same zippy speeds with wireless charging: the OnePlus supports 50W wireless top ups compared to 15W on MagSafe with the iPhone. No fancy magnets on the OnePlus, though. Again, stay tuned for charging speed updates once we test the pair.
Can the OnePlus 10 Pro match the cameras on the iPhone?
While both have a similar, triple camera system on the back, there are some technical differences, so let’s start with a quick look at the camera specs:
What stands out here is that despite the larger sensors on the iPhone 13 Pro Max, these are still smaller compared to what we expect to see on the OnePlus 10 Pro. Take the main camera where the OnePlus is due with a larger sensor, but notice how the iPhone uses a faster aperture. Similar story with the ultra wide camera.
We are yet to see actual photographs snapped with these two phones, so we cannot comment any further yet, but we do expect both to have that typical “Samsung” look to photos with saturated, punchy colors.
Expect more comments on the video quality differences here once the phones launch.
Performance and Storage differences
New Snapdragon is fast, but Apple A15 is faster
Unlike other Android phones that launch with different processors for different markets, the OnePlus 10 Pro is due with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip in all markets, but that’s where the good news ends because it is facing the industry leading Apple A15 Bionic chip.
Early benchmarks show that Apple still has a sizable advantage, especially when it comes to single-core and GPU performance, but we’re curious to see how OnePlus did with cooling this powerful processor and we’ll have detailed benchmarks here soon, so stay tuned for that.
On the network side, you have 5G connectivity on both phones, again more information on bands and supported carriers is coming soon.
Interestingly, OnePlus ups the ante when it comes to storage and the base 10 Pro model is due with 256GB of on-board storage, while the base iPhone has 128GB. Of course, you can also get a 256G/512G, or even a 1TB iPhone, but that means an even bigger price gap.
iPhone 13 Pro Max vs OnePlus 10 Pro: Specs Comparison
And here is a detailed specs comparison between the iPhone 13 Pro Max vs OnePlus 10 Pro:
OnePlus is preparing to announce the 10 Pro in the beginning of January 2022, but weirdly, this might be a local announcement only for the Chinese market, while a global event for the very same phone might happen later on in March 2022.