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iPhone 13 Pro MaxVS
Xperia 5 III
$610Refurbished
$600New
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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you value a larger and brighter screen, the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max is superior, whereas the Sony Xperia 5 III offers a high refresh rate display which makes for smoother scrolling and animation. The camera on the iPhone 13 Pro Max is among the best available, offering higher-end features for photography and video, but the Xperia's camera is competent if less impressive. For battery life, the Xperia edges out the iPhone. However, the iPhone 13 Pro Max has better water resistance. The phones run on different operating systems, with iPhone on iOS and Xperia on Android, so consider which ecosystem you prefer. The iPhone 13 Pro Max is typically pricier, so if budget is a concern, the Xperia 5 III is more wallet-friendly while still offering quality features. Give Feedback

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Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

8.0
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Xperia 5 III
6.0
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max has very good overall camera quality, while the Sony Xperia 5 III has only fair overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

7.8
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Xperia 5 III
5.9
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max takes good photos, while the Sony Xperia 5 III takes poor photos.

Video Quality

8.6
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Xperia 5 III
6.0
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max takes very good videos, while the Sony Xperia 5 III takes only fair videos.

Battery

9.6 Hours
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Xperia 5 III
7.3 Hours
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max has 9.6 hours of battery life. The Sony Xperia 5 III has 7.3 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max has a screen size of 6.7 inches and the Sony Xperia 5 III is 6.1 inches.
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How the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max and the Sony Xperia 5 III compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 13 Pro MaxSony Xperia 5 III
Apple iPhone 13 Pro MaxSony Xperia 5 III

GENERAL

Price
$610
$600
Brand
AppleSony
Operating System
iOSAndroid
Release Date
September 24, 2021October 8, 2021

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.7"6.1"
Resolution
2778 x 12842520 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
YesNo
Pixels Per Inch
458449
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A15SD888
Internal Storage
128 gb128 gb
RAM
6 gb8 gb

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
8/106/10
Photos Score
7.9/105.9/10
Videos Score
8.6/106/10
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide, TelephotoMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
9.6 hours7.3 hours
Battery Capacity
4352 mah4500 mah
Wireless Charging
YesNo
Wireless charging Speed
15 w0 w
Reverse wireless charging
NoNo

PHYSICAL

Size
6.33" x 3.07"6.18" x 2.68"
Weight
8.47 oz5.93 oz
Back Material
GlassGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoYes

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.05.2
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
66
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 78, 79, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79(SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlockFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Side
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Alpine Green, Graphite, Sierra Blue, Gold, SilverBlack, Green
Stock Android
N/AYes
SD Card
NoYes

Comparison summary

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Comparison Summary
Better CameraApple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Better BatteryApple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Better ScreenApple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Better performanceApple iPhone 13 Pro Max

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Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

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Tom's Guide

Mark Spoonauer | March 2023
"The iPhone 13 Pro Max is that rare phone that gets a 5-star rating from us. You get blistering performance and a very responsive 120Hz display. Plus, the battery life is among the best we’ve seen from a 5G flagship. Some may simply prefer the iPhone 13 Pro because it’s smaller and lighter, as there are no other functional differences between the two handsets. But if you prefer a bigger screen, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is the closest thing to perfect you can get in a phone."

Sony Xperia 5 III

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Android Authority

Robert Triggs | October 2022
"The Sony Xperia 5 III excels when it comes to rear camera photography, its display and multi-media features, and all-day battery life. Buy the Xperia 5 III if you’re looking for a fun but imperfect camera setup, customizable gaming features, all-day battery life, and all the best multimedia capabilities that Sony has to offer"

About Apple

The tech giant called Apple is synonymous with the most popular smartphone in the world: the iPhone. Known for their build quality and aesthetics, as well as for their excellent integration between hardware and software, iPhones have defined the smartphone industry ever since their conception and they continue to do so by setting new industry standards. Apple's own operating system, called iOS, is known for its simplicity and ease of use, and the company tends to complement it well by creating devices with some of the most powerful processing hardware available in the mobile world. The iPhone is also known for its robust ecosystem of accessories, as it facilitates a very seamless experience when interacting with other Apple products, more so than most of its competitors.

About Sony

Sony has had a long history in the mobile market, entering the scene all the way back in 1993 with its first commercially available phone, the CM-H333. Nowadays, their Xperia line of phones provide well-rounded and sometimes expensive devices with a focus on camera software that includes extensive support for manual tweaking of settings. Sony's dedication to audio quality is also evident in its smartphones, which often feature high-resolution audio support while also being one of the few remaining manufacturers that consistently provide headphone jacks in their phones. The company's version of Android is also considered to be close to stock, enabling a bloatware-free experience for its users.

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