today it's time to take apart the new iphone 12 pro max apple's latest and greatest most powerful iphone and also the largest iphone that's ever been made with supposedly a new trick inside that we've never seen before i kind of broke the last iphone i took apart so cross your fingers this one survives let's get started [Music] [Applause] [Music] so the iphone 12 pro max is basically just a larger version of the iphone 12 pro with apple releasing four new iphones this year it does get a little confusing all you really need to know though is that the pro max has a larger screen larger battery and some slightly better cameras which is what we are after today if you remember last time i was trying to remove the screen i accidentally pried up underneath the glass instead of under the plastic frame and broke the display this time i'm making sure to lift the screen up high enough that i can get underneath the plastic part of the display with my pry tools since the screen is recessed this is much harder than it looks the reason we want to check out the camera units inside of the macs is because apple has engineered a new form of image stabilization that we've never seen inside of a smartphone before it's called sensor shift and can stabilize an image at over 5 000 times a second so if this is true it's actually pretty huge and a pretty big step forward in the mobile camera game as we can see my screen is still working so far thumbs up for that we're off to a good start there are four screws holding down a metal plate over the battery connector and screen ribbon once that's off i can unplug the battery like a little lego and then move to the second metal plate that covers the other ribbon connector it also has four screws once that's removed i can unplug the remaining screen ribbon and detach the display from the body not too shabby the cameras are all under this other metal plate but first let's take out the battery usually apple's pull tabs are kind of fun but not so much this time around all of the magical pull tabs keep on breaking [Music] but with a dab of isopropyl alcohol the stickiness underneath the battery dissolves and i can pry the battery out relatively easily the alcohol is non-conductive and evaporates pretty quickly so it doesn't hurt the electronics but still battery replacements could be easier now we can see what the pull tabs are supposed to be doing if we could actually grip them as they stretch theoretically they lose their stickiness and just pull right out from underneath the battery just not this time around now it's time to check out apple's latest innovation in mobile camera technology i know we don't always use apple and innovative in the same sentence but here we are and it's actually pretty impressive so inside the 12 pro max the top camera is the telephoto which does have optical image stabilization where the lens does the moving the wide angle is off the side with no ois and the main sensor is at the bottom and it looks like it does not have ois since the exterior lens is not moving but that's actually not the case the main camera has that sensor shift we talked about earlier which is actually much better and much cooler than regular ois but first let's grab the main camera lens out of the regular iphone 12 pro so we can compare them the regular size 12 pro has its main sensor at the top instead of the bottom the telephoto and main sensor locations are reversed between the two phones but that's not super important all of the cameras are very securely glued into a metal housing so they can work seamlessly with one another when the phone switches camera perspectives popping the camera module out from the housing is difficult but still possible remember we're still working with the normal iphone 12 pro at this point not the max just yet once the main camera is out i can start opening up the camera module this kills the module but if phone carnage made you queasy you probably wouldn't be subscribed like you are right now i can break open and peel away the metal housing surrounding the camera lens and the camera sensor you can see that the camera lens floats over the top of the sensor like a hoverboard from back to the future the top lens is wiggling to compensate for and stabilize the shakes that happen to the phone while you're taking a picture or video this type of ois can stabilize at about 1 000 times a second which is impressive but not quite as impressive as what's inside of the max taking a look at both camera housings we can see that the iphone 12 pro max is indeed quite a bit larger than the iphone 12 pro optical image stabilization has been a big deal for flagship smartphones for the past few years however professional real size cameras like this gh5 sometimes have a type of stabilization that is called sensor shift it's an internal stabilization method that moves the sensor itself to stabilize the image instead of moving the exterior lens it's much faster since it happens right at the pitcher collection point the sensor this technology has only been found in dslrs until now apple says they've included this sensor shift technology on the iphone 12 pro max it's on the largest sensor of the grouping and is just as difficult to get inside of as the regular iphone 12 pro but pretty much anything is possible with the razer blade i'm actually pretty excited to get inside of this one seeing brand new technology from the inside is why we're here once the back metal is off we get our first look at the bottom side of the camera sensor and it is indeed shifting moving around inside of the housing while the exterior lens stays in the same spot it looks like apple has indeed done it they've done something new i'll pop the camera lens off so we can see how it works apple says that instead of the normal 1000 adjustments per second that we see with regular ois this new sensor shift method can stabilize up to 5000 times per second which is a pretty big deal and means we get quite a bit more accuracy the camera lens portion of the housing has several large magnets and when i say large i mean the size of an ant but still proportional to the camera it's pretty big these magnets sit on top of tiny coils that can ever so slightly shift the position of that sensor the sensor shifts around inside of its housing just like we saw on the professional camera and at 5000 times a second it happens pretty fast of course the sensor of the max is a tiny bit larger than the iphone 12 pro which we can see now that they are side by side this means that the larger sensor on the max can absorb a tiny bit more light which is a good thing the pixel size themselves are also 0.3 micrometers larger on the max than they are the regular i'll let other reviewers be the judge of the actual camera image quality but if you want the best of the subtle camera improvements the iphone 12 pro max is where apple has put everything they've got i'll get the phone reassembled to make sure i don't break it this time around well break the important parts you know what i mean the phone should still work without the rear camera modules installed once the battery is plugged in and the metal plates are back in place the phone does indeed turn back on which is a good thing breaking two iphones in a row would have been kind of embarrassing with the cameras missing the camera app does still open up but just doesn't find anything to show us kind of interesting if you think it's fun to see the insights of high-tech technology but also enjoy things like water resistance warranties and your phone still working you might like my teardown skin it's an exact representation of what's inside of your smartphone while keeping all the important bits covered i'll have to update the sensor shift portion around the camera lens because it looks pretty cool but yeah i'll put a link for the teardown skin down in the video description we're covering more than 60 devices now so we probably have one for whatever phone you're using if you're curious about the large wireless charging coil or the ring of magnets you can check out my full iphone 12 pro tear down video where i explain all of that i'll leave a link for that in the description as well i think apple's done a good job this year let me know what you think of the sensor shift technology down in the comments and come hang out with me on instagram and twitter thanks done for watching i'll see you around
– What's up, guys? SuperSaf here, and believe it or not we're almost halfway through 2021 already. Time really does fly. And, so far this year we've had some amazing
smartphones already. Now, like I've been doing
for the past few years, halfway through the year I do give you my top five
personal picks of the year so far. Now, before we get into the
list, a few disclaimers. I've tested a lot of smartphones
this year, but obviously I've not tested every single one. So there may be a
smartphone that you think should have been featured,
which hasn't been. That's absolutely fine. Please drop that in the comments below and I'll try to test it out and include it in the final end of year list. Second disclaimer, this is
my personal top five list.
It might be different to your list. That's absolutely fine guys. We can still be friends.
There's no need to fight. Please drop your top picks
down in the comments below. This list is in no particular order. I'm just giving you my top five. And because this list is of devices released in 2021, there are no iPhones in this top five list. Yes, we did have the purple iPhone 12, but that's just a different color. It doesn't really count
as a different smartphone. If you must know, the
iPhone that I use most is the iPhone 12 Pro Max. I've had it since the day it was released. I really like the cameras,
they're very consistent. It's got some of the best video on any smartphone right now and it's got excellent battery life.
Now there's definitely
room for improvement. We don't have the best
display on the iPhone. There's lots of other
smartphones, this year especially, that do overtake the iPhone in terms of display with high refresh rates. And the iPhone that I think
most people will opt for is the iPhone 12. I've covered both the iPhone 12 Pro Max as well as the iPhone
12 in separate reviews. I'll link those in the
comments and the description. And if you are thinking about buying an iPhone,
personally speaking, I would recommend you wait a few months.
September is likely when
we're going to be hearing about the next new
iPhones, the iPhone 13s. So it might be worth just
waiting a little bit longer unless you get a great deal. Now, with all of that out of the way, let's go ahead and get to
the 2021 top five list. So, the first smartphone on my list in no particular order, is
the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. Now the S21 Ultra came
out very early this year and it has been the Android
smartphone that's been in my pocket for the
longest period of time.
And that's because Samsung
really did take a lot of feedback from users on the S20
Ultra and pretty much improved everything that we had asked for. So we've got an excellent
display with 120 hertz. We've got a very unique design,
which we don't really see on any other smartphone,
with a camera module really blending into the sides. And I'm a little bit biased but the matte black version
looks absolutely stunning.
We've got excellent overall
cameras with, in my opinion the best zoom on any smartphone right now. 10x obstacle zoom, which
can be extended quite a bit. Now, we no longer get a
charger included out of the box which isn't great for a
smartphone of this price. And the charging is also
not the fastest out there. It's only 25 watts wired charging. And this year we no longer
have a MicroSD card slot. Something that a lot of people are used to on Samsung Galaxy devices. But, regardless, it's
an excellent smartphone and I can easily recommend it. Right, moving on. The next smartphone on my list was also a smartphone
that came up pretty early but has kind of got forgotten a little bit and that is the Oppo Find X3 Pro. Now Oppo really did try to tick all of the boxes with this device.
We've got an excellent display. We've got some great overall cameras and what's quite unique is that we have the same sensor for the primary as well as the ultra wide camera, which you don't really see
on many of the devices. And we also have the world's first microscope camera on a smartphone. Now this is something
that I initially thought was a bit of a gimmick, but after using it, I
actually found I was using it more than the telephoto camera. Just kind of getting my
camera close up to things and really being able to see the details is just so, so much fun. There's also 65 watt charging included out of the box with 35
watt wireless charging. And it's also quite compact
for a full size flagship. It's only around 8.26 millimeters thin, which makes it a lot lighter
and a lot easier to use compared to some of the
other flagships out there. Now, of course it's not perfect. There's definitely room for improvement.
I think the selfie camera could
be improved, it's only 1080p and with the design, although
the way the camera module rises up is quite unique,
the overall design does look very similar to
the iPhone 12 Pro Max. I also think the device
is priced slightly high, especially if we compare it to the next smartphone on this list and that is the OnePlus 9 Pro. Now OnePlus and Oppo are partner companies so we do see a lot of similarities, especially from the front. The displays look almost identical. This is not a bad thing. We do have 120 hertz on both displays and they're very good. The OnePlus 9 Pro, however does come in quite a bit cheaper compared to the Oppo Find X3 Pro. And for that, you're not
really missing out on too much. You do get a premium built design Warp Charge 65T included
out of the box with support for wireless charge 50T,
which is very, very fast.
And although the
internals are very similar to other flagships out there, what you find with the OnePlus 9 Pro is that, thanks to OxygenOS, it is very, very fast and smooth. We also have some big improvements for the cameras this
year on the OnePlus 9 Pro with the ability to record
8K from both the primary as well as the ultra wide camera. And we have this massive
Hassleblad partnership which in my opinion, didn't
fully live up to the hype and although the cameras
have improved with time with software updates, I still
think that the Hassleblad partnership fruits will be
seen a few years down the line.
Now the front facing
camera is still not good as with the Find X3 Pro, it's just 1080p but overall, the one plus
nine pro is a great package. Now, before we move on, if you're enjoying this video so far, please do consider
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coverage like this. Right, now the next smartphone on my list I mean, it's complete overkill, it ticks pretty much all of the boxes and that is the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra. Now this device arguably
has one of the best displays on the market right now. Definitely one of the brightest displays out there with 1700 nits. You've got 120 hertz refresh rate with 480 hertz touch sampling. It's got a very premium ceramic build. You've got 67 watts
wired charging included but you've also got support
for 67 watt wireless charging, some of the fastest wireless charging you're going to find out there.
You also get a secondary
display on the back which can be used as a viewfinder for the rear facing cameras, which means you can get some
very high quality selfies. Now, the cameras overall, in my experience did not live up to the hype. Yes, they have been improved over time, but things like the 120X at
the back on a zoom camera that only has five times
optical zoom capability in my opinion, was just bad at marketing. I mean, sure, the Zoom's good, but it doesn't not compare to the zoom on something like the S21 Ultra. Now moving on, the final
smartphone on my list. This was definitely very
difficult to choose, but I think it's going to have to be the best compact Android
smartphone out there, in my opinion and that is the ASus Zenfone 8. Now this was a bit of
a surprise from ASus. Traditionally we've had the
flip, which we still have but the Zenfone 8, for me,
was a device that comes in at a very competitive price point with pretty much all of the internals that you have on any other flagship.
There's really not many compromises made. You've got 120 hertz display. You do have a respectable
4,000 milliampere battery with 30 watt charging
included out of the box and a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack which you're not going to find on any other smartphone on this list. So, very impressive there. Now, you don't get
wireless charging included and it can seem like a pretty basic phone. It's not got any bells and whistles but if you are after a
compact flagship smartphone, then the Asus Zenfone 8
is an easy recommendation. Now, I do have lots of honorable mentions because there's so many great
smartphones that I have used. We do have the gaming smartphone, such as the ROG Phone 5, the pro the one that I liked best,
which was the ultimate edition 144 hertz display, 6,000
milliampere battery with lots of triggers for gaming. And then we also had
the Legion Phone Duel 2, which, in my opinion, is more of a gaming
device than a smartphone.
And that's because it's really been built for gaming completely in landscape, including the pop-up selfie camera, 144 hertz display, a built-in fan to keep your device cool
after long gaming periods, as well as two USB ports, which you can use simultaneously
for dual turbo charging. This just absolutely blew my mind. The ability to plug in two USB-C cables to up to a 90 watt charger which give you some
very, very fast charging. We also had the ASus Zenfone Flip, which allows you to use
the rear facing cameras as front facing cameras
with 8K video recording. Overall, a great smartphone.
The S21 as well as the 21 Plus, which offer a lot of features
that the S 21 ultra offers, but at a lower price, even
compared to last year. We've also had the Vivo X60 Pro as well as the X60 Pro Plus. Very promising devices, which unfortunately, I have not had a massive amount of time to play with. And let's not forget some
of the budget options that we've had this year,
such as the Realme 8 Pro which I was very impressed with. 108 megapixel camera, 50
watt dock charging included out of the box, all for under 300 pounds. We also had the Poco F3 with the Qualcomm
Snapdragon 870 processor, 120 hertz refresh rate, again coming in at around 300 pounds, which is absolutely insane.
And then I also got to test
out the Infinix Note 10 Pro which is a device that retails
for around 259 dollars, has a 90 hertz display,
256 gigabytes of storage with 8 gigabytes of RAM at that very competitive price. I mean, I could potentially
do a separate video altogether for the top five budget smartphones. Definitely let me know
in the comments below if you'd like me to do that. And that is my top five list
with the honorable mentions. What are your favorite
smartphones of the year so far? Do drop those in the comments below. I hope you enjoyed this
video and found it useful. If you did, then do smash
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