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Pixel 3 XL vs. iPhone XS Max: Google Takes Aim at Apple

by Danny Zepeda | October 9, 2018October 9, 2018 2:00 pm PST

The newly announced Pixel 3 XL is Google’s answer to the iPhone XS Max. There is no escaping Apple’s popular smartphone and to keep up Google borrowed some of its best features while adding a few wrinkles that will help differentiate it.

Unlike past iterations, the Pixel 3 XL seems to have grown up to its full potential. Gone is the all-metal design that most flagships have long ditched, paving the way for a glass back that introduces wireless charging. The same theme carries over to the display where Google went with a notch, just like most Android flagships out there.

The iPhone XS Max is the bigger version of the iPhone XS introduced this year and as such, it only really adds size to the iPhone line-up. That comes in the form of a beautiful 6.5-inch OLED display with a notch and all the goodies iPhones offer nowadays—premium design, wireless charging and iOS gesture-based controls.

However, the biggest battle between the two comes down to camera quality.

We still have a lot of testing to see which is the better device, but in the meantime, look over the side by side spec list below to see how they compare.

Google - Pixel 3 XL Apple - iPhone XS Max
Display Size 6.3-inch, 1440 x 2960 pixel display (522 ppi) 6.5-inch, 1242 x 2688 pixel display (456 ppi)
Resolution X 1440 1242
Resolution Y 2960 2688
Display Type QHD+ flexible OLED Super Retina HD display
Operating System Android 9.0 (at launch) iOS 12 (at launch)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 A12 Bionic chip
RAM 4GB N/A
Storage
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 64GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 12MP 12MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 8MP 7MP
Networks
  • CDMA EVDO Rev A: BC0/BC1/BC10
  • FDD-LTE: Bands⁷ 1*/2*/3*/4*/5/7*/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25*/ 26/28/29/32/66*/71
  • GSM/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • WCDMA: W1/W2
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz)
  • FDD‑LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, 32, 66, 71)
  • Gigabit-class LTE with 4x4 MIMO and LAA
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • TD‑LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 + LE Bluetooth 5.0
Battery 2915mAh N/A
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • USB Type-C
  • Lightning Port
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyro
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Face ID
  • Proximity
  • Three‑axis gyro
GPS
  • Galileo
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • Assisted GPS
  • Digital compass
  • Galileo
  • GLONASS
  • QZSS
Height 6.2 inches (15.75 cm) 5.65 inches (14.35 cm)
Width 3 inches (76.2 mm) 2.79 inches (70.9 mm)
Depth 0.3 inches (7.6 mm) 0.30 inches (7.6 mm)
Weight 184 g (6.49 oz) 13.24 oz (375 g)
Colors Black, Pink, White Gold, Silver, Space Gray
Supported Audio Formats N/A AAC‑LC, HE‑AAC, HE‑AAC v2, Protected AAC, MP3, Linear PCM, Apple Lossless, FLAC, Dolby Digital (AC‑3), Dolby Digital Plus (E‑AC‑3), and Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+)
Supported Video Formats N/A HEVC, H.264, MPEG‑4 Part 2, and Motion JPEG

Thank you to @evleaks for image assistance.


Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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