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Google Pixel 3 vs iPhone XS: what’s the difference?

Google Pixel 3 XL vs iPhone XS Max

Together with Pixel 3 XL, Google also presented a small Pixel 3. We have already compared the Pixel 3 XL with the iPhone XS Max, and now it’s time to compare the Pixel 3 and the iPhone XS. iPhone XS and Pixel 3 are small versions of the Max and XL models. This applies not only to the size but also to the display with battery capacity. Other characteristics of smartphones are the same.


The iPhone XS wins here. Pixel 3 is not as ugly as Pixel 3 XL, because it doesn’t have a huge dimple, but it still doesn’t reach the iPhone XS due to the lack of a frameless display. On the other hand, Google used frames for stereo speakers, which became 40% louder. The iPhone XS also has stereo speakers, but they are not so loud.

Both smartphones contain glass panels at the front and back to support wireless charging, but the Pixel 3 comes with a coating that feels like metal. The iPhone XS has a stainless steel frame that is much better than the aluminum frame of Pixel 3. The iPhone XS and Pixel 3 are protected from water and dust by IP68.

Display and dimensions

  • Pixel 3 – 5.5-inch OLED-display, FHD + (1080 × 1920), 443ppi, HDR, 18: 9, the ratio of the screen with the body 77.2%
  • iPhone XS – 5.8-inch True Tone OLED, 2436 × 1125, 458ppi, the ratio of the screen with the body 82.9%, HDR10, Dolby Vision

The iPhone XS has a 5.8-inch display, and the Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch one. However, in the second there is no recess, so the area with the content on the two displays is almost the same. Both smartphones have excellent OLED panels.

  • Pixel 3 – 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9mm, 148g, IP68
  • iPhone XS – 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm, 177g, IP68

Both devices are protected from water and dust by the degree of IP68, but the iPhone XS weighs more due to the steel frame. It is also slightly lower due to the lack of frames. However, the framework of Pixel 3 is justified by the speakers.



  • iPhone XS – A12 Bionic, 7nm, 6-core CPU 15% faster, 4-core graphics processor 50% faster, 8-core neural engine
  • Google Pixel 3 – 4-core Exynos 9810 / Snapdragon 845 processor with 2.7 / 2.8 GHz, 10nm

The A12 Bionic processor inside the iPhone XS is just a monster, and the Snapdragon 845 processor just doesn’t compare with it. The first is based on the 7nm process and contains a 4-core graphics and 6-core CPU, as well as an improved neural engine for artificial intelligence functions. Snapdragon 845 is based on a 10nm process and contains a Qualcomm Adreno 630 graphics processor and several other chips for specific tasks.

The A12 Bionic processor is two or three times faster than the processors on Android smartphones.

RAM and memory

  • iPhone XS – 4GB of RAM, 64/256 / 512GB of memory
  • Google Pixel 3 – 4GB of RAM, 64 / 128GB of memory

Both smartphones have 4GB of RAM, and the basic versions contain 64GB of memory. However, the maximum Pixel 3 is 128GB, and the iPhone XS is 512GB.

An iPhone XS with 512GB of memory costs $ 1349, but at least shoppers have a choice. Pixel 3 buyers will have to be limited to 128GB of memory. Given the high cost of both smartphones, their base memory could be increased to 128GB.



This is the only characteristic of Pixel 3, which is worse in theory, but better in practice thanks to the system. The iPhone XS has a dual 12-megapixel camera, and the Pixel 3 has one 12.2 megapixels main camera. The main cameras of the devices are almost the same – f / 1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization. Apple uses Smart HDR to improve the quality of photos, and Google uses machine learning and Auto HDR +, which is much better.

The new model of Pixel contains many features based on artificial intelligence, which also improve the quality of images. In front of the iPhone XS 7MP camera TrueDepth, and in the Pixel 3 – dual 8Mp camera. One of the front-facing cameras has an f / 1.8 aperture, and the second has a f / 2.2 for wide-angle group selfies. According to Google, this camera can capture up to 184% more than the iPhone XS Max camera.

Pixel 3 is an obvious leader in terms of the camera, despite the lack of some features that have become the standard for smartphones flagships. Google also provides storage with unlimited memory for photos and videos in 4K.

Biometric authentication

  • iPhone XS – Face ID
  • Google Pixel 3 – Fingerprint Scanner

Surprisingly, Pixel 3 does not contain facial recognition technology, but only a fingerprint scanner. However, this is a matter of taste: some users like fingerprint scanning, while others find face detection more convenient.


  • iPhone XS – 2658mAh, Fast Charging USB-C, Wireless Charging
  • Google Pixel 3 – 2915mAh, 10W fast wireless charging, 18W wire charging

Despite the small display, the Pixel 3 has a larger battery, i.e. It works longer than the iPhone XS. Smartphones support fast charging and wireless charging, but Pixel 3 comes with 10W wireless charging and 18W wired, i.e. users can immediately use fast charging. The iPhone XS comes with a standard 5W power adapter, and it takes more than 3 hours to fully charge it.


  • Pixel 3 – from 799 dollars
  • iPhone XS – from 999 dollars

Pixel 3 is $ 200 cheaper than the iPhone XS, and that’s not counting the discounts that are often in stores.


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