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Google Pixel 3 XL vs iPhone XS Max: What’s the Difference?

Google presented its flagship smartphones this year, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. The Pixel line-up is known for the high quality of the camera, but other features are just as impressive. Can the new Pixel 3 XL compare to the iPhone XS Max? Read on to find out the answer to this question.

Pixel 3 XL has all the best from Google in terms of technology and systems, while the iPhone XS Max is the best Apple smartphone. I wonder how much their characteristics differ.


In terms of design, the iPhone XS Max is a clear winner. Despite the presence of a notch on the display, the Pixel 3 XL has thick frames at the top and bottom. Google placed stereo speakers on them, but this is not a sufficient excuse. Digging Pixel 3 XL is twice as thick as iPhone XS Max, but smartphone does not support face recognition. Google has placed on a notch dual 8MP front camera.

Google Pixel 3 XL Design Front


The iPhone XS Max has almost no frame around the display, and it looks amazing. It’s a pity that Google’s design is lagging behind Apple even a year after the presentation of the iPhone X.

Both smartphones contain glass panels at the front and rear to support wireless charging, but the Pixel 3 XL panel comes with a coating that feels like metal. The iPhone XS Max has stainless steel frames, which are much better than Pixel 3 XL aluminum frames.

The iPhone XS Max and Pixel 3 XL are IP68-protected from water and dust. Both smartphones have stereo speakers, but on the Pixel 3 XL they are located on the front panel and sound 40% louder than on the Pixel 2 XL.




Last year, Google mocked Apple for the design of the iPhone X with a notch on the screen, and now added a notch on the Pixel 3 XL. The smartphone has a 6.3-inch QHD + P-OLED display with an aspect ratio of 19: 9 and 522 pixels per inch. For comparison, the iPhone XS Max has a 6.5-inch OLED display with 458 pixels per inch.

  • iPhone XS Max – 6.5-inch True Tone OLED, 2688 × 1242 (458ppi), 3D Touch, HDR10, Dolby Vision, 3D Touch, the ratio of the display with the case is 84.4%
  • Google Pixel 3 XL – 6.3-inch P-OLED, 1440 × 2960, HDR10, the ratio of the display with the body 83.12%

The iPhone XS Max was recognized as the smartphone with the best display on the market, but it seems that this time Google managed to bypass Apple. According to Display Mate, the Pixel 3 XL is the best OLED display in the world.

Considering how much Google was criticized for the quality of the Pixel 2 XL display, this is a great achievement for the company.

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