There’s a new XL-sized phone in town, and it’s time to put it to the test against its main competitors. Here’s how Google’s newly-announced Google Pixel XL stacks up against the iPhone XS Max and the Samsung Galaxy Note9.
The Google Pixel 3 XL isn’t a huge update on its predecessors, but it still holds its own against the market. Close to the same size as the others, the Pixel 3 XL is the lightest of the three. It also has the smallest display, however, at only 6.3 inches to the Note9’s 6.4 and iPhone’s 6.5.
One of the main differences between the three is the camera configuration – while the iPhone and Note9 have both adopted dual rear camera configurations, Google seems to be focusing on selfie fans with a dual front camera (including a wide angle lens for taking what Google has dubbed ‘groupies’).
The Pixel 3 XL is the cheapest of the lot by at least $100, and is more than $400 cheaper than the iPhone XS Max, so that’s worth keeping in mind.
The Samsung Note9 is still the only option for those who want a headphone jack and no notch, however.
Here’s how the stats compare:
|Google Pixel 3 XL||Galaxy Note9||iPhone XS Max|
|Operating System||Android 9 (Pie)||Android 8.1 (Oreo)||iOS 12|
|Display||6.3-inch QHD+ OLED, 523ppi||6.4-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED, 2960×1440 (516ppi)||6.5-inch Retina HD Display, 2688×1242 (458 ppi)|
|Body||158.0 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm, 184g, IPX8||161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, 201g, IP68||157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7mm, 208g, IP68|
|Camera||Rear: 12.2 MP dual-pixel (f/1.8 with OIS and EIS), Front: Dual 8 MP wide-angle and normal FoV cameras, Wide-angle: f/2.2, Normal: f/1.8 aperture||Rear: Dual Camera with Dual OIS
– Wide-angle: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP AF sensor (F1.5/F2.4)
– Telephoto: 12MP AF (F2.4)
– 2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom
Front: 8MP AF, F1.7
|Rear: Dual Camera with Dual OIS
– Wide-angle: 12MP AF sensor (F1.8)
– Telephoto: 12MP AF sensor (F2.4)
Front: 7MP TrueDepth camera (F2.2)
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 2.5 Ghz + 1.6 Ghz, 64-Bit Octa-Core||10nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.7 GHz + 1.7 GHz)
10nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.8 GHz + 1.7 GHz)
|7nm A12 Bionic chip, six core CPU and four core GPU|
|Memory||4 GB LPDDR4x RAM||6GB RAM (LPDDR4), 128GB + MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)
8GB RAM (LPDDR4), 512GB + MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)
|Sim Card||eSIM and Nano SIM||Single SIM: Nano SIM||Dual SIM (nano-SIM and eSIM)|
|Battery||3430 mAh battery with 18 W fast charging and Qi wireless charging||4000mAh, Fast Charging compatible on wired and wireless
Wired charging compatible with QC2.0 and AFC, Wireless charging compatible with WPC and PMA
|Up to 25 hours talk time, up to 13 hours internet use. Fast Charge capable, Qi compatible wireless charging.|
|Network||Supports up to CAT 16 (1Gbps DL/75Mbps UL), 5x DL CA, 4×4 MIMO, LAA, 256-QAM DL and 64-QAM UL||Enhanced 4×4 MIMO, 5CA, LAA, LTE Cat.18||Gigabit-class LTE with 4×4 MIMO and LAA|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 2.4GHz + 5.0GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth® 5.0 + LE, NFC, Google Cast, Location (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo)||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM,
Bluetooth v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)
|W802.11ac Wi‑Fi with 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology, Lightning connector, NFC, Location (Assisted GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and QZSS)|
|Sensors||Active Edge, back fingerprint sensor, Proximity/Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer/Gyrometer, Magnetometer, Barometer, Android Sensor Hub, Advanced x-axis haptics||Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor||Face ID, Barometer, Three‑axis gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor|
|Price||From $1349||From $1499||From $1799|