Google Pixel 3 XL vs Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone XS Max: Specs comparison

Google Pixel 3 XL vs Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone XS Max: Specs comparison
With the Pixel 3 XL, Google is certainly betting big on becoming a mainstream smartphone maker, which it kind of failed with the previous generations of its smartphone lineup due to certain supply and availability issues that plagued it. Hopefully, the Pixel 3 XL won't be subjected to the same set of problems.

Anyhoo, now that the Pixel 3 XL with its eye-sore notch is official, a slew of specs comparison are in queue to mercilessly stack it up against some of the very best phones out there, and chief among these are the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the iPhone XS Max. Each is ponying up a rather commendable bag of features that will certainly give the new Pixel 3 XL a run for its money, though we shouldn't underestimate the new Google flagship at all.

How does the Pixel 3 XL stack up against those two, pound for pound? Of course, specs aren't everything as they don't factor in the software and the overall experience, yet it's still rather important to compare the hardware prowess of all three devices and see which one would net the most bag for the buck.

Google Pixel 3 XL vs Samsung Galaxy Note9 vs Apple iPhone XS Max

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Display

Size

6.3 inches
6.4 inches
6.5 inches

Technology

Super AMOLED
Super AMOLED
OLED

Screen-to-body

83.12 %
83.51 %
84.29 %

Peak brightness

 
 
625 cd/m2 (nit)

Features

HDR video support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
HDR video support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
HDR video support, Pressure-sensitive, Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845
Apple A12 Bionic APL1W81

Processor

Octa-core, 2500 MHz, Kryo 385, 64-bit, 10 nm
Octa-core, 2800 MHz, Kryo 385, 64-bit, 10 nm
Hexa-core, 2490 MHz, Vortex and Tempest, 64-bit, 7 nm

GPU

Adreno 630
Adreno 630
Apple 4-core GPU

RAM

4GB LPDDR4
6GB LPDDR4
4GB LPDDR4

Internal storage

64GB, not expandable
128GB
64GB, not expandable

OS

Android (10, 9.0 Pie)
Android (10, 9.0 Pie, 8.1 Oreo), Samsung One UI
iOS (13.x, 12.x)

Battery

Capacity

3430 mAh
4000 mAh
3179 mAh

Charging

USB Power Delivery
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
USB Power Delivery

Talk time

 
38.00 hours
the average is 16 h (940 min)
25.00 hours
the average is 16 h (940 min)

Stand-by time

 
12.0 days (288 hours)
the average is 22 days (539 h)
 

Talk time (3G)

 
29.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1232 min)
 

Internet use

 
3G: 14 hours; LTE: 16 hours; Wi-Fi: 17 hours
 

Music playback

 
95.00 hours
65.00 hours

Video playback

 
21.00 hours
15.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Dual camera
Dual camera

Main camera

12.2 MP (OIS, PDAF, CMOS image sensor)
12 MP (OIS, PDAF)
12 MP (Sapphire crystal lens cover, OIS, PDAF, CMOS image sensor, BSI sensor)

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.55"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Aperture size: F1.5/F2.4; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.55"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.55"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm

Second camera

 
12 MP (Telephoto, OIS, Autofocus)
12 MP (Telephoto, Sapphire crystal lens cover, OIS, PDAF, CMOS image sensor, BSI sensor)

Specifications

 
Optical zoom: 2x; Aperture size: F2.4; Focal Length: 52 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.4"; Pixel size: 1 μm
Optical zoom: 2x; Aperture size: F2.4; Focal Length: 52 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.4"; Pixel size: 1 μm

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (960 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD)

Features

OIS, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
Time-lapse video, Hyperlapse, Continuous autofocus, Object tracking, EIS
OIS, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

8 MP
8 MP
7 MP

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
2560x1440 (QHD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)

Design

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.02 x 0.31 inches (158 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm)
6.37 x 3.01 x 0.35 inches (161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm)
6.20 x 3.05 x 0.30 inches (157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm)

Weight

6.49 oz (184.0 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (178 g)
7.09 oz (201.0 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (178 g)
7.34 oz (208.0 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (178 g)

Materials

Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Frame: Aluminum
Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Frame: Aluminum
Back: Glass; Frame: Stainless steel

Resistance

Water, Dust; IP 68
Water, Dust; IP 68
Water, Dust; IP 68

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
Iris scanner, 2D Face unlock, Fingerprint (touch)
3D Face unlock

Features

 
Notification light, Stylus
 

Buyers information

Price

$ 899
$ 1000
$ 1099


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Pixel 3 XL
  • Display 6.3 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
    4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3430 mAh
  • OS Android 10
iPhone XS Max
  • Display 6.5 inches
    2688 x 1242 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A12 Bionic
    4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3179 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x
Galaxy Note9
  • Display 6.4 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
    6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI

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