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

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Google Pixel 3 XL vs
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.

Display
Size
6.5 inches
6.4 inches
6.3 inches
Technology
OLED
Super AMOLED
Super AMOLED
Screen-to-body
84.29 %
83.51 %
83.12 %
Peak brightness
625 cd/m2 (nit)
 
 
Features
HDR support, Pressure-sensitive, Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
HDR support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
HDR support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Hardware
System chip
Apple A12 Bionic APL1W81 (7 nm)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845 (10 nm)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845 (10 nm)
Processor
Hexa-core, 2490 MHz, Vortex and Tempest, 64-bit
Octa-core, 2800 MHz, Kryo 385, 64-bit
Octa-core, 2500 MHz, Kryo 385, 64-bit
GPU
Apple 4-core GPU
Adreno 630
Adreno 630
RAM
4GB LPDDR4
6GB LPDDR4
4GB LPDDR4
Internal storage
64GB, not expandable
128GB
64GB, not expandable
OS
iOS (15.x, 14.x, 13.x, 12.x)
Android (10, 9.0 Pie, 8.1 Oreo), Samsung One UI
Android (12, 11, 10, 9.0 Pie)
Battery
Capacity
3179 mAh
4000 mAh
3430 mAh
Charging
USB Power Delivery
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
USB Power Delivery
Talk time
25.00 hours
the average is 11 h (660 min)
38.00 hours
the average is 11 h (660 min)
 
Stand-by time
 
12.0 days (288 hours)
the average is 29 days (688 h)
 
Talk time (3G)
 
29.00 hours
the average is 0 h (0 min)
 
Internet use
 
3G: 14 hours; LTE: 16 hours; Wi-Fi: 17 hours
 
Music playback
65.00 hours
95.00 hours
 
Video playback
15.00 hours
21.00 hours
 
Camera
Rear
Dual camera
Dual camera
Single camera
Main camera
12 MP (Sapphire crystal lens cover, OIS, PDAF, CMOS image sensor, BSI sensor)
12 MP (OIS, PDAF)
12.2 MP (OIS, PDAF, CMOS image sensor)
Specifications
Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 26 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: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.55"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Second camera
12 MP (Telephoto, Sapphire crystal lens cover, OIS, PDAF, CMOS image sensor, BSI sensor)
12 MP (Telephoto, OIS, Autofocus)
 
Specifications
Optical zoom: 2.0x; Aperture size: F2.4; Focal Length: 52 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.4"; Pixel size: 1 μm
Optical zoom: 2.0x; Aperture size: F2.4; Focal Length: 52 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.4"; Pixel size: 1 μm
 
Video recording
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (960 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
Features
OIS, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video calling, Video sharing
Time-lapse video, Hyperlapse, Continuous autofocus, Object tracking, EIS
OIS, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
Front
7 MP
8 MP
8 MP
Video capture
1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)
2560x1440 (QHD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
Design
Dimensions
6.20 x 3.05 x 0.30 inches (157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm)
6.37 x 3.01 x 0.35 inches (161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm)
6.22 x 3.02 x 0.31 inches (158 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm)
Weight
7.34 oz (208.0 g)
the average is 6 oz (171 g)
7.09 oz (201.0 g)
the average is 6 oz (171 g)
6.49 oz (184.0 g)
the average is 6 oz (171 g)
Materials
Back: Glass; Frame: Stainless steel
Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Frame: Aluminum
Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Frame: Aluminum
Resistance
Water, Dust; IP68
Water, Dust; IP68
Water, Dust; IP68
Biometrics
3D Face unlock
Iris scanner, 2D Face unlock, Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Features
 
Notification light, Stylus
 
Buyers information
Price
$ 1099
$ 1000
$ 899



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