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
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845

Processor

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

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 (14.x, 13.x, 12.x)
Android (10, 9.0 Pie, 8.1 Oreo), Samsung One UI
Android (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 17 h (996 min)
38.00 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)
 

Stand-by time

 
12.0 days (288 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
 

Talk time (3G)

 
29.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 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 6.5 oz (184 g)
7.09 oz (201.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
6.49 oz (184.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 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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