Google Pixel 3 vs Galaxy S9 vs iPhone XS: Specs comparison

Google Pixel 3 vs Galaxy S9 vs iPhone XS: Specs comparison
The Google Pixel 3 shapes up to be the phone for those uninspired by the excessive notch of the Pixel 3 XL - it has a traditional notchless design, more compact and easier to use body, and all the same hardware that can be found inside the larger Pixel 3 XL.

But is this enough to make the Pixel 3 a more appealing than the Galaxy S9 or the iPhone XS? Most likely no, but this doesn't mean the Pixel 3 won't directly compete with the smallest Galaxy and iPhone on the shelves as Google eyes a more prominent mainstream presence.

This means that those three would certainly be all viable options for would-be adopters, thus a specs comparison between all three wouldn't be out of the ordinary at all. Let's see how all three fare against one another.

Display

Size

5.8 inches
5.8 inches
5.5 inches

Technology

Super AMOLED
OLED
P-OLED

Screen-to-body

84.36 %
82.64 %
77.36 %

Peak brightness

 
625 cd/m2 (nit)
 

Features

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
HDR video support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

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

Processor

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

GPU

Adreno 630
Apple 4-core GPU
Adreno 630

RAM

4GB LPDDR4
4GB LPDDR4
4GB LPDDR4

Internal storage

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

OS

Android (10, 9.0 Pie, 8.0 Oreo), Samsung One UI
iOS (13.x, 12.x)
Android (11, 10, 9.0 Pie)

Battery

Capacity

3000 mAh
2659 mAh
2915 mAh

Charging

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

Talk time

31.00 hours
the average is 16 h (968 min)
20.00 hours
the average is 16 h (968 min)
 

Stand-by time

3.4 days (82 hours)
the average is 21 days (501 h)
 
12.0 days (288 hours)
the average is 21 days (501 h)

Internet use

3G: 11 hours; LTE: 12 hours; Wi-Fi: 14 hours
 
 

Music playback

51.00 hours
60.00 hours
 

Video playback

17.00 hours
14.00 hours
 

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Dual camera
Single camera

Main camera

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

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.5/F2.4; 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
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, BSI sensor)
 

Specifications

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

Features

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

Front

8 MP
7 MP
8 MP

Video capture

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

Design

Dimensions

5.81 x 2.70 x 0.33 inches (147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm)
5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 inches (143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm)
5.73 x 2.69 x 0.31 inches (145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 mm)

Weight

5.75 oz (163.0 g)
the average is 6.3 oz (179 g)
6.24 oz (177.0 g)
the average is 6.3 oz (179 g)
5.22 oz (148.0 g)
the average is 6.3 oz (179 g)

Materials

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

Resistance

Water, Dust; IP68
Water, Dust; IP68
Water, Dust; IP68

Biometrics

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

Features

Notification light
 
 

Buyers information

Price

$ 720
$ 999
$ 799




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