Google Pixel 3 XL vs Note 9 vs P20 Pro camera samples comparison leaks out

Well, Russia is responding to the pending US sanctions in a pretty unorthodox way, if you ask us - leaking the Pixel 3 XL in its entirety, much to the chagrin of Google's legal team. We kid, but right after we think we can't see the new Pixel in closer design shots and in higher resolutions, Russian tech bloggers say "hold my beer." 

This time around, they do studio unboxing and beauty shots, a display preview, and even interface walkthrough. The renowned Russian tech aficionado, who's been known to leak a device or two before, has even done a whole camera comparison with none other than the current cream of the Android camera crop.

Yes, we are talking about pitting the Pixel 3 XL camera, samples of which we saw yesterday, against Huawei's P20 Pro and Samsung's new Galaxy Note 9, whose official launch date is tomorrow. Goodie. The Pixel unit is a pre-production version, given the lack of SKU number on the box, but the Google Camera app is the latest there is, tips the source, and the phone is running Android 9 Pie, so it's as close to a release unit as possible at this point.

The pictures themselves prove that point, exhibiting stellar dynamic range decisions, sharp, well-defined object contours, seemingly credible colors, and an overall level of photographic prowess that Google's Pixel cameras are renowned for. All shots were done in auto mode, with the HDR+ option that does wonders on Google phones. We'll refrain from direct verdicts, as this might not be a finalized camera software, but will drop all samples below for your viewing and deciding pleasure. Be patient, though, the high-res pics will take a while to load.

source: Mobile-review (translated)



1. Hollowmost

Posts: 424; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

How can I know which image of which phone ??

3. surethom

Posts: 1722; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Its says so on the right if viewing on PC not sure on phone?

15. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

For each set : Google, Huawei and Samsung

19. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Can anyone say click bait article.

2. surethom

Posts: 1722; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

WoW the P 20 Pro desperately needs some camera software updating its the worst. The Pixel 3xl camera samples are very good better than the Samsung Note.

16. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

AI was on. It boots saturation beyond extreme

4. maherk

Posts: 6971; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The pictures are manipulated in a way to make the Pixel look even better than it is. No doubt it will be the best camera smartphone for this year, but for example on the P20 Pro, it's obvious they picked the vivid colors profile, plus keep the AI on, and I am 100% sure the one behind the camera was playing with the exposure slider on both the Note 9 and P20 Pro. Again, I'm not doubting the fact that the Pixel will be the best out there, but I doubt two of the best camera smartphones atm, are such a terrible shooter that are this inconsistent.

11. umaru-chan

Posts: 371; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Yup, you are as always 100 percent correct. Reviewers have biased against other phones when it comes to comparing with pixel phones. Please everyone believe this Ransom person who has history of incredible bias towards a certain company over "some biased tech site". This guy is the epitome of honesty and NOT one of the biggest hypocrites in this site. Everything he says is pure gold. I better stop now before his American lackey come and start what he does best.

12. umaru-chan

Posts: 371; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Anyway, pixel phone is clearly better in this comparison. But I wish the guy had done some night photo comparison. This is where things get interesting.

5. Lanx1998

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 06, 2017

These P20 pictures with "ai" scene enhancer are so fake. Can't speak much about P3XL and Note9 because they both are damn close to real view (I think) and w/o reference picture it's not possible. Tho I must say P3XL has still better dynamic range than Note9 in some cases like see the pic with flower closeup and trees and sky in the background and that's where you can see P3XL HDR gaining edge over Note9's. Either way these pictures may have been manipulated to show one better but who knows.

28. luis.aag90

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Yup, I think Note 9's pictures hold its own against the Pixel 3XL but I was disappointed with the P20 Pro results. Contrast is just too much, I'veseen much better pictures from that phone. I believe they shot on AI mode

6. Whitedot

Posts: 836; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Actually P20Pro colour reproduction and dynamic range are horrible. Pixel and Note toe to toe in my opinion. Maybe PIxel slightly edge when it comes to HDR not blowing highlights.

7. emjoigently

Posts: 154; Member since: Aug 22, 2017

That felt pretty unprofessional. The Pixel shots look the best, but none of those shots should be tough for any decent camera. There were colour and focus issues there that I really don't think any of those cameras would have.

8. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

P20 pro images are taking with AI mode on . Turning it off will create different results. For still photography its still the most versatile. Note 9 is the best "BIG" size phone in the market . A well recommended phone . Pixel 3 XL has good camera , and fast software. But ugly enough to skip it . So, if you want a phone. Get the P20 pro or Note 9 . But if you want a phone unique in uglyness . Pixel 3 XL is your choice

9. yalokiy

Posts: 1059; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

It's ugly from outside, but beautiful from inside

10. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

IMO the comparison between the cameras on those phone would've been much fairer if the writer of the original article had carried out the test with all the AI enhancement turned off on both Note 9 and P20 Pro while leaving everything else in full auto. Because of AI Note 9's detail rendering looks oddly horrible and so is the color reproduction on P20 Pro. Definitely not a professional way to compare image quality.

13. cmdacos

Posts: 4276; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

The shots on the pixel are drab and dreary. No life to them at all. I only chose one of the pixels that I liked best and interestingly it was one of the low light scenes. The rest were Note. P20? Yuck, wtf was that?

14. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

White balance is too warm for my taste. Front cam seems weaker than Pixel 2

18. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Why does camera on note sucks!

20. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1579; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Googles HDR+ is starting to make their photos look unnatural in a similar matter as Samsungs over saturation. Oh well, can only expect so much from a tiny sensor relying on software tricks.

29. luis.aag90

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Actually Samsung has toned down it's saturation since the Note 8. The S9 and Note aimed for a more natural look and it shows here

23. rsiders

Posts: 1981; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Hey let's leave the overly dramatic AI camera on and do a camera comparison. Lost all credibility to me as a comparison as we can CLEARLY see that the AI is not helping in any of these scenarios. Note 9 held up though. Also even if the Pixel 3 will have the best camera it certainly won't be the most versatile and that's just the facts. But I ain't ma at what Google has done. Interesting how they stayed away from night scenes though.

26. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Even though I like a bit of saturation, P20 was too saturated for my taste. The Pixel photos were blurry, noisy and dry looking. The Note was sharp and clean. Note wins for me.

31. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Agreed! Of the three phones, I expected the Pixel 3 XL or Huawei P20 to emerge the winner (from my perspective), but to my surprise, the Note 9 won hands down.

32. nlmmln

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

On the P20 Pro set the colour profile to standard and turn AI off to produce the same saturation and balance as the Pixel and Samsung. Use night mode to blow the other two away for low light shots, or even day time shots for exceptional balance. No phone can currently touch the P20 Pro for zoom. The P20 Pro is the most versatile camera on a phone out there today.

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