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Google Pixel 5 vs Apple iPhone 11

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Google Pixel 5 vs Apple iPhone 11
Google’s 2020 flagship — the Pixel 5 — is about ready to hit store shelves. The Pixel line is what we call “the iPhone of Android”. It’s made by Google, it comes with the cleanest version of Android — the way Google intends it to look and feel — it gets updates on day 1, and it’s a camera champion.

It seems that, this year, Google decided to abandon the race of “who’s going to make a more expensive flagship”. Instead of pushing for a $1,000 price, the Pixel 5 sits comfortably at $700. It’s perfectly positioned to rival the likes of OnePlus, the new Galaxy S20 FE, and even the Apple’s base iPhone.

Google Pixel 5

- $50 off at Best Buy

$649
$699
Buy at BestBuy

Google Pixel 5

- $50 off at BestBuy

$649
$699
Buy at BestBuy

Apple iPhone 11

- from Apple.com

$699
Buy at Apple

Apple iPhone 11

- $599.99 with Sprint activation from Best Buy

$599 99
$699 99
Buy at BestBuy


So… how does it stack up against the currently-available iPhone 11?



Pixel 5 vs iPhone 11 specs


  • Pixel 5 processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  • Pixel 5 memory: 128 GB storage, 8 GB RAM
  • iPhone 11 processor: Apple A13 Bionic
  • iPhone 11 memory: from 64 GB, 4 GB RAM


Comparing the hardware of an iPhone to any Android device is always a bit of an apples-to-oranges thing. Apple makes its own processors and it builds its own operating system to work exclusively with its hardware. Google buys chips from Qualcomm, but it still does have the benefit of being… you know, Android’s sole developer.


But, with the Pixel 5 and iPhone 11, we do have some very big differences in terms of hardware.

The Apple iPhone 11 is powered by the best chip you can find on an iPhone as of right now — the Apple A13 Bionic. It’s not a downgrade, there were no corners cut — it’s the same chip that hums in the iPhone Pro line.

The Google Pixel 5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G. Not the flagship-grade Snapdragon 865 or 865+... but an upper-midrange edition.

Is that bad? Not necessarily. As previously mentioned — Google’s vanilla Android runs pretty snappy, even if you don’t have a top-tier processor. But then again, it’s kind of odd that Google chose to downgrade its flagship line.

When it comes to raw productivity, the iPhone will be in the lead.

Display
Size
6.1 inches
6.0 inches
Technology
IPS LCD
OLED
Refresh rate
 
90Hz
Screen-to-body
80.04 %
86.75 %
Peak brightness
625 cd/m2 (nit)
 
Features
Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
HDR support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Hardware
System chip
Apple A13 Bionic APL1W85
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SM7250-AB
Processor
Hexa-core, 2650 MHz, Lightning and Thunder, 64-bit, 7 nm
Octa-core, 2400 MHz, Kryo 475, 64-bit, 7 nm
GPU
Apple-designed 4 core
Adreno 620
RAM
4GB LPDDR4
8GB LPDDR4
Internal storage
64GB, not expandable
128GB, not expandable
OS
iOS (15.x, 14.x, 13.x)
Android (11)
Battery
Capacity
3110 mAh
4080 mAh
Charging
USB Power Delivery
USB Power Delivery
Music playback
65.00 hours
 
Video playback
17.00 hours
 
Camera
Rear
Dual camera
Dual camera
Main camera
12 MP (Sapphire crystal lens cover, OIS, PDAF)
12.2 MP (OIS, PDAF)
Specifications
Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.55"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Aperture size: F1.7; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.55"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Second camera
12 MP (Ultra-wide, Sapphire crystal lens cover)
16 MP (Ultra-wide)
Specifications
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal Length: 13 mm
Aperture size: F2.2; 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)
Features
OIS, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording
Time-lapse video, EIS
Front
12 MP
8 MP
Video capture
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
Design
Dimensions
5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 inches (150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm)
5.70 x 2.77 x 0.31 inches (144.7 x 70.4 x 8 mm)
Weight
6.84 oz (194.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
5.33 oz (151.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
Materials
Back: Glass; Frame: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum; Frame: Aluminum
Resistance
Water, Dust; IP68
Water, Dust; IP68
Biometrics
3D Face unlock
Fingerprint (touch)
Cellular
5G
 
n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n12, n28, n41, n66, n71, n77, n78, n258, n260, n261, Sub-6, mmWave
Buyers information
Price
$ 699
$ 700
See the full Apple iPhone 11 vs Google Pixel 5 specs comparison or compare them to other phones using our Specs Comparison tool.

In terms of memory, the Google Pixel 5 does come in the lead. Its starting storage space is 128 GB, which is double what the iPhone 11 offers for the same amount of money. And, in the RAM department, the Pixel 5 has 8 GB of RAM, the iPhone 11 — 4 GB of RAM. That, again, ties into how the operating systems of the devices work. Android is pretty open to multi-tasking, so it needs all that memory for a pristine user experience, whereas iOS has no qualms with freezing apps in the background and managing with a smaller memory pool.

One thing that the Pixel 5 has going for it is its connectivity — the Snapdragon 765G gives it support for 5G, while the iPhone 11 still caps out at LTE.

Pixel 5 vs iPhone 11 camera


  • Pixel 5 main camera: 12.2 MP wide angle, 16 MP ultra-wide angle
  • Pixel 5 selfie camera: 8 MP
  • iPhone 11 main camera: 12 MP wide angle, 12 MP ultra-wide angle
  • iPhone 11 selfie camera: 12 MP

Google’s Pixel line is often praised for its great cameras. It’s not just about the hardware — Google does wonders with computational photography. As soon as you press that shutter button, the phone goes hard at work to take multiple exposure shots, stitch them together and give you the best possible image it can get. Light, dark, high dynamics, no matter the scene — they are pretty impressive.

Apple also has its own image processing in place, and the iPhone 11 is a pretty good shooter — a staple in the industry, if you will. It will be extremely hard to compare and judge these phones once we get a Pixel 5 in our hands, that’s for sure.

Both of these phones come with a dual camera module — the Pixel 5 has a 12.2 MP main camera and 16 MP ultra-wide camera; the iPhone 11 has a 12 MP main and 12 MP ultra-wide shooter. On the front, the Pixel has an 8 MP selfie camera, and the iPhone goes up to 12 MP again.

Pixel 5 vs iPhone 11 display and design


  • The Pixel 5 has an OLED screen with 90 Hz refresh rate
  • The Pixel 5 has slimmer bezels, no notch
  • The iPhone 11 has an LCD panel locked at 60 Hz

When it comes to screen sizes, you will have pretty much the same real estate on both phones. The Pixel 5 has a 6-inch screen with a 19:9 aspect ratio, the iPhone 11 has a 6.1-incher with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Meaning, the iPhone 11 is ever so slightly taller and slimmer in shape.

The Pixel does have slimmer bezels than the iPhone — its screen-to-body ratio is 88.76%, while the iPhone’s is 80%. This means that the Pixel 5 will be slightly more compact than the iPhone 11.

For 3 years now, Apple has insisted on sticking with its Face ID sensors in a cutout at the top of the screen. A.k.a. “The Notch”. The Pixel 5 only has a small cutout for the selfie camera in the top-left corner of the screen, leaving more surface area for an actual screen.

Google Pixel 5
Dimensions

5.7 x 2.77 x 0.31 inches

144.7 x 70.4 x 8 mm

Weight

5.33 oz (151 g)

Apple iPhone 11
Dimensions

5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 inches

150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm

Weight

6.84 oz (194 g)

Google Pixel 5
Dimensions

5.7 x 2.77 x 0.31 inches

144.7 x 70.4 x 8 mm

Weight

5.33 oz (151 g)

Apple iPhone 11
Dimensions

5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 inches

150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm

Weight

6.84 oz (194 g)

See the full Google Pixel 5 vs Apple iPhone 11 size comparison or compare them to other phones using our Size Comparison tool.

But for the actual killer difference — the Google Pixel 5 has an OLED panel with a 90 Hz refresh rate. This means deeper blacks, more vibrant colors, and very, very smooth animations that just please the eye. The Apple iPhone 11 still has an LCD panel and is locked at 60 FPS. Apple’s color calibration is still outstanding, but when it comes to motion and contrast, OLED is just better than LCD.

With the removal of the huge forehead that was on the Pixel 4, Google also removed all that face-recognizing tech. The Pixel 5 is back to fingerprint unlocking with a scanner pad situated on the back of the phone. This is… up to taste — many people out there have never been fans of back-mounted fingerprint scanners.

The iPhone 11 has Apple’s Face ID lodged in that Notch, so unlocking and iPhone is merely a matter of looking at it.

There's also the small issue of personalization. The iPhone 11 comes in 6 different colors — from vibrant to understated. The Pixel 5 comes in... well, two — a dark green and a black.

Pixel 5 vs iPhone 11 expectations


In all reality, the iPhone 11 is about to be replaced by the iPhone 12 in less than a month (reportedly). But, even right now, the iPhone 11 is pretty up to par with the Pixel 5. We can only speculate what kinds of upgrades the iPhone 12 will bring about. That, the OnePlus 8T coming around the corner, and the Galaxy S20 FE... the Pixel 5 has its work cut out for itself. Can it make a dent in the market?

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Google Pixel 5 specs
  • Display 6.0 inches 2340 x 1080 pixels 90Hz Refresh rate
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Dual camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 8GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 4080 mAh
  • OS Android 11
Apple iPhone 11 specs
  • Display 6.1 inches 1792 x 828 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera) 12 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A13 Bionic 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3110 mAh
  • OS iOS 15.x

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