Google Pixel 6 vs Apple iPhone 13: What to expect
The Google Pixel 6 and Apple iPhone 13 shape up as two of the best compact phones for the second half of 2021, and while the phones are not officially unveiled yet, rumors and leaks have already revealed a big part of the two phones.

The Pixel 6 brings a complete overhaul to the Pixel lineup with Google's first self-made processor inside that should provide a welcome leap in performance, but also with a brand new camera system. The iPhone 13, on the other hand, will be all about gradual improvements, retaining the styling that Apple introduced with the iPhone 12, but with a faster processor and new rumore camera features like a portrait video mode.

So... what do the Pixel 6 and iPhone 13 look like in comparison? We are here to summarize the leaks and rumors, and we'll keep this article updates as new information comes in, but let's start with what we already have!

Pixel 6 vs iPhone 13 key differences:

  • 6.4" size on the Pixel, 6.1" size on the iPhone, both use OLED screens
  • Fast refresh rate on the Pixel vs 60Hz traditional refresh rate on iPhone 13
  • Google "Whitechapel" processor vs Apple A15 Bionic
  • Similar dual rear camera (wide and ultrawide) with no telephoto lens
  • Bigger battery size on the Pixel

Price and release date

Both the Pixel 6 and iPhone 13 are gearing up for a launch in the fall of 2021, with the exact dates not confirmed just yet.

In previous years, Google has released Pixel phones towards the end of October, and we expect this to hold true for the Pixel 6. Apple, on the other hand, works much like a clock when it comes to release cycles. If we were to pin-point an iPhone 13 release date, history shows that an Apple event can be expected on Tuesday, September 14th, with an in-store release of the phone following on Friday, September 24th, a full month ahead of the Pixel 6.

As for pricing, Apple is expected to charge the same price as for the previous model, that is a $830 price for the base iPhone 13 model, and we also expect an $800 price for the Pixel 6, putting these two phones in the same category.


No zoom cameras here

One of the drawbacks of buying a more compact phone is that you get the two essential cameras, a main and ultra-wide one, but don't get a zoom lens. That unfortunately continues with the Pixel 6 and iPhone 13, as both of them lack a zoom camera.

However, expect to see some improvements with the main and ultra-wide cameras. Apple is planning slight improvements in 3 key areas:

  • more advanced, 6-element construction for the ultra-wide camera lens
  • faster, f/1.8 aperture for the ultra-wide camera, so it takes better shots in low light
  • overall software improvements to image quality

Latest rumors also suggest that the sensor-shift stabilization that we first saw on the iPhone 12 Pro Max will make its way to all iPhone 13 models, so this will be one more feature up the sleeve of the iPhone 13.

On top of that, a new portrait video recording mode that much like portrait photo will dynamically blur out the background is expected to arrive on the iPhone 13.

The Google Pixel 6, on the other hand, will be the first Pixel in a while to feature a new camera sensor and this is expected to come with improved low-light performance. The Pixel has traditionally been a low-light photography master, so this could be taking it to the next level.

Performance: Google vs Apple processors

Apple has been making its own processors for iPhones for nearly 8 years now, as the iPhone 5s from 2013 was the first phone with Apple silicon. Controlling the hardware and software allowed Apple to fine tune performance and it has been leading the charts when it comes to phone performance.

It's 2021, however, and Google is stepping into that space too. After years of relying on Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, the Pixel 6 is the first phone to break with that tradition and embrace the first Google-made mobile chip, codenamed "Whitechapel". We don't expect this to just beat the Snapdragon 888 from the first go, but chances are that the performance power of the new Google chip will be at least as good as an upper mid-range phone and possibly as good as a flagship Snapdragon processor.

The Pixel 6 is also likely to feature 6GB of RAM on board, compared to 4GB RAM on the iPhone 13, so the Pixel could theoretically have more apps running in the background for smoother multitasking.


Fast refresh rate on the Pixel is a big advantage over the iPhone

Apple used an older  LCD screen technology in the past, but the iPhone 12 was the first "affordable" (really meaning it cost less than $1,000) iPhone to come with an OLED display with deep blacks, vibrant colors and great contrast. However, the iPhone 13 is not getting the fast refresh rate feature, or ProMotion in Apple terms, so it is missing one modern feature that the Pixel will surely have. So yes, scrolling around will still feel faster and smoother on the 120Hz rumored screen of the Pixel rather than the 60Hz display of the iPhone 13.

As for screen sizes, the Pixel comes with a bigger, 6.4" screen compared to a 6.1" display on the iPhone. Plus, you only get a discreet punch-hole cutout for the front camera on the Pixel and a much bigger array of Face ID sensors on the iPhone, which interrupts the viewing experience. 

Battery and Charging

iPhone 13 battery size might be a bit bigger, but not quite as big as on the Pixel

After the super slim iPhone 12, Apple is rumored to give the iPhone 13 a bit of chunk not least because of a slightly larger battery size. There are no exact figures just yet, but rumors hover around a 3,000mAh iPhone 13 battery capacity, while the Google Pixel 6 is rumored to have a 4,000mAh battery.

While this is a considerable difference, keep in mind that iOS on the iPhone and Android on the Pixel behave differently and is more power efficient, especially when your phone sits idle arouun.

On the charger front, the iPhone 13 is expected to ship without a charger in the box, much like the iPhone 12. That's odd and we feel you should get a charger when you pay that much for a phone, but Apple being Apple means you'll have to purchase your charging brick separately.

The Pixel 6, on the other hand, is expected to come with a Power Delivery (PD) USB-C cable in the box.

Pixel 6 vs iPhone 12: Specs Comparison

And here is a detailed specs comparison between the Pixel 6 and iPhone 13. Don't forget that the specs below are based on rumors, leaks and expectations, so they may look different in the final devices.

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