Apple iPhone XS vs Google Pixel 3 XL Comparison in specifications, features, Performance

Apple iPhone XS vs Google Pixel 3 XL
Google’s Pixel 3 XL is currently the most expensive smartphone in Indian market and with a the price tag upto 83000 INR for the base 64 GB model. But at given price Google Pixel 3 XL will likely compete with the iPhone XS.
let’s take a quick look at the comparison between the iPhone XS and the pixel 3 XL in terms of specifications and features.

The iPhone XS (64 GB) start at a price of 99,900 INR in India which makes it one of the most expensive smartphone in the market. The second one is the iPhone XS max, keep in mind that the pixel 3 XL (64 GB) is a little bit more affordable in comparison because it starts at 83000 INR. However, the 128 GB Variant will cost you 92,000 INR.

Thought unlike the iPhone and pixel 3 XL only comes in two storage variants 64 GB and 128 GB. Google is giving you unlimited storage space for photos via the Google Photos app

Both the pixel 3 XL and the iPhone XS do not have a micro SD slot either. Another thing to keep in mind is that the pixel 3 XL is a single sim smartphone in India. Whereas the iPhone XS will be getting a dual sim feature via e-Sim. Apple is already activated this with the iOS 12.1 update.


Let’s quickly talk about the design of the iPhone XS versus Googlepixel 3 XL. So they are very similar to their predecessors.

Now the pixel three XL has one big change compared to the previous phones. And that’s the notch and it also comes with dual front cameras. The iPhone XS does not have dual front cameras.

Google Pixel 3 XL is still sticking with a single rear camera at the back, iPhone XS of course has two cameras on the back which will work quite prominently
Pixel 3 XL now has a complete glass back design. Google has added a half matte finish, which is certainly very pretty. But in terms of looks the iPhone XS in gold does standout.


The iPhone XS continous with the 5.8 inch OLED display, and this is a top notch display. If you are looking at a Premium phone, it doesn’t get better than the iPhone XS.

Now talking about the pixel 3 XL. This one comes to the 6.3 inch QHD plus resolution display. And this time, Google has really improved the quality compared to its predecessor.

Those who want a slightly bigger display, iPhone Xs max does still exist and it comes with a bigger 6.5 inch OLED panel.


Let’s quickly talk about the processors on these two smartphones. The iPhone XS is of course powered by the A12 bionic chipset and when it comes to benchmarks, this one’s blows the competition right out of the park. This is one of 
the fastest phones in the market.

And pixel 3 XL on the other hand is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. Now of course this is a flagship chipset, but we’ve seen a lot of other players also use this. So the pixel three doesn’t really seem that exciting.

Now Google pixel 3 XL comes with 4 GB RAM, and there have been issues of apps getting killed in the background due to memory management issues as well. 

Overall, we’ve not experienced any major performance issues with either of the phone’s. iPhone XS still has the edge, thanks to the A12 bionic chipset.
iPhone XS of course runs iOS 12, which comes with improved notifications. So that’s not really new for Android and features like an emoji, which you won’t really find on the pixel 3 series. There’s also improved emphasis for augmented reality apps with iOS 12. And yes, like all Apple products it does put the focus on privacy.

Pixel 3 XL runs Android 9.0 (pie), and this one was focused on improving user experience to the use of artificial intelligence. It comes with features like adaptive battery, smarter notifications, and adaptive display.

Both phones also come with a feature to help users disconnect from their smartphones and take some control back from the digital life. On Android. It’s called Digital wellbeing. On iOS it is screen time.

On Android you can set individual timers for each app. On iOS It is more done on the basis of categories. So of course android is giving you a little bit more control, once you exceed your time because it is the app gets rolled out and you can’t access it.


Now let’s talk about the cameras, the iPhone XS comes with a 12 MP + 1MP camera back and 7 MP true depth camera at the front.

With the pixel 3 XL, Google continues to the strength of a single rear camera which is 12 MP on back and now it has two front cameras which are 8 MP each.
Now in the camera department when it comes to proper lighting, both phones are evenly matched and it will boil down to user preference on which one you prefer.

In low light mode the pixel 3 XL might have a slight edge and it’s going to get something new called Night side which is supposed to improve this even further.
Still both cameras offer excellent portrait mode options which to keep most users happy.

Now talking about the battery, the iPhone XS, the smaller battery at 2658 mAh. The pixel 3 XL of course, the bigger one at 3430 mAh.

If you want a bigger battery on the iPhone, the iPhone XS max always an option 
which has a 3000 mAh Plus battery.

Both phones offer support wireless charging as well, but the pixel 3 Xl get fast charging on its wireless charger.

So which is the right pick…

Now these are both premium smartphone with a very high price tag in India the iPhone XS is of course known for its reliability, excellent cameras and speed which does put it ahead of the competition.

The Google Pixel 3 XL though it’s all about Google software and yes, it does come with an excellent camera especially where the low light mode is concerned.
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