Google Pixel 3 vs iPhone XS: what's the difference?

Along with Pixel 3 XL Google also presented small Pixel 3. We have already compared Pixel 3 XL with iPhone XS Max, and now it's time to compare Pixel 3 and iPhone XS. iPhone XS and Pixel 3 are small variants of Max and XL models. This applies not only to the size, but also to the display with the battery capacity. Other characteristics of smartphones are the same.



iPhone XS wins here. The Pixel 3 isn't as ugly as the Pixel 3 XL as it doesn't have a huge notch, but it still falls short of the iPhone XS due to the lack of a bezel-less display. On the other hand, Google used stereo speaker bezels that are 40% louder. The iPhone XS also has stereo speakers, but they are not as loud.

Both smartphones have glass panels on the front and back to support wireless charging, but the Pixel 3 comes with a coating that feels like metal. The iPhone XS has stainless steel frames that are much better than the Pixel 3's aluminum frames. iPhone The XS and Pixel 3 are IP68 water and dust resistant.

Display and dimensions

  • Pixel 3 – 5.5-inch OLED – Display, FHD + (1080 x 1920), 443ppi, HDR, 18: 9, 77.2% screen to body ratio
  • iPhone XS – 5.8-inch True Tone OLED, 2436 × 1125, 458ppi, 82.9% screen-to-body ratio, HDR10, Dolby Vision

The iPhone XS has a 5.8-inch display while the Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch display. However, there is no notch on the second, so the content area on the two displays is practically the same. Both smartphones have excellent OLED panels.

  • Pixel 3 – 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9mm, 148g, IP68
  • iPhone XS – 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm, 177g, IP68

Both devices are IP68 water and dust resistant, but the iPhone XS weighs more due to the steel frames. It is also slightly lower due to the lack of bezels. However, the Pixel 3's bezels are justified by the speakers.



  • iPhone XS – A12 Bionic, 7nm, 6-core CPU 15% faster, 4-core GPU 50% faster, 8-core neural engine
  • Google Pixel 3 – 4-core Exynos 9810 / Snapdragon 845 with 2.7 / 2.8GHz, 10nm

The A12 Bionic processor inside the iPhone XS is a monster, and the Snapdragon 845 processor simply cannot match it. The first is based on a 7nm process and contains a 4-core graphics and 6-core CPU, as well as an improved neural engine for artificial intelligence functions. The Snapdragon 845 is based on a 10nm process and contains the Qualcomm Adreno 630 GPU and several other chips for specific tasks.

The A12 Bionic processor is two or three times faster than the processors in smartphones with Android.

RAM and memory

  • iPhone XS – 4GB RAM, 64/256 / 512GB storage
  • Google Pixel 3 – 4GB RAM, 64 / 128GB storage

Both smartphones have 4GB of RAM, and the base variants contain 64GB of memory. However, the Pixel 3 max is 128GB and the iPhone XS is 512GB.

iPhone The 512GB XS is priced at $ 1,349, but at least buyers have a choice. Pixel 3 buyers will have to limit themselves to 128GB of storage. Considering the high cost of both smartphones, their base storage could be increased to 128GB.



This is the only Pixel 3 spec that is worse in theory but better in practice thanks to the system. The iPhone XS has a dual 12MP camera, while the Pixel 3 has one 12.2MP main camera. The main cameras of the devices are almost the same – f / 1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization. Apple uses Smart HDR to improve the quality of photos, and Google uses machine learning and Auto HDR +, which is significantly better.

The new Pixel is packed with AI-powered features that also improve image quality. On the front, the iPhone XS has a 7MP TrueDepth camera, while the Pixel 3 has a dual 8MP camera. One of the front cameras has an f / 1.8 aperture, while the other has an f / 2.2 aperture for wide-angle group selfies. According to Google this camera can capture 184% more than iPhone XS Max.

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The Pixel 3 is the clear leader when it comes to camera, despite missing some of the features that have become the standard for flagship smartphones. Google also provides unlimited storage for photos and 4K videos.

Biometric Authentication

  • iPhone XS – Face ID
  • Google Pixel 3 – fingerprint reader

Surprisingly, the Pixel 3 doesn't include facial recognition technology, just a fingerprint scanner. However, this is a matter of taste: some users like fingerprint scanning, while others find face recognition more convenient.


  • iPhone XS – 2658mAh, USB-C fast charging, wireless charging
  • Google Pixel 3 – 2915mAh, 10W wireless fast charging, 18W wired charging

Despite the small display, the Pixel 3 has a larger battery. it works longer iPhone XS. Smartphones support fast charging and wireless charging, but the Pixel 3 comes with 10W wireless charging and 18W wired charging. users will be able to use fast charging immediately. iPhone The XS comes with a regular 5W power adapter and takes over 3 hours to fully charge.


  • Pixel 3 – from $ 799
  • iPhone XS – from $ 999

The Pixel 3 is $ 200 cheaper iPhone XS, and that's not counting the discounts that are often in store.

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