Google Pixel 3 vs Apple iPhone XS: Which is Better and Why

Although Apple launched iPhone XS a few weeks back, Google had launched the Pixel 3 just last week. Both of the devices are really awesome, and they have been liked by millions of people from across the globe. However, if you do not want to differentiate between Android and iOS, and you want to check which device better between Google Pixel 3 and Apple iPhone XS, here is everything you need to know.

Important Note: This comparison is based on the features. In other words, all the following differences are mentioned in the paper, or you can find differences in specifications as well.

Google Pixel 3 vs Apple iPhone XS

Google Pixel 3 vs Apple iPhone XS


To get started, you should know that Pixel 3 has a dimension of 5.73 x 2.69 x 0.31 inch and it weighs 148gm only. On the other hand, iPhone XS is quite bigger than the competitor. Being said that, it has a dimension of 5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 inch, and it weighs 177gm only. From the mentioned numbers, you might have already noticed that iPhone XS is quite bigger than the Pixel 3. However, the difference is not noticeable. Talking about protection, you will get Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front as well as backside of Pixel 3. The same is available on the iPhone XS. The best part is you will get an IP68 rating. That implies no matter which device you choose; you will get dust and water resistance.


It doesn’t matter whether you choose a mobile or laptop or anything else, you must have an awesome display. Otherwise, you will end up getting the worse experience even after spending hundreds of dollars. Talking about the display, you will get quite crisp display on both of the mobiles. The Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch P-OLED capacitive touchscreen, and on the other hand, the iPhone XS has a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display. If you are wondering the resolution you will get, you should know about Pixel 3 has a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels, and the iPhone XS has a resolution of 1125 x 2436 pixels. Regarding ratio, you Pixel 3 has a ratio has 18:9 and iPhone XS has a resolution of 19.5:9. As mentioned earlier, the Pixel 3 has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the display so that you do not get scratches and all. On the other hand, the iPhone XS has scratch-resistant glass as well as oleophobic coating. Apart from that, you will get an Always-on display, 100% DCI-P3 coverage and HDR support in Pixel 3. The iPhone XS has Dolby Vision or HDR 10 support, wide color gamut display, 3D touch display, true-tone display and 120 Hz touch sensing. The main difference is you will get a notch on iPhone XS, but the Pixel 3 doesn’t have such a thing.


This is where you will get confused since both of them have different chipset, but they are capable of doing tasks similarly. Being said that, you will get 10nm Octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset on Pixel 3, but iPhone XS has 7nm hexa-core Apple A12 Bionic chipset. Obviously, the battery consumption of iPhone XS would be better. Regarding graphics, you will get Adreno 630 on Pixel 3, but iPhone XS has Apple GPU.

Nowadays, manufacturers have started providing a lot of RAM and storage, and these two mobiles are not different from them. The Pixel 3 has 4GB RAM along with either 64GB or 128GB of storage. On the flip side, the iPhone XS has 4GB RAM, but you will get 64GB or 256GB or 512GB of storage. Therefore, if you need to store a lot of HD videos and documents, you can opt for the Apple device. Talking about the storage, none of them has external card slot.


Camera is always an important aspect of any mobile, especially when you are investing so much money on mobile. You will get a f/1.8 12.2 MP camera on Pixel 3, which offers dual-LED flash, auto-HDR, and panorama. On the other hand, iPhone XS has a dual camera setup. Being said that, you will get a f/1.8 12MP camera and another f/2.4 12MP camera. The first one is a wide angle lens and the second one is a telephoto lens. Both of the mobiles have Optical Image Stabilization, PDAF and so on. If you want to record videos, you should know the Pixel 3 cannot record 4K video at more than 30FPS. On the other hand, the iPhone XS is capable of recording 4K video at up to 60FPS. Another difference is you can record 1080p video at 240FPS on iPhone XS, but you need to downgrade the video quality to 720p if you want to record 240FPS video on Pixel 3.

All these are for the rear camera. If you are wondering about the front facing camera, you should know that the Pixel 3 is quite better than the iPhone XS since it has dual camera including a f/1.8 8MP wide-angle lens and f/2.2 8MP ultrawide angle lens. On the flip side, you will get a f/2.2 7MP camera on iPhone XS. Another difference is you can record 1080p video at 60FPS on iPhone XS, but you need to record 1080p video at 30FPS on Pixel 3.


Pixel 3 and iPhone XS have non-removable battery. However, the numbers are different on the paper. You will get Li-Ion 2915 mAh battery on Pixel 3 and Li-Ion 2658 mAh battery on iPhone XS.

Other Features

Pixel 3 has a fast charging option, but you won’t get that on iPhone XS. Apart from that, you will get Titan C chip on Pixel 3, which is very important for security. Regarding color combination, you can find Pixel 3 is three different colors including Clearly White, Just Black and Not Pink. On the other hand, the iPhone XS also has three different color combinations including Space Gray, Silver, and Gold.


Google Pixel 3 starts from $799. On the other hand, the 64GB version of iPhone XS costs $999; the 256GB variant costs $1149 and the 512GB variant costs around $1349 in the US.

If you like Android, and you want to purchase a premium phone, the Pixel 3 sounds pretty good. However, if you want to purchase an iPhone but you have a tight budget, you can opt for iPhone XS. Between these two devices, the Pixel 3 seems reasonable.

What do you think about these mobiles? Do let us know.

Read more: Google Pixel 3 XL vs Apple iPhone XS Max

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