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Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Google Pixel 3 vs iPhone XS: What’s the Difference

Google Pixel 3

Alongside the Pixel 3 XL, Google also released its smaller sibling: the Pixel 3. We have already seen how the Pixel 3 XL compares to the iPhone XS Max but what about the Pixel 3 XL and the iPhone XS? How do the smaller devices compete against each other? Let’s find out in this comparison.

The iPhone XS and Pixel 3 are essentially smaller versions of their Max and XL-sized siblings. This means they only differ from their bigger brothers in terms of dimensions, display size, and battery capacity. Other aspects of the two devices are the same. So, for this comparison, I have only compared the areas where the two devices differ. For other aspects, read our iPhone XS Max vs Pixel 3 XL comparison.

What’s the difference between iPhone XS and Google Pixel 3?

Display and Dimensions

  • Pixel 3 – 5.5-inch OLED  panel, FHD+ (1080 x 1920) resolution, 443 ppi, HDR, 18:9 aspect ratio

  • iPhone XS – 5.8-inch True Tone OLED, 2436 x 1125 pixels (458 ppi), 82.9 percent screen-to-body ratio, HDR10, Dolby Vision

The iPhone XS comes with a slightly bigger 5.8-inch display compared to the 5.5-inch panel on the Pixel 3. However, the latter’s display does not have a notch so the actual content viewing area on both devices is almost the same. Both devices feature excellent OLED panels and you really cannot go wrong with either of them.

  • Pixel 3 – 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9mm, 148g, IP68 certified

  • iPhone XS – 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm and 177g, IP68 certified

Both devices are IP68 certified, though the iPhone XS is heavier than the Pixel 3 due to its stainless steel chassis. It is also slightly shorter than the device thanks to its almost non-existent bezels. But then, the Pixel 3 makes up for its bezels with its front-facing stereo speakers which have been tuned by a GRAMMY audio producer.

iPhone Xs Max front


  • Pixel 3 – 2915mAh, 18W fast charging, 10W Qi wireless charging

  • iPhone XS – 2658mAh, Fast charging, Qi wireless charging

The Pixel 3 has the edge in the battery department. Despite coming with a smaller display, it comes with a higher capacity battery which should allow it to offer better battery life than the iPhone XS. While both devices also come with USB-PD fast charging, the Pixel 3 comes bundled with an 18W USB-C charger which is capable of providing an additional 7 hours of battery life after just 15 mins of charging. Similarly, while both devices come with Qi wireless charging, the iPhone XS is limited to 7.5W while the Pixel 3 supports 10W wireless charging.


  • Pixel 3 – Starts from $799

  • iPhone XS – Starts from $999

The Pixel 3 is $200 cheaper than the iPhone XS and this without any of the offers that retailers usually bundle with it.

Read our iPhone XS Max vs Pixel 3 XL difference to know more about what’s different between the best devices from Google and Apple.

What do you think about the Pixel 3 when compared to the iPhone XS? Drop a comment and let us know!

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