Google today announced the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL to take on Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro lineup. The Pixel 4 series is all about its camera performance but Apple has also greatly stepped up its imaging game this year. There’s more to a smartphone than just its camera though, so how does the Pixel 4 compare to the iPhone 11 Pro? Let’s find out in this comparison.
The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are priced slightly lower than the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Yet, they compete squarely against Apple’s best iPhones. Below is a table showing how the Pixel 4 compares to the iPhone 11 Pro.
Google Pixel 4 vs iPhone 11 Pro – Which One is Better?
|Google Pixel 4 vs iPhone 11 Pro Comparison|
|Basis of Comparison||Google Pixel 4||iPhone 11 Pro|
|Dimensions||147.1 x 68.8 x 8.2 mm, 162g||144 x 71.4 x 8.1 mm, 188g|
|Display||5.7-inch FHD+ 90Hz OLED Smooth Display||5.8-inch Super Retina XDR Display|
|FHD+ (2400 x 1080), 402 PPI||FHD+ (2436 x 1125), 458 ppi|
|HDR support, Ambient EQ||HDR support, 1200 nits max brightness, True Tone, Wide Color Display|
|Gorilla Glass 5||World’s Most Durable Glass|
|Chipset||7nm Snapdragon 855 @ 2.8GHz||7nm+ A13 Bionic @ 2.65GHz|
|Adreno 640 GPU||Custom Apple GPU|
|RAM and Storage||6GB RAM||4GB RAM|
|64/128GB||64GB, 128GB, 256GB|
|Camera||12MP f/1.7, OIS + EIS||12MP f/1.8, OIS + EIS|
|16MP f/2.4 telephoto sensor, ~2x optical zoom||12MP f/2.0, 2x optical zoom|
|–||12MP f/2.4 with 120-degree FoV|
|Front Camera||8MP f/2.0||12MP f/2.2|
|Charging||18W USB-PD Fast Charging||18W USB-PD Fast Charging|
|Qi wireless charging||7.5W Wireless Charging|
|Biometric Authentication||Face Unlock||Face ID|
|Connectivity||4×4 MIMO||4×4 MIMO|
|LTE Cat. 18||LTE Cat. 18|
|Wi-Fi ac||Wi-Fi 6|
|Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0|
|Dual-SIM, VoLTE||Dual-SIM, VoLTE|
|Others||Motion Gestures, Stereo Speakers, Next-gen Assistant||Siri Automation, Stereo Speakers, Apple U1 chip|
|Price||Starts from $899||Starts from $999|
Where the iPhone 11 Pro Wins
The iPhone 11 Pro trumps the Pixel 4 in a number of areas. In my opinion, the iPhone 11 Pro has a more attractive design than the Pixel 4. The former might have a notch at the front but the minimal bezels mean it does not look outdated. In comparison, the Pixel 4 has chunky bezels at the top and bottom and just does not have a design that’s fitting for a smartphone launched in 2019.
The Pixel 4 might also have a better primary camera than the iPhone 11 Pro. However, the iPhone 11 Pro’s triple-camera setup offers a greater level of flexibility. The iPhone also has noticeably better video recording capabilities — it can record 4K 60fps videos from all three cameras while the Pixel 4 is limited to recording 4K videos at 30fps.
The iPhone 11 Pro also offers better battery life, an attractive design, and its available with up to 512GB storage while the Pixel 4 tops out at a paltry 128GB.
Where the Pixel 4 Wins
The Pixel 4 has a lower starting price tag than the iPhone 11 Pro. It retails for $899 and that’s without factoring in the generous pre-order offers from retailers and carriers. It also ships with a higher refresh rate display which will have a visible impact in general UI/UX interactions.
When talking only about the primary 12MP camera, the Pixel 4 has a slight edge with a number of useful features like Astrophotpgrahy, Action Mode, Live HDR+, Dual Exposure, and more. The new Google Assistant on the Pixel 4 is also miles ahead of the Siri experience that you get on the iPhone 11. It is not only significantly faster but can also understand context-based voice commands.
What are your thoughts on the Google Pixel 4? Will you buy it over the iPhone 11 Pro despite its number of shortcomings? Drop a comment and let us know!