Pixel 3 XL vs iPhone XS Max speed test yields surprising results

With the release of the Google Pixel 3, the smartphone flagship race has intensified with Samsung being the last company left to throw their hat in the ring with Galaxy S10. Until such a time comes to pass, we will settle for comparing Pixel 3 against iPhone XS Max. The Pixel 3 gave us some surprising results in the camera department but can it work the same magic again when it comes to multi-tasking and app switching performance?

Pixel 3 vs iPhone XS Max

PhoneBuff pit the two flagships in a head-to-head showdown for performance supremacy as it made the smartphones open a multitude of apps in succession. This unscientific tests aims to replicate real world usage by testing app opening times, simple tasks and also resuming them from memory.

iPhone XS is powered by Apple’s new A12 Bionic chip while Pixel 3 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. Both phones sport 4GB RAM which, by Android standards, could be a bottleneck for its performance in this test. Both phones are on the latest version of their operating systems, i.e. iOS 12 and Android 9 Pie respectively.

The speed test comprises of opening a series of apps in quick succession, which is now handled by a machine so that accuracy and timing can be accurate. The apps range from social media, news, video games to entertainment, and other popular apps among smartphone users.

As per the test, iPhone XS finished the test with almost a minute to spare against the Pixel 3 XL. This was expected since the phone’s real limitation comes down to its hardware deficiency. 4GB of RAM works wonders on the iOS but it’s a bottleneck for Android 9 Pie which could explain the apps struggling to stay open in the background and why Pixel 3 lost nearly a minute due to opening each app again.

While this might not accurately describe real world performance, this test can be used to understand where the devices stand when compared to each other.

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