Following weeks of leaks, Google has finally launched its flagship Pixel 4 smartphone. The new model comes as a significant upgrade to the Pixel 3 with a new design, face unlock feature, a high refresh rate screen, faster Google Assistant, radar-assisted touchless gestures, and a dual-camera system.
But how does the new Pixel compare with Apple's iPhone 11?
Let's find out.
Pixel 4 v/s iPhone 11: At a glance
The Google Pixel 4 offers a notch-less edge-to-edge screen with slim bezels on three sides and a rather chunky top-bezel design. In comparison, the iPhone 11 offers the same notched screen design we saw on the iPhone Xr.
Further, both handsets offer an aluminum-glass sandwiched body, IP68-rated dust and water resistance, and square-shaped camera arrangements.
Winner: Notch or no notch? You decide.
All about the screen
The Pixel 4 features a 5.7-inch OLED display with a full-HD+ resolution (444ppi), HDR support and Ambient EQ which adjusts screen color depending on ambient light. The display also supports a 60-90Hz dynamic refresh rate.
The iPhone 11 sports a 6.1‑inch LCD display with an HD+ (828x1792 pixels) resolution at 326ppi density. It also supports wide color display and Haptic Touch.
Winner: Pixel 4.
For the shutterbugs and selfie lovers
The Pixel 4 packs a dual-lens rear camera with a 12.2MP (f/1.7) main sensor and a 16MP (f/2.4) telephoto lens. On the front, there's a single 8MP selfie snapper.
The iPhone 11 also offers a similar setup but with a 12MP (f/1.8) standard sensor and 12MP (f/2.4) 120-degree ultra-wide-angle sensor. Up front, it has a 12MP camera.
Winner: Your call (wide-angle or telephoto?).
Under the hood
The iPhone 11 is powered by an A13 Bionic chipset, paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB/128GB/256GB of storage. In comparison, the Pixel 4 is backed by a Snapdragon 855 processor, coupled with 6GB RAM and 64GB/128GB of storage.
Further, both phones pack stereo speakers, offer the latest connectivity options, and run the newest versions of their respective software (Android 10, iOS 13).
But Pixel 4 has a couple of advantages
Apart from all the standard on-board sensors, the Pixel 4 has Active Edge sensors for quickly launching Google Assistant by squeezing the sides of the phone. It also debuts a radar-based Motion Sense feature which offers touchless gestures for controlling music, calls, alarms and more.
The flagship phone also comes with a faster on-device Google Assistant and an offline recorder-cum-transcriber for converting speech-to-text.
Battery to Biometrics
The Pixel 4 packs a 2,800mAh battery while the iPhone 11 houses a slightly bigger 3,110mAh battery. Further, both phones support 18W fast-charging and Qi-based wireless charging. However, unlike the Pixel, the iPhone doesn't come with a compatible fast charger.
For secure unlocking and payments, both phones support IR-based Face Unlock. However, it is a tad faster on Pixel 4.
Winner: Pixel 4.
Pricing: The key factor
Google's Pixel 4 comes at a starting price of $799 whereas the iPhone 11 starts at $699. However, if you're in India, you won't be able to buy the Pixel flagship since it won't launch in the country due to radar spectrum licensing issues.
How things stack up?
The iPhone 11 is a great option for anyone who wants to get into the world of iOS. However, being a low-cost model, the phone does lack in terms of display and charging capabilities when compared to other flagships.
In contrast, Pixel 4 is a faster, smoother, and practical Android flagship but its lack of availability in select regions is a bummer.