Apple iPhone XS Max and the Google Pixel 3 XL are the smartphones are to buy if you are in the market for a new flagship device right now. However, choosing between the two could be really painful and decisive at the same time. Both the device have flagship design, latest processors and premium price tag. While Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL seem to have a superior camera when compared to newer iPhone models, Google’s flagship does not really live up in the performance segment.
Apple’s newest iPhones are always known to top the benchmarks but it is only a partial indicator of performance and does not always relate to real-world performance. As it has become a tradition now, YouTuber PhoneBuff has posted a speed test video comparing the performance of new Pixel to that of Apple’s latest iPhone.
As one can see from the video, the Pixel 3 XL was able to almost match the pace of the iPhone XS Max in the first stage, which involves opening multiple apps but it did fell behind Apple’s offering after few apps. The Pixel 3 XL was some 16 seconds short of iPhone XS Max in this text of opening multiple apps.
The biggest weakness of Pixel 3 XL becomes evident when the process of caching the apps running in the background begins in the second stage. In this stage, the iPhone XS Max does manage to keep every app open in the background but the worst part is that Pixel 3 XL does not keep the bigger apps like Bullet Force open in the background or apps that are meant to be cached.
This speed test video is a good indicator of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL’s much-explored memory management issue. Both the Pixel 3 XL and the iPhone XS Max have 4GB of RAM but iOS seems to be much better at handling data on these devices. Android, being open source, needs much more resources to handle multiple tasks, and it is apparent in the case of this speed test video.
Watch: Google Pixel 3 XL vs. iPhone XS Max Speed Test
Google is reportedly working on an updated version of Android 9 Pie that is expected to address some of the issues seen on the flagship smartphone. It is not immediately clear when the update will be rolled out but these tests just show how Apple has done work as far as integrating hardware and software is concerned.