With the new iPhone 11 Pro finally here and the Google Pixel 4 right around the corner, smartphone buyers are likely considering all of their options. Especially those who want a great camera in their phone.
Now that Apple’s new iPhone 11 has Pro in the name and three rear cameras, you’re probably expecting something pretty great. And, from what we’ve seen so far, it’ll deliver exactly that.
However, Google’s Pixel 4 won’t be a slouch in the photography area either. Both have plenty to love, and here’s how the two compare.
This comparison will go over the screen sizes, specs, cameras, release date and price for those on the fence. Basically, this is our Google Pixel 4 vs iPhone 11 Pro for potential buyers.
On September 10th Apple announced three new iPhone models, all of which have awesome camera capabilities, fast performance, beautiful screens and powerful internals. They’re also really expensive. Then, we’re expecting a similar announcement with at least two new Google Pixel 4 phones on October 15th that will give Samsung and Apple and run for their money.
Buyers have several great smartphones to choose from right now, like the iPhone Xr, OnePlus 7 Pro and Galaxy S10. However, Google’s upcoming Pixel 4 XL and Apple’s new iPhone 11 Pro are two of the best phones this year, or they will be.
It’s a tough choice, we know. So, without further delay here are all the details. That way you can decide whether or not you’ll buy the iPhone 11 Pro right now or in the near future, or wait for the Pixel 4 XL in October.
iPhone 11 Pro vs Pixel 4: Design
|Honestly, these two phones look so familiar it’s crazy. Both phones pack huge screens, glass on the front and the back, the Apple or Google logo in the back middle, frosted glass, and huge windows on the back covered with massive camera lenses.
There really isn’t much we need to say about the design if we’re being honest. Aside from maybe the fact that Apple’s phones are made from an entire piece of “surgical grade” stainless steel, and Google’s will likely be aluminum. Other than that, not much is different.
Both phones have squares packed with cameras on the back near the top left, a logo, and not much else. Then, around the front, you’ll enjoy a nearly edge-to-edge experience. Perhaps the only difference visually that matters is the notch, vs no notch on Google’s phone, but more on the display is in our next slide.
iPhone 11 Pro vs Google Pixel 4: Display
|The most important aspect of any smartphone decision is usually the size of the screen and how much the phone costs. And while a lot of people considering the Pixel 4 or the iPhone 11 Pro would likely never jump ship to a different mobile platform, some will. Which is why we’re talking about how the two compare. Most notably, in the screen and camera department.
Apple’s new iPhone 11 comes in three sizes, and three models. The regular iPhone 11 replaces the budget-friendly Xr and is their most affordable new phone. Then, there’s the high-end iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. And yes, the iPhone 11 has a bigger screen than the iPhone 11 Pro. Confused yet? Let us break it down.
- iPhone 11: 6.1-inch 720p HD LCD Display
- iPhone 11 Pro: 5.8-inch 2436 x 1125 OLED Display
- iPhone 11 Pro Max: 6.5-inch 2688 x 1242 OLED Display
Basically, the Pro models have high-end OLED screens and triple rear cameras, while the regular iPhone 11 is Apple’s budget phone for 2019. Here’s what we’re expecting from Google.
- Pixel 4: 5.7-inch 1080p 90Hz Smooth Display
- Pixel 4 XL: 6.3-inch Quad-HD 90 Hz Smooth Display
As you can see, both of Google’s devices will likely be a little smaller, have higher resolution screens, and have a 90 Hz refresh rate — a poplar new trend with high-end smartphone displays.
That’s something you can’t get from Apple nor Samsung, at least not yet.
The other BIG difference here is the notch. Apple is still using the same notch at the top of their otherwise bezel-free screen for facial unlock technology and various other sensors.
Google, on the other hand, didn’t want to offer a notch (mainly because everyone hated the huge one they delivered in 2018) so instead, they’re going back to a more traditional design for 2019. The phone will have an edge-to-edge bezel-free design like Apple’s, everywhere but the top. On top, they’ll simply have a small forehead and bezel like devices a few years ago, which will house similar face unlock sensors.
All you need to know is Google’s screens will likely be a little better, faster, more smooth, yet
iPhone 11 Pro vs Pixel 4: Specifications
|Honestly, comparing specs between these two phones is like comparing Apple’s to oranges. But for whatever reason people still like seeing the hard numbers, so here they are.
iPhone 11 Pro Specs
- 5.8 and 6.5-inch OLED Displays
- Apple A13 Bionic processor with Unknown RAM amount
- 64GB, 256GB and 512GB of storage, no microSD
- New Triple 12MP + 12MP+12MP Rear Camera setup (f/1.8 main camera, f/2.4 ultra-wide lens, and f/2.0 telephoto lens
- 12MP f/2.2 front-facing selfie camera
- iOS 13
- Improved FaceID Unlock (wider view for unlocking)
- Unknown Battery Size with fast-charging
- Improved IP68 Dust and Water resistance (Not IP67)
- BT 5.0, NFC, Wifi 6, alert slider, NO 3.5mm headphone jack, more
Pixel 4 XL Specs (Rumored)
- 5.7 and 6.3-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED Smooth Display (90 Hz)
- Snapdragon 855 Processor with 6GB of RAM (Or 855+)
- 128 or 256 GB of storage, no microSD slot (leak claims 64/128 only)
- Improved Dual Rear AI Cameras: Main 12.3 Megapixel f/1.7 sensor & 16MP Telephoto zoom f/2.4 or ultra-wide-angle lens, and a Spectral Sensor
- Dual 8MP f/2.0 front-facing selfie cameras (plus three more cameras for other features) 5 total
- Android 10 out of the box
- Face Unlock Tech (maybe no fingerprint sensor tech)
- 2,800 mAh and 3,700 mAh Battery with Fast and Wireless Charging (maybe reverse wireless, too)
- IP68 Dust & Water Resistant
- USB Type-C, Google Assistant, Face Unlock technology, no 3.5mm headphone jack
- Dual Sim and 5G Technology
This is what we know or think so far, but some of this will change as we learn more. Apple doesn’t reveal everything about its phones, but we know everything above is accurate.
Then, over the coming days and weeks, we’ll learn more about Google’s new devices. Either way, these are two very similar phones with similar designs, capable cameras, the latest software and plenty to offer. Which side are you on?
iPhone 11 Pro vs Pixel 4: Camera(s)
|Next, we want to briefly mention the cameras on these two devices. Obviously, we won’t get into which is better, as we don’t know the answer to that. What we do know, is Google’s single camera on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 still compares with or outright beats the Galaxy S9, S10, iPhone Xs Max and others with two or even three cameras. Google’s software is very good. Apple’s is too, though, and it just got better.
iPhone 11 – Three rear cameras:
- Main 12MP f/1.8
- Ultra-wide 12MP f/2.4
- Telephoto 12MP f/2.0
Apple announced powerful new camera controls, a new app, night mode (finally) and several other improvements that make this far and long the best iPhone camera ever created. Which, it should be, being their latest and greatest phone. We really like the 4x optical zoom on that telephoto lens, giving photographers more options than ever.
Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL – Dual rear cameras:
- Main 12.3MP f/1.7 sensor
- 16MP Ultra-wide f/2.4 lens
- Or a Telephoto lens instead
As you can see both phones offer an excellent main camera that’s fast and capable, then a secondary photo to help users capture more of a story, moment, or memory. They’re just going about it differently.
A few recent leaks suggest Google’s using more and more software, machine learning, and computational photography to make its cameras great. We’re seeing signs of an improved night mode, a motion-mode, astrophotography controls, and a few other neat tricks.
We have a feeling these two phones will go toe-to-toe in terms of who has the best camera, and it’ll all come down to personal needs or preferences. Honestly, I think Google will have a better camera, but we’ll have to wait and see. Either way, they’ll both be great.
iPhone 11 Pro vs Pixel 4: Release Date & Price
|Last but not least, we want to talk about what everyone else is likely wondering. When can I get the iPhone 11 Pro, or when can I buy the Pixel 4, and much much will it cost?
Welp, they’re all expensive.
The iPhone 11 Pro will be available and shipping starting September 20th.
- iPhone 11 Pro – $999 (5.8inch)
- iPhone 11 Pro Max – $1099 (6.5inch)
Those are the starting prices for Apple’s new phones, and they go up in price as you add more storage.
Google’s Pixel 4 will likely get announced on October 15th, with an October 29th or early November release date. So over a month later than Apple’s new devices. We don’t have pricing, but we’ll take a guess.
- Pixel 4 – $899 or $949 (5.7inch)
- Pixel 4 XL – $999 or $1049 (6.3inch)
Again, those prices are nothing but a guess, but we’ll know more soon enough. For now, you have a few weeks to decide which one you want or if the Pixel 4 is even worth waiting for. Good luck with your decision.