Pixel 5 vs. iPhone 11: Comparing Google and Apple’s $699 phones

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Google launched the Pixel 5 at a virtual event final month. It brings new options to the corporate’s telephone model, together with 5G connectivity, an ultrawide-angle digicam, Android 11 and a a lot bigger battery. The telephone prices $699 (£599, AU$999) and can be accessible within the US from retailers on Oct. 29.

Whereas the telephone has notable updates in comparison with its predecessor, the Pixel 4, Google anticipates lower-than-usual sales as a result of coronavirus pandemic and is planning to supply solely 800,000 items this 12 months. It additionally faces stiff competitors from one of the vital fashionable phone-makers, Apple, and its iPhone 11. Although it has been accessible since final September and its sequel, the iPhone 12, is expected to be unveiled mid-October, the iPhone 11 remains to be glorious. It prices $699 too (although £729 within the UK and AU$1,199 in Australia), and is provided with a quick processor and glorious cameras. It doesn’t, nevertheless, have 5G.

To see how these phones stack up, we took a more in-depth look and in contrast them based mostly on design, digicam specs, {hardware}, software program and different options. We’ll replace the piece as soon as we get our palms on the Pixel 5, however within the meantime, take a look at PJDM’s different comparability, Pixel 5 vs. Pixel 4A 5G: The main differences between Google’s 5G phones.


Whereas its digicam and processor prowess stay to be seen, the Pixel 5 is the apparent decide for anybody who desires to connect with a 5G community. It additionally has extra inside storage (128GB) on the similar worth and its 90Hz show will maintain the interface trying silky {smooth}.

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If you happen to’re within the Apple and iOS ecosystem, the iPhone 11 is the extra becoming candidate. You may additionally get an impressive digicam, particularly on the subject of video recording, and a strong A13 Bionic processor that has persistently outperformed telephones that share the Pixel 5’s  Snapdragon 765G chipset. Understand that its iPhone 12 successor is launching Oct. 13 too, so the iPhone 11’s worth might quickly drop decrease than the Pixel 5.

Read our Apple iPhone 11 review.

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Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G spec comparability


Design: Pixel 5’s pure aesthetics vs. iPhone 11’s shiny appears to be like

When Google designed the Pixel 5, it got down to give the telephone a pure really feel, harking back to a pebble. And with the telephone’s matte texture, aluminum and glass encasing and comfortable, rounded corners, the Pixel 5 in inexperienced touts a minimalist, earthy look. It is a direct distinction to the iPhone 11’s high-gloss, pop-art pastel inexperienced design. Neither aesthetic is especially higher than the opposite, however those that need extra choices will recognize the iPhone 11’s 4 different colours (yellow, purple, pink and white) along with black and inexperienced.

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On the again of the Pixel 5 is the fingerprint reader for unlocking the telephone and digital funds. The iPhone 11 makes use of facial recognition sensors within the front-facing digicam for person authorization.

Each telephones have a 6-inch show (if you wish to be precise, the iPhone 11 has a 6.1-inch show), they do not have headphone jacks they usually’re rated IP68 for water resistance. 

Not less than on paper, nevertheless, the Pixel 5’s display seems to be higher than the iPhone 11’s. It has the next decision and pixel density, which implies it is sharper. As a result of it has an OLED display and never LCD just like the iPhone 11, colours are anticipated to be extra vibrant, with richer distinction and inkier blacks. Lastly, the display has the next refresh price. Whereas the iPhone 11 refreshes at 60 frames per second, the Pixel 5 has a 90Hz show, like its predecessor. Scrolling by webpages and textual content on a 90Hz show is far springier, smoother and extra responsive.

Digicam: Pixel 5 and iPhone 11 each have twin rear cameras

Each the Pixel 5 and the iPhone 11 have two rear cameras, optical picture stabilization and particular modes for low-light environments. The Pixel 5 has a typical and a wide-angle digicam. The iPhone 11 has vast and ultrawide cameras, with the ultrawide digicam having a barely wider discipline of view than the Pixel 5 (120 levels in comparison with 107). 

Google added two new options to the Pixel 5’s digicam. Now you can allow dramatic, blurred portrait photographs in Evening Mode and you may regulate the lighting in your portraits too — one thing iPhones have been in a position to do for whereas. 

As for video, the Pixel 5 and iPhone 11 can file 4K video and super-smooth 1080p video at 240 frames per second. However the iPhone 11’s front-facing digicam has extra capabilities. It could actually seize 4K video and it may well file slo-mo video (often called “slofies“) at 120fps. The best video decision on the Pixel 5’s front-facing shooter, then again, is 1080p with no slo-mo choices.

We’ll be doing tons of photograph comparisons with the Pixel 5 within the coming weeks so keep tuned for comparability images and video shootouts.

Pixel 5 and iPhone 11 battery, processor, reminiscence and 5G

The Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G are Google’s first 5G telephones and are in a position to connect with next-gen networks, which promise to be a lot sooner than 4G. The iPhone 11 would not have 5G, however its iPhone 12 successor is closely rumored to have it.

The Pixel 5 is provided with the Snapdragon 765G chipset from Qualcomm, whereas the iPhone 11 options Apple’s A13 Bionic processor. Google’s selection of the 765G chipset is an attention-grabbing one, as it isn’t as quick because the Pixel 4‘s Snapdragon 855. However Google stated it went with the 765G to maintain prices down. The processor works tremendous to energy lots of the telephones we have reviewed earlier than, just like the Motorola Razr (2020), LG Velvet and the UK-only OnePlus Nord. However whereas we have not run the Pixel 5 by the ringer but, it is probably that the iPhone 11 will outperform it in benchmark assessments. That is as a result of it persistently will get larger marks on 3DMark and Geekbench 5 in comparison with telephones with the 765G chipset.

The Pixel 5 has 128GB of inside reminiscence and 8GB of RAM. The iPhone 11 has three reminiscence tiers, however if you would like 128GB, that prices extra at $749 (£779, AU$1,279). Apple additionally would not disclose the quantity of RAM its iPhones have, however regulatory filings report that the iPhone 11 has 4GB of RAM.

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The Pixel 5 can wirelessly cost different equipment.


Neither telephones have exterior storage choices, however Google and Apple encourage customers to add and backup their images and movies on their respective cloud companies. Apple’s iCloud offers you 5GB free of charge and it prices $10 a month for 2TB. Google Photographs customers have limitless storage for images and video at “excessive” high quality. However if you wish to add plenty of content material in “unique” high quality, which has the next decision, Google’s One cloud service offers you the primary 15GB free of charge. If you need extra, it would additionally price you $10 a month for 2TB.

Lastly, the Pixel 5 has a 4,000-mAh battery, the very best capability on any Pixel telephone thus far. Apple would not listing battery specs, however unofficial third-party teardowns present the iPhone 11 has a 3,110-mAh battery. Since we have not examined the Pixel 5, we will not examine battery runtimes but. However simply because the iPhone 11 has a smaller battery on paper, it doesn’t suggest it may well’t nonetheless edge out the Pixel 5 in testing. Throughout our lab assessments for steady video playback on Airplane mode, the iPhone lasted 15 hours, 24 minutes. When streaming video it clocked in 13 hours, 52 minutes. These are the instances the Pixel 5 must beat, so keep tuned after we get these numbers. 

Just like the Galaxy S20 telephones, the Pixel 5 additionally has reverse wi-fi charging. Meaning the telephone can cost equipment, just like the Pixel Buds 2, with none cables or plugs.

Software program: Android 11 vs. iOS 14

Maintain will prevent time from listening to carry music.


As all the time, when evaluating telephones from Apple and Google you will must determine which OS works higher for you: iOS or Android. Each telephones have darkish modes and digital search assistants (Siri and Google Assistant). And since the telephones haven’t got bodily dwelling buttons, their interfaces depend on swiping gestures as a substitute to modify between apps.

The Pixel 5 will run Android 11 out of the box. The newest cell OS has helpful options like Fast Management, chat bubbles, a local display recorder and extra. Hold For Me may also debut on the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G: While you’re placed on maintain, you may have Google Assistant do the ready for you. This frees you from consistently needing to be close to your telephone or listening to crummy maintain music. You may be alerted when the opposite line returns.

The iPhone 11 has the latest iOS 14 software from Apple. It features a extra organized App Library, widgets to customise your private home display, picture-in-picture and a local translation app. 

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Each telephones have dual-SIM. Along with your common nano-SIM, each telephones use e-SIM know-how that helps a number of telephone numbers. That is helpful if you wish to maintain your private and work telephone quantity on the identical gadget.

The iPhone 11 has Wi-Fi 6. Gadgets with Wi-Fi 6 communicate that very same Wi-Fi language to speak to one another, and in comparison with Wi-Fi 5, it is sooner and extra battery environment friendly. However Wi-Fi 6 was solely certified in September 2019 and Wi-Fi 6 routers stay costly. As an alternative of relating to it as a direct profit, consider Wi-Fi 6 as readying your telephone for the longer term. 

The iPhone 11 has a chip only for “spatial consciousness.” Referred to as U1, this new chip helps iPhones discover different iPhones extra exactly once they’re in shut proximity. Apple says this improves AirDrop, however many consider the U1 chip is laying the groundwork for a long-rumored Apple tile tracker.


The iPhone 11.

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Pixel 5 and iPhone 11 specs

Google Pixel 5 iPhone 11
Show measurement, decision 6-inch FHD+ OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels 6.1-inch LCD; 1,792×828 pixels
Pixel density 432ppi 326ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 5.7 x 2.Eight x 0.Three in 5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 144.7 x 70.Four x 8.Zero mm 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.Three mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 5.33 oz; 151g 6.84 oz; 194g
Cell software program Android 11 iOS 13
Digicam 12.2-megapixel (normal), 16-megapixel (ultra-wide) 12-megapixel (vast), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide)
Entrance-facing digicam 8-megapixel 12-megapixel
Video seize 4K 4K
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Apple A13 Bionic
Storage 128GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
RAM 8GB Not disclosed
Expandable storage No No
Battery 4,000 mAh Not disclosed
Fingerprint sensor Rear None (Face ID)
Connector USB-C Lightning
Headphone jack No No
Particular options 5G enabled; waterproof (IP68); 90Hz refresh price show; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); reverse wi-fi charging; quick charging Water-proof (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wi-fi charging
Value off-contract (USD) $699 $699 (64GB), $749 (128GB), $849 (256GB)
Value (GBP) £599 £729 (64GB), £779 (128GB), £879 (256GB)
Value (AUD) AU$999 AU$1,199 (64GB), AU$1,279 (128GB), AU$1,449 (256GB)

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