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Pixel 5 vs. iPhone 11: Which sub-$700 phone is better?

Obtainable for pre-order now and transport out to retailers on Nov. 19, Google’s Pixel 5 introduces many options which can be new to the corporate’s cellphone model, together with 5G connectivity, an ultrawide-angle digicam and a a lot bigger, longer-lasting battery. The cellphone prices $699 (£599, AU$999), and it launched alongside the mid-tier Pixel 4A 5G, which prices $499 (£499, AU$799).

Whereas the cellphone has notable updates in comparison with its predecessor, the Pixel 4, Google anticipates lower-than-usual sales because of the coronavirus pandemic and is planning to provide solely 800,000 models this 12 months. It additionally faces stiff competitors from some of the fashionable phone-makers, Apple, and its iPhone 11. Although it has been obtainable since final September and Apple already launched its sequel, the iPhone 12, the iPhone 11 is now cheaper. It begins at $599 (or £599 within the UK and AU$999 in Australia) off contract, and is supplied with a quick processor and glorious cameras. It doesn’t, nevertheless, have 5G.

To see how these phones stack up, we took a better look and in contrast them based mostly on design, digicam specs, {hardware}, software program and different options. And for more information, try PJDM’s different comparability, Pixel 5 vs. Pixel 4A 5G: The main differences between Google’s 5G phones.

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The Pixel 5 has an excellent digicam, a long-lasting battery and is the apparent decide for anybody who desires to connect with a 5G community. It additionally begins with extra inside storage (128GB) and its 90Hz show will hold the interface wanting silky {smooth}.

Read more about the Pixel 5’s new camera features.

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Should you’re within the Apple and iOS ecosystem, the iPhone 11 is the extra becoming candidate. You may additionally get an impressive digicam, particularly in terms of video recording, and a strong A13 Bionic processor that outperformed the Pixel 5 in benchmark checks. And now that the iPhone 12 is out, it is $100 cheaper than when it first launched.

Read our Apple iPhone 11 review.

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Design: Pixel 5’s pure aesthetics vs. iPhone 11’s shiny seems

When Google designed the Pixel 5, it got down to give the cellphone a pure really feel, harking back to a pebble. And with the cellphone’s matte texture, aluminum and glass encasing and gentle, 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 respect the iPhone 11’s 4 different colours (yellow, purple, crimson and white) along with black and inexperienced.

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The iPhone 11 with iOS 14 widgets.


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On the again of the Pixel 5 is the fingerprint reader for unlocking the cellphone and digital funds. The iPhone 11 makes use of facial recognition sensors within the front-facing digicam for consumer 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 and so they’re rated IP68 for water resistance. 

On paper, the Pixel 5’s display is sharper than the iPhone 11’s by way of having a better decision and pixel density. The Pixel 5 additionally has an OLED display whereas the iPhone 11 has an LCD. OLED shows are usually extra vibrant, with richer distinction and inkier blacks. However you may solely discover these variations in case you have each gadgets side-by-side and by itself, you may seemingly don’t have any issues with the iPhone 11’s display. What is a little more apparent, nevertheless, is the Pixel 5’s 90Hz show. Most telephones, just like the iPhone 11, refresh at 60 frames per second. However having a 90Hz show on the Pixel implies that scrolling via webpages and textual content feels a lot springier, smoother and extra responsive.

Digital camera: Pixel 5 and iPhone 11 each have twin rear cameras

Tweaking a photograph utilizing the Pixel’s Portrait gentle instrument.


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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 normal and a wide-angle digicam. The iPhone 11 has extensive and ultrawide cameras, with the ultrawide digicam having a barely wider area 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 pictures in Night time Mode and you’ll modify the lighting in your portraits too. Whereas iPhones do have totally different lighting choices for portraits, the characteristic within the Pixel works extra like an enhancing instrument relatively than a broad filter impact.

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 will possibly seize 4K video and it could actually file slo-mo video (often called “slofies“) at 120fps. The very best video decision on the Pixel 5’s front-facing shooter, then again, is 1080p with no slo-mo choices.

Take a look at just a few totally different pictures under from the Pixel 4A 5G (which has the identical digicam because the Pixel 5) and the iPhone 11.

Night time Sight on the Pixel 4A 5G.


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Night time Mode on the iPhone 11.


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The wide-angle lens on the Pixel 4A 5G.


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A large-angle shot from the iPhone 11.


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A closeup picture of a succulent on the Pixel 4A 5G.


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A closeup image of some fruit with the iPhone 11.


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Pixel 5’s lengthy battery life vs. iPhone 11’s super-fast processor

The Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G are Google’s first 5G telephones and are in a position to connect with the next-gen community, which guarantees to be a lot quicker than 4G. The iPhone 11 does not have 5G, however the iPhone 12 does.

The Pixel 5 is supplied 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 is not as quick because the Pixel 4‘s Snapdragon 855. However Google stated it went with the 765G to maintain prices down. We did not discover any pace points or lag throughout our time with the Pixel 5, however on benchmark checks, it did get decrease scores on 3DMark and Geekbench 5 than the iPhone 11 did again after we examined it final 12 months.

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The Pixel 5 has 128GB of inside reminiscence and 8GB of RAM. The iPhone 11 has three reminiscence tiers, and if you would like 128GB you may should pay extra at $649 (£649, AU$1,079). Within the US although, the iPhone 11 at 128GB continues to be cheaper than the Pixel 5, because of Apple reducing the value. Apple additionally does 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.


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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 totally free 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 numerous content material in “unique” high quality, which has a better decision, Google’s One cloud service offers you the primary 15GB totally free. If you’d like extra, it’s going to 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 cellphone thus far. Apple does not listing battery specs, however unofficial third-party teardowns present the iPhone 11 has a 3,110-mAh battery. Preliminary battery checks on the Pixel 5 for steady video playback on Airplane mode clocked in 21 hours, 17 minutes. This is a superb time, and longer than the iPhone 11, which lasted 15 hours, 24 minutes. With streaming video it clocked in 13 hours, 52 minutes. We’ve not examined streaming video on the Pixel 5 but, 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 cellphone can cost equipment, just like the Pixel Buds 2, with none cables or plugs.

Software program: Android 11 vs. iOS 14

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As all the time, when evaluating telephones from Apple and Google you may should 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 change between apps.

The Pixel 5 will run Android 11 out of the box. The most recent cellular OS has helpful options like Fast Management, chat bubbles, a local display recorder and extra. Hold For Me will even be previewed on the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G: If you’re placed on maintain, you’ll be able to have Google Assistant do the ready for you. This frees you from consistently needing to be close to your cellphone 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 property 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 cellphone numbers. That is helpful if you wish to hold your private and work cellphone quantity on the identical machine.

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 quicker 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 right away profit, consider Wi-Fi 6 as readying your cellphone for the long run. 

The iPhone 11 has a chip only for “spatial consciousness.” Known 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 imagine the U1 chip is laying the groundwork for a long-rumored Apple tile tracker.

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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
Digital camera 12.2-megapixel (commonplace), 16-megapixel (ultra-wide) 12-megapixel (extensive), 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; water-proof (IP68); 90Hz refresh fee 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 $599 (64GB), $649 (128GB), $749 (256GB)
Value (GBP) £599 £599 (64GB), £649 (128GB), £749 (256GB)
Value (AUD) AU$999 AU$999 (64GB), AU$1,079 (128GB), AU$1,249 (256GB)

*costs as of Oct. 14.

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