Google has finally launched a new top-tier flagship phone. We are talking about the Pixel 6 Pro, a device that has nothing to envy in regards to the most expensive phones in the market, including the iPhone 13 Pro Max. But does it offers something more interesting if compared to the latest Apple flagship? Does it have the features making it a better phone? It is not easy for anyone to answer these questions, but a comparison between the specifications of the Google Pixel 6 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max is the best way to understand the differences, the pro, and the cons of each handset right after the launch of the new Google’s best phone.
Google Pixel 6 Pro vs Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
|Google Pixel 6 Pro||Apple iPhone 13 Max|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||163.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm,
|160.8 x 78.1 x 7.7 mm,
|DISPLAY||6.71 inches, 1440 x 3120 pixels (Quad HD+), AMOLED||6.7 inches, 1284 x 2778p (Full HD+), Super Retina XDR OLED|
|PROCESSOR||Google Tensor, octa-core 2.8 GHz||Apple A15 Bionic hexa-core 3.22 GHz|
|MEMORY||12 GB RAM, 128 GB – 12 GB RAM, 256 GB – 12 GB RAM, 512 GB||6 GB RAM, 512 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 6 GB RAM, 256 GB – 6 GB RAM, 1 TB|
|SOFTWARE||Android 12||iOS 15|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5, GPS|
|CAMERA||Triple 50 + 48 + 12 MP, f/1.9 + f/3.5 + f/2.2
11.1 MP f/2.2 front camera
|Quad 12 + 12 + 12 MP + TOF 3D LiDAR scanner, f/1.5 + f/2.8 + f/1.8
Dual 12 MP + SL 3D f/2.2
|BATTERY||5003 mAh, fast charging 30W and Qi fast wireless charging 23W||4373 mAh, Fast Charging 20W, Qi wireless charging 7.5W|
Apple always sets the design trends and the iPhone 13 Pro Max has the trending design, but Google decided not to follow it and release a phone with a unique design. You just need to look at its aesthetics and its color options to understand it. The Google Pixel 6 Pro is definitely one of the most original phones of the year, but the iPhone 13 Pro Max offers a better build quality with its frame made of stainless steel and water resistance up to 6 meters deep. On the other hand, the Google Pixel 6 Pro’s front panel is more attractive due to the presence of a punch-hole design, a 3D curved glass, and a very high screen to body ratio.
The Google Pixel 6 Pro has an LTPO display enabling an adaptive refresh rate from 1 to 120 Hz and this is a big added value. But the iPhone 13 Pro Max with its Super Retina XDR OLED display provides a better image quality. The display has the HDR10 certification (just like the Pixel 6 Pro) and Dolby Vision support, as well as a 1000 nit typical brightness. It is also the first iPhone with a 120 Hz refresh rate alongside the iPhone 13 Pro. Coming to the authentication, the Google Pixel 6 Pro has an in-display fingerprint reader, while iPhone 13 Pro Max relies on 3D facial recognition thanks to the SL 3D sensor placed in the notch.
Specs & Software
Both the phones are equipped with flagship-class hardware components. The Google Pixel 6 Pro is fueled by the new Google Tensor chipset (the first SoC made by Google) paired with a whopping 12 GB of RAM and up to 512 GB of internal storage. The iPhone 13 Pro Max is powered by the Apple A15 Bionic chipset paired with 6 GB of RAM and up to 1 TB of native storage. The iPhone 13 Pro Max can provide better performance not only thanks to its great hardware department but also because it runs iOS 15 (it has a better optimization than Android 12. Apple will support the iPhone 13 Pro Max for seven years, while the software support for the Google Pixel 6 Pro will stop after five years.
The camera hardware of the Google Pixel 6 Pro is superior if compared to the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The handset has a 50 MP main camera with omnidirectional autofocus and OIS, a 48 MP telephoto sensor with 4x optical zoom, and a 12 MP ultrawide camera. But Apple always proved that its software enhances its cameras much more than any Android phone is able to do. This is the reason why you will have to wait for the in-depth camera tests of the Google Pixel 6 Pro in order to compare the two handsets.
The Google Pixel 6 Pro has a bigger 5003 mAh, but not bigger enough to provide a longer battery life than the 4352 mAh unit found on the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Both the phones support fast wired charging and wireless charging, but the iPhone 13 Pro Max adds MagSafe which allows the connection of special external accessories.
The starting price of the Google Pixel 6 Pro is $899/€899, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max carries a starting price of about $1100/€1200. While the Google Pixel 6 Pro comes with more interesting hardware, the iPhone 13 Pro Max has a better build quality and software which will fill the gaps between the two handsets. Do you think Google will be able to compete with Apple in the smartphone market?
Google Pixel 6 Pro vs Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max: PRO and CONS
Google Pixel 6 Pro
- Original design
- Amazing telephoto camera
- LTPO display
- More affordable
- Nothing particular
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
- Great performance
- Awesome build quality
- Better water resistance