The Pixel 3 XL is powered by the Snapdragon 845 CPU, has 4GB of RAM, a 2960 x 1440 display resolution and runs Android 9.0. The iPhone XS Max has Apple’s A12 Bionic chip, 4GB of RAM and a 2688 x 1242 display resolution and was running iOS 12.0.1.
In previous speed tests, PhoneBuff founder David Rahimi would use his fingers to tap in his application speed test, but his latest tests use a programmed robotic arm. The test runs both phones through a list of applications, then revisits them to test multitasking capabilities.
The iPhone XS Max and iOS 12 ended up beating the Google Pixel 3 XL. Apple’s latest flagship smartphone finished the apps test in 2 minutes and 30 seconds versus 3 minutes and 35 seconds for the Pixel 3 XL. Rahimi says the Pixel 3 XL failed to keep every single app open, unlike the iPhone XS Max.
PhoneBuff says they ran the tests multiple times on each phone and the results were “consistent”.
Check out the video below:
EverythingApplePro ran similar speed tests and also concluded the Pixel 3 XL struggled against the iPhone XS Max, failing to keep apps open:
Now, rarely do people ever open apps in consecutive sequences so quickly like these video tests in real life, but the tests do show how much better the iPhone is when it comes to multitasking thanks to iOS 12, compared to Google’s latest flagship. However, in our quick usage of the Pixel 3 XL, it’s still a fast phone with a very crisp display.