Tuesday, 18 Jun 2019

Google Pixel 3 XL vs Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone XS Max: Which $1000 phone is worth it?


The four-figure handsets just keep coming. While the Pixel 3 technically starts at $799, if you want the larger Pixel 3 XL with 128GB of storage, it’s going to set you back $999, $50 more than last year’s Pixel 2 XL with the same storage. That makes the Pixel the third phone so far to top a thousand bucks, following last year’s iPhone X and the Galaxy Note 9. And there will surely be more to come. But for now, let’s see how the three most expensive phones on the planet stack up.

iPhone XS Max vs Galaxy Note 9 vs Pixel 3 XL: Dimensions

iphone xs max videoDan Masaoka/IDG

The Pixel 3 XL has a bigger screen than the Pixel 2 XL, but with a new design that trims the bezels, it’s practically identical in size to the model it succeeds:

iPhone XS Max: 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7mm
Galaxy Note 9: 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm
Pixel 3 XL: 158 x 76.7 x 7.9mm

Even with less screen than the iPhone XS Max, the Pixel 3 XL is a touch taller due to a pretty large chin. It’s also a hair thicker than the iPhone XS Max but for the most part, the two phones are very similar, with the iPhone getting the edge due to its edge-to-edge design. The Note 8 is the biggest and thickest of the lot due to its extra-tall screen and S Pen.

iPhone XS Max vs Galaxy Note 9 vs Pixel 3 XL: Display

pixel 3xl frontAdam Patrick Murray/IDG

The iPhone XS Max has the biggest screen of the lot at 6.5 inches, but the Pixel 3 claims the highest resolution with an eye-popping 523 pixel per inch:

iPhone XS Max: 6.5-inch OLED, 1242 x 2688, 458 ppi
Galaxy Note 9: 6.4-inch OLED, 1440 x 2960, 516ppi
Pixel 3 XL: 6.3-inch OLED, 1440 x 2960, 523ppi

The Pixel 3 gets the edge here in terms of resolution, but the iPhone is the biggest. And there’s a caveat with the Pixel: It has a giant notch, even bigger than the one on the iPhone XS Max. The Pixel 3 XL kind of makes up for it with a cool feature baked into its always-on display, however. Pop it onto the $79 Pixel Stand, and you can turn it into a de facto smart speaker, with the display showing album art and Assistant queries even when locked.

iPhone XS Max vs Galaxy Note 9 vs Pixel 3 XL: Performance

iphone xs max pokemon goDan Masaoka/IDG

There’s no surprise that you’ll find the best possible silicon in all three phones:


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