Compared: Google Pixel 6 vs iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro

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Google launched its new Pixel 6 lineup on Tuesday, with its smartphone range now sporting its own Tensor processor. Here's how the search giant's latest compares against Apple's iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Pro.

Credit: AppleInsider
Credit: AppleInsider


Tuesday saw Google formally introduce the Pixel 6. Teased at Google I/O over the summer, the new smartphone is set to be a departure for the company, as instead of relying on a Snapdragon processor, it's using something entirely new: a Google-designed chip.

Launching a month after Apple's product line update, it's worth comparing what Google's offering against its main opposition, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro.

Specification

 Google Pixel 6iPhone 13iPhone 13 Pro
Price (Starting)$599$799$999
Dimensions (Inches)6.2 x 2.9 x 0.45.78 x 2.82 x 0.305.78 x 2.82 x 0.30
Weight (Ounces)7.306.147.19
ProcessorGoogle TensorA15 BionicA15 Bionic
Storage128GB, 256GB128GB, 256GB, 512GB128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Display6.4-inch always-on OLED6.1-inch Super Retina XDR6.1-inch Super Retina XDR with ProMotion
Resolution2,400 x 1,080, 411PPI2,778 x 1,128, 458PPI2,778 x 1,128, 458PPI
BiometricsUnder-display Fingerprint UnlockFace IDFace ID
Rear Cameras12MP Ultra-Wide,
50MP Octa PD Quad Bayer Wide,
12MP Ultra-Wide
12MP Wide
12MP Ultra-Wide
12MP Wide
12MP Telephoto
LiDAR
Video4K 60FPS,
240FPS Slo-Mo,
Cinematic Pan
4K 60FPS,
4K 60FPS HDR with Dolby Vision,
240FPS Slo-Mo,
Cinematic Mode
4K 60FPS,
4K 60FPS HDR with Dolby Vision,
240FPS Slo-Mo,
ProRes 4K 30FPS,
Cinematic Mode
Front Camera8MP12MP TrueDepth12MP TrueDepth
Battery Life24+ hoursUp to 19 hoursUp to 22 hours
Wireless Connectivity5G,
Wi-Fi 6E,
Bluetooth 5.2,
NFC
5G,
Wi-Fi 6,
Bluetooth 5.0,
Ultra Wideband,
NFC
5G,
Wi-Fi 6,
Bluetooth 5.0,
Ultra Wideband,
NFC
PortUSB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1LightningLightning
ColorsSorta Seafoam, Kinda Coral, Stormy BlackStarlight, Midnight, Blue, Pink, (PRODUCT)RedGraphite, Silver, Gold, Sierra Blue

Pixel 6 vs iPhone 13 vs iPhone 13 Pro - Physical Dimensions

As the middle two in Apple's iPhone 13 range, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro have the distinction in this comparison in having many similarities. That starts with the physical design.

Both iPhone 13 and Pro are 5.78 inches long and 2.92 inches wide. They're also 0.3 inches thick.

The Pixel 6 is somewhat larger, at 6.2 inches tall, but marginally slimmer at 2.9 inches. As for thickness, it's quite a bit chunkier than the iPhones, at 0.4 inches.

On the weight side, the iPhone 13 is the lightest, at 6.14 ounces, followed by the iPhone 13 Pro at 7.19 ounces. Naturally, the bigger Pixel 6 is also the heaviest, at 7.3 ounces.

While size is a determining factor in weight, so is construction. While the iPhone 13 uses an aerospace-grade aluminum frame and the iPhone 13 Pro opts for surgical-grade stainless steel, Google went for a "tactile alloy frame."

Pixel 6 vs iPhone 13 vs iPhone 13 Pro - Displays

Apple's iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro represent the company's latest and greatest tech.
Apple's iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro represent the company's latest and greatest tech.


One of the reasons for Google's difference in size is due to its display, which is simply larger than Apple's version.

Both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro use a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display, an OLED panel that supports HDR, True Tone, Wide Color P3, and a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio. The iPhone 13 has a maximum brightness of 800 nits for normal content, rising to 1,200 nits for HDR.

The Pro goes further, in offering 1,000 nits of typical brightness with the same 1,200-nit HDR ceiling. Furthermore, it also supports ProMotion, allowing it to change the refresh rate of the display on the fly, at a rate of up to 120Hz.

Google's 6.4-inch display is larger, with it offering a greater-than 1,000,00:1 contrast ratio, HDR support, and can operate at up to 90Hz if required. It's also an always-on display, so users can easily see brief notifications without needing to light up the entire screen.

While larger, Google doesn't quite beat the iPhones on resolution. Both iPhones have a resolution of 2,778 by 1,128 pixels, giving them a pixel density of 456 pixels per inch.

Meanwhile the Pixel 6 has a resolution of 2,400 by 1,080, with a 411ppi pixel density.

Pixel 6 vs iPhone 13 vs iPhone 13 Pro - Cameras

On the back of both iPhones are 12-megapixel Ultra-Wide and 12-megapixel Wide cameras, with the Pro gaining an extra 12-megapixel Telephoto camera and a LiDAR sensor. The last element assists the computational photography elements, drives AR applications, and helps focus the camera in low-light situations.

Theres also elements such as Night Mode, Deep Fusion computational photography, Portrait Mode with Portrait Lighting, and the new Photographic Styles. The Sensor-shift optical image stabilization is also an upgrade for 2021.

For zooming, the iPhone 13 has a 2x optical zoom out and a 5x digital zoom. The Pro has a 3x optical zoom in along with the 2x optical zoom out. This gives it a 6x optical zoom range, and a maximum digital zoom of 15x.

Google includes two cameras on the back of the Pixel 6, starting with the 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera. That camera offers a 114-degree field of view and an f/2.2 aperture.

The main attraction in the Pixel 6 is the 50-megapixel Octa PD Quad Bayer wide camera, which features a 1/1.3-inch sensor capable of capturing 150% more light than the version in the Pixel 5, as well as OIS and a laser detect autofocus (LDAF) sensor.

While the high resolution of the sensor sounds big, it's really performing pixel binning and outputting an image at 12.5 megapixels. That picture should be very high quality, but not one at such a sky-high resolution.

As usual for the Pixel lineup, Google focuses a lot on its various features in terms of computational photography. There's typical items like Night Sight, Portrait Mode, and Motion Autofocus, along with more elaborate features like Top Shot or Magic Eraser, which can remove unwanted elements from the shot.

There's also Face Unblur to make faces sharper, Real Tone, and Motion Mode, which combines multiple sharp images to identify the subject and keep them sharp while applying motion blur effects to the background.

At the front, Apple employs its TrueDepth camera array, with a 12-megapixel photo capability and f/2.2 aperture, along with its depth-sensing capability for Face ID and other applications. Google uses an 8-megapixel f/2.0 with an 84-degree field of view.

Pixel 6 vs iPhone 13 vs iPhone 13 Pro - Processors

The Pixel 6, and its Pixel 6 Pro stablemate, are the first to sport a custom Google chip.
The Pixel 6, and its Pixel 6 Pro stablemate, are the first to sport a custom Google chip.


The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 pro use the A15 Bionic, Apple's self-designed SoC. It includes a six-core processor with a four-core GPU in the iPhone 13, 5-core GPU in the Pro, along with an updated 16-core Neural Engine and am improved image signal processor to assist with computational photography.

The Pixel 6 is the first to use Google's new Tensor SoC, which is the search company's attempt to take on Apple with its own chip creation.

Tensor consists of a CPU with two high-performance cores, two mid cores, and four high-efficiency cores. To go with that is a 20-core GPU, as well as a number of other elements to help with machine learning or other tasks.

This includes the Titan M2 chip for security, an image signal processor, and a "Context Hub" that handles various elements like the display's always-on features, without tasking the CPU or GPU.

There's no benchmarks for the Tensor chip to go on in order to compare it with the A15, but Google has certainly promoted its machine learning chops for the chip. For example, it performs on-device automatic speech recognition for Google Assistant, can create live captions for media, and live translate conversations, among other tasks.

Pixel 6 vs iPhone 13 vs iPhone 13 Pro - Other Considerations

The Pixel 6 has a 4,614 mAh battery. Apple's iPhone 13 Pro has a 3,095 mAh battery. The iPhone 13's exact battery specifications aren't known, but Apple has rated it to last up to 19 hours of video playback -- slightly lower than the iPhone 13 Pro's 22 hours.

Google's Pixel 6 Pro supports up to 30W of charge over USB-C, while the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro support up to 20W of fast charging. Apple's two iPhones support up to 15W of wireless charging, while the Pixel 6 tops out at 12W.

All three smartphones have an IP67 rating for water- and dust-resistance. Google uses Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, while Apple has gone with a Ceramic Shield front glass.

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro support mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G. Not every Pixel 6 supports mmWave, but Verizon is said to be releasing a special variant that does. The Pixel 6 does have Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2, while the iPhone models have Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5. Apple's devices have UWB support, while the Pixel 6 does not.

When it comes to biometrics, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 both rely on Face ID. The Pixel 6 uses a new under-display fingerprint sensor instead.

Pixel is a worthy contender at an aggressive price point

The Pixel 6 packs some solid specs, but likely won't sway many iPhone users.
The Pixel 6 packs some solid specs, but likely won't sway many iPhone users.


Pound-for-pound, Apple's iPhones are some of the best smartphones on the market in terms of cameras, performance, and feature set. While the Pixel 6 is priced as a midrange device, it does sport some premium features that could make it an attractive option for many consumers.

Of course, some aspects of the two device lineups differ and can't be readily compared. Android versus iOS, for example, largely comes down to personal preference. While the Pixel 6 stands out as an Android device, there are probably better choices for those who are deeply embedded in the Apple ecosystem. Although a few hundred dollars more, the iPhone 13 represents the entry-level when it comes to Apple's 2021 iPhones -- and brings with it all the benefits of iOS and integration with Apple's other devices.

However, the Pixel 6's $599 price point is certainly impressive when you consider its powerful chip, large battery, under-display fingerprint sensor, and camera chops. Put simply, it's Google's latest and greatest. As with previous Pixel models, it's very likely that the Pixel 6 is not an "iPhone killer," despite being a solid choice for Android users.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    sdw2001sdw2001 Posts: 17,738member
    The pixel looks like a nice device overall.  That said, this “comparison” is really just reading specs off the box.  Almost any AI reader knows that specs don’t necessarily mean a better device.  The article mentions this repeatedly, but only addresses specs and personal preferences.  I’d think it would be more informative and engaging if some real world performance/usage tests were included.  How do each run some popular games and apps?  What was the real world battery life?  How do they feel in your hand?  How about side by side shots of the display? Which was more enjoyable to use and why?  How about chrome vs. safari on the devices?  Just a thought.  
  • Reply 2 of 11
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 9,627member
    Why are tech blogs like AI aways looking for an "iPhone killer”? Are we not past that childish mentality? No one nor no device is going to “kill” the iPhone. Only Apple can do that.
    edited October 20 cornchip
  • Reply 3 of 11
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 23,300member
    sdw2001 said:
    The pixel looks like a nice device overall.  That said, this “comparison” is really just reading specs off the box.  Almost any AI reader knows that specs don’t necessarily mean a better device.  The article mentions this repeatedly, but only addresses specs and personal preferences.  I’d think it would be more informative and engaging if some real world performance/usage tests were included.  How do each run some popular games and apps?  What was the real world battery life?  How do they feel in your hand?  How about side by side shots of the display? Which was more enjoyable to use and why?  How about chrome vs. safari on the devices?  Just a thought.  
    Those things will get reviewed after the phones ship, still a couple weeks away. 
    Solomon_Grundy
  • Reply 4 of 11
    BeatsBeats Posts: 2,634member
    lkrupp said:
    Why are tech blogs like AI aways looking for an "iPhone killer”? Are we not past that childish mentality? No one nor no device is going to “kill” the iPhone. Only Apple can do that.

    I’m still waiting for the iPod killer. Remember? It’s always coming “next year”. 
    Solomon_Grundyqwerty52cornchip
  • Reply 5 of 11
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 9,627member
    Beats said:
    lkrupp said:
    Why are tech blogs like AI aways looking for an "iPhone killer”? Are we not past that childish mentality? No one nor no device is going to “kill” the iPhone. Only Apple can do that.

    I’m still waiting for the iPod killer. Remember? It’s always coming “next year”. 
    Yep, somebody is always predicted to release a vastly superior product to Apple’s that will stomp the Apple product into the ground. Why is it always the “Apple must be crushed out of existence” narrative?
    Solomon_Grundyqwerty52cornchip
  • Reply 6 of 11
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 9,627member
    gatorguy said:
    sdw2001 said:
    The pixel looks like a nice device overall.  That said, this “comparison” is really just reading specs off the box.  Almost any AI reader knows that specs don’t necessarily mean a better device.  The article mentions this repeatedly, but only addresses specs and personal preferences.  I’d think it would be more informative and engaging if some real world performance/usage tests were included.  How do each run some popular games and apps?  What was the real world battery life?  How do they feel in your hand?  How about side by side shots of the display? Which was more enjoyable to use and why?  How about chrome vs. safari on the devices?  Just a thought.  
    Those things will get reviewed after the phones ship, still a couple weeks away. 
    And of course we already know your opinion. The Pixel is vastly superior to any iPhone, right? You are perplexed that anyone would buy an Apple iPhone when the Pixel is so godlike.
    williamlondonqwerty52
  • Reply 7 of 11
    lkrupp said:
    gatorguy said:
    sdw2001 said:
    The pixel looks like a nice device overall.  That said, this “comparison” is really just reading specs off the box.  Almost any AI reader knows that specs don’t necessarily mean a better device.  The article mentions this repeatedly, but only addresses specs and personal preferences.  I’d think it would be more informative and engaging if some real world performance/usage tests were included.  How do each run some popular games and apps?  What was the real world battery life?  How do they feel in your hand?  How about side by side shots of the display? Which was more enjoyable to use and why?  How about chrome vs. safari on the devices?  Just a thought.  
    Those things will get reviewed after the phones ship, still a couple weeks away. 
    And of course we already know your opinion. The Pixel is vastly superior to any iPhone, right? You are perplexed that anyone would buy an Apple iPhone when the Pixel is so godlike.
    Are you aware that GatorGuy is owning an iPhone as well, apart from a Pixel phone? 
    williamlondongatorguy
  • Reply 8 of 11
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 23,300member
    lkrupp said:
    gatorguy said:
    sdw2001 said:
    The pixel looks like a nice device overall.  That said, this “comparison” is really just reading specs off the box.  Almost any AI reader knows that specs don’t necessarily mean a better device.  The article mentions this repeatedly, but only addresses specs and personal preferences.  I’d think it would be more informative and engaging if some real world performance/usage tests were included.  How do each run some popular games and apps?  What was the real world battery life?  How do they feel in your hand?  How about side by side shots of the display? Which was more enjoyable to use and why?  How about chrome vs. safari on the devices?  Just a thought.  
    Those things will get reviewed after the phones ship, still a couple weeks away. 
    And of course we already know your opinion. The Pixel is vastly superior to any iPhone, right? You are perplexed that anyone would buy an Apple iPhone when the Pixel is so godlike.
    Are you aware that GatorGuy is owning an iPhone as well, apart from a Pixel phone? 
    I've told him before. There's no indication he pays much attention to what some of us say before he falls off the rails.
    sdw2001
  • Reply 9 of 11
    Yes "worthy contender" sums it up. A bit envious Google has an under screen fingerprint sensor. And before you tell me FaceID is superior, I disagree and prefer Touch ID. There's room for both.
    williamlondonmuthuk_vanalingam
  • Reply 10 of 11
    cornchipcornchip Posts: 1,865member
    Well right off the bat, the Pixel is hideous.
    williamlondon
  • Reply 11 of 11
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 23,300member
    cornchip said:
    Well right off the bat, the Pixel is hideous.
    I used to think "the notch" was hideous, but I've grown accustomed to it. When it was first rolled out with the X others here said it was "distinctive" and made it obvious it was an iPhone. Some went so far to say Apple should never get rid of it, being uniquely Apple.  Google is going for the same "look at me, like it or hate it, but you can't ignore it" esthetic IMO. Certainly distinctive and will attract attention.
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