Many are no doubt balking at the prices Apple is asking for its new iPhones, and so the question is, is it worth it? For those concerned about speed, the folks at PhoneBuff have in the past pitted the iPhone Xs Max against the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 where it walked away a winner, although barely as it beat the Note 9 overall by around 15 seconds.
That being said, now it seems like PhoneBuff has decided to put the iPhone Xs Max up against Google’s Pixel 3 XL and spoiler alert: it looks like the iPhone Xs Max has walked away a winner again, and this time by a huge margin of about a minute, and it seems that RAM might have played a big role in this.
The Pixel 3 XL features only 4GB of RAM versus the Note 9 that has 8GB. It should be noted that both the Note 9 and Pixel 3 XL that were tested uses a Snapdragon 845 chipset, meaning that for the most part the main difference would be in the RAM (also software optimization probably played a role as well).
Now this isn’t to say that the Pixel 3 XL is a bad phone, and if you’ve already bought into the Android ecosystem then it makes sense that you would keep using it, but for now it does seem like the Note 9 is the fastest Android phone. It will be interesting to see if PhoneBuff will be able to get their hands on the Huawei Mate 20 and pit the Kirin processor against Apple’s A12 Bionic.