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iPhone 15 Pro Max vs. Google Pixel 8 Pro Preview


Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 15 series is just a few months away. The best and most exciting new iPhone among them will be the iPhone 15 Pro Max, the largest and most advanced iPhone that will hit an Apple Store near you this fall. From what we gather it will score a refreshed design, USB Type-C port, periscope camera and more.

How will Android react? Make no mistake. The answer can be found in the competition camp. In fact, Google’s own Pixel 8 Pro is likely to be the Android flagship announced closest to the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s market launch. The next-gen Pixel phones have also been leaked a lot, making it possible to conclude with iPhone rivals.
Expected differences between iPhone 15 Pro Max and Pixel 8 Pro:

  • Apple A17 Bionic 3nm vs Google Tensor G3 chipset
  • iOS 17 vs Android 14
  • New titanium design vs aluminum build
  • 6.7 ProMotion OLED vs 6.7-inch 120Hz OLED screen
  • 8GB vs. 12/16GB RAM
  • 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB vs 128GB, 256GB, 512GB versions
  • ~4,300 mAh vs. ~5,000 mAh battery
  • 30W vs. 23W wired charging
  • 15W vs. 23W wireless charging


design and size

In 2023, Apple will adorn the iPhone 15 Pro Max with numerous design changes. First of all, rumor has it that we’ll have to say goodbye to the stainless steel frame. Rumors of Apple switching to titanium are widespread. This will make the next-generation iPhone lighter and more durable, not to mention impervious to fingerprint smudges.

The signature hardware mute switch will also very likely be replaced with a customizable action button. However, the remaining buttons (volume and power) will remain hardware for the time being, despite rumors that Apple is considering a switch to solid-state buttons.

And the iPhone 15 Pro Max could be the thinnest phone ever with 1.55mm bezels. This will surpass the current record holder, the Xiaomi 13 with a 1.81mm bezel. This will help the iPhone get a more premium look, which will fit in nicely with the rest of the phone’s design changes.

Meanwhile, the Pixel 8 Pro will most definitely retain the aluminum-glass sandwich design found on most of the latest Pixel phones. For the time being, we’re not sure if Google will make many changes to the rear camera strip. On the Pixel 7 series, it fit seamlessly into the phone’s side frame. Google can make things up once again.

Rumor has it that Google may completely transition to flat-panel displays with the Pixel 8 series. Previously, Pixel phones had a small but noticeable display curve that annoyed some users in the wrong way, while others fell in love with the Pixel flagships.

It’s not clear what colors will be available on the Pixel 8 Pro, but if you know Google, we’ll bet they have some colorful and fun names. Meanwhile, the iPhone 15 Pro Max will likely come in space gray, silver, and gold, and a new deep red color (better known as burgundy or otherwise) will also be available.

display differences

As mentioned, the iPhone 15 Pro Max will record the thinnest bezels at just 1.5mm. However, other than these major changes, we expect no other changes to the display. It still has a 6.7-inch Liquid Retina XDR display with ProMotion and advanced HDR support. The ProMotion refresh rate, which varies between 1 and 120Hz, provides a very smooth and satisfying scrolling experience, and once you get used to it, it’s hard to give up.

The latest rumors suggest that we will see a 6.7-inch OLED display on the Pixel 8 Pro with a resolution of 1344 x 2992 pixels and a medium sharpness of 490ppi. The display is reportedly capable of hitting 1600 nits in HDR scenes. Lastly, the display will most likely be completely flat and of the LTPS type, allowing it to reach refresh rates of up to 120Hz.

Apple will continue to use the Dynamic Island cutout used throughout the interface to hide all Face ID components and the selfie camera, as well as reveal useful information. Face ID continues to be the primary biometric method for iPhone 15 Pro Max authentication.

We can’t confirm, but we firmly believe that the Pixel 8 Pro will launch with an in-display fingerprint scanner. Photo-based face unlock is also available.

performance and software

Opening the 3nm era

The iPhone 15 Pro Max will most definitely launch with the 3nm Apple A17 Bionic chipset. A significant increase in manufacturing efficiency from the current 4nm process to 3nm will not only improve efficiency, but also significantly improve performance, resulting in better battery life.

At the same time, it’s likely that Google will equip the Pixel 3 with a third-generation custom Tensor chipset, which won’t be too different from the existing Tensor chips. Google’s custom processors aren’t about excessive raw performance. Instead, the company has specifically tailored it to be very capable in on-device artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The iPhone 15 Pro Max is getting bumped up to 8GB of RAM, and rumors suggest we could see up to 16GB of RAM on the Pixel 8 Pro. phone’s ability to work. However, if you need to be more discerning, you can expect between 8 and 12GB of memory on the Pixel 8 Pro.

In terms of storage, the iPhone 15 Pro Max is expected to come in 128, 256, 512GB and 1TB versions. The Pixel 8 Pro may come in 128, 256 and 512GB versions, with a 1TB version likely always on our radar.

In terms of software support, the iPhone 15 Pro Max is expected to be supported for up to five years or as early as late 2028. Meanwhile, the Pixel 8 Pro should get at least 5 years of security updates, but major Android versions should get 3 years or up to Android 17.


best of both worlds

The biggest novelty of the iPhone 15 Pro Max is the addition of a 5X-6X periscope camera, which can finally give the iPhone lineup a worthy zoom. After using a relatively short telephoto lens that seems like an eternity. Rumors suggest that Apple could ditch the 3X telephoto and potentially use a periscope that switches focal lengths that will ensure seamless zoom up to 6X.

The main camera on the iPhone 15 Pro Max will remain unchanged from the 48MP camera that debuted on the iPhone 14 Pro Max. This main camera has a few tricks up its sleeve, as it not only allows normal 1X shooting, but also uses a sensor crop to achieve 2X zoom with its original optics.

As for the Pixel 8 Pro, expect Google to once again crown its next flagship with a triple camera array. It can be configured with a 50MP or 64MP Sony IMX787 camera sensor, a wide-angle camera, and a 5X telephoto camera sensor.

Of course, Pixel phones are known for jumping weight, not because of their superior hardware, but thanks to software algorithms that make the most of raw camera input data.

On the video side, Google is rumored to be introducing some significant video-related enhancements with the Pixel 8 Pro, namely Video Unblur. However, we know that this won’t be enough to steal the iPhone’s crown, as Apple’s flagship iPhones have always taken excellent video and set the industry standard with each generation.

Audio quality and haptics

Both the iPhone 15 Pro Max and Pixel 8 Pro are likely to use dual-speaker stereo loudspeaker systems. Judging by the previous entrants in each lineup, we have very high expectations for the audio capabilities of the iPhone 15 Pro Max and Pixel 8 Pro.

The same applies to haptic feedback, which is traditionally very accurate and powerful on both phones, so excuse me if you have very high expectations for the iPhone 15 Pro Max and Pixel 8 Pro.

Battery life and charging

Is the era of super longevity phone coming?

In fact, there are no special rumors about the battery capacity of the iPhone 15 Pro Max or Pixel 8 Pro.

In the case of the iPhone, it is expected that there will be no significant change in capacity, so it seems to be prepared for a battery in the 4,200-4,300mAh range. However, pairing it with the much more efficient 3nm Apple A17 Bionic chip will give you much better battery life. So we expect the iPhone 15 Pro Max to beat the iPhone 14 Pro Max in terms of overall durability.

Meanwhile, the battery capacity of the Pixel 8 Pro has not been disclosed yet, but it is likely to be at a level of 5,000mAh, similar to that of the Pixel 7 Pro.

In terms of charging, the iPhone 15 Pro Max most likely won’t support charging speeds higher than 30W and will feature 15W MagSafe wireless charging as well. The Pixel 8 Pro probably has built-in wireless charging at 23W. Just like on the Pixel 7 Pro, expect up to 23W of wired charging on deck.

spec comparison

* – Expected specs

Summary and Final Verdict

The iPhone 15 Pro Max and Pixel 8 Pro are set to make the second half of 2023 very exciting.

Google will have a chance to continue the strong momentum it achieved with previous Pixel phones, and the Pixel 8 Pro could be the phone to do just that. With the foldable Pixel Fold, Google is looking at a very strong portfolio.

Meanwhile, Apple is also seeing a very strong potential roster with the iPhone 15 Pro Max being the most exciting new device coming in late 2023. With a new design and powerful new hardware, it will be the device many will consider when upgrading from their previous iPhone.

It’s too soon to talk about pricing, but rumor has it that Apple will raise prices across the board, boosting the iPhone Pro Max premium by up to $100. The more we know, the more you will.

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