The Google Pixel 6 and Apple iPhone 13 shape up as two of the best compact phones coming in the second half of 2021, and while the phones are not officially unveiled yet, rumors and leaks have already revealed a big part of the two phones, and Google itself has already revealed the key specs for the new Pixel.
The Pixel 6 is a major overhaul of the Pixel lineup. It features Google’s first “Tensor”, a self-made processor that should offer a welcome boost in performance and a new camera system. The iPhone 13 will, however, be all about incremental improvements. It will retain the same styling as the iPhone 12, but it will have a faster processor and rumored new camera features such as a “Cinema Mode”, which basically allows you to use portrait mode in videos.
What does the Pixel 6 and iPhone 13 compare? We’re here to sum up the rumors and leaks, and this article will be updated as more information becomes available. But let’s get started with what we have.
Pixel 6 vs iPhone 13 key differences:
- 6.4″ size on the Pixel, 6.1″ size on the iPhone, both use OLED screens
- 90Hz refresh rate on the Pixel 6 vs 60Hz traditional refresh rate on iPhone 13
- Google “Tensor” processor vs Apple A15 Bionic
- Similar dual rear camera (wide and ultrawide) with no telephoto lens on either phone
- Bigger battery size on the Pixel
Performance: Google vs Apple Processors
Apple has been manufacturing its own processors to power iPhones for almost 8 years. The iPhone 5s, released in 2013, was the first iPhone with Apple silicon. Apple has been a leader in phone performance, thanks to its ability to control the hardware and the software.
However, it’s 2021 and Google is entering that market. The Pixel 6 breaks with years of dependence on Qualcomm Snapdragon processors and embraces the first Google-made mobile chips, codenamed Tensor. Although we don’t yet have any benchmarks, don’t be surprised if this beats the Snapdragon 888 in the first place. The new Google chip should be at least as powerful as an upper-mid-range smartphone and perhaps even better than a flagship Snapdragon processor.
The Pixel 6 will likely have 6GB RAM, which is 4GB RAM on iPhone 13. This means that the Pixel 6 could theoretically have more apps running in background to allow for better multitaskin.
Storage is not supported by either phone. You will only get the storage that you pay for throughout the life of the device.
The Pixel 6 will likely come with 128GB native storage. We also expect to see a version of 256GB for those who require more storage. The 64GB built-in storage of the iPhone 13 will be available, as well as a 128GB or 256GB tier. As you use your phone for a long time, you will need at least 128GB storage.
Google’s Pixel series adopted screen refresh rates faster than 60Hz with the Pixel 4 family, and the Pixel 6 is said to follow that tradition with either a 90Hz screen. Apple will likely stick to 60Hz for the regular iPhone 13 while the Pro series will have a 120Hz option. Scrolling will feel much faster and smoother on Pixel’s 90Hz screen than it does on the iPhone 13’s 60Hz display.
The Pixel has a larger screen at 6.4 inches, as opposed to the iPhone’s 6.1 inch display. The Pixel has a small punch hole cutout for the front camera, while the iPhone has a wider array of Face ID sensors. This interrupts the viewing experience.
However, the actual screen technology is identical on both phones. They will use OLED panels that have excellent contrast, deep black, and great viewing angles.
Battery and Charging
Apple may give the iPhone 13 some extra bulk after the slim iPhone 12. This is likely due to a larger battery size. The iPhone 13 is said to have a 3,095mAh battery. This is an increase from the 2,815mAh cells in the previous model. According to some reports, the Google Pixel 6 will have a 4,000mAh battery.
This is a significant difference in favor the Pixel. However, iOS on the iPhone and Android in the Pixel behave differently. Additionally, iOS is more efficient when your phone is idle.
Google has now stated that the Pixel 6 will have an all-day battery life. This means that it won’t take more than one day to charge your phone. The same can be said for the iPhone 13.
The charger side of things is the iPhone 13 will ship with no charger, just like the iPhone 12. This is a strange decision. We feel that you should get a charger if you spend this much on a phone. But Apple, being Apple, means you will have to buy your charging brick separately. The Pixel 6 will come with a Power Delivery USB-C charger and a Cable.
Pixel 6 vs iPhone 12: Specs Comparison
The launch of the Pixel 6 as well as the iPhone 13 is expected to take place in the fall 2021. However, the exact dates have not been confirmed.
We expect the same for the Pixel 6. In the past, Google has released Pixel phones at the end of October. Apple is expected to host an event on September 14th and then release its new iPhones one month earlier than the Pixels.
Pricing is the most important aspect of the phone. We expect Apple to charge $830 for the iPhone 13 base model and $800 for the Pixel 6. This puts them in the same category.