The latest speed test results are in from YouTuber, PhoneBuff. This time around he pitted the iPhone XS Max against Google’s Pixel 3 XL and the results weren’t pretty for the new Android flagship. However, it seems Google currently has a memory management issue with its Pixel 3, so a redo in the future might better represent real world results.
PhoneBuff recently put the XS Max up against Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9. Even with 8GB RAM in the Android device, the XS Max with 4GB of RAM still completed the same tasks 14 seconds faster than the Note 9.
The Pixel 3 XL however, sports the same 4GB RAM that the XS Max does, and it finished the most recent speed test over a minute slower than Apple’s flagship smartphone.
The XS Max was able to complete the tasks that involved social media, gaming, productivity, photo editing, and more in 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Surprisingly, the Pixel 3 XL took 3 minutes and 35 seconds, with PhoneBuff noting that the Android device wasn’t keeping the apps in its memory for the second lap of the speed test where he relaunches previously used apps.
PhoneBuff notes that he ran the same tests multiple times and the results were consistent. However, there is a known issue that many Pixel 3 users are experiencing that is closing out apps from the device’s memory. While I would imagine the XS Max will still beat the Pixel 3 after that bug is resolved, it would likely be a much closer race.
Check out the full speed test below: