Google Pixel 8 vs iPhone 15: price, specs, camera and more compared

Finally, the curtain is up. The top tech smartphone rivals, Apple and Google, have both released their next-generation flagships for the year, the iPhone 15 series and Pixel 8 series, respectively. Both the iPhone 15 and the Pixel 8 bring significant upgrades over their predecessors, including faster processors, improved cameras, and more specific changes, such as the introduction of a USB-C port in the iPhone 15 series and new AI tools in the Google Pixel 8 series.

While both flagship phones offer top specs in their respective OS categories - iOS and Android, we cannot ignore comparing which tech giant has brought better upgrades than the other. So let's take a detailed look at the price and everything new in Apple's iPhone 15 and Google's Pixel 8.

iPhone 15 vs Google Pixel 8 price and availability 

Apple has launched the iPhone 15 in India at the same price as the iPhone 14 last year. The 128GB variant costs Rs 79,900, the 256GB variant costs Rs 89,900, and the 512GB variant costs Rs 1,09,900.

On the other hand, the Google Pixel 8 is available in two storage options: 128GB and 256GB. The 128GB variant costs Rs 75,999 while the 256GB variant costs Rs 82,999. While the phone will be available for purchase via Flipkart, the pre-order window is now open. There are also sale offers available, including a Rs 8,000 discount on ICICI bank, Kotak bank, and Axis bank cards.

iPhone 15 vs Google Pixel 8 design and display 

The iPhone 15 features a 6.1-inch display and is available in five colours: pink, yellow, green, blue, and black. Apple has retained the same design as the iPhone 14 and previous models, but instead of the usual notch, Apple has added the Dynamic Island notch to all the iPhone 15 variants, which was popular on the iPhone 14 Pro models last year. And not to forget the USB-C charging port. 

The Google Pixel 8 also sports a design similar to its predecessors. However, there are subtle changes. The edges of the Google Pixel 8 are curvier, and the phone is slightly smaller when compared to the Pixel 7. It features a  6.2-inch Actua display with a 120 Hz refresh rate. The phone offers 2,000 nits of peak brightness and Gorilla Glass Victus protection. The display has "real-world clarity and is 42 per cent brighter than Pixel 7's display. The phone has a glass and aluminium build and comes in three colours: Rose, Hazel, and Obsidian. 

iPhone 15 vs Google Pixel 8 camera

Apple has introduced significant enhancements to the camera capabilities of the iPhone 15, including an improved 48-megapixel primary camera sensor. In contrast, the iPhone 14 featured a 12-megapixel dual-camera setup. Therefore, the iPhone 15 is offering an improved performance in low-light photography and portrait shots.

The Google Pixel 8 is also bringing major improvements in its camera capabilities. The new Pixel boasts a triple-camera configuration, featuring a powerful 50-megapixel Octa-PD primary camera, an 8x Super-Res digital zoom lens, and a 12-megapixel sensor equipped with autofocus and macro capabilities. For capturing selfies and engaging in video calls, the front of the phone is equipped with a 10.5-megapixel camera.

iPhone 15 vs Google Pixel 8 software and performance

The iPhone 15 has the same A16 Bionic processor as the iPhone 14 Pro. The A16 Bionic processor is faster than the A15 Bionic processor in the iPhone 14. The A16 Bionic processor also has better graphics performance while gaming and improved efficiency. As for the iPhone 15 pro models, Apple has introduced its faster A17 Bionic processor. 

Google has also enhanced the performance of its latest generation Pixel phones by equipping them with the Tensor G3 chipset- the next-generation processor developed by Google.

iPhone 15 vs Google Pixel 8 battery and fast charging 

The iPhone 15 has a 3349 milliamp hour (mAh) battery, which is slightly larger than the iPhone 14's 3279 mAh battery. However, Apple has promised "all day battery life" for both phones. 

As for Google Pixel 8, the new Pixel  packs a 4,575 mAh battery supporting 27W fast wired charging. Google has also added support for 18W wireless charging.

Notably, both the iPhone 15 and Pixel 8 support USB-C charging but do not come with a charger included in the retail package.

iPhone 15 vs Google Pixel 8 top features 

iPhone 15 top features: The iPhone 15 introduces several noteworthy features. One of the standout features is the dynamic island notch, which adjusts its size based on notifications and now extends to all models, allowing for enhanced functionality like tracking pizza deliveries and cab rides. Another significant change is the shift to a USB Type C charging port, replacing the traditional lightning port. Additionally, the camera system receives upgrades, including Smart HDR, improved night mode, and the ability to capture 4K videos at 60FPS. Users can also post-process portrait photos to adjust the subject's focus, focal length, and depth control, adding to the phone's photography capabilities.

Google Pixel 8 top features: The Google Pixel 8 also introduces several standout features, including "Best Take" for flawless group photos by blending images from multiple shots, and the "Magic Editor" for creative photo adjustments and fixes. The "Audio Magic Eraser" minimizes distracting sounds in videos using advanced machine learning. Moreover, the Pixel 8 series stands out with seven years of software support, including OS upgrades and security updates, a complimentary Google One VPN, IP68 water and dust resistance, and convenient features like a fingerprint sensor and face unlock, making it a comprehensive and long-lasting choice for users.

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