Which of the Google Pixel 8 Pro or the iPhone 15 Pro Max is faster at launching a series of apps? The answer in video in this video test which does not do justice to one of the two smartphones.
The PhoneBuff YouTube channel is known for its speed duels between two smartphones. Today it’s iPhone 15 Pro Max and the Google Pixel 8 Pro who clash. If both phones have it under the hood, we can only recognize the overwhelming victory of one of them.
Duel at the top between the Google Pixel 8 Pro and the iPhone 15 Pro Max
Let’s start with the forces involved. In the left corner, the Pixel 8 Pro, Google’s latest high-end smartphone. In the right corner, Apple’s flagship, the iPhone 15 Pro Max. The latter is equipped with the A17 Pro chip, clocked at 3.78 GHz, accompanied by 8 GB of NVME RAM. Its competitor benefits from 12 GB of UFS 3.1 RAM and the Google Tensor G3 chip clocked at 2.91 GHz.
As you can see in the video, the testing process is automated, with a robotic arm tapping the same set of apps between the two phones. The game ends once the smartphones have completed two turns: the first to launch the applications, the second to reopen them. The objective of this second round is to measure the ability of smartphones to keep applications open when the user wants to return to them.
Phonebuff begins the video by reminding that no Pixel smartphone has so far beaten an iPhone in this speed test. And unfortunately for Google, it won’t be this year either.
While Pixel 8 Pro is ahead of the first applications, it is when exporting a video that the iPhone 15 Pro Max takes off. A delay that Google’s phone will never catch up with, finishing the first round almost 30 seconds behind its opponent of the day.
We could hope that it would catch up in the second round since the greater quantity of RAM memory (12 GB versus 8 GB) logically allows more applications to be kept open in the background in order to return to them without restarting. Here again, the Pixel 8 Pro disappoints by completely reopening Microsoft Excel and Word.
A result which can be explained by two important factors: the first concerns the Tensor G3 chip which offers less raw power than that of Apple’s A17 Pro. The second reason comes from the memory chip chosen by Google: UFS 3.1. For their part, competitors use faster technologies such as UFS 4.0 on the Galaxy S23 Ultra or even NVME on the iPhone 15 Pro Max.
This result is obvious to put into perspective since the Google Pixel 8 Pro is very far from being a slow smartphone. As we pointed out in our review, it responds to your finger and eye and you should experience no slowdown 99% of the time.
Whether you use an iPhone 15 Pro or a Google Pixel 8, don’t hesitate to tell us in the comments what your experience is with either of these smartphones.