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There is a new performance speed test between Apple’s iPhone 15 Pro Max and Google’s Pixel 8 Pro. And just like what previous benchmark tests revealed, the iPhone 15 Pro Max has lived up to everyone’s expectations by beating its new smartphone rival.
The test was performed by PhoneBuff, which also compared the Apple top-tier smartphone with the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra earlier this month. But, of course, the Pixel 8 Pro is different as it is a new arrival in the smartphone market, with Google formerly trying to paint it as a worthy opponent for the iPhone 15 Pro Max.
However, the new test shows otherwise.
The test first highlighted the specification differences between the two models, with the iPhone 15 Pro Max sporting the A17 Pro chip with 3.78 GHz, 8GB RAM, and NVME storage. The Pixel 8 Pro, on the other hand, boasts Google’s latest custom silicon Tensor G3 chip, a higher 12GB RAM, and a slower UFS 3.1 storage. Both units tested were also running their respective latest system versions, with the iOS 17 for the iPhone 15 Pro Max and the Android 14 for the Pixel 8 Pro.
Just like its other tests, PhoneBuff’s test for the two smartphones involved the use of different apps that were launched and used in a particular sequence. Some include Facebook, the devices’ respective camera apps, Word and Excel, Google Trends, Spotify, and different games.
The test started with the Pixel 8 Pro taking the lead, especially in applying the filter effects using the photo-editing application Snapseed. However, when it came to the video rendering part via Filmora, the iPhone 15 Pro Max surprisingly outpaced its rival. This affirmed the earlier benchmark score of the Apple smartphone for Adobe Premiere Rush, wherein it attained a fast 24.5-second video rendering speed versus Pixel 8 Pro’s 71-second speed. This makes the iPhone 15 Pro Max three times faster than the Pixel 8 Pro in this task.
From there, the iPhone 15 Pro Max finished the first lapse of launching all the apps at only 02:00.76 minutes (versus Pixel 8 Pro’s 02:27.95 minutes). In the second lap, the test opened the apps that were previously launched to see how fast the phones could summon the apps running in the background. Needless to say, the iPhone also led the race, finishing at 47.69 seconds (versus Pixel 8 Pro’s 01:0076 minute).
As PhoneBuff noted in the test, the Pixel 8 Pro’s performance was rather unfortunate. Despite having only 8GB of RAM, the iPhone managed to keep the apps running perfectly in the background, while the Pixel 8 Pro’s 12GB RAM failed to do so, including keeping Word and Excel open. With all that, the iPhone 15 Pro Max finished all the tasks at only 02:48.45 minutes and the Pixel 8 Pro at a longer 3:28.72 minutes.
While the test was very helpful in giving us insights regarding the two models’s speed, it is important to note that the Google smartphone is not a loser at all in this game. As we have stated before, Pixel phones have their own unique features and strengths. Yet, in this section, the iPhone 15 Pro Max is clearly the winner, justifying its “premium” status and higher price than the Pixel 8 Pro.