Google took a major shot at Apple's iPhone camera while announcing its new $400 Pixel smartphone

Google I/O 2019


Google VP of product management Sabrina Ellis introduced the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL on stage in Mountain View, California on Tuesday, May 7.

Google's Pixel smartphones are nowhere near as popular as Apple's iPhones, but they boast one major advantage over the iPhone: Photography.

Though the iPhone camera is excellent, the Pixel line has best-in-class camera tech - especially when it comes to photos taken in low light.Advertisement

We confirmed as much ourselves with the Pixel 3a in a recent review:

iPhone XS (low light photo) vs Pixel 3a XL

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The photo on the left was taken with an iPhone XS Max and the photo on the right was taken with a Pixel 3a XL.

Google is clearly aware of this discrepancy, and took its recent Pixel 3a announcement event as a chance to take a jab at Apple's far more expensive smartphone.

"What other smartphone cameras try to do with expensive hardware, we can deliver with software and AI - including high-end computational photography," Google VP of product management Sabrina Ellis said on stage. "So here's what that means: Pixel 3a can take amazing photos in low light with Night Sight. It's one of Pixel's most popular features."

As the words came out, an image highlighted just how much better Google's Pixel line is at capturing low-light photos than the competition.Advertisement

Google Pixel 3a vs iPhone X (camera comparison)


Notably, Google's image didn't explicitly spell out the competitor - instead, the comparison is to "Phone X." We're taking a wild guess that Google isn't talking about the Moto X.

Check out the full presentation right here:

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