Pixel 5 vs. iPhone 11: Which sub-$700 phone is better?

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Available for preorder now and shipping out to retailers on Nov. 19, Google’s Pixel 5 introduces many features that are new to the company’s phone brand, including 5G connectivity, an ultrawide-angle camera and a much larger, longer-lasting battery. The phone costs $699 (£599, AU$999), and it launched alongside the midtier Pixel 4A 5G, which costs $499 (£499, AU$799).

While the phone has notable updates compared with its predecessor, the Pixel 4, Google anticipates lower-than-usual Pixel 5 phone sales due to the coronavirus pandemic and is planning to produce only 800,000 units this year. It also faces stiff competition from one of the most popular phone-makers, Apple, and its iPhone 11. Though it’s been available since last September and Apple has already launched its sequel, the iPhone 12, the iPhone 11 is now cheaper. It starts at $599 (£599, AU$999) off contract, and is equipped with a fast processor and excellent cameras. It does not, however, have 5G.

To see how these phones stack up, we took a closer look and compared them based on design, camera specs, hardware, software and other features. And for more info, check out CNET’s other comparison, Pixel 5 vs. Pixel 4A 5G: The main differences between Google’s 5G phones.

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