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

GoogleGoogle’s vice president of product management, Sabrina Ellis, introduced the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL onstage in Mountain View, California, on Tuesday.

Google’s Pixel smartphones are nowhere near as popular as Apple’s iPhones, but they boast one major advantage: 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 lighting.

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

IPhone XS (low light photo) vs Pixel 3a XLLisa Eadicicco/Business InsiderThe 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 it took Tuesday’s announcement of the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL, which start at $US400 and $US480, 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’s vice president of product management, Sabrina Ellis, said onstage. “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 showed a side-by-side comparison portrayed as demonstrating the superiority of Google’s Pixel line at capturing low-light photos.

Google Pixel 3a vs iPhone X (camera comparison)Google

Notably, Google’s image didn’t explicitly spell out the competitor – saying only that 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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQSaPsKHPqs?start=4799

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