Apple’s competitors have caught up in the smartphone race, often equipping their devices with better cameras or selling them at price points that call into question why the iPhone commands any premium at all.

Google’s Pixel 3a, a new midrange phone with a vaunted camera, sells for just $399, one-third the price of an iPhone XS Max with the same 64GB storage, or $50 cheaper than an iPhone 7 with half the storage.

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