Google has added new fuel to the fiery market of premium smartphones. Named as the Google Pixel and the Google Pixel XL, the flagship smartphone due is now out in the market and giving a tough fight to the other latest flagship models in its league. Among the two new Google flagship handsets, the Google Pixel XL is the bigger one and it goes directly against the likes of Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus.
Here is how the newly launched Google Pixel XL is pitched against the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Take a look:
Pixel XL Vs iPhone 7 Plus
Design & Display
Both the Google Pixel XL and Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus are high-end phones and thus their sturdy and premium built quality only speak of their class. Both have solid metal construction along with stunning premium styling, but they obviously look very different from each other.
While Apple uses all metal design for the iPhone 7 Plus, Google has chosen the more flamboyant metal and glass amalgamation to design the Pixel XL.
The iPhone 7 Plus come with a water resistant as well as dust resistant design with IP67 rating. The iPhone 7 Plus also come with a fingerprint sensor that is lodged at its front. On the other hand, the Google Pixel XL does not get dust or water proofing and offers a fingerprint scanner at its back.
The Apple iPhone 7 Plus is larger than the Pixel XL and also heavier. However, it is slimmer than its rival and measures 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm and weighs 188gm.
The Google Pixel XL is a thicker, but lighter device and measures 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6 mm, while weighing 168gm.
The Pixel XL and iPhone 7 Plus both come packed with 5.5 inch large displays. The iPhone 7 Plus offers a Full HD resolution LCD display with a pixel density of 401 ppi, while the Pixel XL boasts of a superior Quad HD resolution AMOLED display with a pixel density of 534 ppi. This means that the Pixel XL offers a better quality and sharper display.
The iPhone’s attraction is its 3D Touch functionality, which is a highly pressure sensitive display technology offering lots of features depending on the pressure or force of touch. This makes the iPhone 7 Plus’ screen more functional than its primary rivals in the market. However, both the high-end phones offer bright and vibrant displays with superb viewing angles and none can be termed as inferior than the other.
The Pixel XL comes with a 12.3 MP rear primary camera with an aperture of f/2.0, 1.55µm pixels. The primary camera is equipped with a dual LED flash, laser autofocus, phase detection autofocus, video stabilization and other features. The device offers an 8 MP secondary front facing shooter to snap high quality selfies. This camera has an aperture of f/2.4 and 1.4µm pixels.
The iPhone 7 Plus has a dual lens setup for its primary rear camera that is a combination of two 12 MP sensors, one of which is a wide angle sensor and the other a telephoto. The wide-angle sensor and the telephoto sensor have an aperture of f/1.8 and f/2.8, respectively. The rear camera comes with many great features including quad-LED flash, optical image stabilization and much more. The device gets a 7 MP front facing secondary snapper that has an aperture of f/2.2 and is also equipped with a Retina Flash for brighter selfies even in lowlight conditions.
Both of these premium handset offers superb quality images with outstanding clarity and detailing. Both still photography and video shooting experience on these two devices is amazing.
The Google Pixel XL comes equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 chipset under its hood that is supported by 4 GB of RAM. The device is offered in 32 GB and 128 GB inbuilt storage choices and does not offer memory expansion. The smartphone gets juiced up by a 3450 mAh battery that is charged through a USB Type-C port and there is also a 3.5 mm headphone jack and bottom speakers.
Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus features the company’s latest A10 Fusion processor that is empowered by M10 motion coprocessor. It gets backed up by 3 GB of RAM. The device is offered in three storage options of 32 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB and also doesn’t offer microSD card support for memory expansion. The handset draws its power from a 2900 mAh battery that is charged through the Lightning technology. The 3.5 mm headphone jack is missing on the iPhone 7 Plus, but there are stereo speakers.
The Pixel XL runs on the latest Android Nougat 7.1 out of the box. The device offers pure Android user experience with no skin on top or any bloatware. It offers a new launcher and is also the first smartphone to come with built-in Google’s Assistant.
The iPhone 7 Plus runs on iOS 10 and offers a great experience for the MAC lovers. The device gets Apple’s Siri.
The new Google Pixel XL is priced at Rs. 67,000 for the 32 GB option and at Rs. 76000 for the 128 GB version.
The Apple iPhone 7 Plus is tagged at Rs. 72,000 for 32 GB, Rs. 82,000 for the 128 GB and Rs. 92,000 for the 256 GB option.
While both the Google Pixel XL and the Apple iPhone 7 Plus are brilliant high-end smartphones with equally powerful specs, users will have to take their buying decisions based on their design and UI preference. The Android lovers would go for the Pixel, while the MAC lovers will go for the iPhone 7 model.
The Pixel XL offers a sharper display, great specs and superb camera along with a lighter design. The iPhone 7 Plus offers a slimmer design and is a mighty performer too with brilliant cameras and features like 3D touch and dust and water resistance. Both are true flagship models with great design, features, capabilities and premium built quality that one can’t go wrong with. However, the Pixel is a tad more affordable than the iPhone, if it at all matters for the high-end smartphone buyers.