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How does the Google Pixel XL measure up to its rivals: iPhone 7, Moto Z and LG V20

This year, Google has launched two smartphones of different sizes. This is the main difference between the two Pixel smartphones. The Mountain View business’ objective is clear: to seduce the public. Next to the Pixel, we have the Pixel XL that aims to rival the best flagships in the market. Let’s compare the Google Pixel specifications with those of Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, Lenovo’s Moto X and LG’s V20.

Google Pixel XL is definitely one of the most attractive smartphones created by Google. The smartphone has been designed from top to bottom by the American giant to compete with the market’s shining stars. The companies’ ambitions are daring and the prices are similar to the those of the most popular smartphones of the moment.

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Pixel smartphones have been designed by Google. © ANDROIDPIT

While waiting to carry out tests on this smartphone (which is due to happen in the coming weeks), we found it interesting to compare it to its competitors by using a technical specifications summary table...

Pixel XL
iPhone 7 Plus
Moto Z
OS Android 7.1 Nougat
(stock Android with Google Assistant)
iOS 10 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow 
(like Stock Android)
Android 7.1 Nougat
Display AMOLED : 5.5-inch,
Quad-HD/2K (1440 x 2560 pixels),
~ 534 ppi,
Screen protection : yes, Gorilla Glass 4

IPS LCD : 5.5-inch,
Full-HD (1080 x 1920 pixels),
~ 401 ppi

AMOLED : 5.5-inch,
Quad-HD/2K (1440 x 2560 pixels),
~ 535 ppi,
Display Protection : yes, Gorilla Glass 4

IPS LCD : 5.7-inch,
Quad-HD/2K (1440 x 2560 pixels),
~ 513 ppi,
Screen Protection: yes, Gorilla Glass 4


Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821

(Quad-core: 2x2.15 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo)

Apple A10 Fusion

(Quad-core 2.23 GHz)

Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820

(Quad-core : 2x2.15 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo)

Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820

(Quad-core : 2x2.15 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo)

Graphics chip Adreno 530 Six core graphics Adreno 530 Adreno 530
RAM 4 GB 3 GB 4 GB 4 GB
Internal storage 32 GB, 128 GB
(microSD: no)
32 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
(microSD: no)
32 GB, 64 GB
(microSD : yes)
32 GB, 64 GB
(microSD : yes)
Battery 3450 mAh
2900 mAh
2600 mAh
3200 mAh
Camera rear: 12 MP
(aperture f/2.4)
front: 8 MP
(aperture f/2.4)

rear: Dual MP
(aperture f/1.8)
front: 7 MP
aperture f/2.2)

back: 13 MP
front: 5 MP
(aperture f/2.2)

back: double 16 MP
(aperture f/1.8)
front: 5 MP
(aperture f/1.9)

Connectivity Wi-Fi (Dual-Band) a/b/g/n/ac/ad,
GPS (A-GPS) + GLONASS + Beidou,
Bluetooth 4.2 (A2DP, LE, apt-x),
LTE 4G (Tri-Band) cat.9 jusqu'à 450 Mbit/s

Wi-Fi (Dual-Band) a/b/g/n/ac,
GPS (A-GPS) + GLONASS + Beidou,
Bluetooth 4.2 (A2DP, LE, apt-x),
LTE 4G (Tri-Band) cat.6 up to 300 Mbit/s

Wi-Fi (Dual-Band) a/b/g/n/ac,
GPS (A-GPS) + GLONASS + Beidou,
Bluetooth 4.2 (A2DP, LE, apt-x),
LTE 4G (Tri-Band) cat.6 up to 300 Mbit/s

Wi-Fi (Dual-Band) a/b/g/n/ac,
GPS (A-GPS) + GLONASS + Beidou,
Bluetooth 4.2 (A2DP, LE, apt-x),
LTE 4G (Tri-Band) cat.6 up to 300 Mbit/s

Dimensions 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.5 mm 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3  mm 153.3 x 75.3 x 5.2 mm 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6 mm
Weight 168 grams 188 grams 136 grams 174 grams
DAS -  1.24 W/kg - -
de SIM
nano-SIM (x1) nano-SIM (x1) nano-SIM (x1) nano-SIM (x1)
Special traits

-Digital fingerprint scanner

-Rapid charging

-USB Type-C

- Digital fingerprint scannerscanner
- 3D Touch screen

- Digital fingerprint scanner
- Fast charging
- Moto Mods

- Digital fingerprint scanner
- Fast charging
- Dual screen

Price $769 (32 GB) $769 (32 GB) $624 (32 GB) $499 (32 GB)

More than technical specifications

Of course, it’s difficult to form a definite opinion by only reading technical data sheets, if at all. The majority of phones have the same screen definitions, the same battery capacities or even the same cameras. However, in my opinion, Google Pixel stands out from the crowd of Android smartphones in many ways. It’s the only smartphone to offer the latest Android updates upon release.

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Google Assistant is at the center of Google’s strategy and the Pixel smartphones. © ANDROIDPIT

Google Assistant, despite being a little premature at the moment, is already proving to be superior to Siri, Apple’s intelligent assistant. It’s also interesting to note that Pixel XL offers an exclusive launcher, the Pixel Launcher. Finally, Google Pixel XL was developed with virtual reality in mind and works hand in hand with the new Daydream VR virtual reality headset.

Google Pixel XL: a future success?

In any case, it’s still too early to confirm whether Google Pixel XL will bowl over the competition and become as popular as the Nexus 5. For starters, the price isn’t the same and availability is still limited to a few countries.

However, Google Pixel XL has its advantages: design, technical specifications, software updates, 24/7 customer support. In Europe, there isn’t as much competition in the Android market. LG refuse to sell their V20 in Europe. Lenovo tries playing the nostalgia card with their Moto Z. The iPhone 7 is the only one that seems to have the ability to overshadow Google Pixel XL, however, their target markets aren’t the same.

What do you think of the Pixel XL? Leave a comment to let us know your thoughts and opinions.


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  • I'm fairly certain that the iPhone and Pixel both do not support aptX, but the iPhone does support AAC over bluetooth.

  • I have a Note 4. The Note 5 was a Major let down, the Note 7 was a good step in the right direction but the sealed battery would have seriously crippled the way that I work with my phone. I wish that LG would make a high end stylus type of phone. The V20 looks very interesting but in a Apple clone world of new Android phones the Pixel May shine brightly. The Security Updates already have my attention due to the way that I want to expand the use of my device. Yes I like waterproofing but the S 7 doesn't interest me! Perhaps after this Samsung will return to the great Notes of the past and restore the rest of the removed features in order to retain old disenfranchised users. Perhaps I should just pick one of the two that I have mentioned. But the one I think might be best has the same flaws as the Note 5. The one that has the best chance of serving me like my Note 4, the update history is no better than Samsung but it is $270 cheaper

  • Article has errors. The iPhone is iP67 not iP57. Big difference! Second, for those who don't know, ip53 is not "water resistant". It basically means if you spit on the phone the wrong way it could get damaged. Pixel is basically in the same class of "water resistance" as the other 2 Android phones compared or almost any other android devices Except Samsung's S7 note7, and S7 edge.

    • Hi Marlon, thank you for pointing out those errors. Thank you! You are right, the iPhone is iP67. I removed the ip53 from the specs table for the Pixel as to not confuse anyone as well. After further researching into the water resistance of the Pixel, it is said that ip53 means that it would be resistant to rain but only if held at a 45 degree angle.

      • No problem. My last comment and I will go away :-). All android phones in 2016, if not most have USB type C. That includes the Moto Z and LG, not just the Pixel.

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    It's definitely premium, but currently I think the Pixel XL is overpriced by $200..
    I'd be more than happy with a really nice plastic construction..
    plastic can be just as sophisticated as alloy and glass, but also cheaper and lot more practical.