Representing a major shift in direction away from the Nexus family before it, Google has now taken the veil off its new Pixel line-up. The Pixel and Pixel XL are designed by Google from the ground up and are ready to go head-to-toe with high-end flagships from Apple, Samsung, and other major smartphone brands. Not only does the Pixel lineup offer top of the line specs, but also a premium design and premium pricing to match.
See also: Google Pixel and Pixel XL officially announced: everything you need to know 182 Of course, there are no shortage of solid flagship options in 2016, so let’s take a look at how the new Google Pixel and Pixel XL stack up against the competition and point out some of its potential strengths and weaknesses. For this comparison, we’re going to stack the two new Pixel phones up against the new LG V20, HTC 10, Moto Z Force, Samsung’s Galaxy S7 / S7 edge, and the iPhone 7 / 7 Plus.
Pixel / Pixel XL iPhone 7 / 7 Plus Galaxy S7 / S7 edge LG V20 HTC 10 Moto Z Force Display 5-inch 1080p AMOLED / 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED 4.7 / 5.5-inch LCD
(1334x750 / 1920x1080) 5.1 / 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED
(2560x1400) 5.7-inch QHD LCD
(2560x1440) 5.2-inch QHD LCD
(2560x1440) 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED
(2560x1440) SoC Snapdragon 821 Apple A10 Fusion Exynos 8890 or
Snapdragon 820 Snapdragon 820 Snapdragon 820 Snapdragon 820 CPU 4x 2.15GHz Kryo 2x high performance
2x low performance 4x 2.3GHz Samsung M1 +
4x 1.6GHz Cortex-A53 or
4x 2.15GHz Kryo 4x 2.15GHz Kryo 4x 2.15GHz Kryo 4x 2.15GHz Kryo GPU Adreno 530 TBA Mali-T880 MP12 or
Adreno 530 Adreno 530 Adreno 530 Adreno 530 RAM 4GB 2 / 3GB 4GB 4GB 4GB 4GB Storage 32 / 128GB 32 / 128 / 256GB 32 / 64GB 32 / 64GB 32 / 64GB 32 / 64GB MicroSD No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Starting with the processing hardware, we see Qualcomm Snapdragon’s across the board, except with the obvious exception of Apple. The Snapdragon 820 has been the staple across pretty much every Android flagship on the market, baring Samsung’s Exynos 8890 inside some of its Galaxy S7 and Note 7 smartphones. The Pixel and Pixel XL opt for Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 821 chipset, but this is more of a modest upgrade that offers tweaks and fixes, as opposed to a major boost to performance over the familiar Snapdragon 820.