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Specs Comparison: Google Nexus 6P vs Pixel vs Pixel XL




The launch of the two new handsets from Google showed evident upgrades from its previous flagship — the Nexus 6P. Although at the same time, the company still carried over some of its specs to these new devices.

Let’s take a quick look at both the similarities and differences of the older Nexus 6P to the new Pixel and Pixel XL.

Google Nexus 6PGoogle PixelGoogle Pixel XL
5.7-inch Quad HD display @ 2560 x 1440 resolution5-inch Full HD display @ 1920 x 1080 resolution5.5-inch Quad HD display @ 2560 x 1440 resolution
518ppi441ppi534ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 42.5D display with Corning Gorilla Glass 42.5D display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Snapdragon 810 octa-core processorSnapdragon 821 quad-core processorSnapdragon 821 quad-core processor
3GB RAM4GB LPDDR4 RAM4GB LPDDR4 RAM
32GB/64GB/128GB internal storage32GB/128GB internal storage32GB/128GB internal storage
Non-expandable storageNon-expandable storageNon-expandable storage
12.3MP rear camera, 1.55μm12.3MP rear camera (IMX179), 1.55μm, PDAF + LDAF, F2.0 aperture12.3MP rear camera (IMX179), 1.55μm, PDAF + LDAF, F2.0 aperture
Video up to 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 120fps, 720p @ 240fpsVideo up to 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 120fps, 720p @ 240fpsVideo up to 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 120fps, 720p @ 240fps
8MP front camera, 1.4µm8MP front camera, 1.4µm, F2.4 aperture, fixed focus8MP front camera, 1.4µm, F2.4 aperture, fixed focus
Fingerprint sensorFingerprint sensorFingerprint sensor
Single SIMSingle SIMSingle SIM
NFCNFCNFC
USB Type-CUSB Type-CUSB Type-C
GPSGPSGPS
Bluetooth 4.2Bluetooth 4.2Bluetooth 4.2
WiFi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/nWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2x2 MIMOWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2x2 MIMO
LTELTE LTE
159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3mm143.8 x 69.5 x 7.3 ~ 8.5mm154.7 x 75.7 x 7.3 ~ 8.5mm
Android 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 7.1 NougatAndroid 7.1 Nougat
3450mAh with support for fast charging2770mAh battery with fast charging3450mAh battery with fast charging
Matte Gold, Graphite, Aluminum, FrostVery Black, Quite Silver, Really BlueVery Black, Quite Silver, Really Blue

First and foremost, we see the bump in processor which is rather significant. The Pixel phones now run on Snapdragon 821 which is really promising based on previous reports and left the Snapdragon 810 chipset with the Nexus 6P. Memory also saw an increase to a total of 4GB from 3GB. In terms of storage, Google removed the 64GB option on the 6P and limited the Pixels to two variants.

The display department also saw a change in different aspects. The older Nexus 6P is larger at 5.7 inches while the new Google phones max out at 5.5-inch. This affected the pixel density between the two QHD-equipped phones but all three devices are protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4.

Other features were simply carried over like a fingerprint sensor, single SIM implementation, NFC, and USB Type-C. Having been able to wirelessly pair and transfer files through USB-C are good inclusions so we’re not complaining on the decision to have them onboard the Pixel phones as well.

What do you think about the specs and features Google has left on the 6P and carried over to the new smartphones? Would you rather have more features from the old model or would you have wanted the company to offer something better? The comment box awaits!



Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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3 Responses

  1. yowza says:

    The price is going to be the deal breaker here.

    Would have been nice if you put the launch price of the Pixel vs the current price of the Nexus 6P.

  2. Carl says:

    I believe it’s Quite Black, Very Silver, Really Blue :)

  3. Poorita knowles says:

    I dont think Huawei is still selling 6p. Checked a couple of outlets. Wala na.

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