Specs Comparison: Google Pixel vs Sony Xperia XZ

Specs Comparison: Google Pixel vs Sony Xperia XZ

The Google Pixel smartphone has a number of competitors in the market. One of them is Sony’s new flagship — Xperia XZ. Since both are relatively new Android phones, let’s put them side by side.

Google PixelXperia XZ
5-inch AMOLED @ 1920 x 1080 pixels, 441 pixels5.2-inch Triluminos IPS LCD @ 1920 x 1080 pixels, 424ppi
2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4Corning Gorilla Glass
2.15GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core chipset2.15GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core chipset
Adreno 530 GPUAdreno 530 GPU
32GB / 128GB internal storage32GB / 64GB internal storage
-Expandable via microSD, up to 256GB
12.3MP f/2.0 Sony IMX378 PDAF + LDAF rear camera w/ LED flash, 4K recording23MP f/2.0 Predictive Hybrid AF rear camera w/ LED flash
8MP front-facing camera13MP f/2.0 front camera
-Dual SIM (region dependent)
4G LTE Cat114G LTE Cat9
Wi-Fi 802.11ac w/ MIMOWi-Fi 802.11ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 4.2Bluetooth 4.2
USB Type-C (v3.0)USB Type-C (v2.0)
Fingerprint scannerFingerprint scanner
-Hi-Fi 24-bit/192kHz audio
-IP68 certified
2,770mAh Li-Ion battery2,900mAh Li-Ion battery w/ Quick Charge 3.0
Android 7.1 NougatAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6 mm146 x 72 x 8.1 mm
143 g161 g

Summary of Advantages

Google Pixel:


  • Higher 4GB DDR4 RAM
  • Larger storage option
  • Speedier LTE Cat11 radio
  • Faster USB Type-C (v3.0)
  • Newer Android 7.1 Nougat

Sony Xperia XZ:

  • Expandable storage via microSD
  • Higher megapixel count
  • Dual SIM (region dependent)
  • Hi-Fi audio
  • IP68 certified
  • Slightly larger battery

To begin with, both sports top of the line processors from Qualcomm although the Pixel gets a higher 4GB DDR4 RAM. It also has a more spacious 128GB option but doesn’t have a microSD card slot. It also benefits from the high speeds of LTE Cat11 and USB 3.0 through its Type-C port. And of course, it’s got the latest Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box.

All those doesn’t leave the Xperia XZ behind especially with its whopping 23MP rear camera and selfie-perfect 13MP front-facing camera. It also has a Dual SIM variant depending on where it is available. Plus, a built-in Hi-Fi DAC audio is great for audiophiles out there. Water and dust resistance, a Sony common trait to have, is here too.

This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

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