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Specs Comparison: Google Pixel XL vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Google has just launched their own smartphone, Pixel, and it comes in a bigger variant dubbed as the “XL”. To help those considering the Pixel XL to be their new daily driver, here’s a quick specs guide and comparison of the Pixel XL and the recently released iPhone 7 Plus.

Google Pixel XLiPhone 7 Plus
5.5-inch QHD AMOLED @ 2560 x 1440 pixels, 534ppi5.5-inch IPS LCD @ 1920 x 1080 pixels, 401ppi
-3D Touch
2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4Ion-strengthened glass
2.15GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core chipset2.23GHz A10 Fusion quad-core chipset
-M10 motion co-processor
Adreno 530 GPU6-core GPU
32GB / 128GB internal storage32GB / 128GB / 256GB internal storage
12.3MP f/2.0 Sony IMX378 PDAF + LDAF rear camera w/ LED flash12MP f/1.8 wide-angle + 12MP f/2.8 telephoto autofocus rear camera w/ OIS, Quad-LED True Tone flash, 2x optical zoom, 4K recording
8MP front-facing camera7MP front-facing camera
4G LTE Cat114G LTE Cat9
Wi-Fi 802.11ac w/ MIMOWi-Fi 802.11ac w/ MIMO
Bluetooth 4.2Bluetooth 4.2
NFCNFC (Apple Pay only)
Fingerprint scannerFingerprint scanner
-IP67 certified
USB Type-C (v3.0)Lightning port
3,450 mAh battery w/ fast-charging2,900mAh Li-Ion battery
Android 7.1 NougatiOS 10
154.7 x 75.74 x 8.6 mm158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm
168 g188 g

Summary of Advantages

Google Pixel XL:

  • Higher resolution display
  • High-contrast AMOLED panel
  • Bigger RAM
  • Speedier LTE Cat11 support
  • Universal NFC
  • Faster USB 3.0 (Type-C) port
  • Larger battery

Apple iPhone 7 Plus:

  • Force Touch feature
  • Bigger internal storage option
  • Dual rear camera setup
  • IP67 certified

In a nutshell, both offers exceptional features and power for any users. The Pixel XL gets the edge with its high-resolution Quad HD display and the use of an AMOLED panel. It also has a speedy LTE Cat11 radio onboard to take advantage of your carrier’s advancement if available. Plus, the Type-C port on the phone has fast USB 3.0 speeds. The bigger battery is also an advantage over the new big iPhone.

While the iPhone 7 Plus is a gigabyte shy in the RAM department, the software enhancements on the Apple handset will take care of that. It also sports two rear cameras with one being a telephoto shooter for 2x optical zoom. IP67 certification gives the iPhone the liberty to get wet and wild (but not much), too.

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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.

4 Responses

  1. Avatar for Kabayan Kabayan says:

    Lagi namang talo ang iphone pag dating sa specs by specs comparison. Kaya di nila masyadong ginagamit yun sa mga marketing materials nila. I’d like to see the real-world use of Pixel XL, kase minsan sa mga android phones… maganda nga ang specs.. pero pag dating sa actual usage… sumasabog. hehehe

  2. Avatar for Dummy_001 Dummy_001 says:

    Lightning Port? Hindi po ba USB Type-C na rin po ang iPhone 7?

  3. Avatar for jcode2016 jcode2016 says:

    Dapat daw kasi Apples vs Apples, Android vs Android

    • Avatar for Upwindabove Upwindabove says:

      I agree with you, Sir. Case in point Iphone 6S ANTUTU benchmarks blowing out all other flagships of that generation despite lower RAM etc. The amazing performance says something about the thorough optimization Apple does between OS-hardware BUT ALSO about how much iOS restricts functions and customization. Makes sense since it’s easier to optimize if you have less functions. You’re right that the ecosystems are just very different from each other.

      At the same time, a lot of people ask this question: will I buy the Apple or Samsung or Google etc flagship? I posit that gone are the days where people are only Apple or only Android users. Many people have switched (more than once) between the two, so this article still makes sense po. :(

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