Today Google has officially unveiled the long-awaited Pixel and Pixel XL — the company’s two “Made by Google” smartphones. While both were manufactured by HTC, Google is claiming these as their own — designed in-house from the ground up. But which of the two phones is for you?
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The Pixel and Pixel XL are very similar to other flagship devices currently on the market when it comes to specs. Most flagship phones have at least a 2K display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a pretty decent camera. Besides the fact that the standard Pixel only has a 1080p display, both phones have specs just as good — if not better — than their competitors.
The best news to come out of this announcement is that users who enjoy phones with smaller displays won’t be penalized with lesser specs. Compared to last year where the Nexus 5X had less RAM and a slower processor than the Nexus 6P, the only real differences between the Pixel and Pixel XL is screen resolution. While the larger of the two devices has a 2K display, the 5-inch Pixel has a 1080p screen. This isn’t horrible, but does lessen the viewing experience — especially in VR.
Check out the full list of specs below and let us know what you think of the two phones.
|Google Pixel||Google Pixel XL|
|Resolution||1,920×1,080 pixels||2,560×1,440 pixels|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Quad Core 2x 2.15GHz / 2x 1.6GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Quad Core 2x 2.15GHz / 2x 1.6GHz|
|Storage||32GB or 128GB||32GB or 128GB|
|Battery||2,770mAh (nonremovable)||3,450mAh (nonremovable)|
|Other features||Android 7.1, USB Type-C, Fingerprint Sensor, 3.5mm headphone jack, Quick charging||Android 7.1, USB Type-C, Fingerprint Sensor, 3.5mm headphone jack, Quick charging|
|Base price off-contract||~$649||~$769|
|Expandable storage up to||Not Available||Not Available|
As the main differences between the Pixel and Pixel XL are the screen size, resolution, and price, which of the two devices are you most excited about and looking to pick up?