Here’s how the Pixel XL fares up against the iPhone 7 Plus

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If Apple’s iPhone is considered the numero uno, then its closest competitor has always come from Samsung’s stables. It has always been a Galaxy. While that has happened, Google has always been omni-present with its Nexus line of smartphones, which have been always made in collaboration with Google’s partners. This year, that has changed because Google has taken a bolder approach and released two new smartphones under the Pixel brand which it has traditionally reserved for its ChromeBooks. There are two models this year – the Pixel and the Pixel XL which is a successor to the Nexus 6P in many ways. It is the Pixel XL which will take on Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus head on, so let’s take a look at how it fares up.

Display:

Both phones have a 5.5-inch display. With the iPhone 7 Plus, Apple continues to use the Retina Display, but this time, it introduced a wider color gamut for better color reproduction, but the resolution remains to be 1080p. The screen supports Apple’s 3D Touch that makes it pressure-sensitive.

The Pixel XL features a quad HD AMOLED display, that is VR ready and has a pixel resolution of 1440p. Yes, so the Pixel XL will have the sharper and more vibrant display, but Apple’s shouldn’t be far behind and it should also be more feature rich considering 3D touch.

Design:

Apple has only fine tuned the design of the iPhone 6S Plus with the iPhone 7 Plus, with the antenna lines less apparent and the home button now a touch-sensitive capacitive button. Apart from this, you have the dual-lens camera in a raised casing while the headphone jack is replaced by a speaker grill.

In comparison, the Pixel XL looks a bit bolder. The top of the rear has a half glass cutting housing the fingerprint scanner and the camera. At the front, the navigation buttons take up part of the screen. It is also being offered in fruiter colours.

Under the hood:

The iPhone 7 Plus has the fastest processor ever seen in an Apple device. The A10 Fusion chip is a quad-core processor made by Apple and clocked at 2.23GHz. This coupled by 3GB of RAM powers the iPhone 7 Plus.

The Pixel XL is powered by the newly unveiled Snapdragon 821 processor that has a clock speed of up to 2.24GHz which should make it plenty fast. You also get more RAM at 4GB, as compared to its rival, which makes this one better at handling heavy apps and multi-tasking.
Overall, both phones should be very fast, however, benchmarks already have revealed that the iPhone 7 Plus is pretty much the fastest phone in the world and that is likely to remain unless Google has employed some secret magic.

Camera:

The unique selling point of the iPhone 7 Plus, apart from its larger screen, is the dual-lens camera that Apple has meticulously developed which many believe to be the best camera phone in the world. The dual-lens system houses a wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens. Both cameras are optically stabilised and have a 12-megpapixel resolution. The wide angle lens has a f/1.8 aperture while the telephoto lens has a f/2.8 aperture. This gives the iPhone 7 Plus the ability to have 2X optical zoom without losing any clarity along with the DSLR-like blur effect in portrait shots and a better HDR capability.

The Pixel XL on the other hand, doesn’t come with such drastic innovation. Instead, we see a 12-megapixel rear shooter with a f/2.0 aperture. This camera also comes with a smart capture feature which is like the live photos on the Apple’s phones.

Software:

The iPhone 7 Plus runs on the new iOS 10 that comes with a flurry of new features including a lockscreen that now supports widgets, a more open-source Siri, raise to wake functionality, a 3D Touch enabled control center and lots more.

But it has to be said the almost every feature that is new in iOS 10 has been there for quite some time in Android. What’s more, the Pixel XL will see an updated version of Nougat, Android 7.1, that will support Google’s Daydream VR platform. There is multi-window support along with a hearty infusion of the Google Assistant, the virtual butler that will serve you tirelessly. Google is also offering a new UI which is being called the Pixel UI where you have to swipe up to get to the App Drawer, and Google Assistant is just a fingertap away.

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