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At an event this morning, Google announced a slew of new products, including the debut of the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. The phones have the same design, same processor, same storage and same camera. So with all this sameness, what are the differences?

Well, there are not many. And that's good, because even if you get the smaller one, you're not missing out on any cool features. The real differences are in battery and screen size, as well as the resolution and price.

  • Screen size: Despite the Pixel XL having a larger screen with more resolution, the smaller Pixel still sports a very respectable 1,920x1,080-pixel display.
  • Battery: The Pixel has a 2,770mAh battery and the Pixel XL a 3,450mAh battery. Until we test the phones, we can't be certain how much more battery life, if any, the Pixel XL will get.
  • Price: For a 32 GB model, the Pixel starts at $649 and the Pixel XL at $769. Both are available for preorder today -- except the blue version, which is sold out.

The Pixel and Pixel XL come built-in with Google Assistant and support for Google's Daydream VR platform. Google touts that the camera on the Pixel series is better than on any other smartphone. DxOMark, a camera-testing website, gives the Pixel's camera a score of 89 -- the highest for any smartphone.

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Check out the full specs for both phones below, and take a look at our hands-on video of the Pixel and Pixel XL.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL specs

Google Pixel Google Pixel XL
Display size, resolution 5-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels 5.5-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels
Pixel density 441 ppi 534 ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 5.66x2.74x0.34 (at its thickest) 6.09x2.98x0.34 (at its thickest)
Dimensions (Millimeters) 143.84x69.54x8.58 (at its thickest) 154.72x75.74x8.58 (at its thickest)
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 5.04 oz; 143 g 5.92 oz; 168g
Mobile software Android 7.1 Nougat Android 7.1 Nougat
Camera 12.3-megapixel 12.3-megapixel
Front-facing camera 8-megapixel 8-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K
Processor 2.15GHz + 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 2.15GHz + 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
Storage 32GB, 128GB 32GB, 128GB
Expandable storage None None
Battery 2,770mAh 3,450mAh
Fingerprint sensor Back cover Back cover
Connector USB-C USB-C
Special features Google Assistant built-in; unlimited cloud storage; Daydream VR ready Google Assistant built-in; unlimited cloud storage; Daydream VR ready
Price off-contract (USD) $649 (32GB); $749 (128GB) $769 (32GB); $869 (128GB)
Price (GBP) £599 (32GB); £699 (128GB) £719 (32GB); £819 (128GB)