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Google Pixel vs. iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7

Google's Pixel phone is finally here -- but does it have what it takes to compete against Apple and Samsung's flagships?

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Lynn La covers mobile reviews and news. She previously wrote for The Sacramento Bee, Macworld and The Global Post.
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At a San Francisco press event today, Google finally announced its highly anticipated phone, Pixel. Equipped with a 5-inch display and a 12.3-megapixel camera, the device is also notable for being one of the first phones (next to its bigger counterpart, the Pixel XL) to come with Google's Assistant software.

Assistant is a voice-controlled AI platform that uses Google's vast search database to answer (in a conversational way) several kinds of questions you throw its way. For example, you can type, "Cafes nearby?" and it will find popular coffee shops in your area. You can ask it to translate phrases in different languages, show your latest emails, look up airfare prices, and other common queries.

In terms of hardware, the device offers comparable specs to rivals. Unlike the Apple iPhone 7, the Pixel retains its 3.5mm headphone jack and has a bigger, sharper display. Compared to Samsung's Galaxy S7, it has a smaller battery but a slightly more advanced processor. For more information, check out our comparison chart below. And be sure to read more of CNET's coverage of Google's event here.

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Google Pixel comparison chart

Google PixelApple iPhone 7Samsung Galaxy S7
Display size, resolution 5-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels4.7-inch; 1,334x750 pixels5.1-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels
Pixel density 441 ppi326 ppi576 ppi
Dimensions (inches) 5.66x2.74x0.34 (at its thickest)5.44x2.64x0.28 inches5.6x2.7x0.3 inches
Dimensions (millimeters) 143.84x69.54x8.58 (at its thickest)138.3x67.1x7.1 mm142.4x69.6x7.9 mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 5.04 oz; 143 g4.87 oz; 138 g5.4 oz; 152 g
Mobile software Android 7.1 NougatiOS 10Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Camera 12.3-megapixel12-megapixel (wide)12-megapixel
Front-facing camera 8-megapixel7-megapixel5-megapixel
Video capture 4K4K4K
Processor 2.15GHz + 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821A10 chip (64-bit)2.15GHz + 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapgradon 820
Storage 32GB, 128GB32GB, 128GB, 256GB32GB, 64GB (varies by region)
RAM 4GBTBD4GB
Expandable storage NoneNoneUp to 200GB
Battery 2,770mAh14 hour talk time on 3G, 10 days standby, 12 hours internet use on LTE3,000mAh (nonremovable)
Fingerprint sensor Back coverHome buttonHome button
Connector USB-CLightningMicro-USB
Special features Google Assistant built-in; unlimited cloud storage; Daydream VR readyWater-resistant; taptic Home buttonWater-resistant; wireless charging
Price off-contract (USD) $649 (32GB); $749 (128GB)$649 (32GB); $749 (128GB); $849 (256GB)AT&T: $695; Verizon: $672; T-Mobile: $670; Sprint: $650; U.S. Cellular: $672
Price (GBP) Pixel: 32GB: £599 128GB: £699, Pixel XL: 32GB: £719 128GB: £819£599 (32GB); £699 (128GB); £799 (256GB) £569
Price (AUD) TBDAU$1,079 (32GB); AU$1,229 (128GB); AU$1,379 (256GB)AU$1,149