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Google Pixel XL vs. iPhone 7 Plus and Galaxy Note 7

See how Google's new Pixel XL phone compares spec-by-spec against its big-screen rivals from Apple and Samsung.

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Google's new Pixel phone has a big brother, the Pixel XL. Other than sporting a bigger 5.5-inch display, a higher-res screen and a larger battery, the Pixel XL is virtually identical to its smaller counterpart. They're among the first devices to have Google's new Assistant software baked in.

Assistant is a voice-controlled AI platform that uses Google's vast search database to conversationally answer different kinds of questions. For instance, you can ask it to translate phrases in different languages, ask if there are any popular restaurants nearby and other common queries. You can also ask it uncommon things like the meaning of life or to tell you a joke.

As for hardware specs, the device remains on par with other big-screen phones. It has a sharper display than both the Apple iPhone 7 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. But it's not water resistant like the other two.

To see more of these phones' specs side-by-side, read our comparison chart below. And if you want to know what other news Google announced today, check out all our coverage here.

Google Pixel XL comparison chart

Google Pixel XL Apple iPhone 7 Plus Samsung Galaxy Note 7
Display size, resolution 5.5-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels 5.5-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels 5.7-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels
Pixel density 534 ppi 401 ppi 518 ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.09x2.98x0.34 (at its thickest) 6.23x 3.07x0.29 inches 6x2.9x0.3 inches
Dimensions (Millimeters) 154.72x75.74x8.58 (at its thickest) 158.2x77.9x7.3 mm 153.5x73.9x7.9 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 5.92 oz; 168 g 6.63 oz; 188 g 6 oz; 169 g
Mobile software (at launch) Android 7.1 Nougat iOS 10 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Camera 12.3-megapixel 12-megapixel (telephoto); 12-megapixel (wide) 12-megapixel
Front-facing camera 8-megapixel 7-megapixel 5-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K
Processor 2.15GHz + 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 A10 chip (64-bit) 2.15GHz + 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (or Exynos depending on region)
Storage 32GB, 128GB 32GB, 128GB, 256GB 64GB
Expandable storage None None Up to 200GB
Battery 3,450 mAh (nonremovable) 21 hours talk time on 3G, 16 days standby, 13 hours internet use LTE (nonremovable) 3,500 mAh (nonremovable)
Fingerprint sensor Back cover Home button Home button
Connector USB-C Lightning USB-C
Special features Google Assistant built-in; unlimited cloud storage; Daydream VR ready Water-resistant; taptic Home button; dual rear cameras with 10x zoom and depth of field mode Water-resistant; wireless charging; S Pen stylus
Price off-contract (USD) $769 (32GB); $869 (128GB) $769 (32GB); $869 (128GB); $969 (256GB) AT&T: $880; Verizon: $864; T-Mobile: $849; Sprint: $850; US Cellular: $834
Price (GBP) £719 (32GB); £819 (128GB) £719 (32GB); £819 (128GB); £919 (256GB) £700
Price (AUD) AU$1,269 (32GB); AU$1,419 (128GB) AU$1,269 (32GB); AU$1,419 (128GB); AU$1,569 (256GB) AU$1,349