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.

Lynn La Senior Editor / Reviews - Phones
Lynn La covers mobile reviews and news. She previously wrote for The Sacramento Bee, Macworld and The Global Post.
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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.

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Google Pixel XL comparison chart

Google Pixel XLApple iPhone 7 PlusSamsung Galaxy Note 7
Display size, resolution 5.5-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels5.5-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels5.7-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels
Pixel density 534 ppi401 ppi518 ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.09x2.98x0.34 (at its thickest)6.23x 3.07x0.29 inches6x2.9x0.3 inches
Dimensions (Millimeters) 154.72x75.74x8.58 (at its thickest)158.2x77.9x7.3 mm153.5x73.9x7.9 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 5.92 oz; 168 g6.63 oz; 188 g6 oz; 169 g
Mobile software (at launch) Android 7.1 NougatiOS 10Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Camera 12.3-megapixel12-megapixel (telephoto); 12-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 Snapdragon 820 (or Exynos depending on region)
Storage 32GB, 128GB32GB, 128GB, 256GB64GB
Expandable storage NoneNoneUp 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 coverHome buttonHome button
Connector USB-CLightningUSB-C
Special features Google Assistant built-in; unlimited cloud storage; Daydream VR readyWater-resistant; taptic Home button; dual rear cameras with 10x zoom and depth of field modeWater-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