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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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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.

Google Pixel comparison chart

Google Pixel Apple iPhone 7 Samsung Galaxy S7
Display size, resolution 5-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels 4.7-inch; 1,334x750 pixels 5.1-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels
Pixel density 441 ppi 326 ppi 576 ppi
Dimensions (inches) 5.66x2.74x0.34 (at its thickest) 5.44x2.64x0.28 inches 5.6x2.7x0.3 inches
Dimensions (millimeters) 143.84x69.54x8.58 (at its thickest) 138.3x67.1x7.1 mm 142.4x69.6x7.9 mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 5.04 oz; 143 g 4.87 oz; 138 g 5.4 oz; 152 g
Mobile software Android 7.1 Nougat iOS 10 Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Camera 12.3-megapixel 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 Snapgradon 820
Storage 32GB, 128GB 32GB, 128GB, 256GB 32GB, 64GB (varies by region)
RAM 4GB TBD 4GB
Expandable storage None None Up to 200GB
Battery 2,770mAh 14 hour talk time on 3G, 10 days standby, 12 hours internet use on LTE 3,000mAh (nonremovable)
Fingerprint sensor Back cover Home button Home button
Connector USB-C Lightning Micro-USB
Special features Google Assistant built-in; unlimited cloud storage; Daydream VR ready Water-resistant; taptic Home button Water-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) TBD AU$1,079 (32GB); AU$1,229 (128GB); AU$1,379 (256GB) AU$1,149