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Pixel vs. Nexus: Which Google phone is better?

The latest flagship phones feature Google Assistant and brand-new cameras, but how do they compare to last year's Nexus phones?

Stephen T. Shankland
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Out with the Nexus, in with the Pixel.

Today Google announced a new pair of flagship phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL. The sleek, polished-aluminum phones feature Google's Assistant and new cameras that are expected to give the iPhone 7 a run for its money. In addition, Google's throwing in free unlimited photo and video cloud storage for anyone who buys a Pixel.

Below is a chart of how the new flagship phones compare to the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. There is no official word on whether Google is discontinuing the Nexus line, however the recent release of the Pixel phones could mean the end is nigh.

Specifications compared

Google Pixel Google Pixel XL Google Nexus 5X Google Nexus 6P
Display size, resolution 5-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels 5.5-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels 5.2-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels 5.7-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels
Pixel density 441 ppi 534 ppi 423ppi 515ppi
Dimensions (inches) 5.66x2.74x0.34 (at its thickest) 6.09x2.98x0.34 (at its thickest) 5.78x2.86x0.31 6.3x3.1x0.28
Dimensions (millimeters) 143.84x69.54x8.58 (at its thickest) 154.72x75.74x8.58 (at its thickest) 147x27.6x7.9 159x78x7.3
Weight (ounces, grams) 5.04 oz.; 143 g 5.92 oz.; 168g 4.8 oz. ;136 g 6.3 oz.; 178 g
Mobile software Android 7.1 Nougat Android 7.1 Nougat Android 6.0 Marshmallow Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Camera 12.3-megapixel 12.3-megapixel 12.3-megapixel 12.3-megapixel
Front-facing camera 8-megapixel 8-megapixel 5-megapixel 8-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K 4K
Processor 2.15GHz + 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 2.15GHz + 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 1.8GHz six-core Snapdragon 808 2GHz eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
Storage 32GB, 128GB 32GB, 128GB 16GB, 32GB 32GB, 64GB, 128GB
RAM 4GB 4GB 2GB 3GB
Expandable storage None None None None
Battery 2,770mAh 3,450mAh 2,700mAh (nonremovable) 3,450mAh (nonremovable)
Fingerprint sensor Back cover Back cover Back cover Back cover
Connector USB-C USB-C 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 "Pure" Android "Pure" Android
Price off-contract (USD) $649 (32GB); $749 (128GB) $769 (32GB); $869 (128GB) $379 (16GB); $429 (64GB) $499 (32GB); $549 (64GB); $649 (128GB)
Price (GBP) 32GB: £599 128GB: £699 32GB: £719 128GB: £819 £339 (16GB); £379 (32GB) £449 (32GB); £499 (64GB); £579 (128GB)
Price (AUD) TBD TBD AU$479 (16GB); AU$559 (32GB) AU$899 (32GB); AU$999 (64GB); AU$1,099 (128GB)