Google Pixel and Pixel XL is official and the smartphones are priced in line with the top flagship devices like Apple’s iPhone 7 lineup and Samsung’s Galaxy S7 edge. At a starting price of Rs 57,000, Google Pixel range is not cheap but it certainly is the best Android smartphone available right now.
Google Pixel and Pixel XL are the first smartphones designed and developed by Google itself. As Google’s Rick Osterloh explains, “The Pixel name has always represented the best in hardware and software, designed and built by Google, together.” Google already sells Pixel branded Chromebook, Pixel C tablet in the United States. With Pixel and Pixel XL, Google is showing the future path of Android smartphones and boldly competing with Apple’s iPhone 7 range making Samsung vulnerable in the process. While it will be too early to call Google Pixel the best smartphone, here is how it stacks up against Galaxy S7 edge and iPhone 7.
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Google Pixel and Pixel XL: So Google’s new smartphones are called Pixel and not Nexus. The new naming system also brings a huge spike in the pricing. Google Pixel and Pixel XL differ from each other only in terms of display size, display resolution and battery capacity.
Google Pixel and Pixel XL are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 processor coupled with 4GB RAM and 32/128GB storage. The smartphones feature same dual tone colour option and uses Nexus imprint at the rear for quick unlocking. Google Pixel and Pixel feature 12.3MP rear camera while the front snapper is an 8MP one.
Google Pixel features a 5-inch Full HD display while Pixel XL gets 5.5-inch Quad HD display. Google Pixel is backed by a 2,770mAh battery while the Pixel XL is backed by a generous 3,450mAh battery. Google Pixel and Pixel will start at Rs 57,000 in India and preorders will be available starting October 13. The smartphone will be available on Flipkart, Reliance Digital and Croma. Read our first impressions here.
Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: Apple iPhone and iPhone 7 Plus goes on sale in India on October 7. Apple’s latest iPhones retain the design language first seen on iPhone 6 in 2014 but they get upgrades on the hardware front.
Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus feature same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays with same resolution like the iPhone 6 and 6s Plus series. However, Apple claims the displays are 25 per cent brighter and support wider colour gamut, which should help in direct sunlight visibility. Apple iPhone 7 gets 2GB RAM while iPhone 7 Plus jumps to 3GB RAM along with new A10 Fusion chipset.
The biggest change with new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is the standardisation of OIS among both the smartphones. Apple iPhone 7 Plus gets dual rear camera setup with one wide angle lens and a telephoto lens. With iPhone 7 Plus, Apple is bringing true 2X optical zoom to smartphones. There is also a software based digital zoom up to 10x.
Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 are just few grands costlier than the Pixel range. Apple iPhone 7 starts at Rs 60,000 while the iPhone 7 Plus will start at Rs 72,000. Apple’s latest iPhones make for a great option as a premium flagship smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge: If you are looking for a flagship Android smartphone then Samsung Galaxy S7 edge has been the only option until the launch of Pixel smartphones. With Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S7 edge faces its strongest competitor yet.
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge features dual curved edge display unlike other smartphones, but its use is highly limited. The smartphone has one of the best display on a mobile device and is powered by company’s very own Exynos 8890 chipset here. Samsung Galaxy S7 edge gets 4GB RAM, 32GB storage and 3600mAh battery good enough to last you a day.
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge’s USP has been its camera but Google claims its Pixel beats the device easily with a DxoMark rating of 89. While Pixel’s advantage lies in the latest software, Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is better in terms of the cheaper price tag. Read our full review here.