On Monday, it was heard that a UK retailer has unveiled the details of Google’s upcoming two new phones. Google was keeping all this information and launch secret but the shopkeeper broke it out. Though much was not heard, it showed that Google will soon reveal its new phones. The next day, on 4th October 2016, Google proved it and the event brought us two new phones named as Google Pixel and Google pixel XL. We will be covering the two phones in depth with their specs, features, attributes and most importantly their competition in the market.

Before we dig deep into the details, the rumors had been on social media and in news channels that this phone will prove the best competitor of iPhone. Both have multiple similarities but either has few specifications. Pixel is an android based while iPhone works on iOS. This is how the new phone will be covered in comparison to all the current best phones in the markets. The new Pixel phones proved a see-off for the older versions of Google, Nexus series that was operating on Android Marshmallow while this new one comes with Android Nougat 7.1.

The new phones seem to be a best example of Google’s software and hardware products. The sources report that Google brought these phones with collaboration of HTC. There are five factors that make these phones to be worth purchasing and have in hands. Let’s see the factors, reported in Google’s official event.

  • Google Assistant
  • Photography
  • Storage
  • Communications
  • Virtual reality

Google Assistant


Google few weeks before introduced its messaging apps- Allow and this was the first time world came to know about Google Assistant. This is a feature that can be compared to Apple’s Siri. The new two phones have a built in Google Assistant and you can do a lot of things with this amazing addition.



According to Google’s speaker of the event, the users will enjoy terrific photography experience. The reports tell the new phones may surpass iPhone in terms of its picture capturing ability, short capture time and exceptional image quality. The more about pictures will be discussed in features.



Like in many android phones the users face troubles of storage. Google comes up with a solution to the storage problems and the users will now be able to get more space. Google Cloud will provide enough storage to store pictures, files, data and other stuff as well.



Google, according to the event reports, now makes it much easier for the users to communicate and get connected with their families, beloved ones and friends. No matter what device you have, it will be quite easy and comfortable for the users to get in touch now.

Virtual Reality


The last but not surely the least, the most amazing aspect about the new phones is they are made of virtual reality. This is the world believes virtual reality will be the future of the technology.

Specs Hardware of Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL at a Glance

Google Pixel

  • Dimensions: 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6 mm
  • Weight: 143g
  • Display: 5in 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core 2.1GHz
  • GPU: Adreno 530
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 32GB or 128GB
  • MicroSD: Up To 256GB
  • Rear Camera: 12MP
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • Software: Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Battery: 2770mAh Quick Charge
  • Fingerprint Sensor: back Over
  • Connector: USB-C
  • Price: $649 (32GB); $749 (128GB)
  • Colours: Silver, Black and Real Blue
  • Other Features: Google Assistant, Unlimited Cloud Storage, Daydream VR etc.

Google Pixel XL

  • Dimensions: 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6mm
  • Weight: 168g
  • Display: 5.5in 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core 2.1GHz
  • GPU: Adreno 530
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 32GB or 128GB
  • MicroSD: Up To 256GB
  • Rear Camera: 12MP
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • Software: Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Battery: 3450mAh Quick Charge
  • Fingerprint Sensor: back Over
  • Connector: USB-C
  • Price: $769 (32GB); $869 (128GB)
  • Colours: Silver, Black and Real Blue
  • Other Features: Google Assistant, Unlimited Cloud Storage, Daydream VR etc.

Before the release of this smart phone by Google, Nexus series was quite rife in the market when it comes to Google built phones. This time the internet giant changed it in terrific ways and brought Google Pixel that also shows the actual worth of android as well. Google actually decided to introduce it phones in order to come up with the excellent use of its made operating system.

Designs of Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL


Both the phones are almost same in design but their specs and sizes are a bit different. The metal body with an upper rare section made of glass gives both the phones amazing looks. In addition to 8.6mm slim design, both the phones have rear fingerprint sensors. As the names imply, Pixel is smaller while Pixel XL is larger in size and dimensions; pixel measures 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6mm with 143g weight, while the Pixel XL measures 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6mm and weighs 168g.

Both the phones come with the same design but just differ in dimensions. The body comprise of metal and glass for the top third of the rear. The flashlight and front cameras are near the top left corner, very similar to the design of iPhones as their cameras and flashlights are in the very corner as well.

If we look at the design in terms of speakers and buttons, speakers are positioned at the bottom with a charging port type-C. The power and volume buttons are placed on the right side of the device. The front has a speaker and front camera too. The design, in overall analysis, is pretty good and both the phones are thinner, slimmer and smarter than any of the Google phones. It seems Google has started working on smart products after realization that world accepts slim devices when it comes to have them in hand most of the time.

Display of Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL


As we have already mentioned in the specs list that Pixel comes with 5-inch and Pixel XL with 5.5-inch HD display and both offer glass 4 protections as well. The Pixel model is a bit smaller, thinner and smarter as compared to XL and comes with a pixel density of 441ppi.

If we see the display of the larger phone, Pixel XL, it comes with a 5.5-inch HD display with a higher pixel density of 534ppi. It’s protected with glass and looks like a bigger product than its twin-brother. The AMOLED technology used in display of both can be expected to provide users with rich and vibrant colors.

Camera of Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL


Both the phones, Pixel and Pixel XL, have 12.3 megapixel rear and 8 megapixel front cameras with optical image stabilization. The cameras of both the phones resemble Nexus 6 introduced by Google last year. The smartbust feature is famous in terms of capturing action shots. According to the Google event speaker, the cameras of both the phones are advanced and capture photos with a shorter time in comparison to any smart phone in the markets.

In addition to all the features provided in camera of the phones, the HDR+ feature will let the users take excellent photos even in challenging conditions as well. It will minimize the noise and assemble a photo to be very clear, vibrant and vivid. There is no doubt that the photography of these new cameras will be amazing in terms of quality and comparison to other smart phones of this range.

Hardware & Specs of Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL


The hardware specs of these new phones are relatively better as compared to other phones introduced by Google. This is the best ever smart phone that Google has produced so far.

Pixel specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset, 4GB RAM, 32GB/128GB storage
  • 5-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution display, 441ppi
  • 2770mAh battery

Pixel XL specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset, 4GB RAM, 32GB/128GB storage
  • 5-inch 2560 x 1440 resolution display, 534ppi
  • 3450mAh battery

The reports claim that the initial suggestion was to improve specs in the Pixel XL but the difference is visible only in size and dimensions. To some extent, the battery and pixel resolution is better in the larger phone. If we compare these with Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, the comparison is not acceptable as iPhones have better specs and this comparison will be discussed later with other phones too.

Software of Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL


When it comes to the software of the new phones of Google, these come with Android Nougat 7.1. This is the latest version of Android and few of the phones in market have the latest version. Both the phones have built in Google Assistant with round icons. Though the recent version of the OS was released few months before but these are the first phones of Google to come with this updated version.

It’s indeed a great innovation by the internet giant, Google that it brought phones with daydream VR ready and Google Assistant too. The apps are smarter in size and round too just like Google Chrome. Additionally, Google Duo will be available in these phones by which the users can make video calls. The new phones have unlimited storage available through Cloud.

Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL Manufacturer

This is the first time that Google collaborated with HTC for its products. It was believed that Google worked on its hardware but it all happened with cooperation of HTC. According to a source, Google has built a factory as well where the parts are assembled so there is a manufacturer but that’s not confirmed yet. Google this time left the Nexus series and came up with Pixel.  There is something that’s very confusing for the users and technology geeks. The new phones are very much like the HTC phones so it went a perception that these are built by HTC.

What Makes these Phones the Most Awaited?

The analyses of the specs, features, designs and other specifications of both the phones reveal that these are pretty cool phones that anyone would wish to have. Google has done a wonderful job in terms of hardware and bringing such smart phones is really worth appreciating. There are few other features and extra attributes that make these phones the most awaited. Here we are presenting some of the more details about these two new phones.

First Phones with Google Assistant


Google seems to be impressed with Apple’s innovation and technology trends. Apple brought Siri few years back and now this year the internet giant introduced its messaging app Allo that got utmost attention just for its most prominent feature of Google Assistant. This tool lets you do whatever you want. From entertainment to support, guide to fetching news and a lot more is possible with this. Pixel and Pixel XL are the first ever android phones to come with Google Assistant. You can and order what you need to get.

If we see this supportive feature, it makes a great sense. Now the users seem to be more sluggish and they would not bother typing so much with their hands. They prefer speaking and a system that does all of their phone functions just on one voice. This is what Google realized and fetched us. In our analysis, the phones would go popular because of this interesting built-in app.

First Phones with Daydream VR


The new phones are the first ever phones to come with daydream VR. Google has also announced it daydream handset that comes in multiple colors. The apparent look and user reviews reveal that it’s the most comfortable handset so far. Thus the users of these two phones can enjoy daydreaming by getting their handsets.

Prices of Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL


The event was organized on 4th of October 2016 that proved handy in revealing the details of the new products. According to multiple reliable sources, the phones would hit markets on 20th October this year and the fans will then be able to purchase their phones. Preorders have been started on the event day in UK, USA, Canada and Germany through Google stores while the preorders in India will be started on 13th October. Prices for the Pixel start at £599/$649 or $27 a month in the US. Prices for the Pixel XL start at £719, creeping up to £819 for the 128GB.

Comparison of Pixel, Pixel XL, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 7

FeaturesGoogle Pixel Google Pixel XLiPhone 7iPhone 7 PlusSamsung Galaxy Note 7
Display/resolution5in AMOLED capacitive touch screen 1920 x 1080 pixels (441ppi)5.5-inch; 2,560×1,440 pixels4.7in IPS LCD Retina5.5-inch5.5-inch
Pixel Density441 ppi534 ppi326ppi401ppi534ppi
Dimensions143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6 mm6.09×2.98×0.34138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm
Weight 143g168g138g188g169g
SoftwareAndroid 7.1 NougatAndroid 7.1 NougatiOS 10.0.1iOS 10.0.1Marshmallow 6.1
Rear Camera12MP, f/2.0 aperture12.3-megapixel12MP, f/1.8 aperture12-megapixe
Front Facing cam8MP, f/2.4 aperture8-megapixel7MP, f/2.2 aperture7-megapixel
Video Capture
ProcessorMSM8996 Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core CPU “Kryo” 2.1GHz2.15GHz + 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821Apple A10 “Fusion” CPU quad-core 2.34GHzApple A10 “Fusion” CPU quad-core 2.34GHzExynos 8890 octa-core SoC
Storage32GB or 128GB32GB, 128GB32GB,128GB, or 256GB32GB,128GB, or 256GB32 GB
Expandable Storage NoneNoneNoneNoneCard Slot
Battery2770mAh Quick Charge3,450mAh1960mAh2900mAh3600mAh
Fingerprint SensorBack OverBack cover
ConnectorUSB Type-CUSB Type-C
Special FeaturesGoogle Assistant, Daydream VR, unlimited cloud storageGoogle Assistant built-in; unlimited cloud storage; Daydream VR readySiri for third party appsSiri for third party appsCustomer Support
ColorsSilver, Black, BlueSilver, Black, Bluesilver, gold, rose gold, black, “Jet Black” (Gloss)Three colors
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.2 (LE), GPS/A-GPS/GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C 3.0Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.2 (LE), GPS/A-GPS/GLONASS, Lightning Port (USB 2.0 & 3.5mm audio jack adaptors), NFC (Apple Pay only)
Price£599 (32GB); £699 (128GB)£719 (32GB); £819 (128GB)



Google has brought the first smart phone in real sense and it costs a bit extra. The users have remarked that the phone doesn’t need to be recharged so much. Both the models are charging extra. If we see the prices of iPhones 7 and 7 Plus, they are always high rated because of their features, display, specs, designs and security reasons. The Note 7 by Samsung has unfortunately seen a great havoc and its batteries started exploding in far and wide. More than two million units were called back and the users are being compensated for the losses.



iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have come with the new and latest iOS 10. The new operating system includes a number of fresh, interesting and excellent features like Siri availability for third party apps, improved maps, deleting the default apps and excellent attributes in messages. If we see the OS of Pixel and Pixel XL, they also come with the latest android OS nougat 7.1 while Note 7 lacks the updated and latest operating system and works on Marshmallow 6.1.

Exclusive Features


When it comes to the most prominent and excellent additional features, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are best in the race. Pixel and Pixel XL have Google Assistant, daydreaming VR and increased battery while Note 7 is not that much exclusive because of its flopped battery. iPhone 7 and 7 Plus include many new features with their iOS as well.  iMessages, messages, Siri, Maps, Raise to Wake, New Clock with bedtime and a lot many features make them the top-notch in the competition.

Final Words

The detailed analysis includes the two new phones, Pixel and Pixel XL, in depth with their features, specs, software, hardware and other outstanding features. The two phones are undoubtedly an amazing addition nowadays in terms of their design, features and some innovative specs but they need to survive in the market as Google has not that much stable share regarding its smart phones. Apple and Samsung capture most of the percentage thus these two phones may prove game changers for Google. If the sales go high and they successfully compete with either of the two, Apple or Samsung, time may come when Google will rule over the technology world with its software and hardware too.