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Pixel 2 XL vs. iPhone X: The best of the best

by Brandon Russell | October 4, 2017October 4, 2017 2:45 pm PST

If Google wants to be the best, it has to beat the best. As far as many people are concerned, the iPhone X is the most advanced smartphone money can buy. So, does the Pixel 2 XL stand a chance?

That’s a tough question to answer, especially considering the devices are so different. Take iOS and Android out of the equation, and each phone has its own merits: the Pixel 2 XL has an active frame, front-facing stereo speakers, powerful specs, and 12-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization. The iPhone X, meanwhile, features wireless charging, laptop-grade specs, advanced facial recognition technology, and a dual-camera setup.

In terms of raw power, Apple’s latest flagship may come out on top. Analysts believe the iPhone X’s Face ID feature is years ahead of the competition, while the A11 Bionic chip is incredibly powerful. But the Pixel 2 XL is no slouch.

What makes the Pixel 2 XL standout is its Google-specific perks, clean Android software, and active frame technology. When the HTC U11 launched, the squeezable frame features wound up being odd and gimicky, but Google may have executed a more elegant implementation.

We’ll get a much better idea how these two compare when we have both of them side-by-side. For now, you can see how they look on paper in the table down below.

Google - Pixel 2 XL Apple - iPhone X
Display Size 6-inch, 1440 x 2880 pixel display (537 ppi) 5.8-inch, 1125 x 2436 pixel display (463 ppi)
Resolution X 1440 1125
Resolution Y 2880 2436
Display Type QHD+ pOLED Super Retina HD
Operating System Android 8.0 (at launch) iOS 11 (at launch)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture
RAM 4GB 3GB (unofficial)
Storage
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 64GB
  • 256GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 12.2MP 12MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 8MP 7MP
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 LE Bluetooth 5.0
Battery 3520mAh N/A
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • USB-C
  • Lightning port
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Hall
  • Magnetometer
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Face ID
  • Proximity
  • Three-axis gyro
GPS
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • Assisted GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
  • Galileo
  • QZSS
Height 6.2 inches (15.75 cm) 5.65 inches (14.35 cm)
Width 3 inches (76.2 mm) 2.79 inches (70.9 mm)
Depth 0.3 inches (7.6 mm) .30 inches (7.6 mm)
Weight 6.2 oz (176 g) 6.14 oz (174 g)
Colors Black, Blue, White Space Gray Silver
Supported Audio Formats N/A AAC-LC, HE-AAC, HE-AAC v2, Protected AAC, MP3, Linear PCM, Apple Lossless, FLAC, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), and Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+)
Supported Video Formats N/A HEVC, H.264, MPEG-4 Part 2, and Motion JPEG

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.

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