google-pixel-xl-vs-galaxy-note-7-spec-shootout

When the Galaxy Note 7 isn’t catching fire, it’s arguably the best, most well-rounded Android device on the market. But for folks who don’t want S Pen superpowers, what’s the next-best alternative? Google’s new Pixel XL makes a pretty good argument.

Not only is the Pixel XL a powerful device but it packs a lot of cool software features, too. The Galaxy Note 7 wins in the design department but the Pixel XL isn’t quite as bad as we first thought. Both phones are incredibly capable; it just comes down to how you plan on using your device.

Check out how these two stack up in the chart below.

Google Pixel XL Gallery

Galaxy Note 7 Gallery

Google - Pixel XL Samsung - Galaxy Note 7
Display Size 5.5-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (534 ppi) 5.7-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (515 ppi)
Resolution X 1440 1440
Resolution Y 2560 2560
Display Type AMOLED QHD Super AMOLED
Operating System Android 7.1 (at launch) Android 6.0.1 (at launch)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Quad Core (2.15GHz Dual + 1.6GHz Dual), 64 bit, 14 nm process
RAM 4GB 4GB
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 128GB
  • 64GB
External Storage No Yes
Main Camera (Back) 12.3MP 12MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 8MP 5MP
Networks
  • CDMA: BC0/BC1/BC10
  • GSM: Quad-band GSM
  • FDD LTE: B 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/20/25/26/28/29/30
  • LTE 2xCA: B2+B2, B2+B4, B2+B5, B2+B12, B2+B13, B2+B17, B2+B29, B2+B30, B4+B4, B4+B5, B4+B7, B4+B12, B4+B13, B4+B17, B4+B29, B4+B30, B5+B30, B7+B7, B12+B30, B25+B25, B29+B30, B41+B41
  • LTE 3xCA: B2+B2+B12, B2+B2+B13, B2+B4+B4, B2+B4+B5, B2+B4+B12 B2+B4+B13, B2+B4+B29, B2+B5+B30, B2+B12+B30, B2+B29+B30, B4+B4+B12, B4+B4+B13, B4+B5+B30, B4+ B7+ B12, B4+B12+B30, B4+B29+B30, B41+B41+B41
  • TDD LTE: B 41
  • UMTS/WCDMA: B 1/2/4/5/8
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 Bluetooth 4.2 LE
Battery 3450mAh 3500mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • USB Type C
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • USB Type-C
Sensors
  • Accelerometer / Gyrometer
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Hall
  • Magnetometer
  • Proximity/ALS
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Geomagnetic
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • HR
  • Iris
  • Proximity
  • RGB Light
GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • Beidou
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
Height 154.72 mm (6.09 inches) 153.5 mm (6.04 inches)
Width 75.74 mm (2.98 inches) 73.9 mm (2.91 inches)
Depth 8.58 mm (0.34 inches) 7.9 mm (0.31 inches)
Weight 168 g (5.93 oz) 169 g (5.96 oz)
Colors Black, Blue, Silver black, gold, silver, blue
Supported Audio Formats N/A MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Supported Video Formats N/A MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
In The Box N/A N/A