Google Pixel 2 XL and iPhone X: the ultimate duel between Android and Apple

Designed directly by Google, the Pixel 2 XL is the new herald of the Android ecosystem. This smartphone is expected to carry the colors of Google’s mobile operating system and give us an idea of ​​what the 2018 flagships have to offer. The iPhone X is the highest-end smartphone ever designed by Apple. When introduced on September 12, 2017, the iPhone X was described by Tim Cook as: future smart phone. The two devices have a few similarities, but also a few big differences. Without further ado, here is our comparison.

Google Pixel 2 XL and iPhone X: specs

Google Pixel 2XL iPhone X
Dimensions 157.5×76.2×7.6mm 143.6×70.9×7.7mm
Weight 174.9 grams 174 grams
Screen P-OLED 6 inch 18:9 2880×1440 5.8 inch 2436×1125 OLED
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 A11 Bionic
data store 4GB 3GB
to store 64GB / 128GB 64GB/256GB
rear camera 12MP 12MP + 12MP
Front camera 8MP 7MP
battery 3520mAh 2716mAh
BONE Android 8.0 Oreo iOS11
Price 849€ / 949€ 1159€ / 1329€

Google Pixel 2 XL and iPhone X: design

Like the iPhone X, the Google Pixel 2 XL embraces the bezel-less trend that was so trendy in 2017. very thin screen borders. But the result is less impressive on the Google flagship. The Pixel XL 2 is mostly made of aluminum with a glass plate covering the top of the back of the smartphone. Meanwhile, the front and back of the iPhone X are mostly made of glass, while the edges are protected by steel. So the iPhone X should feel more luxurious to the touch, but Pixel 2 XL will undoubtedly be more robust.

The Pixel 2 XL’s dimensions are 157.5×76.2×7.6 mm and 174.9 grams. The iPhone X’s are 143.6×70.9×7.7mm for 174 grams. At 0.9 grams, the two smartphones therefore weigh the same. Pixel 2 XL, on the other hand, longer and wider. In terms of water resistance, the two smartphones are IP67 certified and therefore slightly less waterproof than IP68 flagships like the Galaxy Note 8. Pixel 2 XL is available in two colours: Just Black and Black and White. iPhone X is available in Silver or Space Grey.

Google Pixel 2 XL and iPhone X: display

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The Google Pixel 2 XL is equipped with a 6-inch 18:9 P-OLED display with a resolution of 2880×1440 for a pixel density of 538 pixels per inch. iPhone X is the first Apple smartphone with an OLED display. This 5.8 inch Super Retina display by Samsung offers a resolution of 2436×1125 for a pixel density of 458 pixels per inch. That’s why the Pixel 2 XL screen should offer: better image qualitybut it will have to wait to test the two smartphones to confirm.

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Google Pixel 2 XL and iPhone X: performance

Like most Android flagships of 2017, the Pixel 2 XL has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. The iPhone X is equipped with Apple’s A11 Bionic processor and 3GB of RAM. Reserved for Apple smartphones, this processor is extremely powerful and can even compete with a last-generation MacBook. According to the creator of Geekbench, the A11 Bionic is several years ahead of Qualcomm chips. In fact, the iPhone X’s power should be significantly higher than the Pixel 2 XL.

We noticed that the two smartphones were bidding significantly less RAM More than devices like the Galaxy Note 8 (6GB RAM) or OnePlus 5 (8GB). But software optimization provided by Google and Apple makes it possible to compensate for this low RAM and even surpass these devices in terms of performance. As for storage, the Pixel 2 XL offers 64GB or 128GB depending on the model, while the iPhone X offers 64GB or 256GB. That’s why the Apple flagship wins in this area as well. In either case, this space cannot be expanded with a MicroSD.

Google Pixel 2 XL and iPhone X: camera

Pixel 2 XL is equipped with a 12 MP rear camera. The iPhone X has a 12MP dual-sensor camera. The first sensor is a single sensor with f/1.8 aperture, and the second is a telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture. On paper, it’s even a better camera than the iPhone 8 Plus, which scored the highest ever on DxOMark. So far, only the Galaxy Note 8’s camera has been able to compete.

However, keep in mind that the first Pixel previously held the DxOMark record alongside the HTC U11. As part of the Ask More conference, Google announced that DxOMark has awarded the Pixel 2 XL’s rear camera. 98 points, an unprecedented new record. The camera is so good that it can take portraits with Bokeh effects without the need for dual sensors.

The Pixel 2 XL has an 8 MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture on the front. For its part, the iPhone X has a Truedepth photo module. This sensor is 7MP, but its 3D sensors put it a step ahead of the competition. According to KGI analysts, this front camera gives the iPhone X two and a half years on top Android flagships.

Google Pixel 2 XL and iPhone X: battery life

Google Pixel 2 XL, a 3520mAh battery, versus just 2716 mAh for the iPhone X. Autonomy has never been the strong point of Apple smartphones, and this iPhone X is likely to be no exception to the rule, despite all its features. Even if the firm at Apple promises 2 hours of additional autonomy compared to the iPhone 7, the Pixel 2 XL should prevail in this area. However, we will have to wait before we can test the two devices to confirm this theory.

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Google Pixel 2 XL and iPhone X: software

Works under Google Pixel 2 XL Stock version of Android 8.0 Oreo. The absence of an overlay is an undeniable advantage, as it allows you to enjoy the original Android experience as Google intended. Performance should also be improved. iPhone X runs on iOS 11, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system. This version is undoubtedly the most successful, although some issues at launch were quickly resolved with an update. Anyway, it’s hard to decide objectively between iOS and Android. It all depends on individual preferences.

Google Pixel 2 XL and iPhone X: Features

Pixel 2 XL, manufactured by HTC, includes the Edge Sense functionality of the HTC U11. This feature allows you to activate shortcuts by pressing the shell of the smartphone. Despite being original, this feature didn’t really make an impression on the U11. It is not yet clear whether Google will be able to better use this in its flagship. The smartphone also stands out with its features. e-SIM compatibilityallows the use of an electronic SIM card instead of a real chip.

In terms of functionality, the iPhone X mainly stands out with its Face ID facial recognition system. This system replaces the TouchID fingerprint scanner, allowing the user to unlock their smartphone with just a glance. The iPhone X’s facial recognition feature also allows the use of animated emojis, which are famous animojis that reproduce the user’s facial expressions in real time. While the Pixel 2 XL and iPhone X are both innovative smartphones, the iPhone X still seems to win when it comes to innovation.

Google Pixel 2 XL and iPhone X: Price

The Pixel 2 XL will be priced at $849 for the 64GB version and $949 for the 128GB version. The iPhone X will be priced at $999 for the 64GB version. That’s why the iPhone X is a bit more expensive, which seems to be its main weakness compared to Google’s flagship. The iPhone X is expected to launch on November 3, 2017, and the Pixel 2 XL on October 19. Therefore, the two smartphones will be in direct competition for the end of the year.

Google Pixel 2 XL and iPhone X: conclusion

Like the iPhone X, the Google Pixel 2 XL is a high-end smartphone with a borderless display and innovative features. Created directly by Google, this smartphone is the flagship of Android. However, this Pixel 2 XL $1000 psychological barrier. It may be a winning strategy at a time when flagships are getting more and more expensive, but we regret that this smartphone is not available in France…