iPhone X vs Google Pixel 2 XL – How Do They Compare?


Michael Grothaus

17/10/2017 – 11:05am

Apple and Google battle for smartphone dominance!

There are no two bigger names in tech: Apple and Google. And it so happens that each has a brand new flagship out this season. for Apple it’s the sexy as hell, all-new, iPhone X. And Apple’s packed more tech into this iPhone than ever before. In many ways, it’s no exaggeration to say the iPhone X is groundbreaking. But Google has also released an update to its Pixel line of phones. Here we’re talking about the Pixel 2 XL. The Pixel 2 XL has a massive display and some other enticing features, not the least that, like the iPhone X, the hardware and the operating system is both designed by one company. So, how do these two flagships compare? Let’s take a look.

iPhone X vs Google Pixel 2 XL: Specs

Here are the specs for the iPhone X:

  • Display: 5.8in OLED display with a 2436×1125 resolution at 458 ppi
  • Dimensions: 143.6mm x 70.9mm x 7.7mm
  • Weight: 174 grams
  • Storage: 64 or 256GB
  • Memory: 3 GB RAM
  • Processors: A11 Bionic chip
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p video
  • Rear camera: Dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, Dual optical image stabilisation, Optical zoom, 4K video
  • Battery: 2716 mAh, Wireless charging
  • Other: Face ID, NFC, 3D Touch; Splash, Water and Dust Resistant

And here are the specs for the Google Pixel 2 XL:

  • Display: 6in OLED display with a 2880×1440 resolution at 538ppi
  • Dimensions: 157.9mm x 76.7 mm x 7.9 mm
  • Weight: 175 grams
  • Storage: 64GB or 128GB
  • Memory: 4GB RAM
  • Processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • Front camera: 8 MP, 1080p video
  • Rear camera: Single 12.2 MP, Optical + electronic image stabilization, 4K video
  • Battery: 3520 mAh
  • Other: Fingerprint sensor, NFC; Splash, Water and Dust Resistant

Let’s start with storage. Each phone comes in a 64GB model. Where they differ is the upper iPhone X comes with 256GB of storage and the Pixel 2 XL comes in 128GB. Is double the storage better? From a spec point of view, yes. But will most people need 256GB? Probably not.

The Pixel 2 XL offers 25% more RAM, at 4GB, than the iPhone X, which has 3GB. The usual caveat here applies, however: more RAM does not necessarily equal a faster phone. There are many things that determine the speed of a phone and Apple is really good at tweaking iOS to run blazingly fast on less RAM than most Androids have. Speaking of speeds, when we look at the CPU’s in each phone there is simply no comparison. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 found in the Pixel 2 XL is a great processor–for an Android device. However, the A11 Bionic chip found in the iPhone X absolutely SMOKES the Snapdragon 835. We’re talking speeds which are up to twice as fast.

iPhone X vs Google Pixel 2 XL: Display & Design

Both phones feature edge-to-edge displays. The Pixel 2 XL’s display is a little bigger at 6in and it also has a higher resolution at 2880×1440 at 538ppi. Compare that to the iPhone X’s 5.8in display with a 2436×1125 resolution at 458 ppi. The iPhone X’s display features a true tone panel, which means it adjusts to match the warmth of the color temperature in the room, making it easier on the eyes. That’s something the Pixel 2 XL’s display does not do. However, the iPhone X does have that notch cutout at the top, which we’re not too fond of yet.

Speaking of that notch, it’s there to incorporate the Face ID components of the iPhone X. Yes, that’s another huge difference between the two phones. The iPhone X does away with the Touch ID fingerprint scanner in favor of a facial recognition security system. The Pixel 2 XL, on the other hand, still uses the trust fingerprint sensor (though it is placed awkwardly on the rear of the device.

iPhone X vs Google Pixel 2 XL: Battery

The iPhone X has a smaller battery (2716 mAh) than the Google Pixel 2 XL (3520 mAh). Will you see any difference because of it? Eh, probably not. Both phones should give you about 12-14 hours worth of life under mixed usage. However, only the iPhone X offers wireless charging. Why Google left this off the Google Pixel 2 XL is a mystery.

iPhone X vs Google Pixel 2 XL: Camera

Where cameras are concerned, the iPhone X blows the Google Pixel 2 XL out of the water. It should be said, of course, that the Pixel 2 XL does have the superior front sensor, at 8MP. That’s one MP larger than the 7MP front sensor found in the iPhone X. Both front cameras also record 1080p video. But when we flip the phones around to the rear cameras, the iPhone X destroys the Pixel 2 XL. Why? Because the iPhone X has its dual-lens camera setup with a 12MP wide-angle and a 12MP telephoto lens, dual optical image stabilisation, optical zoom, and 4K video recording.

Bafflingly, the Pixel 2 XL DOES NOT offer dual lens rear cameras when almost every other major Android flagship does! This is very frustrating and could be a deal breaker for some. That’s not to say the Pixel 2 XL’s single lens 12.2MP rear camera is bad. Matter of fact, it performs very well in most tests. Still, it makes us wonder just how good a dual lens system on this phone could have been.

iPhone X vs Google Pixel 2 XL: Cost & Verdict

Unlocked the Google Pixel 2 XL will cost £799 (64GB) and £899 (128GB). The iPhone X will cost £999 (64GB) and £1149 (256GB). That £200 and £250 premium for the iPhone X does get you more, including Face ID and that amazing dual lens rear camera. Of course, you’ll spend less for the Google Pixel 2 XL, and with its beautiful display and tried but true fingerprint reader, the phone remains an attractive Android headset.

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