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LG G6 vs Pixel vs Pixel XL: Battle for perfect flagship title

08 March 2017 0

LG unveiled their latest flagship G6 on February 26th, 2017. The device was in rumors and leak from past few months but leaks and rumors gain speed in last few weeks of February ahead of official announcement. The success of G6 is pretty important for LG as they revamped their flagship smartphone design once again and brings tons of improvement to make sure they can rejoin the success track after the failure of last year G5.

On paper, no doubt LG did all things right what they did wrong with the last year G5. However, one thing which is pretty important is that whether LG is the worthy competitor of top-tier smartphones available in the market or not because LG's flagship will have to face stiff competition not only from upcoming flagships but also the top tier smartphones available in the market. The competition with current gen top-tier smartphones also gives the buyer a good view of should they upgrade to G6 or not. In last few days after the announcement we compared LG G6 with a number of smartphones, let's check it out below.

Despite comparing with most of the flagships, we have yet to compare it with the Google's top tier flagship Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Today we will put both LG's G6 and Pixel lineup side by side to check out which device is better in hardware as well as key differences in both devices so that customers can easily decide whether they should purchase G6 or not. Let's start with the design as it is the first thing which comes in mind while purchasing a new device.

71.9 x 148.9 x 7.9 mm
5.7 inches - 2880x1440 px
69.5 x 143.8 x 8.6 mm
5 inches - 1920x1080 px
75.7 x 154.7 x 8.6 mm
5.5 inches - 2560x1440 px
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Design
The LG's G6 is featuring a solid metal chassis with glass finish design. The fingerprint print scanner is once again placed on the rear side in a circle below the dual rear camera lens. For connectivity, the device has USB Type-C port. LG G6 is the company's first flagship smartphone which is IP68 certified which means it is water and dust resistant. The side bezels of G6 are extremely thin and round edges give device luring look. The G6 measurements are 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm and it weighs 163g. The overall design of G6 gives premium looks.

On the other hand, the Pixel and Pixel XL also featuring a great premium design of metal and glass sandwich. Only the top third on the rear side of Pixel lineup is glass, rest of device is made up of metal. The camera sensor on Pixel smartphones is way slimmer than G6, however, the fingerprint scanner on both devices is placed on the rear side. Both devices are featuring USB Type-C as connectivity port. Both G6 and Pixel lineup lacks physical buttons. The size bezels of Pixel devices is slightly thicker than G6.

The standard Pixel device measurements are 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6mm and it weighs 143g whereas the Pixel XL is 154.7 x 75.6 x 8.6mm, being an XL variant it weighs 168g. Design-wise, LG G6 is slimmest amongst three devices and also in body size and weight it is in middle of standard and XL variant. Another advantage of LG G6 is that it is IP68 certified whereas pixel lineup is IP57 certified.

Display
Despite being a compact device, the G6 display size is 5.7-inches. The display quad HD screen resolution is 2880 x 1440 pixels. Its pixel density is 564ppi. The best thing about this display is its aspect ratio of 18:9 and Dolby Vision and HDR 10 support.

The Pixel is the standard flagship from Google with 5-inch display whereas the XL variant is 5.5-inches in size. This means the G6 is larger on the display as opposed to Pixel smartphones despite having the small body. The Pixel devices display is AMOLED whereas LG adopted the LCD display. In this aspect, Pixels will have added advantage and their colors will be sharper. The screen resolution of Pixel XL is quad HD whereas the Pixel remains at Full HD. Both the devices are protected with Corning Gorilla 4. The screen resolution of both devices is still lower than G6.

Camera

The LG G6 rear side is adorned with dual rear camera setup. Both the rear sensors are of 13MP. One of the sensors is the wide-angle camera with the 125-degree view which is similar what human eye sees. The standard camera lens aperture is f/1.8 with PDAF, autofocus, and OIS whereas the wide-angle camera aperture size is f/2.4 and it doesn't feature autofocus. The G6 front facing camera sensor is also the wide-angle 5MP lens with f/2.2 aperture. This sensor field of view is 100-degrees.

The Pixel and Pixel XL rear camera snapper are12.3MP with an aperture size f/2.0. The camera sensors are loaded with PDAF, autofocus, and laser focus but didn't have OIS. Up front, the camera module is 8MP with f/2.4 aperture.
Hardware
The LG G6 is internally powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 SoC with 4GB RAM. There are two variants based on internal storage 32GB and 64GB. Both the variants memory can be expanded using external Micro-SD card. Both the Pixel and Pixel XL has the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 on board as SoC. They are available in 32GB and 128GB variants based on internal storage and its memory can't be expanded using Micro-SD. All three have 3.5mm headphone jack. To check out more hardware details, let's have a look at the hardware specs sheet of all three devices in tabular form below.

Specifications

LG G6

Pixel

Pixel XL

Display

5.7-inches Gorilla Glass 3
5-inches Gorilla Glass 4 5.5-inches Gorilla Glass 4

Screen resolution

2880 x 1440 pixels

1920 X 1080 pixels

2560 x 1440 pixels

Dimensions

148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm

143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6mm

154.7 x 75.74 x 8.6 mm

Processor

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821

RAM

4GB

4GB

4GB

Storage

32/64GB expandable

32/128GB not expandable

32/128GB not expandable

Rear camera

Dual 13MP

12MP

12MP

Front facing

5MP

8MP

8MP

Headphone jack

3.5mm

3.5mm

3.5mm
Battery 3,300mAh 2770mAh 3,450mAh
OS` Android Nougat 7.0 Android Nougat 7.1 Android Nougat 7.1
USB Type-C port Yes

Yes

Yes
Fingerprint scanner Yes Yes Yes
4G/LTE Yes Yes Yes
IP68 Yes No No
Colors White, black, and platinium black, silver, and blue black, silver, and blue


Battery and IP68 certification

The Pixel battery cell is 2770mAH whereas the Pixel XL owners enjoy 3450mAh battery. The LG's G6 battery is 3,300mAh. On paper Pixel, XL has the advantage not only because of the larger cell but also because it is specially optimized having enhanced version of Doze. In water and dust proofing LG G6 has the clear advantage as it can survive 30 minutes underwater up to 1.5 meters. Unfortunately, Pixel lineup misses this feature so, in the case of drops, the device might not be able to survive. Although they are IP57 certified which mean they can bear splash of water without any damage.

Software

LG completely revamped the G6 GUI to take full advantage of it is 18:9 aspect ratio. This means all pre-loaded apps will work perfectly on G6. As OS, the device comes with Android Nougat 7.0 version. As far as new updates is a concern, LG is amongst those OEMs who roll out latest update at a rapid pace, although it won't be as fast a Pixel devices but still it won't take much longer time.

With the new Pixel lineup devices, Google started releasing a premium flagship with the latest version of OS similar to Apple. The device hardware and software both were designed by Google. As being the latest Google device, Pixel owners will receive latest Android OS updates for next three years at a very rapid pace. There won't be any bloatware, so it will be an added addition.


Conclusion

For those customers, who are looking for a clean and pure Android running flagship smartphone, then they should opt Pixel or Pixel XL. As currently Pixel and Pixel XL is the best choice as far as the pure Android device is a concern. Both the device are packed with top-tier hardware specs and receiving latest update for next three years is an added bonus.

LG comes back strongly after the failure of G5, without any doubt G6 hardware and design is solid and of premium class. The G6 aspect ratio makes it a unique smartphone. Other plus points having G6 will be the option to expand memory, IP68 certification. In terms of performance, both devices will be equal as both have similar hardware on board.

If you are looking for a standard size flagship smartphone, go for Pixel smartphone but if you are looking to grab a flagship with the large display, it won't be easy to decide between G6 and Pixel XL. Both the devices are equally good, the decision will be based on personal choice regarding Design, cameras and User Interface.

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