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Google Pixel 2 XL vs Apple iPhone X : A new level of battle has just started

05 October 2017 5

Google has its second-generation of its Pixel smartphones and Apple has an important milestone of the 10th anniversary of iPhone. The new devices are the important inputs to the tech world where new discoveries are continuously been made. Gone are the days when the companies used to upgrade only the configurations part of a device. Today, a smartphone gets an overall improvement and to start with, it’s the software that is still evolving and thus making a new phase of the gadgets.

The two new phones Pixel 2 XL and iPhone X are the end products of such a phase. Upgrades to innards of the device have been made, of course, but the heart of them is the software. Before diving into the difference, let's watch the product videos -

Google announced its new hardware which is based on AI and Apple introduced iOS 11 to take another step in this competitive world. The two phones Pixel 2 XL and iPhone X do get a makeover over their predecessors and while the design of the two is quite mesmerizing, it’s the system’s program that catches the most of the attention.

The tech world has its two important smartphones and customers are spoilt for choices, of course. There have to be some deciding factors that could help you in picking up any of these smartphones. So, we are providing here a detailed specifications comparison between the Google Pixel 2 XL and Apple iPhone X to clear a bit of your confusion.

Difference between Pixel 2 XL and iPhone X

Design and Display

Google Pixel 2 XL gets some serious design changes compared to its family member that also got launched along with it. It supports a beautiful 18:9 6-inch display with a resolution of 140x2880 pixels resolution. It’s not a truly edge-to-edge display phone but the side bezels have been trimmed down to show an entire face of the phone.

iPhone X is 143.6x70.9x7.7mm in dimensions, whereas the Pixel 2 XL holds a larger overall look and dimensions-wise it’s 157.5x76.2x7.6mm. They don’t differ much in the weight department, the former weighs 174g and the latter has 176g weight.

76.2 x 157.5 x 7.6 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
70.9 x 143.6 x 7.7 mm
5.8 inches - 2436x1125 px
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Apple also entered the bezel-less display phones with its 10th-anniversary edition iPhone X. This iPhone X got launched with the iterations of the iPhone. It’s indeed a beast and said to be overshadowing the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, though it’s not that easy to ignore the latter one, considering the pair of camera lenses it offers and the battery life is also said to be a great improvement. It was a major change to see in the iPhone lineup; the main change is the Super Retina display, which is a new OLED panel that occupies almost all of the handset’s front. Apple ditched the Home button and the Touch ID fingerprint scanner too, in order to achieve such a futuristic design via iPhone X.

Pixel 2 XL (left), iPhone X (right)

iPhone X and Pixel 2 XL differ a lot in design and the difference is quite prominent in the first look. The Apple iPhone X has a small notch on the top of the display, which is there to house components like the camera, a 3D facial recognition system. Both the phones have glass on their backs, but while the rear of the iPhone X is all glass, it’s just a strip of glass at the top of the back of the Pixel 2 XL and the rest of the back is metal. Both the devices are IP67 certified, which means they are dust and water resistant and can be submerged up to 1 meter deep for up to 30 minutes.

Processor and Storage

Well, like any other Android flagship of 2017, Google Pixel 2 XL is also powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and has a sufficient size of RAM, 4GB to be precise. Contrary to this, iPhone X is powered by Apple A11 Bionic processor, which according to the company, offers 30% performance boost compared to its previous processors.

Apple A11 Bionic processor holds 6 cores while the Snapdragon 835 holds eight cores. Pixel 2 XL isn’t the first phone with the SD835 processor, there are many already present and the Geekbench results have put A11 Bionic chipset above over SD835 processor empowered devices. A11 scores 10,221 points while the Snapdragon 835 gets 6765 points in the Geekbench score of multi-core performance. But, that didn’t directly translate in a closer-to-real-life test, apparently. Well, a speed test done between the Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone 8 reflects it so.

The difference between the iPhone X and Pixel 2 XL in terms of the processor can only be made on the paper. The real-time performance difference, maybe a speed test between the two will do a justice when the Pixel 2 XL becomes available. The difference in the performance is, of course, between the selection of processors but more or less, it depends on many other factors simultaneously. For instance, the type of screen a device uses, camera selection, and more such trade-offs.

Talking about the storage department, Pixel 2 XL holds 4GB RAM and iPhone X comes with 3GB RAM. The former comes in 64GB and 128GB internal storage variants, while the latter comes in 64GB and 128GB models.


So, we had a lot of the hardware and performance about, but what about the system's program which is running it continuously. Companies are doing more with the help of the software; they are tweaking and experimenting, so as to put a new life to the smartphones and hence a new meaning. Today, a stronger and a strategized operating system just changes everything. It's like a mold with the help of which a smartphone takes a new shape, not physically, of course. Companies are making more and more efforts at the software part so as to deliver a unique piece in the market. Well, devices with just the hardware upgrades are many and for a tech enthusiast, these changes are nothing. And, for them, the manufacturers are building up new flavors by fine-tuning their software.

Google's every announcement made recently together with the Pixel phone is based on AI and machine learning. AI is the centralized part, on which all of its products depend firmly.

On the basis of specifications, Pixel 2 XL runs on the latest Android 8.0 Oreo OS and the iPhone X runs the iOS 11. Much has changed at the software end. The biggest change is the squeezing of the sides of the Pixel 2 to launch the Google Assistant. Pixel 2 series is the first to fully support Google Lens, the company’s new system for recognizing objects in photos. Google started off its event by showcasing the accomplishments they have received in the machine learning. Their AutoML is now capable of recognizing images much better than before, so this Google Lens inclusion is another better way of giving the use case to the hands of the users.

If the squeezable side is the unique feature of the Pixel 2 XL, it's Face ID for the iPhone X, which lets a customer log into the device by letting it scan their face. So, when you log into your phone or a third-party app that accepts Face ID as a login mechanism, Face ID system will make a mathematical representation of what it sees, and compare it to the one you enrolled for logins.

The iOS 11 has made possible many new things, and the most important is the Augmented Reality. With the help of the ARKit, developers have been developing new AR apps which work seamlessly on the iPhones compatible with this new OS. The two new OS differ a lot in many ways, you can look for an in-depth comparison between the Android Oreo and iOS 11.


So, here comes the most important deciding factor for the users who are flattered by iPhone X and Pixel 2 XL phones.

Unlike the dual camera setup like the iPhone X, Google chose to stick with the single lens for the Pixel 2 XL. There’s a 12.2MP rear camera with a f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization in the Pixel 2 XL. This setup is an improvement over last year’s f/2.0 lens and electronic image stabilization. So, the phone has both OIS and EIS as well. Contrary to this, iPhone X has a 12MP dual-lens one, with f/1.8 and f/2.4 lenses. It also has the OIS but an extra lens is helpful in creating some bokeh shots.

Google has made quite a few changes in the camera departments of the Pixel 2 XL. The company has switched to a dual-pixel sensor on the back, this means every single pixel is made of two smaller ones. And, not to forget, Pixel 2, that has the same camera setup as the Pixel 2 XL has received the highest DxOMark rating.

We have added a screenshot taken from DxOMark review for Pixel 2. Here, it has compared the phone with the quality of iPhone 8 Plus which has the same rear camera setup as the iPhone X. So, you can take some idea out of this.

Apart from the back camera, Google is also enabling that background blur effect on the 8-megapixel front-facing camera as well.

Battery, price, and miscellaneous

iPhone X has a non-removable 2716mAH battery, whereas the Google Pixel 2 XL has 3520mAH. Both the phones have no headphone jack. Google Pixel 2 XL has squeezable sides. The starting price of the iPhone X is $999, and the price of the Google Pixel 2 XL is $849.


Well, that was a detailed specifications difference between the Google Pixel 2 XL and Apple iPhone X. The two have their own virtues and features. The two are different in terms of specs but they would appear more different in looks. Your deciding factor could be any, it could be looks, price, and yes, yes the most crucial is the operating system, which has always given rise to a debate.

When you're inclined towards the software and its features, you get a clear intention and hence you make a decision. So, if you're a user who likes to use top-end models and would like to switch to iOS then iPhone X could be a future-proof option, which you may not wish to change as frequently as you did with previous devices. On the similar thought, if one has been using iOS and willing to make a luxurious Android switch, then Pixel 2 XL seems a great option.

Specifications Google Pixel 2 XL Apple iPhone X
Display 6-inch, 2880x1440 pixels 5.8-inch, 2436x1125 pixels
Processor Snapdragon 835 processor A11 Bionic
Storage 64GB/128GB 64GB/256GB
OS Android Oreo iOS 11
Rear camera 12MP dual-pixel camera 12MP dual-lens
Front camera 8MP 7MP
Battery 3520mAH 2716mAH

featured image credits : gadget hacks
(last update 22 September 2018 @ 12:13)



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