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Google Pixel 2 XL vs Apple iPhone 8 Plus: An ultimate showdown

09 October 2017 0

The tech giant Google announced their latest flagship lineup smartphones on Oct 4th, the devices were announced as Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The maker of Android jumped to the trend of bezel-less smartphone and at the same time, they stick to the traditional design. With the Pixel 2, the company attracts those who like thick bezels whereas the Pixel 2 XL is the company's latest offering in the bezel-less market. Being a top-tier flagship the Pixel 2 XL will have to face stiff competition from premium smartphones available in the market.

Like always, we already compared the latest Pixel 2 XL against its top competitors including Apple iPhone X, LG V30 and Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 but the rivalry doesn't end here the device will be initially facing Cupertino giant's iPhone 8 Plus as the iPhone X release is rumored delayed further due to production issues. The Google's Android OS has to compete against Apple's iOS, same is the case with the Pixel 2 XL as well, it will have to compete against iPhone 8 Plus to be amongst the best option available in the market.

We are pretty much hopeful this comparison will certainly help out those who are looking to grab the new flagship smartphone. Without any further delay, let's find out how finest product of both companies competes for each other in head to head competition.

76.2 x 157.5 x 7.6 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
78.1 x 158.4 x 7.5 mm
5.5 inches - 1920x1080 px
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Design

Both the devices iPhone 8 Plus and Pixel 2 XL are bringing the iterative design of their predecessors. From the rear side the new Pixel 2 XL is slightly different from predecessor but on the front Google introduced ultra-thin bezel-less design to increase the screen-to-body ratio of the device. Despite having trimmed bezels, Google brought stereo speakers on the top and bottom bezels. Apple didn't bring drastic changes as far iPhone 8 Plus is a concern but instead, they keep the traditional thick bezels like predecessors. The iPhone 8 Plus stereo speaker is placed on the bottom edge.

Unfortunately both the devices don't have the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack but instead, the devices have USB Type-C Dongle. On the rear side, the Pixel 2 XL has the single rear camera. The fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 8 Plus is placed under the physical home button whereas the Pixel 2 XL fingerprint scanner is on the rear side below the camera module in the center. Google claims the Pixel 2 XL fingerprint scanner is the fastest sensor in the market. The iPhone 8 Plus has dual camera setup on the rear side.

Both the devices are IP67 certified which means they can resist under 1-meter deep water for 30 minutes without any damage, In case of accidental drops the Pixel 2 XL glass is protected with Corning 3D Gorilla Glass 5 whereas the Apple claimed the glass on the iPhone 8 Plus is the toughest glass on any smartphone. The Pixel 2 XL assistant can be accessed by simply squeezing the frame of the device. The Pixel 2 XL has pressure sensitive edges like HTC's U11.

The chassis of both the device is made up of glass, the Pixel 2 XL upper part on the rear is made up of glass. Only camera sensor and the LED flashlight is placed in the glass section whereas the fingerprint scanner is in the metal section to avoid fingerprint smudges. The iPhone 8 Plus rear is covered with glass. The overall footprint of both the devices is almost similar, the Pixel 2 XL dimensions are 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9mm and it weighs 175 whereas the iPhone 8 Plus dimensions are 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5mm. It is slightly heavier at 202g.

The Pixel 2 XL can be grabbed in two color options including Black & White and Just Black whereas the iPhone 8 Plus available in Grey, Gold, and Silver. Both the devices are providing different so it will be dependent on personal taste what kind of design you prefer, the Pixel 2 XL is bringing future-proof design.

Display

In display department, the Pixel 2 XL easily outclass its competitor iPhone 8 Plus. The new Pixel 2 XL not only larger in size but also it has higher pixel density with deep blacks. The Pixel 2 XL features a 6-inches pOLED display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels. The device pixels density is 538 pixels per inch. Its contrast ratio and color saturation are way better than traditional LCD panels.

The iPhone 8 Plus is featuring 5.5-inches LCD display panel with thick bezels around the corner. The device screen resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels. Apple brought True Tone tech for the iPhone 8 Plus display which adjusts display colors according to the environment. For instance, it will show warmer colors during daylight whereas on the night the device will have cooler colors. The Pixel 2 XL pOLED display easily outclass LCD panel of iPhone 8 in all departments. The Pixel 2 XL is daydream VR ready device that's why Google makes sure the device doesn't lack in any department.

Hardware

Under the hood, both the devices have top-tier hardware on board but surely it is one key area where the iPhone 8 Plus has sheer power. Apple introduced a new chipset alongside the latest iPhones. The iPhone 8 Plus is running on the Hexa-core A11 Bionic chipset. The SoC is accompanied with 3GB RAM. The base variant built-in storage is 64GB which isn't expandable using MicroSD card. The top of the line variant has 256GB memory.

The new chipset from Apple is very powerful in almost all departments, it is not only power efficient but also it takes lead in single-core and multi-core performance. The Pixel 2 XL is packed with Qualcomm's latest Octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC under the hood with 4GB RAM. The device base variant storage is 64GB which can't be further expanded using MicroSD card. Though the Pixel 2 XL is one of the fastest Android smartphones but still it's very hard to give Apple iPhone 8 Plus tough call in the performance department. The devices are extremely efficient in performance and users won't find any lag in doing multi-tasking and playing hi-fi games.

Specs Pixel 2 XL iPhone 8 Plus
Display 6.0-inches 5.5-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 2880 pixels 1080 x 1920 pixels
SoC Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 A11 Bionic
RAM 4GB 3GB
Storage 64/128GB Non-Expandable 64/256GB Non-Expandable
Rear camera 12.3MP Dual 12MP
Front camera 8MP 7MP
3.5mm headphone jack No No
IP ratings IP67 IP67
OS Android Oreo iOS 11
Battery 3,520mAh 2,691mAh
Software

As OS the Pixel 2 XL comes with the latest Android Oreo with few extra perks on board. A revamped Pixel launcher is on board to enhance user experience. The best thing about Pixel 2 XL is its stock Android Oreo and Google also promises new updates pretty quickly for next couple of years and security patches for even longer. The iPhone 8 Plus has iOS 11 pre-installed straight out of the box. Its UI experience isn't different from predecessor which also receives latest iOS 11 updates.

Apple iPhone iOS and hardware is so well optimized that it doesn't require more gigs of RAM for better performance. The latest finest form of Google Assistant is on board for Pixel 2 XL whereas Apple also brought an updated Siri AI Assistant with better listening capabilities and more human voice. Google's effort in AI and machine learning will certainly put the Google Assistant an upper hand over the Apple Siri.

Camera

Apple smartphones are known for their incredible camera experience and the company always try to bring the best on board. At the time of launch, almost all iPhones have best cameras. However, with the Pixel lineup, Google took the camera battle to next battle. Despite having single camera sensor the Pixel 2 XL is featuring the most powerful camera in the market. Like the original Pixel, the latest smartphones from Google also set the bar standard too high. The Pixel 2 XL once again tops the DxOMark with a whopping score of 98.

The iPhone 8 Plus has dual 12MP sensors on the rear side, the primary sensor is the wide-angle lens with f/1.8 aperture whereas the secondary lens is the telephoto lens with f/2.8 aperture. Unfortunately, both the sensors don't have optical image stabilization. Up front, the selfie capturing sensor is 7MP with f/2.2 aperture. Overall camera experience of iPhone 8 Plus is much better than predecessor despite having same lenses. The Bionic part of the chipset plays an important role in enhancing the capturing capabilities of iPhone 8 Plus. Apple also brought a new ISP to make sure the device doesn't lack behind in camera department.

Google puts a stunning single rear camera sensor of 12.3MP with f/1.8 aperture. The sensor has electronic and optical image stabilization to make sure it doesn't blur even while capturing during the move. Google Pixel 2 XL is bringing special portrait mode to blur the background which is so far feature of smartphones with dual rear cameras. Google introduces AI-powered image recognition feature and their Dual Pixel tech makes it the best camera-centric device available in the market. The front-facing selfie camera is the 8MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture. It is one of its kind smartphone which has portrait mode for the front-facing camera as well.

Both the devices are AR ready devices. However, the AR experience on Pixel 2 XL is much better because of the better display but the iPhone 8 Plus takes lead in hardware performance department. If we consider the DxOMark the latest Pixel 2 XL is way ahead than Apple iPhone 8 Plus in the camera department.


Battery

The battery section contest is also one-sided. The Pixel 2 XL is packed with a fairly large 3,520mAh battery cell which is significantly larger than iPhone 8 Plus 2,691mAh cell. The Pixel 2 XL battery cell is almost 25% larger than Apple. Apple claims the new iPhone 8 Plus battery life is similar to its predecessor which means there won't be any improvement. On the other hand, the Pixel 2 XL will last longer because of its OLED display with the enhanced version of Doze on board.

Price

As I mentioned above the base variant on both the devices has 64GB storage on board. The Pixel 2 XL can be pre-ordered for $849 which is AU$ 1,399 for the Australian customers. The iPhone 8 Plus is slightly cheaper at $799 in the US whereas in Australia it cost AU$ 1,299.

As both the latest devices so there won't be great deals/ big discounts at the moment. Google is offering free Google Home Mini for the US customers, this offer will last for a limited time. For those who are unaware the Google Home Mini cost $50, this means the pricing of both the devices will be similar for the US customers if we subtract the price tag of Google Home Mini. Google is also offering free unlimited cloud storage whereas Apple sets a limit for cloud storage. For the higher variants, the customers will have to pay

Conclusion

It's never easy to compare an Android smartphone against an iOS running device because of different optimization level of OS and hardware. The user experience on both the devices is pretty amazing but the iPhone 8 Plus takes lead in sheer power, the Pixel 2 XL offering the better design with the top-notch display.

In battery and camera section the Pixel 2 XL outclass its competitor. The stereo speakers on the Pixel 2 XL front facing side are pretty good. Though Apple iPhone 8 Plus has better audio capabilities than predecessor the stereo speakers put the Pixel 2 ahead. In a number of matchups, both the devices are pretty close to each other. Overall apart from hardware and design, there is a number of customers who prefer device because of the operating system. Last but not the least the iPhone 8 Plus price is slightly higher than Pixel 2 XL. At the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Pixel 2 XL and iPhone 8 Plus in the comments section below. Stay tuned, we will be bringing more comparisons in coming days.

(last update 19 February 2018 @ 18:03)

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