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Google Pixel 2 XL vs Apple iPhone X: two giants battle it out for large screen supremacy


Google Pixel 2 XL and Apple iPhone X gets to go head-to-head, as they battle it out for supremacy at the ~$1,000 USD mark.

Let us first begin by taking a closer look at Pixel 2 XL which is manufactured by LG as per below:

  • 6-inch Quad HD P-OLED capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 2880 pixels, 18:9 ratio or ~538 ppi density
  • Fullview Display
  • Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • IP67 certified - dust and water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.35 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) processor, Adreno 540 and 4GB RAM
  • 12.2MP primary camera with f/1.8, OIS, phase detection & laser autofocus and dual-LED flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.4 aperture, 1/3.2" sensor size and 1.4 µm pixel size
  • 128GB internal storage with no expansion slot
  • Android Oreo 8.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3520 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • 4G LTE
  • October 2017 release date
  • $949 USD price tag

It starts with a bang, with a large 6-inch Quad HD P-OLED screen that is pure class. Although they say that the difference between P-OLED and AMOLED is minor, it is still good to be at front by embracing the latest technology. With IP67 certification and Gorilla Glass 5 protection, this will put you at ease knowing that your smartphone will be safe from harm.

Performance-wise, Pixel 2 XL features only the best of the best regarding hardware.

There’s the Snapdragon 835 chipset, fast Kryo octa-core processor, great graphics and 4GB RAM that combines well to let you run just about anything really fast.

Moving on to the camera, Pixel 2 XL is sporting the 12.2MP primary camera and 8MP selfie camera that dishes out pretty good-looking photos with it. But we are still waiting for Google to come out with their own version of dual camera setup. 

As far as storage goes, 128GB internal storage is what you will get with the Pixel 2 XL. Google has already promised to provide an unlimited amount of cloud, but it will only last until 2020 though.

Concerning battery, the 3520 mAh battery found on the Pixel 2 XL is more than enough to provide it with a full day of charge.

Finally, the latest and greatest operating system in the form of Android Oreo 8.0 will be available right out of the box. As with any other Google devices, it will have no unnecessary apps or games, or bloatware. This lets you have only the smoothest of software going around inside of it.

With that in mind, let’s see what the iPhone X has in store for us then:

  • 5.8-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1125 x 2436 pixels or ~458 ppi pixel density
  • True-tone display
  • IP67 certified - dust and water resistant for up to 1 meter and for 30 minutes
  • Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
  • Scratch-resistant glass
  • 3D Touch display & home button
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Apple A11 Bionic chipset, Hexa-core (2x Monsoon + 4x Mistral) processor, Apple GPU (three-core graphics) graphics and 3GB RAM
  • Dual 12MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture & f/2.4 aperture, phase detection autofocus, OIS, 2x optical zoom and quad-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 7MP secondary camera with f/2.2 aperture, face detection, HDR and panorama
  • 64GB internal storage with no expansion slot
  • iOS 11
  • Non-removable battery with Fast battery charging and Wireless charging
  • 4G LTE
  • November 3rd 2017 release date
  • $999 USD price tag

The first thing that you will notice is how big the iPhone X will be compared to its predecessor. It will be sporting a 5.8-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen, a first for iPhone. According to Apple’s website:

“Our vision has always been to create an iPhone that is entirely screen. One so immersive the device itself disappears into the experience. And so intelligent it can respond to a tap and even a glance. With iPhone X, that vision is now a reality. Say hello to the future.”

With iPhone X, the device is the display. An all‑new 5.8‑inch Super Retina screen fills the hand and dazzles the eyes. The display employs new techniques and technology to precisely follow the curves of the design, all the way to the elegantly rounded corners. It will also be the first OLED screen that comes with accurate, stunning colours, true blacks, high brightness and a 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio. For biometric purposes, your face is now your password. Face ID is a secure new way to unlock the smartphone and other authentication purposes.

Under the hood of the iPhone X will feature the latest A11 Bionic chipset with six processor cores. There are four efficiency cores that are up to 70 percent faster than A10 Fusion, and two performance cores that are up to 25 percent faster. It is the most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone, with a neural engine that is capable of up to 600 billion operations per second. Then there’s the Apple GPU (three-core graphics) graphics and 3GB RAM complementing the entire package. It will also be a year where Apple will fully embrace the augmented reality or virtual reality in apps and games.

Camera-wise, iPhone X will be equipped with the upgraded dual 12MP primary camera that is set to take camera photography to a whole new level. The improved camera features a more extensive and faster 12-megapixel sensor with a new colour filter, deeper pixels as well as a new telephoto camera with OIS. Depth-sensing cameras and precise facial mapping create striking studio‑quality lighting effects, comparable to more expensive DSLRs. There’s also the wide-angle and telephoto cameras on iPhone X that enables optical zoom, as well as digital zoom of up to 10x for photos and 6x for videos.

Even the software side of things will have a new update, with the latest iOS 11 which happens to be Apple’s most advanced operating system yet. There’s a host of new features and capabilities that fundamentally improves the way you do things with the smartphone. For example, the Files app now brings all your files together.

You will also enjoy a trusted virtual assistant, by the name of Siri. With sophisticated features like proactive suggestions, predictive typing, and everybody’s favourite intelligent assistant, iOS makes everything you do easier, quicker, and more fun. Talking to Siri is an easier, faster way to get things done. And iOS makes Siri even more helpful. Thanks to advanced machine learning, you can simply speak naturally and will ultimately learn and understand.


Google Pixel 2 XL will be at the top of things with its large 6-inch Quad HD P-OLED screen, great protection, great hardware, good battery and the latest Android Oreo 8.0 operating system. The only downside will be on its camera, or the lack of a dual camera to be exact. It is also $50 USD cheaper in this round.

Google Pixel 2 XL is currently available for $949 USD. It is available in Just Black and Black & White colours.

Apple iPhone X will be Apple’s largest iPhone yet and with a price tag of close to $1,000 USD. If you have the money to splurge on, then it will be one of your best investment for 2017, as you will get the taste of the future with this smartphone. 

Apple iPhone X will be released on November 3rd with pre-orders starting by end-October. It will be available for $999 USD and comes in either Space Gray or Silver colour.

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