The Google Pixel and Pixel XL will be announced today and set free in a world where Apple has already made its presence felt with the introduction of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus while Samsung has the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
The last two names are actually the go-to brands when it comes to the smartphone world. However, Google’s 6-year stay in the industry has been immense and in fact, the company believes that it is now ready to go head-to-head with the two tech giants – Apple and Samsung. The question is how ready is Google? Let’s take a look at the Google Pixel and Pixel XL in relation to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus as well as Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
Apple released two phones in 2014 – iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. These two were the first from Cupertino with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays, respectively. Since then, the story has been the same with the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus and the latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. It is undeniable that Apple has seen huge success in this model, something that led to Samsung coming in with similar models in 2015. However, rather than just make the larger Samsung Galaxy S6, well, larger; Samsung introduced a curved dual-edge design that actually attracted many buyers.
This has followed suit in 2016, with the Galaxy S7 Edge featuring a curved dual-edge screen to differentiate it from the smaller Galaxy S7. In actual sense, this edge display and its size are the only major differences between these two, and of course, the battery size. As for the 2016 iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple added a dual-lens camera, a larger battery and better resolution to the Plus model.
What Google is actually doing with the Pixel and Pixel XL is basically the same thing these two are already doing. Coming in with two phones based on the same design language but with different screen sizes and quality, it is easy to say that Google is playing the Samsung/Apple game. The smaller Pixel will feature a 5-inch Full screen as compared to the QHD 5.5-inch panel on the Pixel XL.
Like Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL will share the same hardware specs under the hood, including the camera and software. These include the Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM 32GB/128GB storage options and 12MP/8MP cameras. Their different sizes mean they get different battery capacities, just like the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 handsets.
Google released two phones last year, but only one had the premium looks that many yearn for – the Nexus 6P. This will change this year as both the Pixel and Pixel XL share the same design and material, similar to what Apple and Samsung do with the flagships.
The Pixel and Pixel XL are also expected to shift their pricing to match what Samsung and Apple charge for the two top-most handsets. We will know all these by the end of today. Keep following us!