Xiaomi Mi Note 2 and Google Pixel XL are two of the latest smartphones to hit the market over the recent past.
You’ll for sure love the Samsung Galaxy Note 7-like look of the Mi Note 2, but this doesn’t mean the Pixel XL and its flat glass display alongside a finely polished glass and metal backing is something you won’t love holding in your hand. But will you get both phones? Probably no. As a result, we are here to help you choose between the two and see which one you end up taking home based on their specs and price.
Google stepped up its game and left behind the cheap Nexus lineup in favor of the premium Pixel phones led by the Google Pixel XL. The phone’s hardware and software is built on Google’s principles and features, highlighted by the Google Assistant and Android 7.1 Nougat. The phone comes with a 5.5-inch AMOLED screen with QHD resolution and 531ppi.
Under the hood, you will come across the newer Snapdragon 821 SoC that is paired with 4GB RAM and two storage options of 32GB and 128GB. But as usual, there is no room for microSD card storage. The Google Pixel XL, despite reducing the screen size when compared to the 2015 Nexus 6P, came in with the same battery capacity of 3450mAh as its predecessor. On the back of the Pixel XL is a 12.3MP snapper that comes with an aperture of f/2.0, PDAF, dual-tone LED flash and EIS, but not OIS.
On paper, the Google Pixel XL camera looks unconvincing, however, based on ratings from industry experts DxOMark, the camera is actually the best in the smartphone market as we speak. The front part has an 8MP sensor that should be enough for selfies and video calls. As noted earlier, Android 7.1 Nougat powers the Pixel XL out of the box and this is highlighted by the inclusion of an AI-based Google Assistant.
The phone comes with IP53 certification for dust and water resistance, which is not the best in the market considering that the likes of Apple iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 come with IP67 and IP68, respectively. In terms of dimensions, the Google Pixel XL is a bit compact with a height of 154.7 mm and 8.6mm thick, giving it a weight of 168g. As for the prices, the entry level version costs $769 while the high-end model is valued at $869.
Coming down to the Xiaomi Mi Note 2, you will find a larger 5.7-inch dual curved AMOLED screen that comes with 3D Glass rear and front, however, you only get a Full HD resolution and 386ppi. Like the Google Pixel XL, you get a Snapdragon 821 SoC under the hood alongside a larger RAM of 6GB and storage of 128GB. There is no support for microSD card expansion just like the Pixel XL.
Xiaomi Mi Note 2 has an excellent camera, where you get a 22.5MP snapper on the back with an aperture of f/2.0, PDAF, dual-tone LED flash as well as EIS gyro. The front camera has an 8MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.0 and also comes with support for autofocus. As for the battery capacity, the Mi Note 2 blows away the Google Pixel XL with its huge 4070mAh battery, which is not removable and supports fast charging.
Despite the poor IP53 certification of the Google Pixel XL, you get none on the Xiaomi Mi Note 2. However, the phone works with all U.S. carriers, has a fingerprint scanner, an NFC chip as well as a built-in IR Blaster. Despite the huge size and larger battery, the Mi Note 2 is still lighter at 166g and almost the same physical size as the Google Pixel XL thanks to a height of 156.2 mm and thickness of 7.6mm.
There is Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow powering the phone out of the box, but expect Android Nougat update to hit the device in the near future. As far as pricing is concerned, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is valued at $515. The Mi Note 2 will be coming to the U.S. soon as Xiaomi looks to make its mark in the western market this starting early 2017.
So, which is your pick? Xiaomi Mi Note 2 or Google Pixel XL?