Google Pixel XL vs Nexus 6P: Users Ready to Pay More for a Futuristic Device

By Ritwik Roy , Updated Oct 12, 2016 11:49 AM EDT

Google recently unveiled its Pixel line of products and some are of the opinion that the Pixel and Pixel XL have paved way for future super smartphones. Those using the Nexus 6P and thinking how different the Pixel XL is from the Nexus 6P, here's a comparison of the two smartphones.

Currently, the Pixel XL is undoubtedly the favored choice for many as Google has dropped its Nexus branding for Pixel. However, it must also be pointed out that the Nexus 6P is in no way a bad phone.

According to GSMArena, the Nexus 6P has a 5.7-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, upgradable to Nougat 7.0 and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset and an Adreno 430 graphics processor.

Nexus 6P comes in 32/64/128GB storage variants and has a 3GB RAM. It has a 12.3MP primary and 8MP secondary camera. It also has the fast charging function, a fingerprint scanner and a non-removable Li-Po 3,450 mAh battery. It's available in Aluminum, Graphite and Frost color options.

Google has described the Pixel phones, Pixel and Pixel XL as the first phones built by Google inside out. Pre-orders for the phones have already begun in the US, UK, Australia, Germany and Canada and is expected to be released on Oct. 20.

As regards the specs and features, the Google Pixel XL is splash and dust resistant. It has a 5.5-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. It runs on Android 7.1 Nougat operating system, is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset and Adreno 530.

The Pixel XL smartphone comes in 32GB and 128GB storage options with 4GB RAM. The 12MP primary camera has phase detection & laser autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash. Other features include geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR and panorama. The secondary 8MP camera supports 1080p.

The Google Pixel XL has an advanced fingerprint sensor and fast charging capability. It has a 3,450 mAh non-removable battery. Both Pixel XL and Nexus 6P do not support microSD slots.

According to reports, the Nexus 6P starts at $500 while the Pixel XL starts at a more aggressive $770.

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