Does Google’s Pixel XL Beat the iPhone 8 Plus?

Apple’s iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 plus and Samsung’s Galaxy devices; the S8 and Note 8, seem to have given Google Pixel devices a contest they can’t win. As we wait for the new flagship of the Pixel devices, I think Google’s Pixel XL can put up a credible challenge against its competitor. How will it fair? Let’s see, shall we?


“Pixel Display” Source: TechAdvisor

Apple debuted their OLED Displays in iPhone X, but they chose to stick with their LCD technology with both iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. iPhone 8 Plus therefore still packs the Retina 1,920 x 1,080-pixel resolution screen.

The Pixel XL outdoes iPhone 8 plus here with their AMOLED display that boasts a far much bigger resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels.

Design & Durability

When it comes to design, both phones offer excellent builds. Though new high-end phones are boasting edge to edge displays, these two are in the same boat. One distinguishing feature of the design is the headphone jack, with the Pixel XL having one.

Regarding durability, I’ll let you judge between the two. iPhone 8 Plus offers IP67 water-resistance, but then it is made of glass both on the front and back. The back has been built of glass to allow for wireless charging, but then it means that it’s very delicate and could be shattered by a drop. Google Pixel XL is more likely to withstand a drop since it’s made of metal.


In terms of performance, iPhone 8 Plus effectively outdoes Pixel XL. First, iPhone 7 Plus beat all phones running on Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 with its A10 chip. The A11 Bionic chip is an improvement of the A10 and should do even much better.

Battery Life & Charging

Traditionally, Android phones have boasted more charging and battery options that the iPhones. The Google Pixel XL offers a battery capacity of 3,450mAh, which is far more than iPhone’s 2,675mAh battery. Pixel XL battery gives you 32 hours of talk time compared to the 21 hours given the iPhone 8 Plus battery.

The Pixel XL also offers fast charging, a feature that lands you 7 hours of use after charging for about only 15 minutes. iPhone 8 Plus has the same feature, but you will need to acquire some extra accessories to use it.

Additionally, iPhone 8 plus offers something that Pixel XL can’t, in the name of Wireless Charging.


“Apple’s Dual Camera” Source: SlashGear

When Google first launched the Pixel XL, it was greatly lauded for its superb camera. Pixel XL has a 12-megapixel camera with a f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus, and laser detection autofocus.

However, Apple has challenged Pixel XL’s camera with dual 12-megapixel sensors on iPhone 8 Plus, with one being a wide angle and the other telephoto. The primary lens has a f/1.8 aperture with phase detection autofocus and optical image stabilization.

The front camera for Pixel XL is 7 megapixel, while for iPhone 8 Plus its 7 megapixels. Further, iPhone 8 offers the ability to blur an image’s background, far beating Pixel XL here.


The prices of these two Smartphones are in the same range. The iPhone 8 Plus is priced at $799, while Google Pixel XL goes for $770.


Both iPhone 8 Plus and Pixel XL are great phones, which have their strong and weaker points. With them averaging around the same starting price, you can choose one depending on your preferences. If you want greater performance, then you will need to go for the iPhone 8 Plus. If you need a bigger and better display with a long battery life, then Google Pixel XL will do it for you. So, who is your overall winner? Let us know in the comments.

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