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Google Pixel 2XL vs iPhone X: How they match up

Google’s long–awaited Pixel 2 XL is finally here. The Big G’s new flagship phone has a broadly similar spec sheet to its smaller Pixel 2 stablemate and promises a whole host of upgrades to make it better than last year’s model.

But how does it measure up to 2017’s most anticipated smartphone, Apple’s iPhone X? Read on and we’ll break it down, helping you decide which one to go for.

Size and screen

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At 7.9mm, the Pixel 2 XL is just slightly thicker than the 7.7mm iPhone X. So unless you’re a real smartphone fanatic, you probably won’t notice the difference.

Google’s phone is noticeably longer and wider though, measuring 157.9mm x 76.7mm, compared to the iPhone X’s 143.6mm x 70.9mm dimensions.

The Pixel 2XL has a bigger and brighter screen too. Google’s latest phone packs a 1,440 x 2,880-pixel screen into a 6-inch display, while Apple’s 1,125 x 2,436 Super AMOLED screen measures 5.8 inches.

Winner: Google Pixel 2 XL

Camera

Google Pixel 2 camera lens hero size

The iPhone X’s dual lens shooter has two 12 megapixel cameras, one with a wider f/1.8 aperture, the other an f/2.4 aperture, letting in more light. Meaning that you can take detailed-filled shots even in low-light.

It also comes with optical zoom, a new lighting mode and 4K video recording.

Meanwhile, the Pixel 2 XL has a single 12.2-megapixel sensor. But it’s backed up by Google’s Dual Pixel tech, which set its cameras way out in front last year. So we’re excited to try out this year’s update.

Portrait Mode is present and correct on both the iPhone X and the Pixel 2 XL, as is Optical Image Stabilisation, giving you blur-free photos.

Winner: iPhone X

Storage

iPhone X app screen hero image

Apple is offering the iPhone X in 64GB and 256GB editions, while Google is selling the Pixel 2 XL in 64GB and 128GB options.

Neither device features SD support, meaning if you want plenty of space, you’re going to have to pay for it.

Winner: iPhone X

Virtual assistants

Voice assistant phone

The iPhone X comes with Siri, Apple’s voice assistant that has become an ever present on its iOS products. While it’s been boosted with iOS 11, this service still remains fairly standard issue.

By contrast, Google Assistant has been given a major boost for the Pixel 2 XL. Accessible by squeezing the sides of the device, it can now translate languages in real time using the compatible Pixel Buds headphones, as well as using its AI skills to suss out songs being played in the background, a la Shazam.

Winner: Google Pixel 2 XL

Security

iPhone X Face ID facial

The Pixel 2 XL uses a rear fingerprint scanner, similar to that found in 2016’s Pixel XL. It’s solid and secure and can be used with Android Pay. However, it feels somewhat dated compared with the iPhone X’s Face ID smarts.

Utilising Apple’s new TrueDepth camera, it is able to scan faces in under a second and controls unlocking, as well as Apple Pay and new functionality such as Animoji. It’s the feature that truly sets the iPhone X apart from the competition.

Winner: iPhone X

Headphone slot

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Neither the Pixel 2 XL or iPhone X have a headphone slot. Instead, you’ll either have to use a bundled dongle to connect existing headphones, via USB–C and Lightning respectively, or go wireless.

Google’s pushing its new Pixel Buds, which cost £159, while Apple has updated AirPods, which will set you back the same amount.

Winner: draw

Price

Google Pixel 2 hero size back of phone fingerprint scanner

At £629 for a 64GB model and £729 for a 128GB model, the Pixel 2 XL undoubtedly represents better value. The iPhone X starts at £999 for a 64GB edition, rising to a colossal £1,149 for 256GB.

While the latter has more cutting edge hardware, the question remains whether it’s worth the premium price tag.

Winner: Google Pixel 2 XL

Verdict

Neither phone is out yet, so we haven’t been able to fully get to grips with the iPhone X or Pixel 2 XL. However, early indications show that these two high-end handsets are pretty well matched.

One thing we know for certain though is that the iPhone X will be significantly more expensive than the Pixel 2 XL. So unless Apple’s tenth anniversary iPhone has some absolutely must-have features that you simply can’t live without, the latest Google phone might well prove better value for money.

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