Google Pixel to go on sale in India for Rs 57,000: How does it compare?

We took the top of the line flagship smartphone devices for 2016 and put them against Google's new smartphones.

Google announced the new Pixel smartphones today and while almost all the features and specifications matched with the numerous leaks, the new smartphones still sound impressive. What is a bit of shocker is the Rs 57,000 official India price tag. Yes, Google has just made official the starting price of its Daydream-ready Android smartphone and with a starting price of Rs 57,000 it does sound a bit too steep.

Both the Pixel and the Pixel XL boast of a new improved camera, quick charge technology, Google Assistant, and a lot more.  They are also the first 'Made by Google' handsets. We took the top of the line flagship smartphone devices for 2016 and put them against Google's new smartphones.

Google Pixel Google Pixel XL iPhone 7 Plus Samsung S7 Edge OnePlus 3 Moto Z
Display Size (inch) 5 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
Resolution (pixels) 1080 x 1920 1440 x 2560 1,080 x 1,920 1,440 x 2,560 1,920 x 1,080 1,440 x 2,560
Pixel Density (ppi) 441 534 401 534 401 535
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED LED-backlit IPS LCD Super AMOLED Optic AMOLED Super AMOLED
Dimentions (mm) 143.8x69.5x8.6 154.7x75.7x8.6 158.2x77.9x7.3 150.9x72.6x7.7 152.7×74.7×7.35 153.3x75.3x5.2
Weight (gm) 143 168 188 157 158 136
Dual SIM No No No Yes Yes No
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
Connectivity Types GSM / HSPA / LTE / VoLTE GSM / HSPA / LTE / VoLTE GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / VoLTE GSM / HSPA / LTE / VoLTE GSM / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / VoLTE GSM / HSPA / LTE / VoLTE
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Apple A10 Fusion Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Exynos 8890 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
CPU Cores Quad-core Quad-core Quad-core Quad-core, Octa-core Quad-core Quad-core
CPU Clock Speed (GHz) 2×2.15 Kryo & 2×1.6 Kryo 2×2.15 Kryo & 2×1.6 Kryo 2.23 2x2.15 Kryo & 2x1.6 Kryo, 4x2.3 Mongoose & 4x1.6 Cortex-A53 2×2.15 Kryo & 2×1.6 Kryo 2×2.15 Kryo & 2×1.6 Kryo
GPU Adreno 530 Adreno 530 Six-Core Adreno 530, Mali-T880 MP12 Adreno 530 Adreno 530
RAM 4GB 4GB 3GB 4GB 6GB 4GB
Ruggedness  –  – IP67 IP68
On-Board Memory 32,128GB 32,128GB 32,128,256GB 32,64GB 64GB 32,64GB
Expandable Memory Yes, upto 256GB Yes, upto 256GB Yes, Upto 256GB Yes, upto 256GB
Sensors Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Barometer Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Barometer Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Barometer Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Barometer, Heart-rate, SpO2 Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass
Primary Camera 12MP, f/2.0 12MP, f/2.0 12MP, f/1.8 12MP, f/1.7 16MP, f/2.0 13MP, f/1.8
Optical Image Stabilization No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Camera Array Single Camera Single Camera Dual Camera Single Camera Single Camera Single Camera
Autofocus System Phase detection Phase detection Phase detection Phase detection Phase detection Laser autofocus
Seconday Camera 8MP, f/2.0 8MP, f/2.0 7MP, f/2.2 5MP, f/1.7 8MP, f/2.0 5MP, f/2.2
Video Capture 4K 4K 4K 4K 4K 4K
Flash dual-LED dual-LED quad-LED LED LED Dual-LED
OS Version Android 7.1 Nougat Android 7.1 Nougat Apple iOS 10 Android 6.0 Marshmallow Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
GPS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual, band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual, band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-Band, Wi-Fi Direct Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-Band Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE v4.2, A2DP, LE v4.2, A2DP, LE v4.2, A2DP, LE, aptX v4.2, A2DP, LE v4.1, A2DP, LE
NFC Yes Yes Yes (Apple Pay only) Yes Yes Yes
Infrared No No No No No No
Fingerprint Scanner Yes, Backside Yes, Backside Yes, Home button Yes, Home button Yes, Home button Yes, Home button
3.5mm jack Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
Radio No No No No No Yes, FM radio
USB Type Type-C Reversible connector Type-C Reversible connector Reversible connector microUSB Type-C Reversible connector Type-C Reversible connector
USB Standard USB 2.0 USB 2.0 Lightning USB 2.0 USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Battery (mAh) 2,770 3,450 2,900 3,600 3,000 2,600
Quick Charge  Yes  Yes No Yes, Quick Charge 2.0 Yes, DASH Charge No
Colors Blue, Silver, Black Blue, Silver, Black Jet Black, Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold Black, White, Gold, Silver, Pink Gold Graphite, Soft Gold Black/Gray, Black/Rose Gold, Black/Gold, White
Online Pricing  Rs 57,000  –  Rs 72,000  Rs 50,900 Rs 27,999  Rs 39,999

If we strictly talk about specifications, the new Pixel smartphones match and somewhere offer better features than the current generation of flagship smartphones. For instance it comes with the newest generation of Snapdragon 821 processor. The smartphones will also be the first ones to support Daydream VR, get seamless updates without any hassles or load time, unlimited full resolution photos and videos backup and more.

The crucial factor will be the price where the OnePlus 3 is currently the king. At Rs 27,990 it is the best value for money smartphone today. Now that the starting price of the Google Pixel is now out, (Rs 57,000) it does seem a bit too far fetched compared to the competition. This is more so as the only new thing it brings is Google's Daydream.

Google might have some difficulty in convincing consumers to invest in their new smartphones. This is also a very interesting as the new Pixel smartphones are way over-priced than what the Nexus used to offer. But then we are still not sure if Google is indeed axing the Nexus line or just replacing it with Pixel. Coming back to the comparison, as you can see the smartphones are very good on paper but with so many smartphones launching it won't be long before something better than the new Pixel smartphones arrives.

What is your opinion? Has Google managed to convince you with the Pixel and Pixel XL?

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