Google Pixel vs Nexus concept: here are the key differences

Google Pixel vs Nexus concept: here are the key differences
Tomorrow is Google day, as the search giant is expected not only to unveil two new phones, but to clarify its #madebygoogle campaign for the future. The phones, likely to be dubbed Pixel and Pixel XL, are meant to usher in a new era of product convergence that will be unlike anything Google has done so far with its branded gear, which includes the Nexus line. 

Undoubtedly, Google is embarking on this change in order to lock users up tighter to its bread-and-butter software efforts, while the hardware products unveiled tomorrow, svelte as they might be, will serve only as the gateway to Google's search, advertising and information gathering efforts.

Granted, this is something it has been aiming to do with each Nexus iteration as well, but this year the strategy has changed, artificial intelligence is the new battle frontier for the Silicon Valley giants, and Google will react by issuing phones that will differ substantially from the Nexus concept it has been using since 2009, or the original Nexus One

Apparently, the Google Pixel phones will pick up where Nexus left off in terms of hardware, so how will the new #madebygoogle strategy impact us lame users that just want great phones at the cheapest possible price? Check out the key differences expected between the new Pixel phone paradigm, and the old Nexus line, before Google fleshes out its latest product concept further.



1. Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

Can anyone explain to me why to get the Pixel XL over the Pixel? They both have exact specs except bigger screen and battery. Is it worth it?

2. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

QHD vs FHD. And depending on personal preference, texting should be easier on XL (the Pixel seems too thin for me to text). But yeah, no much difference (that we know about)

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Since Daydream VR is new on these devices and you also need faster sensors as well. Which both devices have. The QHD display will be much better for VR than a full HD display. Remember that a QHD display when split in two comes out to a resolution of 1280x1440 per eye. Whereas as Full HD display comes out to a resolution of 960x1080 per eye. These resolutions are for VR devices only, like Cardboard.

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I will say wait for reviews and choose the one that has the best battery life. PA doesn't do deep dive battery life test so you would have to look else where for an in depth answer. I would recommend anandtech. Also if you car about VR then you would want to go with the 5.5in QHD XL.

8. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015


4. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I'm interested in the XL for my mom, but I will wait some time after release, just in case of any batterygate, antennagate, LTEgate, bluetoothgate and/or any other [insert-spec-here]gate that might appear.

5. newbey123

Posts: 702; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

LOL, yeah lots of gates going on with the big 2 phablets. As long as the XL can manage to not explode or bend, it should be the best phablet for quite a while.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Pallet..... Lol that is subjective.... I passed on this because of the size is less than 5.7,or 5.9 the og nexus 6 that I have.... Og nexus 5/6 and a note 7 explode gate for me..... A real explosive phablet

9. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

No front facing speakers.. bad move.

10. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

The real shift from Nexus to Pixel, I suspect, isn't about how the phone is made or designed. It's in how Google wants to sell it. The Nexus devices were always first and foremost developer phones, giving developers a "clean" copy of Android on which to test apps. Pixel devices may be targeted at high-end consumers as well.

11. Foxgabanna unregistered

I'm just not seeing what the advantage of these are. Why spend my money on this when I can get an amazing Note 7 or iPhone 7 Plus for around the same cost. Besides, I still like the Nexus 6p. This is an HTC 10 rebranded for google.

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