Google's Pixel XL pays a visit to Geekbench, let's compare it to the iPhone 7

Google's Pixel XL pays a visit to Geekbench, let's compare it to the iPhone 7
Google has just announced its new premium smartphones — the Pixel and Pixel XL. Packed to the brim with the latest hardware, and priced appropriately, the Pixels start at $650 for the regular, 32 GB variant — much like many of the competing flagships, even the iPhones. What kind of hardware, you may ask? Why Qualcomm's latest and greatest quad-core Snapdragon 821, coupled with 4 GB of RAM.

A few Pixel XLs have now hit Geekbench, and we can see how it scores on the website. In fact, we can compare its score to the many iPhone 7 Plus units that have been tested with the same app.

Sorry to say, but the results don't look amazing. The Google Pixel XL scores around 1600 points on the single-core test and 4000 on the multi-core one. The iPhone 7 Plus seems to consistently decimate it with 3400 points on the single-core and 5500 on the multi-core test. Point to the A10 Fusion team.

Of course, real-life performance doesn't always reflect benchmark scores. We'll still have to wait and see how the Pixel XL feels and performs once we get our mitts on one.

source: Geekbench (Pixel XL, iPhone 7 Plus) via Android Headlines

Related phones

Pixel XL
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(32h talk time)
iPhone 7 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2900 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

iPhone 7 Plus will remain the king until the announcement of the iPhone 8 Plus.

3. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

There is a good chance it'll dethroned by the next Exynos. May be the single core performance remains higher I guess. It is currently the best no about that though.

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

ExyNOs. Samsung likes to bloat their products up with TouchWiz, so I don't think it will outperform the chipset of the iphone.

29. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I agree with you to some extent, that the iPhone's SoC is the best out there. But we're talking about raw chipset performance here, no need to talk about touchwiz I hear Samsung and Touchwiz more from you than from Samsung fanboys, you obsessed with Samsung or what?

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Except it does outperform the chipset. if benchmarks is yoru only metric, thn you are a lost cause. First off no oen uses a phone to a point where their device would be pushed that hard. In everyday task, the Exynos is more efficient vs the A10 or 820. I''m using both a Exynos powered Note 7 and the SD820 versions, and because Qualcomm like Apple push for desktop-like speed, the Exynos is design to hand the Galaxy phones which do far more tasks ans does them more efficiently. I pull both phones off the charger at 730 and when I come home at 430, the Exynos one has 65-70% of its charge still, while the SD820 is at 55%. The iPhoen now has 4 cores, but only 2 are dedicated at any one time. While the Exynos is running 4 at any one time. With a device with more features, all the power is being past on to multiple cores which means you can do more without the device bogging down one core and when you move to the next task, it happens right away. The iPhone has limited multi-tasking, so for sure without using a benchmark, you have no idea what it can do because it has no features to push. Under normal conditions and usage, an iPhone and any other phone work equally as fast. If you are hanging on speed only watching stupid videos of a moron launching 10 apps in a row back to back, which is not how anyone uses a phone, then you are lost. The Exynos is balancing way more tasks than the iPhone. Yet, even with all its features, the camera still launches in 0.7 secs, yet the iPhone which does less still takes a full second before you can even snap a photo. By the time you take one photo, I can take at least 5. In the end, the photos will look better on my phone. As slow as the iPhone is, with a camera where the sensor is nearly identical to the S/Note 7's, it still takes terrible photos, it still has no features. The bloat of the S as you call it, doesn't interfere with the functions that matter. I have never crashed an app on my Note 7. On my Note 5, the keyboard would crash alot because I type so fast, it causes the keyboard to lock up. That doesn't happen on my Note 7 which is a release. The iPhone keyboard crashes alot. It can't handle rapid typing at all. Yet the phone does less. What good is all that speed when the CPU can't keep up with the keyboard/ what good is that speed, wen I load a webpage, and its fully loaded, if I scroll fast, the page disappears as it redraws the page again? what good is all that speed at running one app at a time on the screen? Stop worrying about the Exynos. It may not be the king of speed, but it is the king of heavy lifting. something the A10 would die at trying to accomplish!

34. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

As usual, a comment bigger than the article itself. Two pages of comment to answer two lines of comment. Hey, you will not convince people by writing a lot.

38. Khyron

Posts: 402; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

IPhone 7 with superior STORAGE speeds than any Android Phone have is only faster launching games Ok people may say my iPhone 7 load asphalt 8 faster than any Android Phone but the difference is asphalt 8 size on android 1.55GB asphalt 8 iOS 788MB every G ame is the double of size on android than on iOS

92. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

yes because of bigger texture need for higher resolution. So if an android take 25% more time to load the same game its in fact could load the ios version faster than an iPhone.. Logic.

82. kotan24

Posts: 320; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Laughable! Exynos more efficient than A10 fusion what have you been smoking? Lol

60. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014


4. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

For once, we will agree on something. When it comes to raw power and optimization, nothing touches the iPhones. No matter how much Google try, iPhones will always be superior in this department.

9. Andrew5190

Posts: 55; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

I disagree. Apple controls the process better than Google has to this point: they oversee EVERYTHING that goes into an iPhone from a manufacturing standpoint. The processor, memory, etc., are all Apple exclusive. The pitfall to Google (and Android as a whole, as much as I love my Android stuff) is the fact that the processors, memory, etc., are a "one size fits all" deal. How many SD820 phones came out this year? (I count "only" 16 from a quick Google search because I'm lazy) Now how many A10 Fusion phones came out this year? (2) That's the difference. If Google intents to make this the start of something, they'll have to pull one from Apple's book and see the device through from raw silicon to finished product.

11. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I don't think Google has the same kind of hardware engineers that Apple does. They have mostly software engineers. Remember, Apple got a lot of their hardware engineers from AMD and Intel. Google would have to partner with Intel or IBM to create something similar.

14. EnigmaticPsychotic

Posts: 70; Member since: Nov 26, 2013

And I won't be surprised if they do that soon.

18. Andrew5190

Posts: 55; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

22. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Well, the chipset they made there was in response to their own software. So, like I said previously, they have more software engineers than hardware engineers. It sounds like they had software engineers that wanted to design a chipset to meet their demands and created that. As it says at the bottom, it does not mean they are making a CPU yet. If they grab some engineers from IBM/Intel then I think they would set themselves up for an in-house CPU. Otherwise, I think they will stick to mostly software based chipset manufacturing.

30. Andrew5190

Posts: 55; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Agreed. The pure fact that their toying around with it tells me you're likely correct (also, holy crap, a civil internet discussion. Kudos!).

101. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

nearly half the engineer at qualcomm come from ATI and intel lol. Dr.Phil need to search a bit more before speaking.

144. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

When did I mention Qualcomm in my comment? I mentioned Google.

100. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I disagree they need to custom cut the OS for the hardware not the other way around. A10 fusion chip is a fail btw. Super powerful but very badly optimized. Its even throttle something i never saw on apple soc.

98. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Raw power yes. Optimization not so much. IPhone 7 throttle like a bitch and has crappy battery life comparing to any flagship out there. iPhone dont need all thats power. The A9 is more than enuf but hey instead of making better battery tech ect lets copy android OEM and go for the spec.

28. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

True. But I still find the pixel phone mysterious and intersting at thesame time nontheless

91. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Oh you mean king of a Benchmark made to make iPhone look better? okay.

125. sintruder

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

I'm pretty sure snapdragon 830 will smoke this A10 fusion, it's going to be manufactured on 10nm so there's that advantage as well. It's already rumoured the galaxy s8 will have the 830 which pretty much confirms that the exynos is not much better or if at all then the 830

2. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Apple's A10 fusion coupled with iOS is unparalleled in CPU power currently.

6. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

In GPU power, yes, not in overall CPU power. And as for coupling it to an OS, we can't really say much without an apples vs apples comparison anyway, too many variables.

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Very nice. Where/how did you get that?

88. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Geekbench 4 screenshots of the underlying tests that they use to come to their scores.

35. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Amazing. Thanks for this post!!! +1

43. Harambe unregistered

820 has a faster GPU than A10. Check Gfxbench.

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