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Google Pixel XL vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Introduction


Google's Pixel XL and Samsung's Galaxy S7 edge are the highest end 5.5-inchers with Android you can get at the moment, and, given the sizeable increase in demand for larger screens, a clash of these titans is inevitable. When comparing the S7 edge against the Pixel XL we'll give Google's phone the benefit of the doubt – after all, it is the first true foray of the company in the messy hardware business of making desirable phones, while Samsung has been at it for a good while now.

At first blush, the phones seem pretty comparable, with Quad HD panels, 12 MP cameras, 4 GB RAM and top-shelf processors, as well as similar pricing. When we factor in the design, software and performance differences, however, the picture becomes murkier, and we are here to help you clear up the pros and cons of the Pixel XL when sized up against the S7 edge.

Design

The Pixel XL's bezel largesse is no match for the elegant S7 edge curves, while turning it around reveals a schizophrenic split of premium materials.

Google Pixel XL vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Google Pixel XL vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Google Pixel XL vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

“Hey, our $600+ flagship has to be built of premium materials, what's out there, metal and glass? Thank you, we'll take both, and try to use them in equal measure, so nobody gets offended.” That could have been the line of thinking when Google was deciding on the final design of its newly-minted Pixel line. The back of the Pixel XL is half glass, half metal, full bipolar and prone to smudges on the glass area around the finger scanner. The shiny glass back does attract a lot of fingerprints on the S7 edge too, though.

In comparison with Google's efforts, the Dual Edge panel of Samsung's beaut, with its thermoformed glass cover curves, and the reflective back in various pretty hues, look downright gorgeous, especially in the Blue Coral version. Here we have to admit that the blue Pixel XL looks intriguing, too. Samsung, however, waterproofed the phone with IP68 certification, letting you dunk it in up to five feet of water without harm inflicted. No such protection is found on the Pixel XL.

Furthermore, the Pixel XL is a rather large phone – it's taller, wider and heavier than the S7 edge, with copious amount of bezels all around, even though it employs on-screen buttons, so the one-handed operation and pocketability rounds go to the S7 edge easily. Granted, having the Dual Edge display helps in narrowing the handset's chassis, but that's about the only tangible advantage it brings. The buttons and volume rockers are sturdy, and easy to feel and press on both phones.

The placement of the fingerprint readers on each of the handsets has its pros and cons. Having the scanner on the back, like in the Pixel XL, may be convenient in certain situations, but many desk-dwellers prefer having it at the front, like on the S7 edge, as they won't have to pick the phone each time to unlock the screen for a quick check.


Google Pixel XL
6.09 x 2.98 x 0.34 inches
154.72 x 75.74 x 8.6 mm
5.93 oz (168 g)

Google Pixel XL

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
5.94 x 2.86 x 0.3 inches
150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm
5.54 oz (157 g)

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Display


Google Pixel XL vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

AMOLED vs AMOLED, QHD vs QHD, which one is for you? Well, despite that the two displays seem identical in terms of their 5.5” diagonal and 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution, our tests showed a difference in their performance. The imagery on the Galaxy S7 edge is closely representing the standard gamut, at least in the non-default Basic mode, while the Pixel shows a tad colder colors. The viewing angles are pretty good, though color presentation shifts way to the cold, blueish or greenish side with the slightest tilt of the handsets, which is typical of AMOLED displays.

Google's phone display is a bit dimmer, while both handsets are capable of presenting perfect blacks, increasing the overall contrast, and making for quality video playback sessions. The curved display on the S7 edge, however, takes away from the movie-gazing experience, as it distorts the picture at the upper and lower edges, while on the flat screen of the Pixel, media playback looks more natural.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Google Pixel XL 433
(Good)
2
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
7337
(Good)
2.15
4.51
(Average)
3.95
(Good)
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 493
(Good)
2
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
6586
(Excellent)
2.03
1.47
(Excellent)
2.62
(Good)
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posted on 19 Jan 2017, 08:45 13

2. ShadowSnypa786 (Posts: 239; Member since: 06 Jan 2017)


So despite being released half a year later and with a better cpu inside the Samsung S7 Edge is the winner. Im sure I can live without an update for a few months as long as I have my SD Card slot which is alot more important.

Also its feature rich compared to google so yeah I dont mind losing half a second opening an app as long as I have more features :D

posted on 19 Jan 2017, 08:57 4

5. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


That Samsung will slow down over time. All Samsung phones do. Plus you aren't guaranteed updates even if the phone is still capable.

While the Pixel can definitely be better in looks, QC, and price, I would choose the Pixel over the S7. Now if this was the S7 vs the Nexus 6P, yeah the 6P would wipe the floor with it.

posted on 19 Jan 2017, 09:23 15

7. ShadowSnypa786 (Posts: 239; Member since: 06 Jan 2017)


Smsung give you 2 years offical big upgrades my note 4 came on4.4 i got 5.0 and 6.0 so I had my 2 years. Even though Android is a google OS they give 2 years of support too I think they should give minimum 3 years since they make Andoid like how Apple do it because its their ecosystem.

I choose the S7 edge personally because of the SD Card slot, everyone in my family has a mini USB cable cant be bothered with USB Type C, its alot cheaper now i can buy a S7 edge for 350 and a pixel is over 500.

Plus the fact the phone is nearly a year old and the pixel is a month old it says alot about the tech samsung put in their devices if it it still can go toe to toe with newer releases.

posted on 19 Jan 2017, 09:49 16

9. sissy246 (Posts: 4021; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


Bulls**t, my exynos note 5 has not slowed down a bit.

posted on 23 Jan 2017, 09:50

41. Callisto (Posts: 15; Member since: 16 Nov 2015)


Same to mine!

posted on 19 Jan 2017, 11:25

16. Furbal (unregistered)


Looks are subjective, QC? LOL. HTC and Google have had terrible QC since the Nexus 6.

Hardware S7 wins, Software (for us nerds) Pixel wins.

posted on 19 Jan 2017, 12:40

18. PL2006 (Posts: 17; Member since: 16 Jun 2016)


Terrible QC? When was the last time HTC was involved in any -gates or had to recall a device because it was a fire hazard?

posted on 19 Jan 2017, 14:55

21. Furbal (unregistered)


Lens flare on the m7, camera lens basically being plastic on the m8, loose audio jacks on the m8, screen temp differences across the board (similar to the oneplus) I love my M8 but there were plenty of issues with it. M9 overheating, touchscreen issues, gps, vibration motor breaking.

Nexus 6, 6p, and 5x had plenty of issues.

Congrats on beating the dead horse of the Note 7, we all know it was a failure, that doesnt excuse the lack of QC by other manufacturers

posted on 19 Jan 2017, 15:54 1

23. marorun (Posts: 5029; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Funny 30% samsung device no matter what model come back same years with various issues : overheating , screen pixel burning , camera lense shattered because of head , phone not booting anymore , freezing ect ect ect.

even apple do better with 15-20% of return.

all others are under 5% easy HTC been nearly at the top i can sell 50 of them and maybe 1 will come back.

not a single M9 came back with overheating.
Sure its was becoming quite hot but thanks to METAL build its was able to dissipate it very well ( yes the phone was very warm )

Samsung S7 overheat like crazy and you dont know it because its waterproof and made of glass so all the heat stay inside.

i got the LG G5 in an otterbox defender.
My friend have a S7 edge naked.

We both play same game together ( world of tank blitz ) with all graphic put to max ( yes you can customise graphic quality in thats game just like on a pc )

30 min of playing my phone still running a steady 60 fps.
him after 15 min he start going under ( around 45 to 50 fps ) then after 30 min its often go under 30 fps.

Pathetic piece of crap.

PS: its still the best looking phone ever if we only take design into account.

posted on 19 Jan 2017, 16:11

27. Furbal (unregistered)


Where did I ever mention Samsung didnt have QC issues? They obviously do, that doesnt mean you can ignore HTC or Googles failures in the past or present

posted on 19 Jan 2017, 20:17

29. Tkvdogg (Posts: 12; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


My Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Has Never Slowed Down And Battery Life Is Stellar^5

posted on 19 Jan 2017, 12:57

20. PL2006 (Posts: 17; Member since: 16 Jun 2016)


Software and its continual improvement is the principal feature, the life force of all devices. You can chest thump about SD card, wireless charging, and IP68 all you want but at the end of the day you are 3 revisions behind. True flagships don't play catch-up!

posted on 19 Jan 2017, 08:46 1

3. AizenMne (Posts: 14; Member since: 22 May 2014)


Lol :D check DXO Mark and see which phone has the best camera :D Over sharpened Shamesung :D blah

posted on 19 Jan 2017, 09:24 3

8. ShadowSnypa786 (Posts: 239; Member since: 06 Jan 2017)


You mean Pixel that has 87 and the S7 edge has 86?? ! measly point LOL im sure with your expert eye you can see the difference LOL

posted on 19 Jan 2017, 15:55 1

24. marorun (Posts: 5029; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Read the review they made on DXO mark.

Best smartphone camera ever tested = pixel.

now go back to your cave.

posted on 19 Jan 2017, 08:52 7

4. DavMor0069 (Posts: 214; Member since: 09 Dec 2015)


Bezel xl*

posted on 19 Jan 2017, 09:56 3

11. sissy246 (Posts: 4021; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


Those bezels are bad.

posted on 19 Jan 2017, 09:49

10. PL2006 (Posts: 17; Member since: 16 Jun 2016)


IMO, the Pixel is a clear step above the S7 Edge in camera performance. HDR+ is just too intelligent compared to the basic HDR employed in the S7. In some instances, the contest is close but particularly in low light, the Pixel separates from the S7 Edge and iPhone 7 Plus. S7 Edge produces purple fringing in low light scenes with bright isolated areas so if you are nitpicky that will be something to keep in mind.

Also, the Pixel doesn't start at 64GB of storage... ... ...

posted on 19 Jan 2017, 09:57

12. sissy246 (Posts: 4021; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


As for the photos, some of the s7 edges were better and some of the pixels were better.

posted on 19 Jan 2017, 15:56 1

25. marorun (Posts: 5029; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


When S7 beat pixel its by an hair.
When pixel beat the S7 its by a mile

Blind camera test proven this.

posted on 19 Jan 2017, 10:04 2

13. wando77 (Posts: 1076; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


Not sure where you get this horse Apple from that Samsung slows down over time. ALL phones will slow a little over time (even you precious Apple). Samsung no more than others.

posted on 19 Jan 2017, 10:20 2

14. bucky (Posts: 3132; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


no, Samsung is well known for being the worst. I think they even built in a tool in touchwiz to have it restart automatically at your chosen time.

Samsung makes great phones, but the slowdown is definitely true due to their heavy skins and abundance of "features".

posted on 19 Jan 2017, 10:55

15. ebilcake (Posts: 957; Member since: 16 Jul 2016)


Just look on gfxbench, long term performance takes into account throttling and Samsung are terrible in this regard.

Great peak performance, but for sustained performance they're terrible. (although that does help with battery life I guess )

posted on 19 Jan 2017, 12:44 1

19. Leo_MC (Posts: 2676; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


I would say he's talking about the fact that the Android phone slows down when used for a period of time (with the same OS version), as opposed to an iPhone that runs almost as good as the moment it is turned on (also having the same OS version).

posted on 21 Jan 2017, 06:25

32. ebilcake (Posts: 957; Member since: 16 Jul 2016)


Yeah, that affects all devices to some degree.

Hardware doesn't last forever so things will degrade, however differences over the short term are just software related, it can get worse but it can also get better.

posted on 22 Jan 2017, 00:23 2

37. Leo_MC (Posts: 2676; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Based on my experience, on Android phones those short term differences are going to happen often, while in iOS almost never.

posted on 19 Jan 2017, 15:58

26. marorun (Posts: 5029; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


a phone ( or any computer ) will slow down over time because of fragmentation in the memory ( can be the onboard memory or the ram )

A reboot will often make your phone feel a lots faster ( no matter the brand and os )

Android phone tend to get fragmented overtime so they all slowdown ( this is why i do a full backup of my phone every 2-3 months and then restore my backup )

I dont like apple iphone but the way the OS and file system work its never fragment itself.

I am not sure if newer version of android fixed this with the new compiler..

posted on 19 Jan 2017, 11:35

17. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 2176; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


Pixel's stock software obliterates lagwiz s**tty software.

posted on 19 Jan 2017, 15:49 1

22. marorun (Posts: 5029; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Wow the writter clearly biased toward samsung.

the S7 is SLOW compared to the pixel in all aspect.

The pixel dont throttle at all the S7 overheat like crazy.

blind test showed the pixel having more vote than the other 3 phone compared to it put together ( including the S7 )

posted on 19 Jan 2017, 18:59

28. molsky (Posts: 13; Member since: 10 Feb 2011)


So I must jump in as I am a power user and recently sold my S7 Edge for the Pixel XL. I disagree with the nod going to the S7 Edge. True it's a more beautiful phone to look at but the difference in speed is night and day...period. Samsung can't seem to make a truly lag and jitter free phone. They prefer to load it up with a bloated overlay and lots of features which most people can live without. In my opintion, the speed and fluid nature of the XL is something Android users have never seen before. This makes it the phone to get. To those people not seeing any lag on their Samsungs, it happens usually over time and you need to really be a constant multitask oriented power user to notice.

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