google-pixel-xl_env_01Google’s “Pixel” line of products is designed to be the highest-end, top of the line hardware from Google. It is very different from the Nexus line of products, which is designed to provide excellent “quality for the price”. In a Pixel product, pricing is not a concern, and with prices going from $649 (Pixel 32GB) to $869 (Pixel XL 128GB), Google’s new phones don’t come for cheap, but they do provide excellent features and experiences. You can compare the Pixel and Pixel XL specs if you want.

Google Nexus vs. Google Pixel

Nexus phones are also different because they are built in collaboration with an OEM. For example, LG (Nexus 5, Nexus 5X) or Huawei (Nexus 6P) have collaborated with Google to build Nexus phones.

With Pixel products, Google is supposed to be the sole company in charge (“designed by Google”), but it can use the services of an ODM (white-label phone maker) to build the final product. Keep in mind that Apple also uses manufacturing services.

This time, Google has used the services of HTC to build the Google Pixel, and HTC is not mentioned anywhere in the official Google materials (which is normal for this type of deal). How much each company contributed to the final design is somewhat of a mystery. Huawei said that it passed on the opportunity to work on the Pixel phone.

This is Google’s first Pixel phone. The first Pixel product was the Chromebook Pixel in 2013.

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ProductPixelPixel XL
Display Diagonal (inches)5" (12.7cm)5.5" (14cm)
Megapixel Count12 Megapixel12 Megapixel
Battery Capacity (mAh)2770 mAh3450 mAh
Processor/Soc NameMSM8996 Snapdragon 821Snapdragon 821
RAM Options4 GB,4 GB,
Street Price$475 Google Pixel on Amazon$455 Pixel XL on Amazon
Link to full specsGoogle Pixel Full specs and detailsPixel XL Full specs and details
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