Google Pixel 2 XL vs Apple iPhone X: What’s the difference?

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Google announced two new flagship smartphones in the form of the Pixel and the Pixel XL at an event in October. The latter is the more exciting of the two devices, with a design that follows the trend of other 2017 flagship devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Apple iPhone X, offering an almost all-screen front.

We have compared the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL, as well as the new smartphones against their predecessors in separate features but here we are looking at how the new Google Pixel 2 XL compares to the Apple iPhone X.


  • Both metal and glass, both waterproof
  • iPhone X has wireless charging
  • Simple branding on both

The Google Pixel 2 XL features a design made from a combination of glass and metal, with a metal frame and a glass panel at the top of the rear housing the single-lens camera sensor. There is a circular fingerprint sensor just beneath the glass panel on the back, while “G” branding is positioned at the very bottom of the rear.

The Pixel 2 XL has an almost all screen front with very slim bezels at the top and bottom featuring front-facing speakers within them, and there is a orange button on the right edge with the volume rocker for a splash of colour.

The Apple iPhone X meanwhile, has a metal and glass design too, though the entire rear is glass, rather than just a panel at the top like the Pixel 2 XL. There is a dual-camera setup in the top left-hand corner, along with an Apple logo in the middle of the rear.

The front is all screen, with just a small tab at the top for the front-facing camera and sensors, while stereo speakers are positioned either side of the Lightning port at the bottom of the device.

Both the Google Pixel 2 XL and the Apple iPhone X are waterproof but the Apple iPhone X is also compatible with wireless charging.


  • Pixel 2 XL has slightly larger and sharper display
  • Both OLED, but iPhone X has HDR
  • iPhone X has pressure sensitive display

The Google Pixel 2 XL has a 6-inch AMOLED display with a Quad HD+ resolution of 2880 x 1440, which puts its pixel density at 538ppi.

It has an aspect ratio of 18:9, like the LG V30 and LG G6 and the Pixel 2 XL also has an always on option, allowing you to see notifications and important information even when the main display is off.

The Apple iPhone X has a 5.8-inch Super Retina HD OLED display with a resolution of 2436 x 1125 pixels, which puts its pixel density at a little softer than the Pixel 2 XL at 458ppi.

It too has an 18:9 aspect ratio though there is no always on display option, but it does add HDR compatibility. The iPhone X also offers 3D Touch, which is Apple’s version of a pressure sensitive display and it also comes with Apple’s True Tone technology, meaning the display adapts to its surroundings.


  • iPhone X has dual-rear camera with dual OIS
  • Higher resolution front camera on Pixel 2 XL
  • Facial recognition on iPhone X

The Google Pixel 2 XL comes with a single rear camera sensor with a 12.2-megapixel resolution, with 1.4µm pixels and an aperture of f/1.8.

It features both dual pixel phase detection autofocus, laser detection autofocus, optical and electrical image stabilisation and it also offers software-induced Portrait Mode for Bokeh images. The front-facing camera is 8-megapixels with an aperture of f/2.4, like the 2016 Pixel XL.

The Apple iPhone X has a dual-rear camera comprised of two 12-megapixel sensors, one telephoto with an f/2.4 aperture and one wide-angle with a f/1.8 aperture. It has dual optical stabilisation on board, along with hardware-induced Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting mode.

The front camera is a 7-megapixel sensor with a f/2.2 aperture. It too offers Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting Mode, along with a Retina Flash but it also offers body and face detection. This latter feature enables FaceID, allowing users to unlock their device and pay using Apple Pay with their face, replacing the need for a fingerprint sensor.

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  • Both have powerful hardware
  • More storage available as option for iPhone X
  • Both offer fast charging, iPhone X also offers wireless charging

The Google Pixel 2 XL runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, supported by 4GB of RAM. It is available in 64GB and 128GB storage options, neither of which offer microSD support for storage expansion.

Its battery is 3520mAh, charged via USB Type-C with support for fast charging, delivering up to seven hours in 15 minutes.

The Apple iPhone X runs on the A11 Bionic chip with neural engine and embedded M11 motion coprocessor. Apple doesn’t detail RAM, but we believe it to be around 3GB, while storage options come in the form of 64GB and 256GB, neither of which have microSD.

Apple claims the iPhone X’s battery will last up to 21 hours for talk time, charged via Lightning or wirelessly with a Qi wireless charger. It too is fast charge capable, offering up to 50 per cent in 30 minutes.

Neither the Google Pixel 2 XL or the Apple iPhone X have a 3.5mm headphone jack, though both come with adaptors in their box with Google including a 3.5mm to USB Type-C adapter and Apple including a 3.5mm to Lightning.

As we mentioned briefly in the design section, the Pixel 2 XL has front-facing speakers at the top and bottom of the display, while the iPhone X has stereo speakers which fire from the bottom of the device.

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  • Pixel 2 XL runs on Android Oreo
  • iPhone X runs on iOS 11
  • Both have personal assistants

The Google Pixel 2 XL runs on Android Oreo with no bloatware over the top. It is pure Android with all the latest features and functions Google has to offer from its software.

The Pixel 2 XL also has Google Assistant, which is easily accessible by squeezing the Pixel 2 XL’s frame.

The Apple iPhone X meanwhile, runs on iOS 11, which includes all the latest features Apple has to offer. The iPhone X also offers a personal assistant, though in the form of Siri. It too is easily accessible, though not as conversational as Google’s Assistant.


  • iPhone X more expensive
  • Pixel 2 XL available after iPhone X
  • See on EE – See Pixel 2 on Carphone Warehouse – Pixel XL 2

The Google Pixel 2 XL starts at £799/$799, but it won’t be available for a number of weeks.

The Apple iPhone X will be available to pre-order from 27 October, with delivery from 3 November. It starts at £999/$999, making it a little more expensive than Google’s offering.


The Google Pixel 2 XL and the Apple iPhone X are both premium devices with powerful hardware under their hoods. The Pixel 2 XL has a slightly larger and sharper display, coupled with a higher resolution front camera, likely more RAM and a more open software platform.

The Apple iPhone X however, has a pressure sensitive display, offering various features and functions based on the force with which you press, HDR, as well as a dual rear camera, the option of more storage and facial recognition.

Both have great designs, great interfaces and specifications, meaning the decision between the two will likely come down to which software platform you prefer, which design you prefer, or what your budget will allow for.




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