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Google Pixel XL benchmarks and speed test: OK Google, let's see what you've got

|October 18, 2016 |Android Phones, Android, Google, Apple, Comparisons

"We take the newly launched Pixel XL for a spin and test it against the iPhone 7 Plus"
The launch of Pixel smartphones marks the first time that Google has claimed sole ownership of devices running its popular Android OS. Representing the very best that Android has to offer, the Pixel smartphones are packed to the brim featuring deep software integration and top-of-the line specs which is why, we decided to put the bigger of the two phones, Pixel XL  (first impressions) through a series of benchmarks and speed tests to get a better read on the flagship's true capabilities.


The 91mobiles speed test is a two-phase test in which we gauge a device’s processing capabilities and its memory management. In the former, a series of apps are opened on the device and the time taken to open every single app is summed up and calculated. In the latter, the apps are reopened once again to see which are retained by the smartphone in its memory. 


For those in the audience who haven’t caught up with the hype yet, the Pixel smartphones feature an industry leading quad-core Snapdragon 821 processor and come equipped with 4GB of RAM. The handset packs plenty of horsepower on paper but will these specs translate into an equally impressive real time performance? And the bigger question is, will they be enough to overwhelm the similarly-priced giant that is the Apple iPhone 7 Plus (first impressions)? Take a look in our speed test between the iPhone 7 Plus and the Google Pixel XL.

The apps used for comparison were opened in the following order on both the smartphones - Clock, Camera, defaut photos app, default dialler app, Chrome browser, YouTube, Subway Surfers, respective app stores, Calendar and Calculator. As can be seen from the video, the two flagships from Apple and Google compete neck and neck in terms of performance. The iPhone 7 Plus was marginally quicker in opening the apps and went through the entire batch in just 53.14 seconds beating the Pixel XL which took 55 seconds to open all the apps. However, the Pixel XL gained the lead when the apps were reopened taking a total of 75 seconds to complete the two tests whereas the iPhone 7 Plus took 78 seconds. Suffice it to say, both the phones are extremely capable performers.

For the spec-heads out there, we did run the Pixel XL through a series of benchmarking apps to get a number on its performance by testing the device on Antutu, OpenGFX and GeekBench. While the Snapdragon 821 is a newer processor compared to the Snapdragon 820, the scores coming out from the two processors should be nearly identical as the the former is an efficiency and not a performance upgrade over the latter. Buyers will still get slightly better performance on the Snapdragon 821, albeit it will not show in real time usage. For a more comprehensive look, make sure to check out our benchmarking video below.

As is evident from the video, the Google Pixel is no slouch in terms of performance. The smartphone scored an impressive 1,39,470 on Antutu Benchmarks along with a single-core score of 2,286 and a multi-corescore of 5,270 on GeekBench making these some of the highest scores we have ever seen a smartphone to score. The device did extremely well in OpenGFX as well achieving impressive frame-rates across several different test scenarios within the app. Rest assured, if you are a Google Pixel XL owner, you won't need to upgrade your smartphone for a fair bit of time.

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