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The Google Pixel vs. the competition: Ready to rumble

Google takes control of its phone hardware just in time to enter one crowded market.
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We may be saying goodbye to the Nexus name, but we're not saying goodbye to the things we've come to expect from Google's premiere phones. The new Pixel still offers everything you'd expect in a flagship, including a highly-rated camera, a fingerprint sensor and the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. But, with so many current phones offering similar chipsets, features like Google Assistant could make all the difference. We'll take a closer look at some of the bells and whistles in our eventual review, but for now there are specs to chew over. Check out the table below to see how the Pixel measures up on paper to some of its leading competition.

Pixel iPhone 7 Galaxy S7 LG G5 HTC 10
Pricing $649, $749 (off-contract) $649, $749, $849 (off-contract) varies by carrier, starts at $650 off-contract varies by carrier on contract; $650 off-contract $699 (off-contract)
Known dimensions 143.84 x 69.54 x 7.31mm (5.66 x 2.74 x 0.29 inches) 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches) 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm (5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 inches) 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.3mm (5.88 x 2.91 x 0.29 inches) 145.9 x 71.9 x 3.0-9.0mm (5.74 x 2.83 x 0.12-0.35 inches)
Weight 143g (5.04 ounces) 138g (4.87 ounces) 152g (5.36 ounces) 159g (5.61 ounces) 161g (5.68 ounces)
Screen size 5.0 inches (127mm) 4.7 inches (119.38mm) 5.1 inches (129.2mm) 5.3 inches (134.62mm) 5.2 inches (132.08mm)
Screen resolution 1,920 x 1,080 (441 ppi) 1,334 x 750 (326 ppi) 2,560 x 1,440 (577 ppi) 2,560 x 1,440 (554 ppi) 2,560 x 1,440 (564 ppi)
Screen type Full HD AMOLED Retina HD Quad HD Super AMOLED Quad HD IPS LCD Quantum Quad HD Super LCD 5
Battery 2,770mAh 1,960mAh 3,000mAh 2,800mAh 3,000mAh
Internal storage 32/128GB 32/128/256GB 32GB 32GB 32GB
External storage None None microSD microSD microSD
Rear camera 12.3MP, f/2.0, 1.55µm pixel size 12MP, f/1.8 12MP, f/1.7, 1.4µm pixel size 16MP, f/1.8, 1.12µm pixel size 12MP, f/1.8, 1.55µm pixel size
Front-facing cam 8MP, f/2.4, 1.4µm pixel size 7MP, f/2.2 5MP 8MP 5MP, f/1.8, 1.34µm pixel size
Video capture 4K at 30fps 4K at 30fps 4K at 30fps 4K 4K
NFC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth v4.2 v4.2 v4.2 v4.2 v4.2
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Apple A10 Fusion Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
CPU 2.15GHz quad-core 2.23GHz dual-core 2.15GHz quad-core 2.15GHz quad-core 2.2GHz quad-core
GPU Adreno 530 6-core Adreno 530 Adreno 530 Adreno 530
RAM 4GB 2GB 4GB 4GB 4GB
WiFi Dual band, 802.11ac Dual band, 802.11ac Dual band, 802.11ac Dual band, 802.11ac Dual band, 802.11ac
Operating system Android 7.1 iOS 10 Android 6.0 Android 6.0 Android 6.0
Standout features Fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C Touch ID, IP67 certified, Lightning connector Fingerprint sensor, IP68 certified Fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C Fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C
Accessories Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable LG Friends: Cam, Cam Plus, Hi-Fi Plus (not available in US), VR Not applicable

* Specs in italics are unconfirmed, but we will update as more details become available.

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