LG G6 and the Pixel XL are, by all means, premium smartphones with top-notch specs and features. The Google Pixel XL gets some serious competition from the newly unveiled LG G6. The LG G6 has a bigger display with minimal bezels, HDR and higher resolution, and it also features dual-rear camera setup that the Pixel XL lacks. Pixel XL offers a pure Android experience, a larger battery and a 128 GB native storage configuration. The LG G6 is all set to go up against other current Android flagships and it might give them a run for their money, so let's see how it stacks up against the premium Google Pixel XL.
The LG G6 features slim bezels around the display, a circular fingerprint sensor on its back, a dual rear camera and USB Type-C, among the highlights. Its metal design with a glass finish on the back and boasts IP68 certification for water/dust resistance.
The Pixel XL is rocking a premium metal build with glass on the top third of its back. It has less glass on its back than the LG G6, but has wider bezels compared to LG's new flagship. The Pixel XL fingerprint scanner is also circular and rear-mounted, just like with the LG G6.
Both Smartphones feature USB-Type C, but the LG G6 gets an edge thanks to its waterproofing and slimmer bezels. The LG G6 is also smaller and lighter than the Pixel XL, even with larger display size.
The LG G6 features a 5.7-inch display with a QHD resolution of 2,880 x 1,440 pixels, which translates to a pixel density of 564 pixels per inch. The G6 also boasts HDR with support for both Dolby Vision and HDR 10 standards, and it displays visuals in an 18:9 aspect ratio.
Whereas Pixel XL comes with a 5.5-inch display with a QHD resolution at 534 ppi, clearly lower than LG G6. The Pixel XL features a curved display, whereas LG chose a flat screen for the G6. The Pixel XL could win in this category if you're looking for a curved-screen flagship with an AMOLED display.
Hardware, Same Processors
The LG G6 packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor paired with 4GB of RAM. The LG G6 offers only 32GB, but this can be bolstered to 2TB due to an SD card slot. A 3,330 mAh battery keeps things up and running. The Pixel XL has the same Snapdragon 821 processor and 4GB of RAM. The Pixels come in 32GB and 128GB varieties, but without SD card support.
It has no microSD support for additional memory and battery 3,450 mAh. Both the LG G6 and the Pixel XL have rear-mounted fingerprint sensors and USB Type-C for charging and data transfers.
The LG G6 has a dual-rear camera system with two 13-megapixel cameras. One of these sensors features a 125-degree wide-angle lens that should deliver the same field of vision as the naked eye. One camera has an f/1.8 aperture with optical image stabilization and phase detection autofocus, while the other features an f/2.4 aperture without autofocus. It has a 5-megapixel selfie cam with an f/2.2 aperture. The Google Pixel XL has a 12.3-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and laser autofocus, but no OIS. On the front, the Pixel XL has an 8-megapixel selfie cam with an f/2.4 aperture. Clearly LG G6 has a better Camera.
Both Smartphones run Android Nougat out of the box, but there's more to it than just Android version. The LG G6 has the company's own LG UX 6.0 on top of Android. The latest Android 7.1 version underlies everything, and LG has a decent track record of keeping up to date with newer versions when they come out.
The Pixel XL, runs stock Android Nougat with no bloatware. Like the Nexus line before it, the Pixel series aims to offer a pure Android experience. This means Pixel users will benefit from the latest version of Android, fast updates, alongside dedicated Google apps.
If you want the cleanest and purest vision of an Android device then the Pixel or Pixel XL remain the best choice right now. Both devices feature excellent hardware and usability, plus you know that they will be bang up to date for the next couple of years at least.