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Google Pixel vs Samsung Galaxy S7: Which Phone Is Best?

Google Pixel vs Samsung Galaxy S7

Google Pixel vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Comparison

It is 2016 and this year witnessed just so many flagship smartphones. Also, Samsung with its latest flagship- the Galaxy S7 stole the flagship crown from Apple's Iphone 7. Truth be told, Samsung Galaxy S7 is the best smartphone we have seen this year but can Google Pixel topple the charts?
Google Pixel vs Samsung Galaxy S7- 
Find out in this comprehensive comparison of Google Pixel vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Which Phone is best!

The Galaxy S7 is the best smartphone produced by Samsung yet. Even if the Note 7 would stay you would have seen that the S7 was no less impressive than the Note 7. Anyways after Samsung stopped the Note 7's production and recalled it Samsung Galaxy S7 was the best smartphone in the market and it still is. However now, Google released its first ever exclusive-Google product, Pixel. Packed with impressive and latest specs, along with the latest Android software, it offers tough competition to the S7. 

Specs Chart: Google Pixel vs Samsung Galaxy S7 (Source:Gadgets 360)

gENERALGoogle PixelSamsung Galaxy S7
Release dateOctober 2016February 2016
Form factorTouchscreenTouchscreen
Dimensions (mm)143.80 x 69.50 x 8.60142.40 x 69.60 x 7.90
Weight (g)143.00152.00
Battery capacity (mAh)27703000
Removable batteryNoNo
ColoursVery Silver, Quite Black, Really Blue-
Screen size (inches)5.005.10
Resolution1080x1920 pixels1440x2560 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI)441577
Processor2.15 GHz quad-core2.3 GHz octa-core or 2.15 GHz quad-core
Processor makeQualcomm Snapdragon 821-
Internal storage32GB32GB
Expandable storageNoYes
Expandable storage type-microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB)-200
Rear camera12.3-megapixel12-megapixel
Front camera8-megapixel5-megapixel
Operating SystemAndroid 7.1Android 6.0
Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothYes, v 4.20Yes, v 4.20
Number of SIMs12

Compass/ MagnetometerYesYes
Proximity sensorYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesYes
Temperature sensorNoNo

Google Pixel vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Design

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Google Pixel Build
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  • Samsung Galaxy S7: Dimensions - 142 x 70 x 7.9 mm; Corning Gorilla Glass 4; IP68 dust and water resistant; Available in Black, White, Gold, Silver and Pink Gold colours; weighs 152 gram
  • Google Pixel: Dimensions - 144 x 69.54 x 7.31 mm; Corning Gorilla Glass 4; IP53 dust and splash resistant(useless in terms of water resistance); Available in Black, Silver and Blue colours; Weighs 143 gram

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder: a stupid phrase really!
While the choice of a phone made of metal, glass or plastic rests completely on you, the design of a flagship smartphone is quite worth looking into.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Design

Samsung Galaxy S7 is quite eye-catching actually! The phone is made with metal along with its sleek and slim sides(7.9mm). But its front and back are covered by Gorilla Glass 4 which is extremely durable to damage. A unique feature of it is that the glass even under extreme pressure doesn't break apart. The screen may crack but the glass stays together. 

Samsung Galaxy S7

The design of S7 isn't that much different than its predecessor but that's a good thing actually. The home button as usual with Samsung, functions as the fingerprint scanner with capacitive buttons on each sides. The Galaxy S7 also contains a brushed metal sides which feels quite good. Also the camera of the S7 doesn't jut out much from the back and is located at the middle of the back of the phone.
The S7 has a IP68 dust and water resistant that is it has been tested to withstand water upto a depth of 1.5m for 30mins. 

It is available in Black, White, Gold, Silver and Pink Gold colours.

As for the Google Pixel its design is surprisingly quite similar to the Iphone 7. A standard, rectangular body with rounded edges, and body made with aerospace grade aluminium metal, combined with Gorilla glass 4, it is really very attractive and easy to grip. The antenna lines lie on the phone's rear and Google Pixel fingerprint scanner is located on its rear.

Google Pixel in blue, black and silver colours
Google Pixel in Quite Black, Very Silver and Really Blue Colours

(READ: Best Cases for Water-Proofing your iPhone!)

Though Google Pixel doesn't have front and back glass panels like S7, its innovative cross between Nexus 4 and iPhone design is no downer either!

With a transparent shielding covering its top half and a metallic finish below it, and adding to it a glossy back, Google Pixel's design is sure to make jaws drop to the floor!
It is available in Quite Black(not at all black), Very silver and Really Blue colour variations.

Both the phones are made with extreme finesse and look extremely gorgeous. As such picking a winner in this category is next to impossible! Google Pixel is rated IP53 dust and water resistant. 

In terms of protection from water, the phone doesn't offer what is expected from a flagship. Hell! Even the iPhone 7 comes with IP67 water resistance now. Google Pixel lacks wireless charging too. 

Clearly Samsung's S7 bests Pixel in this round.

Google Pixel vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Display

  • Google Pixel: 5 inch screen; 1080 x 1920 pixels(Full HD) ; 424 ppi pixel density; 69% screen to body ratio; AMOLED display
  • Samsung Galaxy S7: 5.1 inch screen; 1440 x 2560 pixels; 577 ppi pixle density; 72% screen to body ratio; Super AMOLED display
Samsung Galaxy S7 features a 5.1 inch screen with QHD Super AMOLED Display (resolution- 1440 x 2560 pixels) boasting an amazing 577ppi pixel density. The QHD display of Galaxy S7 is a huge plus point compared to the Google Pixel for watching VR. Samsung already a pioneer in televisions and electronics, custom builds the Super AMOLED screen on the Galaxy S7. 

AMOLED screen uses individual pixels in its display so it can shut on and off the pixels to save power and give you the-truest-black colour as pixels that are shut down don't emit light at all. AMOLED screen also save much more power compared to LCD displays.

Google Pixel also uses a 5 inch AMOLED screen but its display is not QHD. It uses a full HD display(1080 x 1920 pixels), with about half the resolution of Samsung's S7. Its pixel density is 424 ppi. Samsung's better display can be noticed just in normal use and more so while using Virtual Reality headset.

Last but not the least with the production of the Note 7 finally coming to an end, Samsung has sent out software updates that let the S7 use its Always On display causing just a tiny 1% battery drain per hour. Of course if you don't like it, you can always switch this feature off. Google Pixel doesn't have any notable display features to its name.

Google Pixel vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Performance and Features

  • Google Pixel: 4GB RAM; Adreno 530 Graphics Card; Fingerprint scanner; USB Type-C; Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor (2.15 GHz Quad-Core)
  • Samsung Galaxy S7: 4GB RAM; Adreno 530 or Mali-T880 Graphics Card; Fingerprint Scanner; Micro USB and wireless charging; Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor(2.15 GHz Quad-Core) or Exynos 8890 processor(2.30 GHz Octa-Core)

While both Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S7 come with 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM, Samsung S7's processors are different depending on where you buy them from. S7 features Snapdragon 820(quad-core 2.15 GHz) or Exynos 8890(octa core 2.3 GHz) processors. Though the Exynos has eight cores compared to Snapdragon's quad cores, both the chips are quite equal in power.

Both the chips are extremely power efficient, and therefore the battery drain is quite low. As you can see in the above image, both the chips give quite similar results in most tests. While the Snapdragon fared slightly better in the GPU heavy- GFXBench Manhattan test, the Exynos fared much better in browsing benchmark test(Sunspider).

The Google Pixel packs 4 GB RAM and Snapdragon's latest Qualcomm 821 processor. The new processor is theoretically 10% more power efficient and is capable to provide upto 2.4 GHz speed.

Google Pixel vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Speed Test

Google Fingerprint scanner is dubbed by Google as the "Pixel Imprint". The Samsung Galaxy S7 also features biometric sensors like heart rate and blood oxygen sensor and support for Samsung's payment platform 'Samsung Pay'. All in all, Samsung offers several useful features, as opposed to Google Pixel.

Google Pixel vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Storage

The Samsung Galaxy S7 comes in 32 GB and 64 GB internal storage variant. The reintroduction of external storage through Micro-SD card has been welcome by almost all Samsung fans. 

However the Google Pixel lacks in this aspect. It doesn't offer a Micro-SD card slot for storage increase. However it does offer unlimited free storage online for photos and videos through Google Photos.

Though this is infact a solution for the lack of external storage through Micro-SD card, you will need quite a fast internet connection with unlimited pack to regularly browse through your media, stored in the cloud. 

Also some people prefer the warmth of storing their media, safe in their phone, this is a personal choice. If you prefer cloud storage, then Google Pixel's unlimited internet storage for photos and videos should be quite a welcome news for you!

Point to be noted is that, nowadays there are several services like Dropbox and Google Drive that offer you quite some storage space for your data free. So whether, Google's plan for unlimited data storage is better than keeping a slot for Micro-SD is quite doubtful.

Samsung's S7 bests Google Pixel in the Storage category.

Google Pixel vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Camera

  • Samsung Galaxy S7: Primary Camera- 12 megapixel with dual Pixel technology; f/1.7; 1/2.5 inch sensor; 1.4 micrometre pixel size; Phase Detection Autofocus; OIS; Secondary Camera- 5 megapixel; f/1.7; Auto HDR
  • Google Pixel: Primary Camera- 12.3 megapixel; f/2.0; 1.55 micrometre pixel size; Phase detection Autofocus; Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS); Secondary Camera- 8 megapixel; f/2.4; 1.4 micrometre pixel size

The Samsung Galaxy S7 boasts ome of the best flagship smartphone camera, even better than its predecessor and the Iphone 7. On the other hand, Google with its Pixel intended to win hearts of photographers. It promised that Pixel's camera can launch, shoot and save pictures faster than any other camera. 

Samsung has reduced the pixel count in its latest flagship- the Galaxy S7 from 16MP to 12 MP. But hold on! The Galaxy S7 features a "dual pixel" technology which means all the pixels in the phone's image sensor possesses two photo-diodes instead of one. 

The dual Pixel technology helps in faster focusing of images by the smartphone camera. The wider lens in Samsung Galaxy S7 camera helps in absorbing more light than its counterpart resulting in better low lighy photos. 

Also, the OIS in Samsung Galaxy S7 functions offers a tough competition to the EIS in Google Pixel. Google didn't use OIS because it introduced a HDR+ mode in its camera. What it does is that it, when you take a picture, the Google Pixel camera takes multiple shots one after another and combines them into a single picture; thus replacing the need for the OIS. Apparently the HDR+ mode of Google Pixel could not even the tables with Samsung's flagship here.

All these put the Galaxy S7's Primary camera much better than that of the Google Pixel.

Still, Google Pixel's secondary camera is slightly better than the Galaxy S7's. Armed with 8MP f/2.4 front camera selfies and videos with the front camera are slightly better than the S7's 5MP f/1.7 front camera. Even then, Samsung S7 front camera easily wins in lowlight pictures. The video recording in both the smartphones are quite similar: Both are capable to take 2160p videos at 30fps, 1080 pixel videos at 60 fps and 720 pixel videos at 240 fps.

Check out some lowlight camera comparison pictures here.

Google Pixel vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Software

  • Samsung Galaxy S7: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with Touchwiz Interface; Google Now - digital assistant
  • Google Pixel: Android 7.1 Nougat Stock Android; Google Assistant - digital assistant
The Samsung Galaxy S7 runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow which was released by Google in 2015. Recently Google launched the Android Nougat for all the different Android smartphone manufacturers.

 However the Google Pixel runs on the latest version of Android Nougat - 7.1, which 'for now', is available exclusively on Google Pixel. Samsung also has begun distributing the Android Nougat beta software update from early November.

Google Pixel runs on Android 7.1.(stock Android) featuring split screen mode- a key improvement to its predecessor- Android Marshmallow. However Samsung's touchwiz already offers this feature; called multi-window mode on the Android Marshmallow and so the Galaxy S7 has access to this feature even without the Nougat. Apart from that Google is keeping on passing updates to the Nougat(7.1.2) and will be a step ahead of the S7 when it comes to software.

But Google's Android 7.1 is better than S7's marshmallow when it comes to battery power usage and aesthetics. Since Google Pixel comes in stock Android, it contains no bloatware. However it is indeed worth mentioning that Samsung's touchwiz has now been toned down a lot and you won't find the clutter of useless apps(present in most other Samsung predecessors) in the S7.

Google Pixel also boasts a built in Google Assistant, which can be called by long pressing the Home Button or by calling "OK Google". Like Google Now, it can be made to follow your voice commands. 

Though its replies aren't perfect and some of the times, your voice commands will be met with a Google search, it will get better and understand your commands better over time as it uses machine learning and integrates with Google Home. However Google Assistant isn't exclusively available to Google Pixel, as non Pixel users can use it through Google Allo messenger. But, obviously, it doesn't start up with the "Ok Google" phrase.

  • But what is the difference between Google Now and Google Assistant?
Well, Google Now is the default phone assistant present in most Android phones along with the S7. It is a much better digital assistant when compared to Microsoft's Cortana and Apple's Siri. But it lacks the ability to make conversations with the user. It is voice activated and lets the users search the web and perform several tasks in his/her phone without even having to touch it using natural sounding voice commands. But, the only problem is that Google Now doesn't really get to know you.

The Google Assistant on the contrary comes with a friendier, and more conversational user interface, with a deeper artificial intelligence than any other Artificial Intelligence, till date including Google Now. It can do everything that Google Now can do, and a lot more as it remembers your old conversations. In the beginning, you won't find it much impressive, but with its machine learning, it gets more and more smarter, and performs your tasks and searches much better as you keep on using it. In terms of the personal assistant, Google Pixel is a step ahead of Samsung Galaxy S7.

A notable plus point for the Pixel is its 24×7 live support. It allows you to text with or request a phone call from a Google support representative to get immediate support for you Pixel smartphone. 

  • Google Pixel's Android Nougat 7.1 features Launcher shortcuts activated by long-pressing an app which give you quick access to in-app menus much like iOS 10 3D touch.
  • Samsung Galaxy S7's TouchWiz layer over the Android Marshmallow allows you to record gameplay, customize a "Do Not Disturb" mode and has quite amazing battery saving modes. Samsung Pay in the S7 is able to simulate a credit card or debit card swipe on magnetic Card readers even if the card reader doesn't support Android or Apple pay, all thanks to a hardware part known as MST or Magnetic Secure Transmission. Samsung +, a loyalty app on the S7, provides Samsung customers with perks, deals and live customer support.

Google Pixel vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Battery

  • Samsung Galaxy S7: Non-Removable; 3000 mAh power; Fast charging; Wireless Charging
  • Google Pixel: Non-Removable; 2770 mAh power; 7 hours charge in 15 mins;

While the Samsung Galaxy S7 packs a 3000 mAh Lithium-ion battery, its counterpart, the Google Pixel has a 2770 mAh battery. But don't expect the S7's battery life much longer than that of the Google Pixel. 

With a display having lesser resolution, newer processor designed to be 10% more power efficient and newer software designed to be more compatible with the hardware, Google Pixel has got quite a long battery life actually.

Samsung also has got a long list of power saving modes in the Galaxy S7, which help boost its battery life- one of which deserves mention is "Doze", a mode which only lets off about 3 to 4% charge overnight when left unused. 

Both the Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S7 support Qualcomm's Quick charge 3.0 standard according to which 80% charging can be done in just 35 mins. However, the S7's fast charging gives you 60% charge in 30 mins and full charge by an hour while the Pixel provides about 7 hours of battery life with a 15 mins charge. An advantage for the S7 is its wireless charging. Though this feature is not an important Must-have "thing", but when your phone's charge is low, and you are using it continuously, it does come handy.

Google Pixel vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Price

It is quite odd to find that the price of the S7 ranges quite a lot in Amazon. 32 GB models are sold there starting at 517$ going up till 608$.

The 32 GB model of the Pixel is sold at with marginal price difference, from 748 to 755$. But the 128 GB model is sold there at 970$ and 1634$. The Google Pixel is thus much more expensive than the S7. So, Google Now is not the best option in this category of Google Pixel vs Galaxy S7.

Google Pixel (Quite Black, 32 GB)is available at Amazon at Rs 57000, lowest price.
128 GB model is available at Rs 66000 cheapest.

  • Click here to buy Google Pixel for US citizens
  • Click here to buy Google Pixel for UK citizens
  • Click here to buy Google Pixel for French citizens
  • Click here to buy Google Pixel for German citizens

  • Buy Samsung Galaxy S7-

  • For US Citizens. And here is a link for a refurbished model at 100$ less
  • For UK Citizens
  • For French Citizens
  • For German Citizens

  • Google Pixel vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Verdict

    Summarising the comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S7 wins against the Google Pixel in terms of camera, and display. Google tries to beat hardware needs in the camera segment by its unique software customizations like HDR+ but it fails to win. 

    Design of both the smartphones are among the best in any smartphones out yet in 2016 and to say the truth, there isn't a winner in design segment of the Google Pixel vs Samsung Galaxy S7 comparison. 

    While the Google Pixel comes out with the latest Android software, Samsung's touchwiz provides several outstanding features that even Android Nougat 7.1 can't provide. But the Google Assistant Pixel is quite amazing and is the best digital assistant available. The Google Pixel's Nougat and Snapdragon 821 processor help extend the longevity of its battery life. 

    S7 is more durable and much more water-resistant than the Pixel. Although, Samsung Galaxy S7 emerges as a clear winner in this comparison and bests Google Pixel, the Google Pixel is much more expensive than the S7. Samsung Galaxy S7, still remains the best phone throughout 2016. 2016 saw several flagship smartphones come and go. But none including the Pixel could displace Samsung Galaxy S7 from the throne of the best flagship of 2016!

    However if you prefer continuous support for your smartphone along with stock Android/ Google Assistant, then you may consider the Google Pixel. 


    1. Nice post! Google Pixel is abnormally priced, and it doesn't stand a chance when compared to other flagships.


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