LG launched the first iteration of V series, the LG V10 last year aiming at people who like to have all the feature on their phone. LG, at the same time, haven't left their 'G' series of smartphones. Instead, the OEM started new series of smartphones, much like the Samsung's case with Note series of smartphones.
The LG V20 arrived when Samsung is plagued with the sage of Galaxy Note 7 blasting, and it has received much praise from every corner of the world. On the flip side, we have the Google Pixel XL, the first smartphone that Google has built both in and out. Of course, with the help of HTC.
Cut to two months later, the same LG V20 with no modifications has landed in India. And, it is stunning in every aspect and a perfect replacement to the discontinued Samsung Galaxy Note 7. However, we have the Google Pixel XL sitting in the same premium space and pegging for the same slot as well. So, we decided to pit them against each other.
Design: LG V20 is the Clear Winner
The LG V20 is crafted well, and with its aluminium body, it looks much premium. The design hasn't got a big turnaround from the LG V10, but LG has made some subtle changes to make it look much better.
We have just one word to describe the Google Pixel's design- ‘ It is the Google's version of Apple iPhone 7'. That's it. There is a big awkward chin on the front, which looks way weird than we have anticipated. The rear looks somewhat different from competition with glass and metal combined, but the design department goes to LG V20.
Display: Again, the LG V20 has Advantage with Secondary Display
Both are bigger; But, the LG V20 is slightly larger than the Pixel XL at 5.7-inch display. So, what's interesting here is the LG V20 does come with a secondary display with a low resolution of 1040*160 pixels, and the primary display is a IPS Quantum QHD display with a resolution of 2560*1440 pixels.
The Google Pixel XL comes with a 5.5-inch display, which is bright and crisp and it has the same QHD resolution with a resolution of 2560*1440 pixels.
Camera- No Words, Only Google Pixel XL!
The camera on the Google Pixel XL is rated as the best smartphone camera by DxOMark, and it proved the rating as the correct choice in real life usage. Having said that, it uses a smaller 12.3MP sensor than the LG V20's 16MP sensor, but it outsmarts the competition. Added to the advantage is the auto HDR+ mode which is enabled by default in the smartphone and has zero shutter lag, thanks to Google's intelligent image processing technology.
The LG V20 also has a competitive camera hardware, and it comes with the dual camera as well: a 16MP sensor primary sensor, which is better than Google Pixel' sensor and a secondary 8MP wide-angle camera. This is the same setup seen on the LG G5 configuration. The Google Pixel XL camera is just brilliant in every condition.
Software: Google Assistant Rescued Pixel!
The Google Pixel XL is the first smartphone to run Android 7.1 Nougat and the search giant has added some exclusive features (for the first time). One of them is the Google Assistant. We have previously seen the Google Assistant in the Google Allo messaging app, but the same has been integrated into the entire smartphone. Typically saying, the Google Assistant is the updated version of Google Now on Tap, seen on Marshmallow and the primary difference is it is exclusive to only Pixel phones.
It is worth noticing that the LG V20 is the first smartphone to run Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box, apart from Pixel phones and LG has added some exciting features as well. It is a heavily skinned UI but gets the job done with its insanely powerful hardware. So, the software department goes to Google's phone.
Hardware: Pixel XL is 10 percent faster than LG V20
The Google Pixel XL comes with the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset, coupled with 4GB of RAM. The LG V20 comes with a Snapdragon 820 chipset along with the same amount of RAM- 4GB. According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 821 is 10 percent faster than the Snapdragon 820 and paired with stock Android; the performance is fluid in Pixel XL.
The only advantage LG V20 has is the support for microSD card support. Yes, the LG V20 comes in two different storage variants, and the storage can be expandable up to 2TB via a microSD card slot, which is absent in the Pixel XL.
Another aspect where the LG V20 excels is the multimedia department. Yes, the V20 is rated as the best multimedia phone till date, due to the three audio DAC's present in the phone.
Verdict: Google Pixel XL wins the Phablet Race!
Both the Google Pixel XL and LG V20 are arguably the best smartphones ever produced. However, going against each other, the Pixel XL wins the race even with an annoying design.
Another aspect is the pricing. The Google Pixel Xl starts at Rs. 67,000 in India for the base 32GB model and the LG V20 is priced at Rs. 54,999 in the country.