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Google Pixel XL vs LG V20 Performance Test: Which Is Faster? [Video]

14 November 2016, 5:26 am EST By Alexandra Burlacu Tech Times
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The Google Pixel XL and LG V20, two of the most powerful smartphones of 2016, went head to head in a performance test. Both are true powerhouses, but which performed better? Pictured here is the Pixel XL on the left and the LG V20 on the right.  ( PhoneBuff | YouTube )

The Google Pixel XL and LG V20 revved up their engines in a performance test, showing off their skills and some impressive horsepower.

Widely considered among the best Android smartphones of 2016, the LG V20 and Google Pixel XL are both powerful beasts that can easily handle virtually any task you throw at them.

Similar Processing Power

The Google Pixel XL has a Snapdragon 821 processor paired with 4 GB of RAM and a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, among the highlights. The LG V20 has a Snapdragon 820 processor with 4 GB of RAM, and a 5.7-inch QHD IPS display with the same 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, just spread over a slightly larger screen.

In the processing department, while the Pixel XL has a newer and stronger Snapdragon 821 chipset, Google capped the maximum clock speed to 2.15 GHz, the same as that of the Snapdragon 820. This pretty much puts the Pixel XL on par with the LG V20, albeit there's more to performance than just clock speed.

Nevertheless, we wouldn't expect broad differences in performance between the two flagships. However, things might be a bit different when it comes to memory management and OS optimization, which is exactly what the performance test shows in the video below.

Performance Test

Both the Google Pixel XL and the LG V20 launch a number of applications and start a process in a few apps, aiming to determine which smartphone powerhouse is faster and more stable.

In the first round, the Pixel XL comes out on top, albeit not by a wide margin. The Google flagship finished up in 1:36 minutes, while the LG V20 took 1:43. The video shows no difference in performance when dealing with Photoshop and video encoding, which comes as no big surprise considering the similar processing power.

The second round of the test, however, gets more interesting and the Pixel XL starts trailing behind the LG V20. For instance, while the V20 kept games running, the Pixel XL needed to reload them. As the test progressed, the Pixel XL kept losing ground and in the end, the LG V20 finished up at 2:27, followed by the Pixel XL at 2:57.

RAM Management

This goes to show the lengths Google went to with Android 7.1 Nougat to conserve RAM as much as possible. Google may come out on top in battery performance due to the aggressive RAM management, but this allowed the LG V20 to win the second round of the performance test.

Without further ado, check out the video below to see how the LG V20 fares against the new Google Pixel XL in a performance test conducted by PhoneBuff.

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