The Google Pixel and the Samsung Galaxy S7 are top-notch Android-powered devices that are vying with each other to rein supreme in the hotly-contested smartphone space.

Both the Galaxy S7 and the Pixel are equipped with great camera capabilities and battery support. The two phablets also house a fingerprint scanner, which increases the device's security.

Here is a comparison of both the Android smartphones to help you ascertain, which is the better buy.


The Google Pixel has a 5-inch FHD AMOLED display, with a screen to body ratio of 68.88 percent while the Galaxy S7 has a 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display. The latter has a screen to body ratio of 72.30 percent.

The Google Pixel has a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, while the Galaxy S7 has a screen resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. Both the devices have an Oleophobic coating, as well as scratch-proof Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

The Galaxy S7 touts a pixel density of 576 ppi, whereas the Pixel has 441 ppi by comparison.

While the screen size of the two smartphones is on even keel, the Samsung smartphone has an edge when it comes to resolution.

Processor And RAM

The Pixel is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm snapdragon 821 CPU (2 x 2.15 GHz and 2 x 1.6 GHz), whereas the U.S. variant of the Galaxy S7 operates on a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor (2 x 2.15 GHz and 2 x1.6 GHz).

Both the handsets have 4 GB of RAM.


The Samsung Galaxy S7's U.S. version comes with on-board storage of 32 GB, expandable up to 256 GB. The Google Pixel, on the other hand, comes in two variants - a 32 GB model and a 128 GB model. There is no provision for accommodating an external SD card in the Google Pixel.

In this department too the Samsung smartphone betters the Google offering.


The Google Pixel has a 12.3-megapixel primary camera with Dual LED flash and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The Galaxy S7, on the other hand, has a 12-megapixel primary camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel secondary camera. 

The Pixel's camera supports autofocus, OIS, geo-tagging and HDR recording. The Galaxy S7 also supports OIS, autofocus, RAW image capture, HDR recording mode and Panorama. Both the phones feature video calling facilities.


Talking about the battery backup of the two phones, the Google Pixel has a non-replaceable Li-Ion 2770 mAh battery, while the Samsung Galaxy S7 has a non-replaceable 3000 mAh Li-Ion battery.

The Google Pixel supports a talk time of 26 hours (on 3G). The Galaxy S7 supports 28 hours (on 2G) per the company's claims.

The Google Pixel also offers support for fast charging, which means that in just 15 minutes of charging, your Pixel can offer 7 hours of usage. The Galaxy S7 offers Adaptive Fast Charging which ensures upto 50 percent charge in 30 minutes.

Operating System

While the Google Pixel comes with Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box, the Galaxy S7 came pre-loaded with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which is currently being updated to Android 7.0 Nougat.

Additional Features

Both the Google Pixel and Galaxy S7 are equipped with accelerometers, gyroscopes, compasses and barometers. The Pixel has service lights and haptic feedback for notifying users, while the Galaxy S7 allows haptic feedback, music ringtones and MP3 files for notifications.

Both the smartphones are equipped with a fingerprint scanner, which is embedded in the home button on the Samsung smartphone and the rear on the Pixel. However, unlike the Google smartphone which has an IP53 rating, the Galaxy S7 is water resistant (IP68 certified).


The unlocked Google Pixel is priced at $649 (32 GB) and $749 (128 GB) and can be purchased from its online store. The Samsung Galaxy S7 will make your pockets lighter by $669.99.

Both the phones are neck-to-neck in specs, however, the Google Pixel is the clear choice for those who want to click a crystal clear selfie or take breath-taking photographs. That said, customers looking for some extra storage space will lean towards the Samsung Galaxy S7.

It ultimately boils down to consumer preference as to which smartphone of the two is the better buy.

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