Not a fan of Apple or Samsung? How about Sony or Google? Enter the Sony Xperia XZ and the Google Pixel. These are two very well made smartphones that were launched during the last quarter of 2016.

Both of these phones were released in October in direct competition with each other. However, the Sony Xperia XZ was announced in September of 2016 as opposed to the October announcement of the Google Pixel XL. Both are healthy alternatives to other smartphones currently available in the market.
So how are they doing against each other. Apteligent data from GSMArena put the Sony Xperia XZ far ahead of not only the Google Pixels, but also Motorola, LG V20, OnePlus 3T and the HTC Bolt. (No relation to the Olympic sprinter of similar name).

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Here terms of features, both phones are packed with the standard necessities that entice customers.
1.    Sony Xperia XZ

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The Sony Xperia XZ is an improvement over the previously released Xperia Z6. Here are a few of the impressive features. You get the high-grade Snapdragon 820 chipset, 23MP camera with trio focusing technologies and 4K recording. There is a high-resolution 23MP Sony IMX300 camera and a 13MP front camera with 1080P capable of 30fps video. There is a fingerprint sensor that, unfortunately, is not available in the United States.
2.    Google Pixel XL

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The Google Pixel XL is back by the best search engine currently running today, Google. But in addition to that claim to fame, the Google Pixel XL has an impressive 5.5” AMOLED screen, Quad-core Kryo processor, and fingerprint reader available in the United States. Unfortunately, this phone lacks water resistance and stereo speakers to go brilliant screen and excellent design.
Overall, I give the Google Pixel XL the edge over the Sony Xperia XZ.
Here are the SPECS:
  Sony Xperia XZ Google Pixel XL
Screen IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.2 inches (~70.9% screen-to-body ratio) 5.5 inches (~71.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~424 ppi pixel density) 1440 x 2560 pixels (~534 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes, up to 10 fingers Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)
- Triluminos display
- X-Reality Engine
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
OS Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), upgradable to v7.0 (Nougat) Android OS, v7.1 (Nougat)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821
CPU Quad-core (2x2.15 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo) Quad-core (2x2.15 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo)
GPU Adreno 530 Adreno 530
Internal Memory 32/64 GB, 3 GB RAM 32/128 GB, 4 GB RAM
Card Slot microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot) - single SIM
microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) - dual SIM
Camera 23 MP, f/2.0, 24mm, EIS (gyro), phase detection and laser autofocus, LED flash, 12.3 MP, f/2.0, EIS (gyro), phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Camera Features 1/2.3" sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama 1/2.3" sensor size, 1.55µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Sound Yes (Stero Speakers) Yes
Sensors Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass, color spectrum Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Dimensions 146 x 72 x 8.1 mm (5.75 x 2.83 x 0.32 in) 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.5 mm (6.09 x 2.98 x 0.33 in)
Weight 161 g (5.68 oz) 168 g (5.93 oz)
Battery Type Non-removable Li-Ion 2900 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3450 mAh battery
Battery Life Stand-by: Up to 600 h (2G) / Up to 610 h (3G)
Talk time: Up to 11 h 40 min (2G) / Up to 17 h 30 min (3G)
Stand-by: Up to 552 h (3G)
Talk time: Up to 32 h (3G)

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