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The Google Pixel phone is displayed during the presentation of new Google hardware in San Francisco, California, U.S. October 4, 2016. Reuters/Beck Diefenbach

Google Nexus 7 2016 smartphone Google Pixel XL could be released on Oct. 20 and it undoubtedly one of the most-anticipated devices of 2016. On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has left behind its recall fiasco and has relaunched with new devices. It is expected the two will clash head to head as competitors due to both boasting some incredible specs.

Although not much is known about the Google Pixel XL handset, it is expected to have a 5.5-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 2560 pixels and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. It will run on the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset and Adreno 530 graphics card.

The Google Pixel XL won’t have a separate microSD card slot. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has a microSD card slot expandable up to 256GB of storage space. The Google Pixel XL handset will be available in 32GB and 128GB storage variants and 4GB RAM. The Galaxy Note 7 handset has 64GB storage and 4GB RAM, informs GSMArena.

The Galaxy Note 7 runs on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with a planned upgrade to Nougat, has an Exynos 8890 Octa processor and Mali-T880 MP12 graphics chipset. It has a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It also has an “Always On” display option and TouchWiz UI.

The Galaxy Note 7 is IP68 certified, comes with a stylus and Samsung Pay. Camera-wise, the Google Pixel XL and Galaxy Note 7 are pretty similar with the former expected to sport a 12MP primary camera with phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash and f/2.0. The 8MP secondary snapper supports 1080p video recording.

The Galaxy Note 7 also comes with a 12MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash and f/1.7. It’s 5MP secondary camera has dual video call and Auto HDR functionality. The Galaxy Note 7 camera has added simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording functions that Google Pixel XL lacks.

The Galaxy Note 7 comes with a fingerprint scanner as well as an Iris scanner. The Google Pixel XL is also expected to have a fingerprint scanner. Fast battery charging feature is there in both. The Google Pixel XL and Galaxy Note 7 have non-removable batteries with the former sporting a 3,450 mAh battery and the latter a 3,500 mAh battery.

The Google Pixel XL is capable of running Daydream VR and may also feature Google’s “Assistant.” However, look-wise The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 reportedly scores higher than the Pixel XL, writes iTech Post.