For the owners of the troubled Samsung Galaxy Note 7, refunding their money is relatively a pretty simple task. But when it comes to choosing the best handset to replace the Note 7 with, the task become a lot more challenging.

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We understand that the choice may differ from person to person, especially considering that there’s a plethora of high-end flagships out there. However, after analyzing all the options we could think of, it became clear that the Google Pixel XL is so far the best alternative to go with for those parting ways with their Note 7. Here’s a brief explanation why:

Google Pixel XL Specs

In terms of performance, power, and memory, the Google Pixel XL specs are quite similar to that of the Galaxy Note 7. Worth noting, Google originally designed the Pixel phones as its weapon of choice to dent the market for Apple Inc. However, it also had to share the market with the Note 7 which without a doubt somewhat limited its ability to take on the new iPhones. But now, the Note 7 out of the picture, the Pixel XL finds itself in a sweet spot to dominate the Android market.

Compared to Galaxy Note 7’s Snapdragon 820, a quad-core Qualcomm chip with two Kryo cores (2.15 GHz) and an Adreno 530 GPU, the Pixel XL specs include the newer Snapdragon 821 chip. Although Snapdragon 821 comes with similar Kryo cores as the ones in the Note 7 and carries the same Adreno 530 GPU, it is capable of delivering up to 10% better performance than the Snapdragon 820.

The cameras on the Pixel XL also seem to be better too. Compared to the Note 7’s 12MP primary camera, the Google handset brings you a 12.3MP snapper on its back panel. However, it’s not just about the pixel count as the Pixel XL cameras actually deliver sharper images and better video quality (4K at 30 fps).

The Galaxy Note 7 had an awesome 5.7-in Super AMOLED display. While at 5.5-in, the display on the Pixel XL is slightly smaller and is only QHD AMOLED, it offers vibrant graphics and much better contrast for images.


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