This is the 4-way flagship showdown featuring:
The Google Pixel XL, the iPhone 7 Plus, the LG V20 and the Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe.
We’re going to have to touch on basics here as not all feature are present on all devices.
It’s metal across the board for all our contenders with some key differences on design cues.
The Pixel XL and the iPhone shares some of the curved metal backing with obvious antenna lines where the iPhone 7 has the camera hump making way for the dual rear facing shooters compared to the glass covered upper backing for the Pixel XL.
The Deluxe focuses on a full metal build that tapers to the sides of a rather edgy design rounding out at the sides.
The V20 has the only removable metal backing with military grade plastic for the top and bottom portions to make way for signal reception. Additionally, it’s the only phone with removable battery.
It’s rear facing fingerprint sensors for all our Android contenders that were all snappy and quick to respond. The same can be said for Apple’s chin positioned version which was just as fast on recognizing our fingers. Note that only the V20 has a physical button that you will have to press before scanning commences which helped a little in accidental touches.
The V20 wins it for us specially for power users. Followed closely by the Pixel and the iPhone.
The LG V20 and the Pixel Xl share the same resolution at 1440p with some differences in size. The same story is shared for the iPhone 7 and the Deluxe but at 1080p.
Some nitpicking would disagree with the black screen bezels for the Deluxe but it does the job. Both the iPhone and the LG V20 had a touch of red even with Night Shift or Night Light turned off that didn’t quite agree under direct sunlight
The Pixel wins this round followed by the Deluxe.
It’s undoubtable that the four beasts that stand before you will be packing the latest and greatest in system performance on paper as benchmarks and speed test show that these can all but outperform whatever we can throw at them.
The most graphic intensive apps and games will be played and replayed on any of these top dogs without a stutter.
Our benchmark test, iPhone 7 plus came out on top followed by the Deluxe with and the Pixel XL while the V20 pulls the last spot.
What will separate them from one another is the user experience and interface.
iOS will remain the same for those familiar with its UI. Not much can be said apart from major differences like the lack of customization. of any sort.
The V20 and the Deluxe will need some taking used to if you’re coming from either Apple or any skinned Android as using will need some adjustments apart from the proprietary bloatware present in both. It’s not that it’s inherently bad, but getting a new Android phone should not entail relearning how to use one because things are positioned differently, for some reason.
The cleanest and leanest of them all, the Pixel, will still need some getting used to if you’re coming from Apple but it will be the easiest to transition to thanks to its bare bones interface.
The fastest and smoothest performers will be the iPhone 7 Plus and the Google Pixel XL making them the winners this round.
What most consumers will be focusing on is the camera, the quality of the output and usability.
Our contenders are packing a range of sensors and lenses ranging from 12MP to 23MP at varying apertures and capabilities.
Let’s start things off with outdoor shots.
The Pixel pulled the most accurate image followed very closely by the Deluxe and the iPhone 7 with some variation on white balance and exposure making Apple’s version seem tinted seen here. The V20 created the most vivid version out of the four.
The same story is said for outdoor images with HDR turned on with marked improvements on white balance overall.
Indoor close up shots resulted in the iPhone 7 Plus pulling the most accurate photo followed by the Pixel XL. The Deluxe and the V20 resulted in a more vivid output.
Shots made with low light gave the Pixel a head start with more of the image coming in followed closely by the V20. The iPhone 7 Plus and the Deluxe added a touch of red into the mix.
Filling the image with flash gave the harshest result to the iPhone 7 with hard details. The Pixel and the V20 are at par with one another where the Deluxe resulted in a softer tone.
Nighttime outdoor shots will give the lead to the Pixel with great detail where other Android phones struggled like the Deluxe that underexposed and the V20’s subtle whitewash. The iPhone 7 came in close with focus on color accuracy though a bit pale.
Selfies came out most accurately with the Pixel followed by the Deluxe. Some white balance issues can be seen on the V20 and the most claustrophobic and pale version belongs to the iPhone 7 Plus.
All our contenders can record up to 4k resolution videos with astounding results.
It’s the same story from still images with the Pixel pulling ahead in stabilization and color accuracy followed by the iPhone and the V20. There were some post processing issues on the Deluxe that may be answered through a software update.
We’ll leave the winner for this category to you guys so do let us know at the comments section below.
iPhone 7 also came out on top with its meager 2900mAh battery that can last up to 5hrs screen on time with 35hrs of endurance rating, but charges the longest at almost 3 hours with the absence of quick charging capabilities. The V20, Pixel XL, and Zenfone 3 deluxe can all last up to 4hrs of screen on time with the Zenfone 3 Deluxe gaining the shortest charge time.
Price & Verdict
The most affordable of the bunch the Deluxe, starts at P28,000 or about $600 USD for the base model followed by the LG V20 at P32,000 or $655 USD. The Pixel XL starts at P45,000 or 900USD and the most expensive award goes to the iPhone 7 Plus that starts at P49,500 or $1000 USD.
Which of our contenders seem more worth the buy for you?
Let us know at the comments section below.
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Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe full specs, official price, release date in the Philippines
- Display: 5.7-inch Full HD 1080p Super AMOLED, 386 ppi
- Design: Metal body, Gorilla Glass 4, Always on
- Chip: Snapdragon 820, 821 for Special Edition
- CPU: Quad-core processor
- Adreno: 530 graphics
- RAM: 6GB
- Memory: 64GB/256GB internal storage, microSD up to 128GB
- Camera: 23MP PixelMaster, f2.0 aperture, 4K video, dual-LED flash, laser focus, phase detection, focus tracking, OIS, EIS, HDR
- Selfie: 8MP f2.0, wide-angle, 1080p video
- Connectivity: 4G LTE dual-SIM, GPS, WiFi a, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC
- Ports: USB type-C with USB 3.0 speed
- Audio: High-res Audio, NXP smart amp drive loudspeaker
- Security: Fingerprint scanner
- Battery: 3000mAh, Quick Charge 3.0 of Qualcomm
- OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Zen UI 3.0
- Colors: Titanium Gray, Glacier Silver, Sand Gold
- Price: Official P33,995 ($700) for 64GB/6GB RAM model, P44,995 ($950) for 256GB/6GB RAM model with SD 821 chip
- Local Price: P28,000 ($600) based on online retail stores
- Release date: August 14, 2016 availability in the Philippines
Apple iPhone 7 official price, full specs, release date in the Philippines
- Display: 4.7-inch IPS LCD, HD resolution, 326 ppi, scratch resistant
- Design: Aluminum metal, IP67 Water and Dust Resistance
- Size: 138g weight, 7.1mm thick
- CPU: Apple A10 quad-core processor
- GPU: Hexa-core graphics
- RAM: 2GB
- Memory: 32/128/256GB storage, no microSD card
- Camera: 12MP f1.8, OIS, quad LED flash, phase detection, 4K video
- Selfie: 7MP f2.2, Full HD 1080p video, Retina flash
- Connectivity: 4G LTE Cat.9 up to 450Mbps, nano SIM card, Bluetooth 4.2, Apple Pay/NFC, WiFi ac, GPS
- Security: Fingerprint scanner
- Port: Lightning port, USB 2.0 speed
- Audio: Stereo speakers, standard bit rate or no upscaling
- Battery: 1960mAh, up to two hours more endurance over iPhone 6s or 40h music
- Colors: Gold, Rose Gold or Pink, Silver, Black, Jet Black
- Availability: September 9 pre-order, September 16 release date in the USA, September 20 in the Philippines release date
- Price: Official price starts at $649 for unlocked model (32GB model) before taxes or aboutP37,990 in the Philippines | P42,990 (128GB) | P47,990 (256GB model)
- Local Price iPhone 7 Plus: P49,500 ($1000) based on local online retail stores.
Google Pixel, Pixel XL Official price, Full specs, Release date in the Philippines
- Display: 5-inch AMOLED 1080p / 5.5-inch AMOLED 1440p Quad HD
- Design: Polished glass + unibody aluminum, Gorilla Glass 4
- Size: 8.6mm thin
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor (high-end chip late 2016), up to 2.15GHz speed
- GPU: Adreno 530 graphics
- RAM: 4GB
- Memory: 32GB or 128GB internal storage, no microSD card
- Camera: 12MP f2.0, proprietary IS, LED flash, 4K video
- Selfie: 8MP f2.0, 1080p video
- Connectivity: Single SIM, 4G LTE Cat. 9, WiFi ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC
- Port: USB Type-C, 3.0 speed
- Audio: mono speaker, standard
- Battery: 2770mAh / 3450mAh, Fast Charging
- OS: Android 7.0 Nougat, Google Assistant, Unlimited Photos storage
- Colors: Black, Blue, Silver
- Release date: October 2016 in the USA, Canada, online stores in the Philippines
- Price: official $649 or P32k (before taxes) Philippine pesos for the 32GB model of Pixel, $749 or $37k for Pixel XL
- Local Price Google Pixel XL: P45,000 ($900) based on local online retail stores
LG V20 Official price, Full specs, Release date in the Philippines
- Display: 5.7-inch IPS LCD, Quad HD resolution, 513 ppi, scratch resistant, 2.1-inch secondary screen
- Design: Aluminum metal, MIL-STD 810 grade or shock resistance
- Size: 174g weight, 7.6mm thick
- CPU: Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor (2016 flagship chip)
- GPU: Adreno 530 graphics
- RAM: 4GB
- Memory: 32/64GB storage, microSD card 256GB max
- Camera: 16MP f1.8 + 8MP f2.4 (wide angle), OIS, dual LED flash, laser focus, object tracking, phase detection, 4K video
- Selfie: 5MP f1.9 (standard + wide angle view), Full HD 1080p video
- Connectivity: 4G LTE Cat.12 up to 600Mbps, hybrid Dual SIM card, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, WiFi ac, GPS
- Security: Fingerprint scanner
- Port: USB Type-C, USB 3.0 speed
- Audio: 32-bit / 192kHz sound, Bang & Olufsen Play tuned, mono speaker
- Battery: 3200mAh removable, Quick Charge 3.0
- Colors: Titan Black, Silver Gray, Pink
- Availability: October 2016 in the Philippines(Pre-order, Bang & Olufsen)
- Price: Price starts at $649 for 32GB model or P35,990 in the Philippines
- Local Price: P32,000 ($625) based on local online retail stores