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Google Pixel 2 XL product details

The Google Pixel 2 XL is the absolute top model from the search giant for late 2017 / early 2018. Did the first generation of Pixels look pretty much the same besides its size, that is not the case for this 2nd generation. This Pixel 2 XL distinguishes itself by a longer screen with a different screen ratio and considerably thinner bezels.

Bigger and especially different screen

Google surprised us positively at the end of 2016 by coming out with its own and self-developed smartphone line. The Pixel 2 XL is a nice development of the first Pixel XL but with a much larger screen of 6 inches. The large bars above and below the screen are gone, which means that the device itself is hardly any larger. Instead of an AMOLED panel from Samsung, Google now uses a POLED panel from LG. Qualitatively, this is a step backwards. For example, the Pixel 2 XL screen has a clear blue haze at a sharp angle. If you find this disturbing, you can adjust the color saturation in the settings to mask it somewhat. This does not solve the problem of the small viewing angle.

Google Pixel 2 XL white overview

Perhaps the best camera in a phone

When Google first came out with a Pixel phone, it surprised friend and foe alike with its more than excellent camera qualities. Something that was not only endorsed by the testers of DxOMark but also many tech journalists swear by a Pixel camera phone. The Google Pixel 2 XL builds on that success and the camera does not disappoint. Extra clever if you consider that many other manufacturers still need 2 cameras for a reasonable end result. Google mainly uses software in the form of HDR + to polish up photos. This is so good and true to life that especially in low light you will be very impressed that a phone can take such pictures. On the video side, the optical image stabilization is new, which makes your videos less shaky. This Pixel 2 XL also does portrait photos with a blurred background, but optical zooming is not possible due to the lack of a 2nd camera.

Most important Google Pixel 2 XL specifications

  • Great P-OLED display with 6.0 inches diameter and sharp Quad HD+ resolution
  • Quick 4G mobile internet on the go thanks to LTE
  • 12.2 megapixel camera + 4K video recording and high 98 DxOMark score
  • Fast Snapdragon 835 processor up to 2,35 + 1.9 GHz and 4 GB of RAM memory
  • Choose between 64 or 128 GB of non-expandable storage
  • High 8 megapixel selfie camera with Full HD video
  • IP67 water and dust resistant case with hybrid coating

Hardware and software working together

Because Google makes both the hardware and software for the Pixel 2 XL, everything works together seamlessly. So expect a smooth and fast experience. For example, all Google services are built in including the Google Assistant and Google Lens. And Google's storage service is also maximized by all photos and videos you shoot in maximum resolution to and at least until January 15, 2021. Google promises to roll out monthly security updates until October 2020 and Android updates will continue to roll in until then. New is the music recognition 'Now playing'. A kind of Shazam that shows on the lock screen what song it is hearing in the background. Also new but on a hardware level is the dual speaker at the front. This high-definition stereo speaker sounds louder because it is directed to the front. If you prefer to listen to music wired then you have to connect it via USB-C. The normal headphone input is sadly missing this year.

Pro and cons Google Pixel 2 XL

  • Bigger screen, thinner edges
  • Perhaps the best camera today
  • Loud stereo speakers up front
  • Excellent software support
  • Headphone input is no more

Most important Google Pixel 2 XL specifications

Dimensions 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm
Weight 175 grams
Codename Google Taimen
EAN code 0842776104366, 0842776103277, 0842776101617, 0842776101600, 0842776101570, 0842776101563, 0842776101556, 0842776101549, 0842776101501
Fingerprint recognition
Operating system
Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Color display 6.0 inch, P-OLED
Camera 12.2 MP
Processor 1.9 GHz, 2.35 GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, octa core
Secondary camera 8 MP
Dust and waterproof
Data network
4G (LTE)
Build-in memory
Internal memory 4 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage), 64 GB (Storage)
Memory card slot
Power supply
Battery 3520 mAh
Fast charging
Audio jack plug

All Google Pixel 2 XL specifications

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Google Pixel 2 XL
Samsung Galaxy S9+ (G965)
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G (A546)
Samsung Galaxy S23 (S911)
Sony Xperia 5 III

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 Current product    
Fingerprint recognition
Android8.0 (Oreo)8.0 (Oreo)131311
Color display6.0 inch, P-OLED6.2 inch, Infinity Super AMOLED Quad HD+6.4 inch, Infinity-O Display, hole-punch display6.1 inch, Infinity-O Display, hole-punch display6.1 inch, CinemaWide
Camera12.2 MP12.2 MP, dual camera sensor12 MP, 5 MP, 50 MP10 MP, 12 MP, 50 MP12 MP, 12 MP, 12 MP
Processor1.9 GHz, 2.35 GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, octa core1.7 GHz, 2.8 GHz, Samsung Exynos 9810, octa core2.0 GHz, 2.4 GHz, octa coreQualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, octa coreQualcomm Snapdragon 888, octa core
Secondary camera8 MP8 MP32 MP12 MP8 MP
Dust and waterproof
4G (LTE)
Internal memory4 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage), 64 GB (Storage)6 GB (Size (RAM)), 256 GB (Storage), 64 GB (Storage)6 GB (Size (RAM)), 8 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage), 256 GB (Storage)8 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage), 256 GB (Storage)8 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage)
Memory card slot
Battery3520 mAh3500 mAh5000 mAh3900 mAh4500 mAh
Fast charging
Audio jack plug

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