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Google ended the year 2017 with two premium flagship devices; Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL, carrying forward its legacy of much appreciated Pixel smartphones. The ever-established fact in the markets has been,the Google Pixel has a great camera performance and guess what, they didn’t disappoint this time either. Both these smartphones have similar optical setup and give some brilliant shots throughout the conditions. Last we did review Google Pixel 2 and this time around we’ve the XL variant of the same. Most of the specifications remain the same except the bigger screen size and few adjustments at the back.
157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9mm | 175g | Oreo v8.0 | 6 / 1440 x 2880 | 4GB RAM, 64GB | 3520 mAh | 12.2MP, 8MP | Single SIM
The looks of the Google Pixel 2 XL comprises of matte finish providing you more comfortable grip of the phone. The phone is undoubtedly light in weight and it is a treat to your hands because it does not exert any stress to the muscles of your fingers because of its size which fits perfectly in your hand. At the rear side of the phone there is 12.2 MP rear lens which is accompanied by LED flash. The rear side is also sporting the fingerprint sensor which is placed at the perfect position which comes in contact with your finger the moment you lift the phone. The front side of the device comprisesan 8 MP camera at the left corner alongside screen flash. The bottom of the device has USB Type-C port which has dual function of charging and acting has headphone jack because the Google Pixel 2 XL has removed the 3.5mm jack. The pavement for sound to come out is through the four grilles which are located at the top and bottom edges of the smartphone. The SIM slot is at the left side of the phone whereas the placement of power button and volume rockers is towards the right side of the phone.
The Google Pixel 2 XL has an impressive display size as well which is 6 inches QHD pOLED display. The display has resolution of 2880 x1440 pixels and 18:9 aspect ratio. The display of the Pixel 2 XL provides amazing HD experience and has various display features like night light to adjust the phone brightness according to the light condition. The 6 inch display size provides every detail of any portrayal on it in full HD quality. Gaming experience is also very good because of the size of the display which is offering extra space. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 which makes sure that the screen remains unharmed from any damage. The Pixel 2 XL is water and dust resistant certified by IP67.
The Google Pixel 2 XL has 64 bit octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor which is one of the most powerful processor of the present time. The powerful processor is fused with 4GB RAM and can take on any task without any issue. There is no issue in multitasking, all the processes works smoothly and fluently. The phone can support any game with no issues, games like Asphalt8, NFS etc works smoothly. The Pixel 2XL has ROM size of 64 GB and cannot be further expanded, but on my personal account the internal storage is sufficient for storing any media or games. The Pixel 2 XL runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box operating system. The phone runs like a beast without any thought of hesitation. At times, it becomes irresponsive as well but I will hope that Google will fix it with further updates rolling.
The Google Pixel 2 XL has similarity with Pixel 2 in terms of camera. The Pixel 2 XL has 12.2 MP rear lens. The rear camera has an upgraded f/1.8 aperture with optical stabilisation. The rear camera also has laser and dual pixel autofocus. The shots taken by the rear camera are very sharp and clear no matter whether it is day or night. The front camera is of 8 megapixel and the selfies taken by it are very clear. If you like taking selfies then the Pixel 2 XL is your phone and all the filters of Snapchat designed for iPhone works fine in Pixel 2 XL which is not usually found in Android OS smartphones. The camera of the Pixel 2 XL can outlast any dual camera smartphones. The Pixel 2 XL can record 4K video at 30fps or 1080p at up to 120fps. Meanwhile, the front-facing camera can do 1080p at 30fps video. You cannot even think of complaining here as it has produced some stunningly beautiful shots which were properly exposed. The best of XL cameras remains the Portrait mode shots. Simply unbelievable! It can easily compete with any DSLR around.
The new Pixel 2 XL has powerful battery support as well. The battery power of Pixel 2 XL is of 3,520mAh. The battery lasts at least for 30 to 36 hours of normal usage once it gets fully charged but, it takes at least 3 hours to get charged completely. This will certainly irk the users who don’t have much time. The rapid charging seems to be not working properly.
The Google Pixel 2 XL performs like a beast, shots like a professional camera and runs as an athlete with very lesser battery drain. The design of Pixel 2 XL more or less remains the same as it was before with few adjustments. It will have to compete with Samsung S8, Note 8 and iPhone X as it’s being sold at around Rs 64,999 across online portals for the 64GB variant.
No Radio and 3.5mm Audio jack