The Google Pixel XL is the larger screen variant of the Google Pixel smartphone, featuring more processing power, a better rear camera, and a larger battery. The device is manufactured by Google, enabling it to receive Android updates as soon as they are released. The phone features excellent core specs and has the advantage of not being preloaded with bloatware.
The Pixel XL from Google is the company’s flagship Android smartphone device. The device has been designed by Google and manufactured by HTC. Starting with the Google Nexus, the company used to out a flagship smartphone device every year until 2016, when Google launched its last Nexus device, the Nexus 6P. The Pixel XL is first of its kind and has a glossy finish on half of its back, and the rest is covered with metal. The device measures 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.5 mm and weighs 168g.
Hardware & Display
The Google Pixel XL houses the Qualcomm’s latest flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 821. The Snapdragon 821 is one of the most powerful processor for the year 2016; it has Adreno 530 GPU that is powerful enough to handle heavy graphics at the Google Pixel XL’s native display resolution. The chipset is mated to 4GB of RAM, while the internal memory is a jaw-dropping 128GB. Although, a 32GB variant is available at a lesser price. The display of the Google Pixel XL is a 5.5-inches QHD AMOLED unit. The display is protected with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4.
Software & Connectivity
The USP of the Google Pixel XL is its operating system. The Google Pixel series will be among the first devices to receive the latest Android OS updates. Unlike the other smartphones out there in the market, that receive the Android OS update after at least six months of Google’s release, the Pixel and the Nexus devices receive the updates immediately. Also, the Nexus and Pixel devices do not contain any bloatware or any unwanted applications, resulting in a very fast and fluid UI response. The Pixel XL comes pre-installed with Android 7.1 Nougat OS. As with every Google smartphone device, the Pixel XL too comes with a single-SIM capability. The other connectivity options that Pixel XL offers are Bluetooth v4.2, NFC, GPS, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, and a USB Type-C v3.0.
Camera & Battery
The imaging is also a criterion where the Google Pixel XL shines. A primary camera is a 12.3MP unit with laser and phase-detection autofocus, along with a dual-LED (dual tone) flash. In spite of missing out on OIS, the camera performs pretty well in low-light. Please check out our full review of the Google Pixel XL for sample images on Gear by MySmartPrice. A secondary camera is an 8MP unit with a capability to record Full HD videos. Unlike the previous devices from Google, which had a relatively smaller battery, the Google Pixel XL has a large 3,450 mAh battery, and it supports fast charging through USB power delivery.
|Operating System||Android OS, v7.1 (Nougat)|
|Size (in inches)||5.5|
|Pixel Density||534 pixels per inch (ppi)|
|Color Reproduction||16M Colors|
|Talk time||26 hrs (3G)|
|Standby Time||456 hrs (3G)|
|Wi-Fi||Yes with hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.2 with A2DP|
|SIM Configuration||Single SIM (Nano SIM)|
|No of Cores||4 (Quad Core)|
|Frequency||2.1 GHz (Dual Core) + 1.6 GHz (Dual Core)|