The way Google has revolutionized the smartphone market is praiseworthy. Not only they have been able to manufacture some pretty successful flagship smartphones; they seem to have captured a loyal customer base too. Not long ago, they had launched their Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone. They are not all that old at present, yet their successors are already out in the market and will available for purchase since November 1. Let's take a look at the latest phone from Google Inc. in in the premium segmetn that challenges the authority of the iPhone X and teh Samsung Galaxy Note 8- the Google Pixel 2 XL.
The Google Pixel 2 XL is a large phone with a large screen. Measuring 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm and still weighing 175 grams, the phone is definitely lightweight for its size. The back panel has a similar design as Google Pixel. The glass 'shade' for the antenna to work has been moved up a little and the fingerprint sensor is not covered by it, just like the Pixel 2. The front panel has the display and the selfie camera along with sensors and a speaker grill. The right side panel has the power & volume control buttons, while the left side panel is blank, just like the top edge. The bottom edge, however has the dual stereo loud-speaker grills and the USB-C port. Like the Pixel 2, the Pixel 2 XL also doesn't have any 3.5mm jacks and to connect headphones, users will have to rely on the USB-C connector. Essentially the Pixel 2XL is the larger version of the Pixel 2.
The display of the Pixel 2 XL is a 6-inch QHD+ pOLED Display with a screen resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels and a pixel density of 538ppi. The display has an aspect ratio of 18:9. Of course, being a premium flagship device, the screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Capable of producing 24-bit depth or in simpler words, 16.7 million colours, the phone has a 100% DCI-P3 coverage and an amazing contrast ratio of 100,000:1. This makes the display of the Pixel 2XL one of the best in the world, and clearly beats the Retina display of the iPhone 8 Plus.
The larger Pixel 2 a.k.a Pixel 2 XL is powered by the Snapdragon 835 Octa Core SoC too. Performance will be top-notch without any doubts and the phone will show sme serious computing power with the extremely able hardware installed on it. The phone has the Adreno 540 GPU for graphics reproduction needs. The GPU chip runs graphic renders smoothly when playing graphics heavy games. The Pixel 2 XL will run on 4GB of RAM, that will allow for seamless multi-tasking with no signs of lag or stutter. The memory of the Pixel XL 2 is so beautifully optimised, you wouldn't be needing most of the RAM during any time of the day.
The phone will run on Android v8.0 Oreo and will be among the first phones to have the Android OS right out-of-the-box. The Pixel 2 XL will be running stock Android v8.0; allowing the users to access all the native features without ant restriction from the manufacturer. Also, since Android v8.0 has been dedicated to app developers, the phone will surely be highly desirable for developers as well. The phone comes in 2 memory variants - 64GB storage and 128 GB storage.
Somewhat disappointingly the Pixel 2 was launched with a single camera; so has been the Pixel 2 XL. In an era where the breakthrough has been reached where a dual-camera is new mainstream, launching a phone with a single camera is a bold move on the part of Google. The camera has a dual-pixel autofocus technology though. The Pixel XL 2 camera is essentially the same as that of Pixel 2. With 12.2 MP CMOS sensor and a f/1.8 aperture lens, the rear camera is better than what we saw last year in the Pixel series. The camera will be able to focus on nearer objects even even better clarity and would produce DSLR like quality images, thanks to the excellent algorithms for image capture. Also, the stock camera app in Pixel was a piece of excellent coding. Still, since we don't have a dual-camera, it is up for speculation how well that would stand in competition with the dual camera systems in all the top flagship devices. The front camera has a 8MP sensor with a f/2.4 lens. Optimised for selfies and high quality video calls, the front camera will have a 84° wide angle lens for a better capture of the face.
Just like the Pixel 2, the phone's camera can shoot 4K videos at 30fps, 1080p FHD @ 30fps, 60fps, 120fps and 720p videos @ 30fps, 60fps, 240fps. The front camera can shoot 1080p videos @ 30fps, 720p@30fps and 480p@30fps.
As far as other mulitmedia options are concerned, the phone is capable of playback of all popular audio and video formats such as AVI, WMV, FLV, MP4, AVSEQ, MP3, AAC, WAV, MIDI ringtones etc. There is no 3.5 mm jack in the phone which means you will ahve to use the USB-C to 3.5 mm dongle. There doesn't appear to be a way wherein this kind of a trend has to come up. One of the possible reasons could be trying to reduce the ports so that there are lesser points of contact with water in an attempt to make them water/dust proof; however, for now, that seems to go against the utility factor as most of the people cannot come to terms with the fact that they can't use their normal earphones normally and/or charge and listen to music at the same time.
The phone comes with a paltry 3520 mAh Li-ion non-removable battery. This much battery backup should be enough for the phone to make it through the day. A large battery is also needed for the phone given that it has a 6-inch display, which will obviously need more power to run. It is still advisable anyway that you carry the fast-charger so that you can charge your phone quickly anytime the need arises. The Google Pixel 2 XL will support Qualcomm Quick Charge Technology and Google claims that it would charge your phone in minutes.
The phone will support all 4G LTE/VoLTE networks (FDD-LTE & TD-LTE bands), 3G HSPA+/UMTS bands 1/2/3/5/8 and all 2G EDGE/GPRS Quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz). To put in simpler words, you will be able to use a SIM card from any operator in your phone. The phone has a single eSIM/Nano SIM slot and no microSD card slots. The phone supports wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ ac dual-band (2.5GHz - 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.0 + LE, GPS w/A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo for location, NFC for connectivity. For wired connectivity we have a USB-C port that will serve as the port for connecting OTG, other phones for transferring your data such as contacts, songs, files etc., and for connectng the headphones.
The phone has a plethora sensors - a Active Edge™, a Proximity / Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer / Gyrometer, Magnetometer, fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted), a barometer, a hall effect sensor, Android Sensor Hub and an advanced x-axis haptics for sharper/defined response. These many sensors pave the way for a better utility for the phone ensuing the best user experience possible.