Google Pixel 2 XL Review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Google Pixel 2 XL
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Quick verdict

Google's supersized Pixel 2 XL impresses with swift performance, excellent battery life and a super-fast camera.

The good

  • Incredible single lens camera performance
  • Great battery life
  • Nippy app performance
  • Water resistant

What needs improvement

  • No microSD expansion
  • Single lens is still photographically limiting
  • No headphone jack
  • Screen issues shouldn't happen at this price point

Google Pixel 2 XL at a glance
When did the Google Pixel 2 XL come out? The Pixel 2 XL went on sale on 31 October 2017.
What’s new about the Google Pixel 2 XL? 6-inch pOLED display, squeezable frame, Android O, water resistance
How much does the Google Pixel 2 XL cost? $1339/$1549

The Pixel 2 XL excels in essential photography and general app performance, although the screen could be improved and the overall design isn't that flashy.

Google has a long history of developing its "own" Android handsets, stretching back through the Nexus phones and tablets to the emergence of its more premium-styled and premium-priced Pixel devices.

The Google Pixel 2 XL is a Telstra-exclusive Android handset that sells itself on just how pure its Android vision is. Indeed, it's the most Google-centric phone in the entire Android world, and a fine premium device in its own right.


  • Plain design
  • Predictably lacks a headphone jack


  • The best single-lens camera money can buy.
  • Lens will limit your photographic possibilities.


  • Smooth performance under Android Oreo or Android Pie.
  • Blue tint on P-OLED screen is regrettable.

Battery life

  • Good all-day battery life.
  • Wireless charging is surprisingly missing (and missed!)


  • A great handset for Android purists
  • Single lens camera and that blue-tint screen means it's still worth comparing.

Pricing and availability

Google Pixel 2 XL

Google's own take on the best of Android

The Google Pixel 2 XL brings the best of Android home, with guaranteed updates, a super-smart camera and more. It's available outright or on contract through Telstra.

  • The Google Pixel 2 XL sells in Australia for $1339 with 64GB of onboard storage, or $1549 for 128GB.
  • The Google Pixel 2 XL is also available on contract exclusively from Telstra.
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  • Available in 64GB and 128GB
  • Free unlimited online storage to save photos and videos
  • Long lasting and fast charging battery
  • Use Google Lens to learn more about landmarks, artwork and more
  • New Pixel-exclusive AR stickers to dress up your photos
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    OS Android 8
    Display size (inches) 6
    Display resolution (pixels) 2880 x 1440
    Pixels per inch (PPI) 538
    Processor Snapdragon 835
    Height (mm) 157.9
    Width (mm) 76.7
    Depth (mm) 7.9
    Weight (g) 175
    Battery size (mAh) 3,520
    Wireless charging No
    Internal storage 64GB
    MicroSD expansion N/A
    Fingerprint scanner Yes
    RAM 4
    Water resistance IP67
    Rear camera (1) resolution 12.2
    Rear camera (1) aperture f/1.8
    Rear camera (2) resolution
    Rear camera (2) aperture
    Rear camera (3) resolution
    Rear camera (3) aperture
    Front camera (1) resolution 8
    Front camera (1) aperture f/2.4
    Front camera (2) resolution
    Front camera (2) aperture
    Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
    Network category speed Category 15
    NFC support Yes
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    Updated February 16th, 2019
    Name Product Display size Display resolution Internal storage Battery size More info
    2880 x 1440
    1920 x 1080
    1920 x 1080
    2560 x 1440
    2160 x 1080

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    Alex Kidman

    Alex Kidman is a multi-award-winning consumer technology journalist and the Tech & Telco Editor at He's been writing about consumer technology topics for more than two decades, and enjoys breaking down complex topics into their component parts. He has written for just about every major Australian technology publication, and is a former editor of Gizmodo Australia, PC Mag Australia, and

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