Google Pixel 2 XL Review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Google Pixel 2 XL

Google Pixel 2 XL
  • Display

    6 inches

    2880 x 1440


  • Storage

    64GB, 128GB

  • Battery size

    3,520 mAh

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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

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.

Design

  • Plain design
  • Predictably lacks a headphone jack
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Camera

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

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

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

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

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Google Pixel 2 XL specs

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
128GB
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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