Google Pixel XL review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Quick Verdict

Google’s Pixel XL offers premium performance, although it lacks a really premium look.

The good

  • Fast performance
  • Smart Camera
  • Android Nougat
  • Category 11 capable
  • Google Assistant
  • Inbuilt support

The bad

  • Plain design
  • No water resistance
  • The creepy side of Google Assistant
  • No expandable memory

Google Pixel XL at a glance

When did the Google Pixel XL come out? Available in Australia in October 2016.
What’s new about the Google Pixel XL? Google's first "Pixel" phone, Snapdragon 821, Google Assistant
How much does the Google Pixel XL cost? Originally priced from $1079 in Australia

Google's larger original Pixel phone redefined what you might want in a phone with a strong hardware focus, although not everything feels premium.

Google's original Nexus brand for its own phones was killed off in favour of Pixel, supplied back in 2016 with the smaller Pixel and larger Pixel XL handsets.

At the time, the Google Pixel XL combined some cutting edge technologies and software along with a big helping of Google’s own in-house apps and cloud-centric thinking. For hardcore Android fans the Pixel XL had been highly anticipated, and the good news is that the wait was (mostly) worth it.

Design

  • Plain design doesn't feel premium
  • No headphone socket.

Camera

  • Good low-light performance for a single lens camera

Performance

  • Snapdragon 821 compared well
  • Google Assistant showed off Google's AI ambitions
  • Lacks water resistance

Battery life

  • 3450mAh battery gives easy all-day battery life
  • No wireless charging

Verdict

  • Pure Google for those who love that approach.

Pricing and availability

Google Pixel XL

Google's first big Pixel phone

The Google Pixel XL is Google's first inhouse phone under the Pixel branding, complete with Google Assistant and a very smart camera indeed.

Promoted
  • The Google Pixel XL originally sold in Australia outright for $999.
  • The Google Pixel XL is also available from Optus on contract plan terms.
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OS Android 7
Display size (inches) 5.5
Display resolution (pixels) 2560 x 1440
Pixels per inch (PPI) 534
Processor Snapdragon 821
Height (mm) 154.7
Width (mm) 75.7
Depth (mm) 8.5
Weight (g) 168
Battery size (mAh) 3,450
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 32GB
128GB
MicroSD expansion N/A
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 4
Water resistance IP53
Rear camera (1) resolution 12.3
Rear camera (1) aperture f/2.0
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 12
NFC support Yes
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Updated September 25th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage
Snapdragon 835
6
2880 x 1440
64GB
128GB
Snapdragon 821
5
1920 x 1080
32GB
128GB
Snapdragon 835
5
1920 x 1080
64GB
128GB
Snapdragon 821
5.5
2560 x 1440
32GB
128GB

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