Google Pixel XL review: Plans, prices and specs rated | Finder

5.5 inches

Display size

1440 x 2560px

32GB, 128GB

Internal storage

12.3 MP

Rear camera

3,450 mAh

Battery size

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Details

Display

Display Size
5.5 inches
Resolution
1440 x 2560px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
534 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12.3MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.0
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
8MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.4

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
154.7mm x 75.7mm x 8.5mm
Weight
168g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 12

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 821
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 7
Internal storage
32GB, 128GB
Battery capacity
3,450mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IP53
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$499
Launch date2016-10
Google Pixel XL

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'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.
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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
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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

Compare SIM-only plans for the Google Pixel XL

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Name Product Features Data Price
Monthly winner: Data
Circles.Life 100GB for $38 SIM-only Plan
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • New customers get over 20% off for 12 months - pay $30/mth, then $38/mth onwards. T&Cs apply. Ends 30.04.2021, 9pm AEDT
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
100GB
Data
$30
per month
100GB
Data
felix Subscription $35 1 month
SIM-Only - Subscription
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
No download limit
Speeds limited to 20Mbps
$35
per month
No download limit
Speeds limited to 20Mbps
Dodo Mobile SIM-only 36GB $30 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
36GB
Data
$30
per month
36GB
Data
Moose 35.80 50GB 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
50GB
Data
$35.80
per month
50GB
Data
$35.80
per month
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Circles.Life 20GB for $28 SIM-only Monthly Plan
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • New customers get 50GB data and over 20% off for 12 months - pay $22/mth, then $28/mth onwards. T&Cs apply. Ends 30.04.2021, 9pm AEDT.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
50GB
Data
$22
per month
50GB
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Google Pixel XL specs

Display

Display Size
5.5 inches
Resolution
1440 x 2560px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
534 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12.3MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.0
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
8MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.4

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
154.7mm x 75.7mm x 8.5mm
Weight
168g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 12

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 821
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 7
Internal storage
32GB, 128GB
Battery capacity
3,450mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IP53
Wireless charging
No

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