Google Pixel XL review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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

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 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.
Pixel_XL_3_450

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
PixelXL_1_450

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.

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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