Google Pixel XL review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Google Pixel XL

Google Pixel XL
  • Display

    5.5 inches

    1440 x 2560

  • Storage

    32GB, 128GB

  • Battery size

    3,450 mAh

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Google Pixel XL handset Image: Supplied

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'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.


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


  • Good low-light performance for a single lens camera


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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



Physical dimensions


Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5.5 inches
Resolution 1440 x 2560
Pixels per inch (PPI) 534
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
Dimensions 154.7mm x 75.7mm x 8.5mm
Weight 168g
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 12
Processor Snapdragon 821
Operating system Android 7
Internal storage



External storage support Up to N/A
Battery capacity 3,450mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP53
Wireless charging No

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