Google’s Pixel XL offers premium performance, although it lacks a really premium look.
- Fast performance
- Smart Camera
- Android Nougat
- Category 11 capable
- Google Assistant
- Inbuilt support
- 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
- 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
Power, storage and battery
|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|
|Front camera megapixels||8MP|
|Front camera aperture size||f/2.4|
|Dimensions||154.7mm x 75.7mm x 8.5mm|
|Network category speed||Category 12|
|Operating system||Android 7|
|External storage support||Up to N/A|
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