Google's Pixel 2 XL features a high resolution display as well as Google's latest operating system.
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When does the Google Pixel 2 XL come out? The Pixel 2 XL went on sale on 31 October 2017.
What’s new about the Pixel 2 XL? 6-inch pOLED display, squeezable frame, Android O, water resistance
How much will the Pixel 2 XL cost? $1339/$1549
What is the Google Pixel 2 XL?
When Google launched the first Pixel phones in 2016, it did so by dropping the Nexus brand that it had previously adopted for its own in-house phones, instead launching Pixel as its brand. The Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL were launched in Australia as exclusives with Telstra, with the central hook being the "pure" Android experience they offered.
As with the Nexus phones that preceded them, the Pixel phones will be the first in line to receive the next version of Google's Android operating system, which is called Android Oreo.The Pixel 2 XL launches with Oreo already onboard, alongside a smaller Pixel 2 phone.
The Pixel 2 XL's construction was widely tipped to fall to LG, having last worked with Google on the Nexus 5X smartphone. Last year's Pixel and Pixel XL were manufactured by HTC. The smaller Pixel 2 is expected to be an HTC produced handset, but that's not the only way HTC might have an influence on Google's Pixel plans this year, after Google's acquisition of parts of HTC's mobile business.
The Pixel XL 2 has squeezable sides, similar to those found on the HTC U11. This gives it basically the same feature set as the HTC U11, with a particular focus on an updated version of the Google Assistant software.
The Google Pixel XL2 also drops the headphone jack in favour of USB-C and Bluetooth Audio, although Google does soften the blow with the inclusion of stereo front-firing speakers, again akin to HTC's "Boomsound" speakers found on many of its handsets.
Is the Google Pixel 2 XL powerful?
Google opted for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC for both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, and that's an interesting choice. The Snapdragon 835 is powerful, but it's also a common component across many flagship Android handsets in 2017. That means it's possible to get an 835-based handset for a little less than Google's premium pricing, especially for the Pixel 2 XL.
Google doesn't quite have the built-from-the-ground-up advantages that Apple does when it comes to totally optimising Android towards the Pixel XL 2's hardware build, but having first mover advantage should still lead to a heavily optimised experience, making the most out of the mix of the Pixel XL 2's hardware and Android O.
The Pixel 2 XL should compete well with its Android brethren, but unlike last year where Google had the first jump on the Snapdragon 821, it doesn't have a clear performance advantage based on the silicon alone.
Does the Pixel 2 XL have a good camera?
For some years, Google's Nexus phones made do with cameras that were OK, but never great. That changed with the Pixel and Pixel XL, two phones with cameras that were market leading at launch and are still in the top echelon of mobile phone cameras to this day.
While many manufacturers are tending towards dual lens cameras with either feature effects or differing angle/zoom configurations on their premium handsets, the Pixel 2 XL features a single 12.2MP lens array on the back with only a very slight camera "bump".
Despite the use of a single lens, Google's been able to build in a portrait mode for the camera, similar to that found on many dual lens cameras. It's doing this purely in software, so it'll be interesting to see how well it actually compares in real-world usage.
How do I charge the Google Pixel 2 XL?
Google leapt wholeheartedly into the USB C charging space as far back as the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, and this hasn't changed with the Pixel 2 XL.
The Pixel 2 XL features a relatively hefty 3520mAh battery, which should help in keeping it running for all-day battery life.
Is the Google Pixel 2 XL water resistant?
We live in an era where premium phones are increasingly touting water resistance as a key feature to differentiate themselves from a crowd of impressive mid-range options. Google made the 2016 Pixel phones water resistant, but only to a rating of IP53, quite below that of competitor phones that tend to offer IP67/68 ratings instead.
IP53 means that the 2016 Pixel is protected by not entirely resistant to dust (that'd be IP63), and that trailing 3 digit means that light showers of water are protected against, not immersion of any type. That doesn't mean that a dunking will always kill a Pixel, but it's a risky move.
However, Google has gotten on board the water-resistant train, with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL both offering IP67 water resistance.
When will the Google Pixel 2 XL be available in Australia?
Google launched its next generation Pixel phones, at 9am PST on 4 October 2017. That translated to 3AM AEST on 5 October 2017 here in Australia.
Google made the Pixel XL 2 available to pre-order through its online store in Australia from 20 October 2017 with general availability from 31 October 2017.
How much does the Google Pixel 2 XL cost?
Google's positioning for the Pixel brand has focused on its premium status, and that's a pitch it has firmly kept for the Pixel 2 XL. The 64GB version of the Pixel 2 XL sells in Australia for $1339, while the 128GB version retails for $1549.
Last year's Pixel phones were Telstra exclusives, and this is a partnership that also applies to the Pixel XL 2, which is offered on contract terms exclusively in Australia through Telstra.
Google Pixel 2 XL Review
We've extensively reviewed the Pixel 2 XL, noting its exceptional camera and handset performance:
"The Pixel 2 XL is the like a fix of pure Android"
Google Pixel XL 2 Specifications
- Product Name
- Google Pixel XL 2
- Display Size
- 6 inches.
- 2880 x 1440
- Snapdragon 835
- Operating System
- Android 8.0
- Front camera
- Rear camera
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