Specs Comparison: Google Pixel 2 vs Pixel 2 XL

Google has recently announced its successor to the Pixel lineup namely the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XLAnd now, we will be comparing these two smartphones to see what set them apart from each other. Let’s go!

The Google Pixel 2 has a 5″ full HD AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, a Snapdragon 835 processor, 64GB/128GB internal storage, 4GB RAM, 12.2MP rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF), Light Detection Auto Focus (LDAF), 8MP front camera, and a 2,700mAh battery.

The Google Pixel 2 XL has a 6″ full HD 18:9 polymer OLED (pOLED) display with 2880 x 1440 resolution, a Snapdragon 835 processor, 64GB/128GB internal storage, 4GB RAM, 12.2MP rear camera with OIS, EIS, PDAF, LDAF, 8MP front camera, and a 3,520mAh battery.

Here are their detailed specs:

Google Pixel 2Google Pixel 2 XL
5-inch full HD AMOLED display @ 1920 x 1080, ~441ppi Gorilla Glass 5, Always on6-inch 18:9 QHD+ display @ 2880 x 1440, ~538ppi, Gorilla Glass 5, Always on
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processorQualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset
64GB / 128GB internal storage, Free unlimited Google cloud storage for photos and videos64GB / 128GB internal storage, Free unlimited Google cloud storage for photos and videos
12.2MP rear camera with OIS, EIS, PDAF, LDAF12.2MP rear camera with OIS, EIS, PDAF, LDAF
8MP front camera8MP front camera
Bluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-CUSB Type-C
Fingerprint scannerFingerprint scanner
IP67 dust water resistanceIP67 dust water resistance
Active Edge sidesActive Edge sides
Android 8.0 OreoAndroid 8.0 Oreo
2,700mAh battery with rapid charging3,520mAh battery with rapid charging
145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm
143 g175 g

Here are the advantages of each smartphone:

Google Pixel 2

+ Smaller screen size

+ Cheaper price

+ Lighter weight

Google Pixel 2 XL

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+ Bigger screen size

+ Higher screen resolution

+ 18:9 Aspect Ratio

+ Larger Battery Capacity

If we look closely at their specifications, there are two aspects that separate them from each other.

In the display department, the Pixel 2 has a smaller screen size and resolution compared with the Pixel 2 XL. The latter will have the advantage in this case since it provides better viewing experience with its 6-inch screen size, 18:9 aspect ratio, and 2880 x 1440 screen resolution.

In the processor aspect, they both have the same Qualcomm’s flagship chipset Snapdragon 835 equipped with an Adreno 540 GPU. Performance speed and gaming potential shouldn’t be questioned as both of these smartphones carry the best chipset that Qualcomm can give.

Camera-wise, both smartphones have the same camera specs. However, we have to take note that the Pixel 2 received a score of 98 on the DxOMark benchmark, a known camera benchmark, dethroning iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note8 despite its lack of dual camera setup. If we get our hands on a unit, we will definitely check these smartphones’ camera features out.

For their battery capacity, it is notable that the Pixel 2 only carries 2,700mAh while the Pixel 2 XL has a 3,520mAH one. The power draw of the latter is greater since it has a larger screen size, aspect ratio, and screen resolution which explains its larger battery capacity. Nevertheless, it is equipped with a Snapdragon processor which is known for its power efficiency, therefore, we could expect a longer battery life than average for these smartphones.

For additional features, both smartphones are equipped IP67 dust and water resistance certification, and they also have Active Edges which is similar to the HTC U11’s ‘Squeeze’ feature.

For the final verdict, the Pixel 2 XL will definitely have the upper hand on the Pixel 2 since it has a better viewing experience and larger battery capacity.

As for their price, the Google Pixel 2 is priced at $649 (~Php33,111.98) while the Google Pixel 2 XL is priced at $849 (~Php43,315.98). Both phones are now available for pre-order in Australia, Canada, Germany, India, and U.K, and the US. It will be available in Italy, Singapore, and Spain later this year. Local availability is yet to be announced.

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Vaughn is your go-to person when it comes to comparing gadgets especially smartphones. He's also a gamer by heart and the "Hackerman" of the team.

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