Specs Comparison: Sony Xperia XZ2 vs Google Pixel 2 XL

Specs Comparison: Sony Xperia XZ2 vs Google Pixel 2 XL

Sony just released their latest flagship, the XZ2, at MWC 2018. How does it fare when compared to other flagship devices? Let’s find out! Here’s a side-by-side spec brawl between Sony’s latest and Google’s Pixel 2 XL. Let’s begin!

The Sony Xperia XZ2 is the latest front liner of the company. It has a 5.7″ 18:9 Full HD+ TRILUMINOS display with a 2160 x 1080 resolution, Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, 19MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, and a 3,180mAh battery with Quick Charge and Wireless Charging.

The Google Pixel 2 XL, on the other hand, is Google’s latest that was announced in late 2017. It has a 6″ 18:9 pOLED display with 2880 x 1440 resolution, Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB/128GB internal storage, 12.2MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, and a 3,520mAh battery with rapid charging.

Here are their detailed specs:

Sony Xperia XZ2Google Pixel 2 XL
Corning Gorilla Glass 5Corning Gorilla Glass 5
5.7-inch 18:9 Full HD+ HDR TRILUMINOS display @ 2160 x 1080px6-inch full HD 18:9 pOLED display @ 2880 x 1440, ~538ppi
2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core2.45GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core
Adreno 630 GPUAdreno 540
64GB UFS internal storage64GB / 128GB internal storage
expandable via microSD up to 400GB-
19MP rear Motion Eye camera (1/ 2.3”, 1.22μm, 25mm Sony G Lens f/2.0)12.2MP rear camera with OIS, EIS, PDAF, LDAF
5MP Exmor RS front camera (1/ 5”, 23mm f/2.2 wide angle)8MP front camera
WiFi, MiracastWi-Fi
Single SIM/Dual SIMSingle nano-SIM and e-SIM
Bluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0
Stereo Speaker with S-Force Front Surround, Qualcomm aptX HD audioStereo Speakers
USB Type C 3.1USB Type-C
Fingerprint scannerFingerprint scanner
IP65/IP68 Dust and Water ResistanceIP67 dust water resistance
-Active Edge sides
Android 8.0 OreoAndroid 8.0 Oreo
3180mAh battery w/ Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, Qi Wireless Charging3,520mAh battery with rapid charging
153 x 72 x 11.1 mm157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm
198g175 g

Here are the advantage of each smartphone:

Sony Xperia XZ2

+ Better performing CPU

+ Better performing GPU

+ expandable storage via microSD card slot

+ Higher rear camera resolution

+ S-Force Front Surround and Qualcomm aptX HD audio

+ Wireless charging


Google Pixel 2 XL

+ Larger screen size

+ Higher screen resolution

+ Higher front camera

+ Active Edge sides

+ Larger battery capacity

The Pixel 2 XL has a larger screen size and higher resolution giving it the edge in terms of viewing experience compared to the XZ2. Users can still go with the latter but if you are really fond of watching videos, then go with Google’s offering.

The CPUs of both device can be deduced immediately since they came from the same brand and even family. The Snapdragon 845 found in the XZ2 is Qualcomm’s latest while the 835 is the previous front runner. From this alone, we know which chipset will stand on top.

The same goes for their GPUs — the Adreno 630 has better gaming potential than the Adreno 540. If users are more inclined on performance, then the XZ2 is the right pick.

In terms of photography, the XZ2 has a higher rear camera resolution but the Pixel 2 XL has a higher front. Stay tuned for our reviews of these devices for their camera quality.

Juice-wise, the Pixel 2 XL has a larger battery capacity than the XZ2. One main difference, however, is the XZ’s wireless charging that Google’s flagship doesn’t have.

The price of the XZ2 is yet to be announced while the Google Pixel 2 XL is priced at Php44,500.

Which do you think is your choice? Let us in the comments section below.

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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