Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL Specs and Price

Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL Specs: On the first thought of the name Google, what comes to mind is either the Google search engine, Google AdSense, YouTube, Gmail, or the Android operating system.

All the aforelisted and many more are owned and controlled by Google, an American multipurpose technology company who is also into manufacturing of smartphones.

In the hearts of many, the brand name is one to be trusted and for this reason, devices from them are enough to stir a wave of excitement among mobile enthusiasts.

The Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL

The latest devices from Google are the Pixel 2 and 2 XL which are respectively successors to the Google Pixel and Pixel XL released in October 2016.

2016's Pixel phones resulted from the collaboration between Google and HTC, and this year's Pixels are a consequence of Google and LG's collaboration.

On that account,

These are the only smartphones from Google in 2017, and I believe they are following Apple's footsteps in launching only one device and its higher variant yearly.

While last year's Pixel and Pixel XL were a success, competing with Apple's iPhone 7 and Samsung's explosive S7,  these new Pixels have spectacular high-end specs that mean this year's iPhone 8 has got strong competitors.

Some mobile enthusiasts have gone ahead to tag it,

'Android Operating System on the iPhone 8',

because these are remarkable devices that can be said to be among 2017's most anticipated smartphones.

Similarities Between the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Of the duo, the Pixel 2 is the least specced variant, but there are still great similarities between both.

They have the same aesthetic design, camera features, RAM size, Inbuilt storage, and operating system.

Differences Between the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Notable differences between the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are their dimension (thickness), display size, screen resolution, battery capacity and as expected, price tag.

One can immediately deduce that the Pixel 2 is the variant with a slimmer build, smaller display screen, and lesser battery.

For these reasons,

The Pixel 2 has the lesser price.

Other than these differences, they are both similar in every way, providing a level of performance that is higher than last year's Pixels.

Need more details of the specifications of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL to help you decide which you should buy and why?

Then we've got you covered.

Outlined in this post, is a full review of the specifications and features of the new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL Specs and Price

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Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL Overview Features

The  Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 X feature high-end specs in their external build and design, hardware, software, and cameras.

An overview of the Google Pixel 2 Features:

  • Display size: 5.0-inch
  • Display type:  OLED Display
  • Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels 
  • Pixels Per Inch: 441 Pixels Per Inch
  • CPU: Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 processor
  • RAM: 4GB 
  • Inbuilt storage: 64GB without support for microSD card 
  • Operating system: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Rear Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • Data connection: 4G LTE
  • Security: Fingerprint Sensor 
  • Battery capacity: 2700mAh 

An overview of the Google Pixel 2 XL Features:

  • Display size: 6.0-inch
  • Display type: P-OLED capacitive touchscreen
  • Resolution: 2,880 x 1,440 pixels 
  • Pixels Per Inch: 538 Pixels Per Inch
  • CPU: Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 processor
  • RAM: 4GB 
  • Inbuilt storage: 64GB without support for microSD card
  • Operating system: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Rear Camera: 12.2MP 
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • Data connection: 4G LTE
  • Security: Fingerprint Sensor 
  • Battery capacity: 3520mAh 

Display and Build

The Google Pixel 2 features a 5.0-inch OLED display with a Full HD resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, a pixel density of 441PPI and aspect ratio of 16:9.

On the other hand, the Pixel 2 XL features a P-OLED display, a larger screen of 6.0-inch, Quad HD resolution of  2,880 x 1,440, a pixel density of 538PPI and an aspect ratio of 18:9.

The AMOLED screens on both variants of the new Google Pixel have a wide color gamut and twice the resolution of smartphones with an LCD screen.

Users can expect more saturated colors, perfect blacks, and 10 times the contrast ratio on an LCD screen

Of the duo, the Pixel 2 XL's screen will definitely be sharper, giving a more enjoyable experience when watching videos, browsing or playing graphics intensive games.

It doesn't get better!

The Pixel 2 XL has some display issues such as low color saturation and burn-in or differential aging.

The burn-in on the Pixel 2 XL is a permanent marking on the device's screen after a static image has been there for awhile, characterized by the OLED display.

Serving as a protection against scratches and cracks on the screen of both devices is a Gorilla Glass 5.

This glass also makes it easier to handle the phone because of its three-dimensional curve around their edges.

For their build,

Both devices come with a glass and aluminum panel, the aluminum mostly at the rear with the glass around the camera and flash.

The Google Pixel 2 has a dimension of 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm (width x height x thickness) and weight of 143g.

On the contrary, the Pixel 2 XL's dimension is 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm and its weight is 175g.

The slimmer build of the Pixel 2 can be attributed to its smaller battery, and as expected a larger display and battery of the 2 XL gives it its heavier weight.

Both devices are available in several color options which are tagged Just Black, Clearly White and Kinda Blue (only Just Black and Clearly White colors for the Pixel 2 XL) by their manufacturer.

Having an IP67 rating, they are resistant to water and dust and can be submerged in about three feet of water for 30 minutes.

Being resistant to splashes means one can take a quick swim with the Pixels or use them under the rain without damaging some internal components.

Hardware and Software

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are both powered by an octa-core Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor with four cores clocked at 2.35 GHz and the other four at 1.9 GHz.

This processor has an improved performance of 27 percent over the Snapdragon 821 processor in the Pixel and Pixel XL.

Each variant has 4GB of RAM that is large enough to handle a high level of multitasking without encountering lags or hangs.

Also, there is a humongous inbuilt storage of either 64GB or 128GB on both, which is not expandable with the use of a microSD card.

Although this storage space without support for expansion might be more than enough on moderate use, one can still use the google pixel 2 and google pixel 2 XL to store come of files onto the free google drive cloud.

When released, the new Pixels will run on the latest Android Operating system, Android 8.0 Oreo, 

And like the Google Assistant that was once solely on last year's Pixels, these two might have additional features that are only limited to them and not Android devices from other manufacturers.

Some features of this OS include:

  • Battery task manager to allow efficient use of the battery power.
  • An autofill feature that reminds the user of their apps passwords.
  • Notification Channels that allow toggling of alerts on a per-app basis.
  • Google assistant artificial intelligence that can search for information and one's locality.


The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have the same camera resolutions for their front and rear cameras.

At the rear, is a 12.2MP camera with a f/1.8 aperture to let in more light and an Image stabilization feature that ensures images captured are without blurs even when the device is shaken.

Other rear camera features the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL include phase detection autofocus and high dynamic range (HDR).

At the front, is an 8MP camera with f/2.4 aperture and no selfie flash. 

Although on the specs sheet, either resolution of the camera isn't so huge, these cameras have a DXOMark score of 98 which is the highest ever recorded for a smartphone camera.

Battery and Connectivity

Other than their size differences, another feature that also sets the Pixel 2 aside from the Pixel 2 XL is the capacity of its battery. 

The battery capacity of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are 2700mAh and 3520mAh respectively.

The Pixel 2's battery can provide a day's battery life on full charge whereas the Pixel 2 XL's battery can provide up to two days of battery life.

Each device supports fast charging with its 18W charging adapter, where a 5-minute charge can provide up to 5 hours of battery life.

The Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL are both single SIM (GSM) smartphones that support a Nano SIM.

These two have no headphone jack that is found on their predecessors. Instead, there are USB Type-C headphones.

Their connectivity options include 3G, 4G  Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and their sensors are Fingerprint, Ambient light, Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass Magnetometer, Gyroscope, and Barometer.

Price and Availability

Pre-orders for the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL from Google Store and Verizon began on 4th October, and their shipping date was October 19th.

Currently, the smartphones are not available in Nigeria as with other African countries like Ghana and Kenya.

They are expected towards the end of 2017.

That being so when they are available, either can be purchased from reputable online and offline stores in the aforelisted countries as with several others.

Based on variant options (64GB and 128GB), the price of the Pixel 2 is $649 and $749 respectively.

On the other hand, the price of the Pixel 2 XL is $849 and $949 for the 64GB and 128GB variants respectively.

Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL Specs

145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm  : Pixel 2

157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm  : Pixel 2 XL
Form factor
Kinda Blue, Just Black,
Clearly White: Pixel 2

Just Black, Black & White: Pixel 2 XL
143g: Pixel 2

175g: Pixel 2 XL

OLED capacitive touchscreen: Pixel 2

P-OLED capacitive touchscreen,
16M colors: Pixel 2 XL
5.0-inch Display : Pixel 2

6.0-inch : Pixel 2 XL
1080 x 1920 pixels : Pixel 2

2880 x 1440  : Pixel 2 XL
Pixel Density
441PPI : Pixel 2

538PPI: Pixel 2 XL

Memory And OS
Card slot
Android 8.0 (Oreo)



Octa-core (4x2.35 GHz Kryo &
4x1.9 GHz Kryo)
Qualcomm MSM8998
Snapdragon 835
Adreno 540

geo-tagging, touch focus,
face detection, HDR, panorama
8 MP

2700mAh: Pixel 2

3520mAh : Pixel 2 XL

3.5mm Jack:
Yes, 3.1, Type-C 1.0
reversible connector
Wireless Charging
Single Nano SIM

Other Features
Accelerometer, fingerprint, proximity,
Ambient light sensors

Tech Lass's Verdict

For those who'll rather use a high-end device running on the Android OS instead of the iOS, the Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL will be a good choice.

I believe the innumerable features of Android can be best utilized using either of these devices.

They are just as good as the newly released iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8, with the perks of being offered at a lesser price.

Evidently, the best from Google can only compete with the best smartphones in 2017.

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