Google Pixel 2 XL Review — Return to the Android throne?

Introduction & Specs

Introduction

It has only been a year since we have seen the Pixel name come to the smartphone market, having replaced the Nexus series as Google’s stock Android based mobile offering only in October last year. At the time, in the eyes of many including myself, it was the best Android device available on the market bar none, and got me to purchase one even though it had not been offered on sale here in Singapore.

This time, though, Singapore will see the Pixel 2 XL come to our shores via official means thanks to the Pixel Lite program. However, there are some downsides to it — namely the fact that it is only available with Singtel, only available on contract, only available for a limited time while stocks last, only available in the 64GB storage flavour, and only available in the larger 6″ variant. It is also priced marginally more than the comparable iPhone 8 Plus.

However, it is still the premium stock Android offering that has been touted by Google to have fixed some of the issues that consumers found with the first generation device. Let’s see if Google has done it again, shall we?

Specs

Body Dimensions: 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm

Weight: 175g

IP67 certified dust and water resistant, up to 1 metre and 30 mins

Colours: Just Black, Black & White

Display 6.0” Plastic OLED, 1440 x 2560 pixels (QHD)

Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Platform Android 8.0 Oreo

Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835

Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)

Adreno 540 GPU

Memory 4GB RAM

64GB internal storage, non-expandable

Camera Rear: 12.2 MP (f/1.8, 27mm, 1/2.6″, 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF), OIS, phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED flash

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Front: 8 MP (f/2.4, 27mm, 1/3.2″, 1.4 µm)

Misc Nano SIM

No headphone jack

USB Type C

Non-removable 3520mAh battery, USB Power Delivery 2.0

NFC

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