Willing to pay a tad more for a larger screen with a higher display resolution and longer battery life? Then this phone could prove the one for you.
An excellent camera, great sound quality, exceptional colours, clear display, and an impressive performance are but a few USPs of this premier model. However, the Google Pixel XL does not offer anything revolutionary in terms of the design, except for a glass pane on the reverse of the phone, which facilitates enhanced radio reception. The all-metal body made from aluminium (aero-space grade) is bound to prove easy on the hand, but the unit lacks a protective case.
Screen Size and Display
As noted earlier, Google Pixel XL when compared to Google Pixel has a bigger screen measuring 5.5”, a pixel density of 534 PPI (pixels per inch), and a screen resolution of 1440×2560 pixels, resulting in a crisp display. Not to mention, Corning Gorilla Glass (4) that protects the display.
Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, 1.6GHz quad-core processor, and 3450mAh non-removable battery and 4 GB RAM, the Google Pixel XL is a powerful and speedy device. Battery, when fully charged (90 minutes approximately), can power the device for over 15 hours if used moderately. Battery can support up to 14 hours of Internet usage (Wi-Fi and LTE), 130 hours of music over the headset, 32 hours of talk time and 14 hours of video. The battery also charges pretty fast, thanks to USB Power Delivery (USB-PD).
Google Pixel XL runs on the latest Android version Nougat 7.1 out of the box, which also boasts of enhanced battery optimisation capabilities. The feature “doze” that was first introduced in Marshmallow has now been upgraded to ensure precious battery life is not wasted when the phone is idle, irrespective of whether on desk or moving.
The improved Snapdragon 821 chipset that offers better processor speeds, in addition to doze 2.0 for power optimisation, and a more powerful battery promise a great overall performance.
Google Pixel XL proves a great device for photography enthusiasts. The 12.3-MP primary camera can deliver impressive images even in low-light conditions. The 8-MP front camera is great for selfies and live chats. The phone’s rear camera beats competition hands down in terms of shutter speeds, colour and clarity. Seasoned photographers, however, may not be able to control the depth of shots using the camera app. The camera supports HDR and face detection as well.
The AI-based Google Assistant on the Pixel XL can now respond to a conversational style of speech, making it quite easy to communicate with the device. Apart from tackling basic tasks like setting timers and checking calendars, the assistant can also offer a daily schedule briefing for the really busy people out there as they get ready to head to work. “OK Google” is the keyword to summon the assistant before spelling out a command. The assistant can search for information, read you a poem, or even answer a simple question. Answers are likely to get more intelligent as the assistant attempts to learn from conversations.
Pixel XL comes with 32/128 GB of built-in storage that cannot be expanded. This device does not support microSD card. Google expects users to take advantage of the cloud infrastructure by offering unlimited backups for snaps and videos. The “smart storage” feature of the OS, however, automatically deletes media files once they’ve been backed up to make best use of free space.
The Pixel XL accepts a single Nano-SIM (GSM), and supports a wide range of connectivity options including GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB OTG, NFC, 3G and 4G. Several sensors are also built into the device, with the exception of a temperature sensor. A single speaker and microphone are located at the bottom of the unit, while a headphone jack is located at the top.
The Pixel XL will also automatically receive OS upgrades for two years and security upgrades for three years from launch date, making sure the device always has the latest version of Android and is well-protected against imminent security threats.