The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are the first smartphones made by Google. The Pixel XL is also one of the most advanced smartphones on the market, featuring the latest version of Android, v7.1 Nougat, and representing the launch of the speedy Snapdragon 821 processor, with 4GB of RAM for the best performance.
The Google Pixel XL uses a 5.5 inch Quad HD AMOLED display protected by super tough Gorilla Glass 4. It has a screen resolution of 1440x2560p and a pixel density of 534ppi. As with other AMOLED screens, the contrast ratio of the Pixel XL is practically infinite, with deep blacks and very rich colours. This results in vibrant, colourful images that look impressive even under daylight conditions.
The Pixel XL features an 8-megapixel front camera and a 12-megapixel rear camera. Incredibly, the phone has no camera bump at the back, as is now expected with higher quality smartphone cameras. The main camera delivers excellent images, with fantastic detail and colour performance. It can also shoot 4K videos, using image stabilisation algorithms to provide a smooth result.
Storing pictures is no longer an issue with the Pixel XL, since Google is providing free unlimited cloud storage of photos and videos through Google Photos.
It is clear that Google has put a lot of effort into this smartphone. The operating system has been optimised for the best possible performance, and there is no bloatware to be seen. The 2.15GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 821 processor is put to good use in the Pixel XL, running Android 7.1 Nougat smoothly and without any hiccups. It’s also worth noting that this version of Android supports Daydream View, Google’s new virtual reality headset, making the Pixel XL a VR-enabled smartphone.
With up to 26 hours of talk time, the Pixel XL’s battery life is one of the best among smartphones of its class. The capacity of its battery pack is huge, with an amp rating of 3450mAh. On standby, the battery life of the Pixel XL has been measured as a whopping 456 hours in lab tests. This is possible thanks to Doze, an energy-saving mode that puts the phone in a sleep state when not in use.
The phone comes with a reversible USB Type-C charger, which is able to charge it to 7 hours of typical use battery life in just 15 minutes.
Like all Android phones, hundreds of apps are available for the Pixel XL via the Google Play Store. However, Google has supercharged the Pixel XL with some exclusive offerings, setting it apart from its competitors.
Pixel XL and Pixel are the first phones to debut Google Assistant, unofficially considered the next generation of Google Now. Unlike Siri and Cortana, Google Assistant recognises context, can remember information from previous queries, and is even capable of two-way dialogue.
Google Allo, a smart instant messaging app, uses machine learning to suggest smart replies. Google Assistant is seamlessly integrated into Google Allo, allowing users to search right from within the messaging app. Results and suggestions are displayed inside the conversation, making it easy to decide what where to eat or what to watch with your friends. Google Duo also comes preinstalled into Pixel XL, for fast one-to-one video calls optimised to work even with the shakiest of internet connections.