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Google Pixel 2 XL vs Google Pixel XL: What’s different

Here's what is different between in the older Google Pixel XL and the Pixel 2 XL.

  • Published: October 5, 2017 12:23 PM IST
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Google launched the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL at an event in San Francisco last night. In addition to upgrades under the hood, the new smartphones also flaunt an improved design and run on the newest Android 8.0 Oreo OS. Larger of the two, Pixel 2 XL, which is priced at Rs 73,000 for the base model, sits in the upper premium category, and if you are mulling an upgrade from your older Pixel phone, here’s all that is different and worth your money. Also Read - Google's offline dinosaur game in new Olympics avatar: Here's how to can play

Design

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If you go by the appearance of the Pixel 2 XL, there are certain similarities as well as differences when compared to the older Pixel XL. For starters, the Pixel 2 XL features an aluminium metal unibody design with the same dual-tone combination. The display on the Pixel 2 XL is slightly taller than before and offers a higher resolution as well. There is a 6-inch P-OLED display with quad HD+ resolution, and an aspect ratio of 18:9. Although the top and bottom bezel remain thick, the overall appearance is much more enhanced over the Pixel XL, which features a 5.5-inch quad HD AMOLED display. In addition to that, the Pixel 2 XL also features an always-on display for easy access to notifications without waking up the screen. Also Read - Timex Helix Smart 2.0 with temperature sensor, heart rate sensor launched: Details here

One of the highlights of the new Pixel 2 XL is that it has squeezable sides for launching the Google Assistant. The feature is similar to the HTC U11. The Pixel 2, on the other hand, was the company’s debut in the self-branded hardware segment and hence, did not bring in experimental features. ALSO READ: Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL: From big display to active edge, here are the top features

The new Pixel phones further are immune to water and dust. The Pixel 2 XL comes with IP67 certification for improved protection against daily wear and tear. The Pixel XL, in comparison, comes with a lower IP53 rating for water and dust resistance.

Hardware and OS

While it was widely speculated the new Pixel phones would run Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 836 SoC, it did not hold true. The Pixel 2 XL is equipped with the current top-end chipset, Snapdragon 835, paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of onboard storage. In comparison, the older Pixel XL offered lower onboard storage and was equipped with the then top-end processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821. It comes paired with 4GB of RAM and in options of 32GB/128GB onboard storage. ALSO READ: Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL launched: The internet is impressed

The battery capacity too has been bumped up in the new Pixel 2 XL. The older model was fueled by a 3,450mAh battery, while the newer one is powered by a 3,520mAh battery. On the software front, Pixel 2 XL runs the latest Android 8.0 Oreo while the Pixel XL came with Android 7.1 Nougat out-of-the-box with Pixel UI layered above.

Camera

Despite being the year for dual cameras, the Pixel 2 XL is still sticking to the single camera module. However, as Google says, the camera technology is so advanced (read Portrait mode with one camera) that it can possibly give the existing dual-camera phones a run for its money. There is a 12.2-megapixel rear camera of aperture f/1.8 with optical image stabilization (OIS), 4K video recording capabilities and Machine Learning-based Portrait mode to add DSLR-like bokeh effects to the photos without the dual-camera setup. Up front, there is an 8-megapixel camera. ALSO READ: Google Pixel 2 XL vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Apple iPhone 8 Plus: Price, specifications and features comparison

The Pixel XL suddenly appears primitive if one compares. There is a 12.3-megapixel rear camera of aperture f/2.0, along with an LED flash. There are features such as HDR+, Smartburst, and 4K video recording with video stabilization. The front camera remains the same at 8-megapixel. Interestingly, Pixel 2 XL has bee given an insane 98 score by DxOMark, making it the best smartphone camera ever.

Google Pixel 2 XL vs Google Pixel XL

Specifications Google Pixel 2 Xl Google Pixel XL
Display 6-inch P-OLED quad HD+
5.5-inch QHD AMOLED

Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821

RAM 4GB 4GB
Storage 64GB/128GB 32GB/128GB
Rear camera 12.2 megapixel with dual-pixel autofocus 12.3-megapixel
Front camera 8-megapixel 8-megapixel
Battery 3,520mAh 3,450mAh
OS Android 8.0 Oreo Android 7.1 Nougat
Price Rs 73,000 onwards Rs 67,000 onwards
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  • Published Date: October 5, 2017 12:23 PM IST


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