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Google Pixel 2 XL vs Pixel 2 Compare: The $200 Bucks Difference

Now that Google officially announced the Pixels, it’s time for Pixel 2 vs Pixel 2 XL comparison showdown. How the Pixel 2 XL stacks up against the Pixel 2.

Ronald Delos Santos

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GOOGLE PIXEL 2 VS PIXEL 2 XL COMPARE

Google has finally unveiled its second-generation smartphones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL alongside new set consumer electronics hardware products in a press event on Wednesday, October 4th. The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are the last premium flagship handset phones that many in the mobile industry have been waiting to see this year.

We already got on our hands the Galaxy S8, S8+, Note 8, LG V30 and the Apple’s iPhone X, so it is time for the search engine giant company to drop what they have been working on. Like many flagship devices that have been launched before them including the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were not resistant to a rumors, speculations and massive leaks so we had a quite better view of what to expect from Google. Nevertheless, it’s always pleasant to get official confirmation and see what the technology firms have managed to keep under swathe until the much-awaited reveal.

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Now that Google have announced the Pixel 2 vs Pixel 2 XL, it’s time to compare them and see how the bigger flagship smartphone stacks up against its smaller sibling as well as versus the Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X. But in this article, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are going head to head! It’s a Google Pixel 2 vs Pixel 2 XL battle! First of all, let’s take a look at a number of the standard specifications and then break things up a little more further:

GOOGLE PIXEL 2 OFFICIAL

GOOGLE PIXEL 2 – $649

  • 5.0-in AMOLED Always-On Display (16:9)
  • 1080p, 1080 x 1920 resolution, 441 ppi
  • Camera: 12.2MP/8MP, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4 μm, OIS
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC CPU
  • 4GB of RAM
  • Wi-Fi 2.4G, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Stereo front-firing speakers
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Water-resistant metal unibody
  • Android 8.0 Oreo

GOOGLE PIXEL XL 2 OFFICIAL

GOOGLE PIXEL 2 XL – $849

  • 6.0-in P-OLED Always-On Display (18:9)
  • QHD, 1440 x 2880 resolution, 538 ppi
  • Camera: 12.2MP/8MP, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4 μm, OIS
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC CPU
  • 4GB of RAM
  • Wi-Fi 2.4G, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Stereo front-firing speakers
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Water-resistant metal unibody
  • Android 8.0 Oreo

As you can see above, there are a huge number of remembrance between the two smartphones in terms of the internal component in the specs sheet. Like the original Pixel line, the Pixel 2 has a slightly compact screen display and lower resolution compared to its older sibling. Both devices have the same core component including the System-on-Chip processor, RAM, and storage capacity configurations. Like the iPhones, the Pixel 2 and XL does not support expandable storage via SD card slot. The Mountain View-based tech company bundled the Pixel 2 with an unlimited free photo storage via Google Drive cloud storage.

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There have been an upgrade made in the camera department of both devices. The optical image stabilization (OIS) has been equipped for this year’s smartphones which makes the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL on par with the Note 8 and iPhone X. The main difference between the iPhone X and Note 8 against the Pixel 2 XL is the number of camera sensors on the rear panel. The search giant has opted include just a single camera on the back while many top-end flagships for this year have advanced for the dual camera sensors. The dual cameras have an advantage in many ways including better quality in low light condition and using depth of field Bokeh effect like in the Portrait Mode on the iPhone 8, iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8.

Advertisement The Mountain View search firm Google did, however, include a software-enabled Bokeh effects to help make up the difference between its single camera sensor and the dual snappers on other OEM’s smartphones. From what we have seen from people posting updates on social media during the launch event, it appears like the company has killed it with its newest software-enabled camera feature. Obviously we like to get it our hands and review the devices once they are out in the market but it doesn’t seems like the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL cameras fall well behind the competition.

The form-factor and design of the newest smartphones is where the Google Pixel 2 vs Pixel 2 XL comparison really begins. The smaller Pixel 2 has retained the similar design to last year model which means the bezels on both sides of the front panel look a little outdated as compared to the more-advanced flagships designs in the global marketplaces like the Galaxy Note 8 and the iPhone X. However, Google has gone bolder with its premium flagship Pixel 2 XL, the nearly bezel-less aspect design that’s catching up with the trend with the latest wave in smartphone design. The Pixel 2 XL has an advantage in the design and style aspect.

On of the main downfall with these new handsets is the total removal of the traditional 3.5mm audio jack port. We have seen rumors all in the previous months that the company will totally opting to ditch the headphone jack port but some pundits in the industry didn’t entertain that speculation and believe it until the phones were officially launched. Many are still a bit surprise regarding Google’s decision to not include the audio jack in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Back in 2016, Google took shades at the Cupertino-based tech giant Apple for ditching rid of the 3.5mm audio jack port in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

This year though, Google raised the fact that other manufacturers don’t give unlimited photo storage and save certain features for larger smartphones. While that is true, the company should pace cautiously. Anyway, when it comes to the removal of 3.5mm audio port in the Google Pixel 2 vs Pixel 2 XL comparison, we consider both smartphones to be losers.

As for the Google Pixel 2 vs Pixel 2 price, the Pixel 2 base model with 64GB of on-board storage will be retailed for $649 while Google Pixel 2 XL model starts at $849 for a 64GB will set you back storage configuration.

So, is the extra $200 worth getting the Pixel 2 XL over the Pixel 2? You will get a larger and better display, as well as a trendy and stylish design. Should you plan on using a smartphone for 2 years cycle, then shelling out and extra $two hindered bucks for the better handset is worth it.

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