Google Pixel XL Overview Updated September 29, 2017

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Google Pixel Specification
Android version Android 8.0 Oreo
Screen size 5.5-inch FHD AMOLED
Resolution 2560×1440 pixels
PPI 534ppi
Primary camera
12.3MP, 1.55μm pixels, phase detection autofocus + laser detection autofocus, f/2.0 Aperture
 

Front camera
8MP, 1.4µm pixels, f/2.4 Aperture, fixed focus

Processor
Qualcomm® Snapdragon 821 ,2.15Ghz + 1.6Ghz, 64Bit Quad-Core

Storage 32GB or 128GB
Expandable storage up to N/A
RAM 4GB LPDDR4
Battery 3,450mAh (nonremovable)
Ports USB Type-C, headphone jack
Weight 168 g
Dimensions 154.7 x 75.7 x 7.3 ~ 8.5 mm
Other features Rear-facing fingerprint sensor
Color options Very Silver, Quite Black, Really Blue
Carrier availability Unlocked (all carriers), Project Fi, Verizon
Base price off-contract ~$770
In-box accessories USB Type-C™ 18W adaptor with USB-PD, A-C cable (USB 3.1 Gen 2), C-C cable (USB 2.0), SIM tool, Quick Switch Adapter

Google Pixel XL Stories September 29

We’ve already compared the Pixel XL to one of the best phones of 2017, the Galaxy Note 8, and visited some of the reasons why it’s still one of the best Android phones on the market. Nothing is perfect, though, and to close off Pixel Week, we wanted to look at some of the ways the Pixel and Pixel XL fall short and where the Pixel 2 might be able to pick up the slack.

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Google Pixel XL Stories September 28

We’re just six days away from Google announcing the second-generation Pixel lineup (along with some other expected products, including some new Google Home devices), and in the meantime we wanted to revisit the original Pixel and Pixel XL. Too often, tech sites including ourselves get caught up in the craze of new devices and neglect to look at how well (and sometimes, how poorly) the older devices have held up.

The Pixel and Pixel XL were some of our favorite phones when they launched last year, and though we’ve since seen dozens of great new devices, we’re still terribly fond of Google’s in-house projects, which have aged better than just about any other Android phones we’ve seen.

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Google Pixel XL Stories September 26

We’re excited to see Google unveil the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 next Wednesday, but the original Pixels are still some of the best smartphones on the market. With so many new trends like dual cameras and edge-to-edge displays popping up in 2017, we wanted to see how well the Pixel XL holds up against some of today’s modern flagships, in what we’re calling Pixel Week.

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Google Pixel XL Stories September 15

When it comes to smartphone software, I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that stock Android, or at least as close OEMs can get to it as possible, is ideal. Unfortunately, there just aren’t many phones packing stock Android. However, Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone is making waves by offering just that, and software isn’t the only thing it has going for it.

As we’ve seen before, the Essential Phone seems to be ruffling some feathers at Google, so ahead of Google’s second-generation Pixel debut, it only feels fitting to see how the first device from Rubin compares to Google’s first flagship…

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Google Pixel XL Stories August 29

Just about a week ago, Google released the official factory images for Android 8.0 Oreo following the unveiling of its dessert name and statue. Eight days after that announcement, Verizon is already starting to push the 8.0 update to Pixel and Pixel XL handsets on its network.

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Google Pixel XL Stories July 11

This morning images leaked that showed what were supposedly cases for the upcoming Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2. While it is possible that they are real, there were more than a few aspects that made it seem otherwise. Then, several hours later, a render of the Pixel XL 2 leaked, and with it, the confirmation of some the smartphone’s rumored details.

Now that we have seen the cases and the leaked render, what feature of the Pixel XL 2 are you most excited for?

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