Finally, after a long spell of rumors and leaks, Google wrapped off the cover from their Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices. At the October 4th announcement event, apart from new Pixel lineup smartphones, Google announces Home Mini, Home Max, a new Daydream VR headset, and latest Pixelbook.
As expected the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have different display sizes. However, there are few other differences as well apart from different display and name. Both the devices price tag is significantly different to those who are looking for a new Pixel device will consider both these devices before making a decision. We already compared the Pixel 2 XL against the latest iPhone X. Today we will compare both the latest Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL to know the key difference between them in detail. Without any further ado, let's start with the design of both these devices.
69.7 x 145.7 x 7.8 mm
5 inches - 1920x1080 px
76.2 x 157.5 x 7.6 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
The new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL brings iterative design which is somewhat similar to the original Pixel devices. The device looks premium in hands like Samsung and Apple flagships. As most of you are already aware the Pixel 2 is the standard variant with the smaller footprint. The Pixel 2 dimensions are 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8mm and it weighs 143g. The Pixel 2 XL is the phablet variant with measurements 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9mm, it is slightly heavier at 175g. The standard Pixel 2 is rumored to be manufactured by HTC whereas the phablet variant is allegedly from the South Korean giant LG. The best thing is both the devices have the squeezable frame which opens Google Assistant on the go.
The chassis on both the device's chassis is made up of aluminum whereas glass and the metal combo is covering the rear side. Last year we have seen glass/metal combo but this year Google further reduced the glass portion. The camera sensor on the rear remains single and it is the only prominent part in the glass section alongside with dual LED flashlight. The rear fingerprint scanner is below in the metal section to avoid fingerprint smudges on glass portion.
The G branding is on the rear bottom. Now that's where similarities end because Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL has different displays on the front. The Pixel 2 has a display aspect ratio is 16:9 whereas the aspect ratio for the Pixel 2 XL is 18:9. Both the devices have speakers grills on the top and bottom bezels for the top-notch audio experience. The Pixel 2 will be released in three color variants including Clearly White, Kinda Blue and Just Black whereas the Pixel 2 XL can be grabbed in Black and white and Just Black variants. Finally, Google Pixel 2 smartphones are the company's first IP67 waterproof devices.
As I mentioned above the devices not only have different display size but also their display panels aspect ratio is different. The Pixel 2 OLED 5-inches display panel aspect ratio is 16:9 with Full HD screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The Pixel 2 display pixel density is 441 pixels per inch.
The Pixel 2 XL is packed with a 6-inches AMOLED panel with QuadHD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels. The aspect ratio of Pixel 2 XL is 18:9 which is exactly same as LG V30. The pixel density of this device is 538 pixels per inch. The bigger is not only better in size but also in sharpness as well thanks to the QuadHD+ panel.
As reported earlier the display panel on Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL has "always on" display feature which means you can check time, date even without unlocking your handset. Unfortunately both the device doesn't bring HDR support. The display panel of Pixel 2 is protected with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 whereas the Pixel 2 XL panel has 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
As expected the Qualcomm's latest Octa-Core Snapdragon 835 SoC is on board as the chipset for both the devices. The Octa-core SoC is accompanied with 4GB RAM and built-in storage for the base variant is 64GB whereas the top tier variant has 128GB memory. Unfortunately, the device storage isn't expandable using MicroSD card. Last year Google teases Apple iPhones for not having the 3.5mm headphone jack and this year they also ditched the traditional headphone jack but instead the company will be shipping a free adapter with-in the box.
|Specs||Pixel 2||Pixel 2 XL|
|Screen resolution||1920 x 1080||1440 x 2880 pixels|
|SoC||Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835||Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835|
|Storage||64/128GB Non-Expandable||64/128GB Non-Expandable|
|Rear camera||12.3MP with f/1.8 aperture||12.3MP with f/1.8 aperture|
|OS||Android Oreo||Android Oreo|
|3.5mm headphone jack||No||No|
Google once again stuck to their basic formula of bringing more features on the same tested camera sensor. It seems like Google is not impressed with the dual rear cameras of Samsung and Apple's latest devices. Both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL has 12.3MP rear snapper with f/1.8 aperture. Both the devices rear camera have dual pixel technology with Phase and Laser detection autofocus feature. To make sure results are shaky while moving the device has optical and electronic image stabilization. The single-camera is accompanied with dual LED flashlight.
Surprisingly the Pixel 2 LED flashlight is on the left side of the camera sensor whereas the Pixel 2 XL LED flashlight is on the right side. All other features remain similar on both the devices. Up front, the selfie-capturing sensor on both the devices remains 8MP with f/2.4 aperture. The focus on the front-facing sensor is fixed.
One of the key features of Pixel 2 lineup devices rear camera is AR Sticker and Dxomark awarded the Pixel 2 lineup with a whopping 98 score makes it world best camera smartphone in the market.
One of the key difference in the hardware of both the devices is their battery cell. The Pixel 2 being the smaller variant has a battery cell of 2,700mAh whereas the Phablet variant Pixel 2 XL is bringing a larger battery cell of 3,520mAh. Both have USB Type-C connectivity port. Google claims the fast charging feature on both the devices is pretty quick, it juice up 7 hours of juice within 15 minutes only.
The pixel 2 lineup devices are launched on the latest Android Oreo which was pretty much on cards way ahead of the announcement. These are the latest Google mobile hardware with the new Pixel 2 and 2 XL. As expected apart from regular features the Pixel 2 will have few extra luxuries on board to provide a unique UI experience as opposed to other Oreo running devices.
The Google Home Assistant will be available in its cleanest form. The UI experience on both the devices is similar, you won't find any difference in software experience of both the devices.
The Pixel 2 base variant with 64GB storage will be available for $649 in the US whereas the UK customers will have to pay £629, the Pixel 2 XL base variant can be pre-ordered for $849 and in the UK the device starts at £799.
The overall software, camera experience on both the devices is similar but the front design of Pixel 2 XL is radically different from the standard variant. The Pixel 2 XL falls in the latest category with 2:1 display as opposed to 16:9 display of Pixel 2. The standard Pixel 2 will be available in more color options than Pixel 2 XL and also it is $200 cheaper which is the quite significant difference. In our view the decision amongst these devices will be based on what kind of aspect ratio fascinates you and also your budget will play an important role here.
At the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the latest Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in the comments section below. Feel free to share your thoughts, Stay tuned, we will be bringing more comparisons pretty soon.
Google Pixel 2
- The Google Pixel 2 is available at Amazon Marketplace for $ 699.
- The Google Pixel 2 XL is available at Amazon for $ 759.