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Pixel 2 vs. Pixel 2 XL: So many similarities with one major difference

by Brandon Russell | October 4, 2017October 4, 2017 3:30 pm PDT

Google is taking a different approach with its new Pixel phones this year. Yes, they look similar when viewed from the back, but you’ll see major differences in screen size and, more importantly, bezels. If that’s important to you, the Pixel 2 XL is the device for you.

But if an edge-to-edge display isn’t of interest, Google’s new phones are essentially identical, save for battery size. Each phone comes with a revamped camera, 4GB of RAM, Snapdragon 835 processor, and storage options. Google did the same thing last year, offering the same specs inside of different bodies.

Which is good for consumers, because it means the smaller version isn’t stuffed with leftover technology. You’ll get the same great pictures from the Pixel 2 as you would with the Pixel 2 XL, along with the same software experience. That’s the way it should be.

So, when you think about it, these devices aren’t all that different from each other. Again, if you prefer a larger display with smaller bezels, then the Pixel 2 XL is the one you should consider. But don’t forget about the Pixel 2, which also offers an active frame, front-facing speakers, and more.

See just how similar they are in the chart down below.

Google - Pixel 2 Google - Pixel 2 XL
Display Size 5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (441 ppi) 6-inch, 1440 x 2880 pixel display (537 ppi)
Resolution X 1080 1440
Resolution Y 1920 2880
Display Type FHD AMOLED QHD+ pOLED
Operating System Android 8.0 (at launch) Android 8.0 (at launch)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM 4GB 4GB
Storage
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 12.2MP 12.2MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 8MP 8MP
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 LE Bluetooth 5.0 LE
Battery 2700mAh 3520mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • USB-C
  • USB-C
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Hall
  • Magnetometer
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Hall
  • Magnetometer
  • Proximity
GPS
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
Height 5.7 inches (14.48 cm) 6.2 inches (15.75 cm)
Width 2.7 inches (68.6 mm) 3 inches (76.2 mm)
Depth 0.3 inches (7.6 mm) 0.3 inches (7.6 mm)
Weight 5.01 oz (142 g) 6.2 oz (176 g)
Colors Black, Blue, White Black, Blue, White
Supported Audio Formats N/A N/A
Supported Video Formats N/A N/A

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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