A lot can change in a year. When viewed from the back, you might be tempted to think the Pixel 2 XL looks similar to last year’s Pixel XL, but flip them around, and that’s where you’ll noticed the biggest change.
The Pixel 2 XL’s display is not only edge-to-edge, but the device features front-facing stereo speakers, something not often seen in high-end flagships. The design reminds me in a lot of ways of the Nexus 6P, a device that’s still held in high regard.
There’s also a high level of polish to the Pixel 2 XL that was missing from the Pixel XL. The rear glass panel is now smaller, while the curves and shape of the Pixel 2 XL simply looks better and more ergonomic. And even though the Pixel 2 XL’s display is larger, the device remains a comfortable size.
Other big changes include the Pixel 2 XL’s active frame, revamped launcher, improved camera, and more powerful specs. Twelve months between releases doesn’t typically warrant an upgrade, but there’s just so much to like about the Pixel 2 XL.
The one big thing last year’s Pixel XL holds over the Pixel 2 XL, however, is a headphone jack. Whether you believe wireless headphones are the future or not, companies are clearly following Apple’s lead. Seeing Google get cozy with the trend is a big deal.
You can see how these devices compare on paper in the table down below.
|Google - Pixel 2 XL||Google - Pixel XL|
|Display Size||6-inch, 1440 x 2880 pixel display (537 ppi)||5.5-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (534 ppi)|
|Display Type||QHD+ pOLED||AMOLED QHD|
|Operating System||Android 8.0 (at launch)||Android 7.1 (at launch)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821|
|Main Camera (Back)||12.2MP||12.3MP|
|Secondary Camera (Front)||8MP||8MP|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 5.0 LE||Bluetooth 4.2|
|Height||6.2 inches (15.75 cm)||154.72 mm (6.09 inches)|
|Width||3 inches (76.2 mm)||75.74 mm (2.98 inches)|
|Depth||0.3 inches (7.6 mm)||8.58 mm (0.34 inches)|
|Weight||6.2 oz (176 g)||168 g (5.93 oz)|
|Colors||Black, Blue, White||Black, Blue, Silver|
|Supported Audio Formats||N/A||N/A|
|Supported Video Formats||N/A||N/A|
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