Google Pixel XL: Greatness Starts

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If there is such a thing as an almost-perfect phone, my vote would most likely go to the Google’s replacement to Nexus phones— the Google Pixel XL.

Equipped with the latest Snapdragon processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 821) and powered by the latest technology available for Android nowadays (except for waterproof… and the iris scanner too), this beast with a letter “G” icon etched at the back of the phone is making noise from all over the internet right from the moment it was launched last October.

Google Pixel XL Specs:

Referring to it as a beast would be just an exaggeration unless I tell you what is inside this thing.

  • NETWORK Technology: GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
  • LAUNCH Announced: 2016, October
  • Status: Available. Released 2016, October
  • BODY Dimensions: 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.5 mm (6.09 x 2.98 x 0.33 in), Weight 168 g (5.93 oz)
  • SIM: Nano-SIM
  • DISPLAY Type: AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size: 5.5 inches (~71.2% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels (~534 PPI pixel density)
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • PLATFORM OS: Android OS, v8.1 (Oreo)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821
  • CPU: Quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo)
  • GPU: Adreno 530
  • Card slot: No
  • Internal: 32/128 GB, 4 GB RAM
  • CAMERA Primary: 12.3 MP, f/2.0, phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • Features: 1/2.3″ sensor size, 1.55µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
  • Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@240fps
  • Secondary: 8 MP, f/2.4, 1/3.2″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, 1080p
  • Alert types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker:  Yes
  • 3.5mm jack: Yes
  • – Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • WLAN:  Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
  • Bluetooth:  v4.2, A2DP, LE
  • GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • NFC: Yes
  • Radio: No
  • USB: v3.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
  • Sensors: Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
  • Messaging: SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
  • Browser: HTML5
  • Java: No


  • – Splash and dust resistant
  • – Fast battery charging
  • – MP4/H.264 player
  • – MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
  • – Photo/video editor
  • – Document editor

BATTERY: Non-removable Li-Ion 3450 mAh battery

As you may have noticed that the overall design is minimalized despite the overwhelming hardware that comes with it. That perhaps is what Google is trying to give as an approach to the public: “I am simple so do not expect much so I could surprise you later”.

Performance is without a doubt more than satisfying. The speed and responsiveness are at its finest and complain are far too outreached once you start fiddling and scribbling through the interface. Gaming is 100% out of the question. Play all you want with any title you could ever think of. Period.

I should remind you that this device is powered by the latest Android Nougat v7.1. Enhanced with minor tweaks from the recent v7.0. So you can expect the same great power management and usability from multitasking to all around productivity.

The battery is big enough to get you through the day or maybe more depends on how heavy you do your thing on your phone. Definitely not bad but not that great either. But still, they could have put more juice into it like perhaps 5000mAh? I don’t know, a lot of phones with such battery are available now. Just a suggestion though. Maybe next time Google, maybe next time.

Daydream View is still definitely one of the native features. A VR headgear is included if you buy one of these so there is that freebie for the delightful-hearted that we are.

The camera is superb as what I have initially seen during the expo. According to some fellow camera enthusiasts, it is on par or perhaps even better than that of iPhone 7 Plus. A popular magazine noted that this is the best camera phone ever released. And from some known YouTube channel, it is one of the best out there. They also noted the missing OIS as it was replaced with the software-based EIS but overall it is not that noticeable given the quality of the output.

With all the fuzz and positive reviews surrounding this newcomer, Google might just get what it’s hoping for. But still, a lot of people is raising their eyebrows on this new brand of phone in spite of all the ruckus it is causing.

Mind that Google Pixel XL is £719 and £819 respectively (32GB and 128GB ROM) and that costs as much as the iPhone 7 Plus. Well, it kind of sound a bit ambitious for a newcomer even with the name Google on its body. Considering all the hardware inside, it kinda feels tricky when you think about it. Feels like torn between two good things in life—the money you could have spared buying a cheaper but with not too far behind features or the latest top of the line phone that owns the spotlight at the moment but heavy on your pocket.


If money is not an issue for you and you are into this kind of tech then, by all means, get one now (or more).

I admit: the features in this phone are really really mouthwatering from a techie or a geek’s (like I am) point of view. It would have been perfect if it costs lesser like let’s say… half the price?

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