Specs summary


The Google Pixel XL's screen is 5.5 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 pro Quad core 2.15 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system (OS).

12+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.
32/128 GB

Internal memory is 32/128 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3450 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 23 days standby time, 1920 minutes (2G), 1920 minutes (3G), 840 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

The Pixel XL gets the core smartphone experience dead-on, and then adds a little extra.

- Andrew Martonik , Android Community 

Google’s Pixel XL is the best Android phone you can buy, hands down.

- Malarie Gokey , Digital Trends 

Reviews summary

Based on 34 reviews

Google’s first attempt at their own hardware is making the rounds and reviews are rolling in! Available in two variants--the Pixel XL is the larger of the two. Yet, they share many of the sames specifications.

Key differences include:

5.5-inch 1440p AMOLED panel: Both larger and higher in resolution that the screen on the standard Pixel, the XL’s display was loved by all reviewers for its detail and punchy-yet-accurate colors.
3750mAh battery: Coming in at nearly 1,000mAh more than the standard Pixel battery, the XL battery helps to account for the larger display and higher-resolution of the device. Reviews indicate you should expect the same all-day battery life for normal use. Light users might even reach two days.

Of course, to accommodate both the larger display and larger battery, Google had to add a bit of size and weight to the XL. However, no reviewers had problems with one-handed use or complained of holding the phone for extended periods.

Everything else about the phone--including the processor, RAM, operating system and camera--are identical to its smaller sibling. For more information, see our Google Pixel Summary!

Reviews (8.6/10 Avg. rating)


The best you can get on Android right now

from Softpedia
The Google Pixel XL is not the kind of love it or hate it phone, but one that attempts to be the jack of all trades, without neglecting the essential things that users are looking after these days. The Google Pixel is a balanced product, so although it wins some battles, it loses others. The design of the phone is uninspired to say the least, while some of the decisions that Google made in the designing stage cannot be understood... Full review
Digital Photography Review

Offers the best image quality of all smartphone cameras

from Digital Photography Review
The Google Pixel XL is an all-around great device with a very good display that currently offers the best camera image quality in smartphones. It lacks the dual-cams and "zooming-capabilities" of some of its rivals, but if image quality is your number one priority you can't go wrong with the Pixel XL... Full review
Android Guys

A perfect blend of excellent software, services, and hardware

from Android Guys
With prices that start at $650, the Pixel is a few hundred dollars more than other models with similar hardware. Head-to-head, though, it’s not fair, particularly if you care about specification bullet points. Look deeper, though, and you’ll find that the software and extra features help bring the value up. The unlimited Google Photos storage, for me, is peace of mind that I have trouble quantifying. The more I use the Pixel XL, I suspect, the more I will rely on it for my needs... Full review

Successfully Succeeding the Nexus

from Pocketnow
There’s a lot to like here. Google is making a second attempt at a first impression. For folks most concerned about software performance, we think they’ll be very pleased with what they get. Seriously. The Pixel XL is a screamer when paging around the UI... Full review
G Style Magazine

This is the Android user’s iPhone

from G Style Magazine

The Google Pixel and Pixel XL is the first Android phone designed top down by Google and it shows. The Pixel looks good, works well, and takes a mean picture! All this does come with a higher bar of entry than Android users may be use to, especially with the departing Nexus line. The Google Pixel starts out at $649 and could top out at $869 if you go Pixel XL with 128GB of storage. Make no mistake, this isn’t your Nexus pricing here. This is a premium phone by Google and the price will reflect that, but you will the bang for you buck here. Free unlimited storage with Google Photos, 24... Full review


Great software, excellent performance

from Brighthand
The Google Pixel XL is an acceptable piece of hardware buoyed by superb software and excellent performance. It’s hard to call it the best overall Android smartphone when it lacks waterproofing, removable storage, and OIS, even though it definitely runs like the best Android smartphone, with a clean and accessible Android build... Full review

Elevating the Nexus experience; but dearly priced

from tech2
Google Pixel XL offers an excellent camera, great raw performance, good battery life. There’s nothing to not like about the device. Only downer is its price point. If you have that kind of money, there is every reason to go for it, IF you are willing to pay the price for pure Android experience and priority updates... Full review

Brings top features

from Notebookcheck
The Google Pixel XL is a very good smartphone. However, its core feature, the Google Assistant, is not a decisive reason to buy it. Above all, it does not justify the price which the manufacturer charges for its product... Full review
Phone Scoop

A compelling smartphone

from Phone Scoop
The Pixel XL is a high-end piece of hardware that includes Google's refreshed user interface and the new Google Assistant. If you're all about the "pure Android" experience, then there is no option other than the Pixel XL. That is, if you can afford it. The Pixel XL costs as much as the priciest devices from Apple and Samsung, making it a luxury item for many... Full review
The Guardian

Very good phablet but with price tag to match

from The Guardian
The Google Pixel XL is a very good phone. It’s camera is great, it’s snappy, has the latest version of Android and will get updates first, it’s powerful and lasts over a day between charges. Despite its size it’s also relatively easy to use one-handed and it’s well made... Full review

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