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Everything You Need to Know About Google Pixel XL Phone
This new device marks a departure from the Nexus line which has catered the company well for long, bringing high-end specifications and costs for matching. So, let’s have a discussion on everything you should know about the Google Pixel XL phone:
Design & Build:
The Pixel XL comes with large lower bezel and a curved metal frame. Its 168g weight and dimensions of 76x155x8.6mm make it more manageable and easier-to-hold.
The volume and power buttons are on the right of the device. You can use a Nano-SIM card to use the device. The upper section features the fingerprint reader and camera that are polished glass finish. But you’ll have to use the lock screen if the device is sitting on a flat surface like a desk.
The Pixel XL comes with some amusingly named colour variants such as Very Silver, Quite Black, and Really Blue. It comes with an IP53 rating which offers light dust and water spray protection. Thus, the device is neither waterproof nor water resistant.
Specifications & Hardware:
The Pixel XL comes equipped with a larger 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels. It is powered by a Quad-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 CPU along with 4GB of RAM and an Adreno 530 GPU. This potent combination is found to be responsive and snappy even with multiple applications open.
One downside of this device is that Google doesn’t offer expandable storage. You can buy Google’s Smart Storage that will automatically clear older videos and photos when your device gets full – those which have been backed up i.e. and Google is providing unlimited space for every image and video taken on the Pixel XL. The Pixel XL provides with some connectivity options such as CAT 9 LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, and dual-band 11ac Wi-Fi.
Although Pixel Imprint fingerprint scanner assists Moves, you’ll have to switch this on in the settings. But you can’t swipe up for the application draw and right for Google Now. With the Pixel XL’s large 3250mAh battery, Google claims that it will offer you 14 hours of video playback, 14 hours of Wi-Fi browsing and 32 hours of talk time.
The device also supports fast charging via USB-C port. Either side of the USB-C port is 2 slots, which can be mistaken as stereo speakers.
The Pixel XL also features a 12.3MP rear unit with 1.55µm pixels. It has phase detection autofocus but the lack of optical image stabilisation. Rather the device uses digital stabilisation which makes things smoother. There is also an 8MP camera found at the front of the device.
The Pixel XL comes carrying Android Nougat 7.1. This clean and smart OS introduces the capacity of sliding up from the main screen for opening the app tray and also replaces the Google bar with a tiny tab on the left.
Few more touches include the ability to blur the background wallpaper and you can also select the daily wallpaper or Live Earth that moves as you do things. Google has also included a Night Light that turns the screen a red colour which helps you get to sleep and eases the strain on your eyes.
There is a new notification style slot at the top of settings from where you can switch things off fast like Wi-Fi hotspot fast without requiring delving into the menu.
The Pixel XL is the first phone to come with Google Assistant in-built. You can press the home button for long on the Pixel XL anytime for launching it. An improved version of Google Now helps you control different apps, get directions to events, answer queries and schedule your diary on the phone.
Google Allo is another added app which also includes Google Assistant. It actually replaces Hangouts enabling chats and a privacy mode. Google Duo additionally comes as standard.
The Pixel XL is the first Daydream, Google’s new VR technology-ready device. It’s certainly a step up from Google Cardboard.
Although the Pixel XL is a lucrative handset with a good combo of software and hardware, we can’t ignore its downsides. It’s quite same as the cheaper OnePlus 3 and Nexus 6P. You can have enough other Android phones for less that come with additional features like expandable storage and waterproofing. So, things are quite disappointing here.