Here we are again, with a fresh unboxing, this time for the Google Pixel 2 XL. The handset is the creation of LG and Google and it’s the bigger version of the HTC-made Pixel 2. Both Pixel phones were launched in early October and this one is a 6 inch phablet with a P-OLED screen and already an award winning camera. Let’s check it out, but first you should know that the smartphone is priced at $850.
The Pixel 2 range has become quite famous, ever since it topped the DxOMark tests, courtesy of a kickass back camera and front camera too. Anyway, back to our unboxing, the device comes with a charger inside the box (5V/3A or 9V/2A), plus an USB Type-C to Type-C cable and an USB Type-C to full USB adapter, used to transfer data from your old phone to your new one.
Finally, there’s a SIM key and the manual to round things up. The phone seemed to me like a familiar figure, like a cross between the LG V30 and the Galaxy Note 8. It’s got the gently curved front panel with curved corners from the LG V30 and it manages to be very big and very narrow, much like the Note 8. It’s got a water resistant body (IP67), with the unibody approach and measures 7.9 mm in thickness.
It weighs 175 grams and packs a 6 inch P-OLED screen with a 2880 x 1440 pixel resolution. It also has Gorilla Glass 5, a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, as well as 128 GB of storage. There’s no microSD card slot here, as you would have expected. I felt that the back side of the phone has a texture like graphite, I’d say or maybe chalk.
Not a big fan of it, but it helps with the grip. On the camera front, there’s a 12.2 MP main shooter, F/1.8 aperture and the combo of EIS and OIS, plus Dual Pixel autofocus. Upfront there’s an 8 MP shooter for selfies and also we find dual stereo speakers, with big slits and the promise of great acoustics. USB Type-C is also available at the bottom and there’s a fingerprint scanner at the back, right below the glass window for the camera.
Android 8.0 Oreo is obviously the OS here, with a novelty for a Google phone, the bezels that will let you do input by squeezing them. Well, not exactly input, but rather triggering the Google Assistant, with a strong, manly squeeze. Completing the whole list above is a 3520 mAh battery, by the way. We also showed you the camera UI, which also includes a Portrait option, basically Bokeh without having a dual camera. You can get the device here.