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Google Pixel XL Review

Google is showing its latest software and services with its Pixel phone which also includes Artificial Intelligence enabled Google Assistant which takes out most from the new operating system along with its integration with Google’s Search and its Cloud services.

This latest smartphone comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821, a highly improved version than Snapdragon 820 which is the basis of many flagship smartphones from different manufacturers. It also comes with latest features along with the best one you can possibly find in the market. It comes in four variants: 5-inch, 32GB, 5-inch 128GB, 5.5-inch 32GB and 5.5-inch 128GB which is reviewed here.

It has a screen size of 5.5 inches with 1080p resolution which is different from a 5-inch model which comes with 2770mAh battery while the 5.5-inch model has 3,450 mAh battery.

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The key specs of the Google Pixel XL are:

5.5 inch screen with resolution of 2560 x 1440, 534ppi AMOLED display 32/128GB, 4GB RAM. It comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor plus Adreno 530 GPU, 12MP/8MP cameras. It also has a  Fingerprint reader, NFC; Android 7.1, 3,450mAh battery; NanoSIM; USB-C; 154 x 76 x 9mm, 168gms..

Features

Its aluminium chassis is quite rigid and comes with a comfortable grip without compromising on the style.

It comes with Qualcomm SnapDragon 821. It has a quad-core processor (2.15GHz). It also has rear-mounted fingerprint reader which is quite comfortable and easy to access. It also operated with a gesture-based shortcut where you can slide the finger down the sensor, and a notifications screen will appear.

Its screen is quite good. It has a high resolution of 2560×1440. It is the best screen in the market. It has good pixel density. However, the speaker of this phone is not up to the expectation.

The Pixel comes with newest Android 7.1, codenamed: Nougat. This OS provides quick-access to sub menus with few apps.

Google Assistant

The real deal-breaker is Google Assistant. It is quite better than Apple’s Siri. You can start to talk to your phone just like a person with Google Assistant. It provides access to wider range of tasks which includes subscriptions to news or even weather updates. You can add events to your calendar, play music, launch apps, send messages and also answer general questions along with making phone calls and navigating with Google Maps. However, it is not perfect but is better than its competitors like Siri and Cortana.

Camera

It comes with 12.3 MP rear-facing camera which is better than top rated cameras available in the market especially with like of Samsung Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Although it lacks optical image stabilization, it performs well in low light conditions. It can record video in 4K at up to 30 frames per second. Even with the lack of OIS, it has best electronic image stabilization.

Conclusion

The Google Pixel XL is priced at $749 for 128GB model which will compete with other higher-end phones. It comes with a combination of powerful software and hardware with future upgrades and updates. It has extensive customer service help and support. This phone directly competes with iPhone 7 series.

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