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 (Update Available: 8.0 Oreo) 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 38 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 Wirecutter

Best Android phone for most people

from The Wirecutter
The 12-megapixel camera is the best we’ve seen on Android. The Pixel XL is noticeably faster than every other Android phone we’ve tested—even the newer Samsung Galaxy S8—and it runs the best version of Android, unencumbered by heavy skins and redundant features... Full review

The iPhone 7 killer made by Google

from TechRadar
The Pixel XL features top-of-the-line specs to introduce Android 7.1 Nougat to the world. This VR-capable phone has a fast processor, smart AI software and a superb camera, all sandwiched into a funky design... Full review

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
What Hi-Fi

Impresses with innovation, exclusive features and a pure Android experience

from What Hi-Fi
Thankfully for Google’s mobile team, that’s a million miles from how we generally hold the Pixel XL in regard. The uncompetitive sound quality and lack of sufficient waterproofing is a shame, but usability and innovation is high on the list of pros. The organic Android experience, now slicker and more user friendly than ever, is a joy to use, and with Google Assistant, its future looks bright indeed... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date October 20, 2016
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, India
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
800/1900 MHz
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300 MHz
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 7.0 Nougat (Update Available: 8.0 Oreo)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 pro Quad core 2.15 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
32 GB or 128 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.89 W/kg
Body: 0.56 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3450 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time 840 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 840 minutes
3G Surfing Time 840 minutes
4G Surfing Time 840 minutes
Talk Time Up to:
1920 minutes (2G)
1920 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 23 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Quite Silver, Really Blue, Very Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.2 x 7.4 x 0.5 cm
(6 x 2.9 x 0.2 in)
Weight 168 grams
(5.9 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Pixel Density 534 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Chrome
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots No
Expansion Slots Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture ƒ/2
Resolution 12+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV, M4A
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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