|Screen Resolution||1440 x 2560 pixels|
|Screen Size||5.5 inch (14 cm)|
|Front Facing||8 megapixels|
|Video Camera||1080p @ 30fps, 60fps, 120fps; 720p @ 30fps, 60fps, 240fps; 4K @ 30fps|
|Audio Formats||*.mp3, *.mid, *.amr, *.3gp, *.mp4, *.m4a, *.aac, *.wav,*.ogg, *.flac, *.mkv|
|Video Formats||*.3gp, *.mp4, *.webm, *.mkv|
|Battery (3G Talk)||Up to 1 day 8 hours|
|Battery (Standby)||Up to 23 days|
|App Store||Google Play|
|Processor Type||2.15Ghz + 1.6Ghz, 64Bit Quad-Core processor|
|Operating System||Android 7.1 (Nougat)|
|Release Date||October 2016|
|Main Connectivity||4G LTE|
|Maximum Data Speed||600 Mbps (Cat.9)|
|WiFi||802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2x2 MIMO|
|Networks||GSM 850/900/1800/1900, CDMA 800/1900|
|Data Networks||LTE (FDD): B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/20/25/26/28/29/30, LTE (TDD): B41, LTE 2xCA, LTE 3xCA|
|Text Messages (SMS)||Yes|
|Picture Messages (MMS)||Yes|
Alex Choros (WhistleOut)
It isn't going to make having a conversation with your smartphone mainstream, but the Pixel XL is an otherwise compelling entry in the premium handset arena. A lovely display, fantastic camera, and solid battery life all make the Pixel XL an attractive buy. And of course, guaranteed software updates are the icing on an already delicious cake.
Outright Cost: From $1049
The Pixel XL is the first smartphone "made by Google".
Google has been making software for smartphones for almost a decade now. It's also worked with partners including Samsung, LG, and Huawei on the Nexus product line, a series of reference smartphones designed to showcase the latest version of Android. But the Pixel XL is one of the first two smartphones that Google can call its own, where there's no other name on the box.
Both are technically built by Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC, and while those familiar with HTC's devices will recognize the look and feel, its name is absent from both the phones and the packaging. This marks a key shift from how Google has operated in the past, and effectively means it's competing with the likes of Samsung and LG; manufacturers building phones using Google software.
As with most big smartphone launches, Google is making two devices available: Pixel, and Pixel XL. Pixel is the smaller of the two, with a 5-inch display Pixel XL, as the name suggests, is a bit larger, boasting a 5.5-inch screen.
While the Pixel and Pixel XL are pretty similar in terms of design and hardware, this review focuses solely on the Pixel XL. We're hoping to have a separate review of the smaller Pixel in the near future.
The design of the Pixel XL might not stand out in the way it does on Samsung's latest phones, but hardware is only half the story.
The Pixel XL represents Google taking a big step forward in developing hardware and software side by side. At the moment, this vertically integrated approach to smartphones is almost exclusively Apple's domain. So what does it mean now that Google is giving it a shot with Android?
Well for starters, you'll get software updates straight from Google, so you'll actually be able to update to new versions of Android. While getting new features is obviously fun, the more important side to this is you'll also get security updates.
Google's take on an iPhone has also resulted in a clever camera backed up by smart software tricks, integrated tech support, an unfettered operating system, and a couple of (temporarily) exclusive features.
The Pixel and Pixel XL are the first phones to feature Google's latest take on artificial intelligence - Google Assistant - which is ostensibly a souped up version of the Google Now feature found on other Android phones. While Google Assistant promises to be a friendlier, more conservational digital companion, it still feels like a work in a progress.
The biggest impediment to Google Assistant being genuinely useful is that it still struggles with context. For example,