When Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 835, the giant chipmaker said that phones using the flagship chipset would deliver much more improved battery life when compared to the 2016 Snapdragon 820 series.
Thanks to the industry-first 10nm process alongside a bunch of hardware and software architectural enhancements, the Snapdragon 835 processor has significantly improved power management. Qualcomm’s work aside, Google has also done its part on improving the battery life with respect to the new Android 8.0 Oreo.
The OS was released back in August and so far, the only non-Google devices that have received the OTA are OnePlus 3 and 3T as well as Huawei Mate 9, but the OS is still in beta. As usual, Google built the new Android Oreo for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL and it’s the two that offer the best performance with respect to what Oreo and the new Snapdragon 835 have to offer.
With battery life being a crucial aspect of every smartphone, both Google and Qualcomm did impressive jobs with respect to the Pixel 2 XL. The 3520mAh unit used on the phone is enough to take you through a full day and you’ll still have enough to last until the next day.
Other than excellent battery life, the Snapdragon 835 has been paired with 4GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. You’ll get unlimited cloud storage for your photos, which is a good move from Google given that many will for sure be taking lots of photos with the impressive 12.2MP shooter on the back and 8MP sensor on the front. For the first time, the main shooter comes with OIS, which promises the best shots any smartphone can deliver. Perhaps it’s the reason why DxOMark gave the Pixel 2 a score of 98, but this is not out of 100.
The massive 6-inch POLED display screen is an excellent piece of hardware from LG and with the new 18:9 aspect ratio and QHD resolution, you’ll enjoy crystal clear views on the Google Pixel 2 XL.