Google Pixel 2 XL vs. Pixel XL vs. Nexus 6P: Three generations of Google phones – what has changed?

Google Pixel 2 XL vs Google Pixel XL vs Google Nexus 6P

The second-generation Google Pixel 2 XL has finally been unveiled much to the delight of many fans, especially those rocking the 2015 Google Nexus 6P.

Unless there’s a pressing need to buy the Google Pixel 2 XL, not so many Pixel XL owners will be making the shift, rather, it’s those who have been using the now 2-year -old Nexus 6P that will be faced with the desire to make the switch – a typical upgrade timeframe for many smartphone users.

Over the recent months, we’ve seen a radical change in the approach to smartphone design. Although debuted by Xiaomi back in 2016, the near bezel-less design has been popularized by Samsung thanks to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 handsets. LG, Essential and Apple also have their own phones with no bezels at all, a design that Google has also emulated with the Pixel 2 XL.

Any person using any of the Google Nexus 6P, Pixel or Pixel XL will tell you how good these phones are when it comes to the camera. Well, the new Pixel 2 XL is no different, however, it takes the design aspect to the next level by adding more robust water protection, but the question is how does the new phone compare to the other Google phones from the previous two generations?

Before we come down here with a review of the Google Pixel 2 XL, here is a closer look at how the phone compares to the Pixel XL and Nexus 6P in terms of specs and features.

 Google Pixel 2 XLGoogle Pixel XLGoogle Nexus 6P
Price$849, $949$769, $869$499, $549, $649
Dimensions157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm154.72 x 75.75 x 7.31 mm159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm
Display size6 inches5.5 inches5.7 inches
Display resolutionQHD+ (2880 x 1440 pixels, 538ppi)QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels, 534ppi)QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels, 518ppi)
Display protectionGorilla Glass 5Gorilla Glass 4Gorilla Glass 4
Battery capacity3520mAh3450mAh3450mAh
Charging portUSB-C, v3.1USB-C, v3.0USB-C, v2.0
Fast chargingYesYesYes
Internal storage64/128GB32/128GB32/64/128GB
Expandable storageNoNoNo
Main camera12.2MP, f/1.8, OIS, PDAF, 4K12.3MP, f/2.0, EIS, PDAF, 4K12.3MP, f/2.0, EIS, laser AF, 4K
Front camera8MP, f/2.4, 1080p8MP, f/2.4, 1080p8MP, f/2.4, 1080p
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 835Qualcomm Snapdragon 821Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
Clock speed2.35GHz octa-core2.15GHz quad-core2.0GHz octa-core
GPUAdreno 540Adreno 530Adreno 430
Bluetooth5.0, aptX HD4.2, aptX4.2
Wi-FiDual band 802.11/acDual band 802.11/acDual band 802.11/ac
SoftwareAndroid 8.0 OreoAndroid 7.1 NougatAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow
3.5mm audio jackNo (Type-C to 3.5mm audio jack adapter)YesYes
Fingerprint scannerYes (rear-mounted)Yes (rear-mounted)Yes (rear-mounted) 

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