‘Made by Google’ phones – the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL has been the all over the Internet since they were showcased in San Francisco. The software takes centre stage with the new Pixel devices, and this year Google is heavily relying on machine learning and AI to deliver an intuitive, comfortable, and consistent smartphone experience.
If you are looking for an answer to a specific question related to Pixel 2 XL, read on.
Google Pixel 2 XL FAQ: Design Display and Build
Question: How is Google Pixel 2 design?
Answer: Google has made a few cosmetic changes in design if you compare the Pixel 2 XL with the original Pixel XL. The Pixel 2 design is more refined and glossy. It has an Aluminum enclosure which is given a premium hybrid coating. Google is using a 3D Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and also on the rear side (the top portion) that lends the phone a distinctive look.
It has narrow bezels around the display which is flanked by dual front speakers. On the flip side, the Pixel 2 XL gets a slightly protruding rear camera with LED flash. Apart from the camera, there is fingerprint sensor and Google branding at the back.
The side rails that house nano-SIM tray (left), volume rocker and power button (right) are squeezable. The power button is painted in a contrasting hue that makes it stand out. Top edge is a clean slate while the bottom edge features a USB-type C port. All in all, its design may not be as alluring as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X, it is certainly far better than its predecessor.
Question: Does the Pixel 2 XL have a bezel-less display?
Answer: Not exactly. The Pixel 2 XL has slight bezels surrounding its display.
Question: What’s Google Pixel 2XL Screen to body ratio?
Answer: The Pixel 2 comes with 76.4% screen-to-body ratio.
Question: How is the Google Pixel 2XL display and What is its screen resolution?
Answer: The Pixel 2XL houses a 6-inch pOLED QHD+ display with 2880X1440 pixels resolution and 538ppi pixel density. The Pixel 2 XL also follows the latest trend of 18:9 aspect ratio. The display here is protected by Gorilla Glass 5.
Question: Does the Pixel 2 XL have an always-on display?
Answer: Yes. The Pixel 2 XL is using pOLED displays which is suitable for the always-on feature. With this feature Pixel 2 users will be able to peep at incoming notifications without waking up their phone. Google has given it its own touch and with the always-on display, it will listen to the music playing, and recognize and display the name of the song.
Question: Does the Google Pixel 2 XL features Gorilla Glass protection?
Answer: Yes, both Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Question: Is the Google Pixel 2 waterproof?
Answer: As per Google claims, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL both are IP67 rated which means they are water and dust resistant and can hold in water up to 1 meter for 30minutes.
Question: Does Google Pixel 2 XL have capacitive navigation buttons below the display?
Answer: No, Google prefers to go with on-screen buttons instead of capacitive or physical buttons.
Question: Does Google Pixel 2 XL have a fingerprint sensor? How many fingerprints can you scan and store?
Answer: Yes, it does feature a fingerprint sensor placed at the back. It can register and store up to 5 imprints.
Question: Is the fingerprint sensor on Google Pixel 2 fast and accurate?
Answer: Google claims that it is the fast fingerprint sensor on a mobile phone yet.
Google Pixel 2 FAQ: Software and Hardware
Question: What is the Pixel 2 XL Active Edge feature?
Answer: Google has borrowed Squeeze feature from HTC U11. Google has named this squeeze feature as “Active Edge” which allows the user to trigger Google Assistant in a more natural manner by just squeezing the phone. You can customize the intensity of squeeze.
Question: Will the Pixel 2 XL be running on Android Nougat or Android Oreo?
Answer: Well, the Google Pixel 2 XL will come running on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Google has promised that it will receive future software updates in the long-term (3-years).
Question: Does Pixel 2 XL support Augmented Reality?
Answer: The Pixel 2 family phones support Augmented Reality. Google during the launch event showed off AR stickers and other camera features. Since Google has opened ARCore platform for developers more AR based compatible apps will appear soon on Play Store.
Question: What is Google Lens? Does Google Pixel 2 XL supports it?
Answer: Google Lens is a new feature that search engine giant has developed. It will be only available on Pixel 2 phones initially. With Google Lens, you can point your phone’s camera to any object and it will fetch relevant related information from the web for you. Since the technology is still in beta phase, it could be a bit buggy.
Question: How powerful Pixel 2 XL hardware is?
Answer: Well, the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL both are powered by Snapdragon 835 chipset mated to Adreno 540 GPU and 4GB RAM. Google is offering 64GB and 128 GB storage option. Though the Pixel 2 phones are not as muscular as its competitors are, Google has kept it that way on purpose.
Instead of just added more gigs of RAM Google is relying on its software prowess. It is backing its algorithms and machine learning system to offer better smartphone experience.
Question: Does the Pixel 2 XL have stereo speakers?
Answer: Yes, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL both features front-firing speakers.
Google Pixel 2 XL FAQ: Camera
Question: How is the Google Pixel 2 XL camera? Is there any improvement as compared to first generation pixel phones?
Answers: Google hasn’t made many changes on the hardware front save for adding OIS. It comes with 12.2 MP rear camera, f/1.8 aperture, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED flash, 1/2.6″ sensor size, and 1.4 µm pixel size. On the front, it has an 8 MP, f/2.4 aperture, 1/3.2″ sensor size, and 1.4 µm pixel size.
Popular camera review experts DxOMark has scored the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL camera at 98 which is better than iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Initial impressions of the Google Pixel 2 suggest it right up their with the best in business when it comes to camera quality. Having said that, we are yet to review Pixel 2 camera in our facility to come to a final conclusion.
Question: Does the Pixel 2 have a dual-camera setup?
Answer: No, there is no dual camera setup in the Google Pixel 2. Google uses dual-pixel tech for blur background effect in images similar to the iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
Questions: Does the Pixel 2 camera have OIS?
Answer: Yes, the rear camera is optically stabilized. There is electronic stabilization is also onboard which works in tandem with OIS as demoed by Google.
Question: Does the Pixel 2 XL feature a Portrait Mode like the new iPhones?
Answer: Yes, the Pixel 2XL features does feature an iPhone like Portrait mode and it works on both front and rear camera.
Google Pixel 2 XL FAQ: Battery and Charging
Question: How Big is the Google Pixel 2 XL battery is? Does the Pixel 2 XL support wireless charging?
Answer: The Pixel 2 XL comes with 3520mAh battery supports fast charging, however, it doesn’t support wireless charging like the new iPhones and Samsung flagship phones.
Question: Does the Google Pixel 2 support fast charging?
Answer: No, it doesn’t.
Google Pixel 2 XL FAQ: Connectivity
Question: Is the Pixel 2 XL is compatible with LTE-A and Carrier Aggregation technology?
Answer: Yes, it supports MIMO technology which is required for Carrier Aggregation aka LTE A.
Question: Will Pixel 2 XL support Reliance Jio’s VoLTE services in India?
Answer: Yes, The Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL supports Jio VoLTE.
Question: Does Pixel 2 XL support dual-SIM cards?
Answer: No, Google only offers Pixel phones with solo sim slot.
Question: Does the Pixel 2 XL have a 3.5 mm headphone jack?
Answer: No, it does but USB Type C to 3.5mm converter comes bundled with the phone.
Question: Does the Pixel 2 XL support Bluetooth 5.0?
Answer: Yes, it supports Bluetooth 5.0.
Question: Does the Pixel 2 have a microSD card slot?
Question: Does the Google Pixel 2 support USB-OTG?
Answer: Yes, it does.
Google Pixel 2 XL FAQ: Everything You Need to Know
In this article, we have tried to cover most of the common questions related to Google Pixel 2 XL however if you have more questions related to this new phone you can drop them in the comments below we will love to answer them to the best of our ability.