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The Google Pixel 2 XL vs. the competition: Cameras rule

In a year where the Galaxy Note made a comeback and Apple is mixing things up by offering both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X, it’s hard to know what to make of Google’s newest handsets at first. The Pixel XL isn’t particularly flashy on the outside, though the single 12.2MP camera looks promising. But can it compete against the dual camera rigs on other flagship handsets? To see what else this 6-inch handset has to offer versus some of its major competitors, we’ve stacked up their specs in the table below. Be sure to check back later this fall to see how both the new Pixels and the iPhone X fare in their respective full reviews.


Pixel 2 XL Galaxy Note 8 iPhone X iPhone 8 Plus
Pricing $ 849, $ 949 (off contract) Starts at $ 929 (off contract) $ 999, $ 1149 (off contract) $ 799, $ 949 (off contract)
Dimensions 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9mm (6.2 x 3.0 x 0.3 inches) 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm (6.40 x 2.94 x 0.34 inches) 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 inches) 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5mm (6.24 x 3.07 x 0.30 inches)
Weight 175g (6.17 ounces) 195g (6.9 ounces) 174g (6.14 ounces) 202g (7.13 ounces)
Screen size 6 inches (152.4mm) 6.3 inches (160.02mm) 5.8 inches (147.32mm) 5.5 inches (139.7mm)
Screen resolution 2,880 x 1,440 (538ppi) 2,960 x 1,440 (521ppi) 2,436 x 1,125 (458ppi) 1,920 x 1,080 (401 ppi)
Screen type Quad HD pOLED Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Super Retina OLED Retina HD IPS LCD
Battery 3,520mAh 3,300mAh 2,716mAh 2,691mAh
Internal storage 64/128GB 64/125/256GB 64 / 256 GB 64 GB / 256 GB
External storage None microSD None None
Rear camera 12.2MP, f/1.8, 1.4μm pixel size Dual cameras:
12MP, f/1.7 (wide angle)
12MP, f/2.4 (telephoto)
Dual cameras:
Wide-angle, 12MP, f/1.8
Telephoto, 12MP, f/2.4
Dual cameras:
Wide-angle, 12MP, f/1.8
Telephoto, 12MP, f/2.8
Front-facing cam 8MP, f/2.4 8MP, f/1.7 7MP TrueDepth, f/2.2 7MP f/2.2
Video capture 4K at 30fps 4K 4K at 60fps 4K at 60fps
NFC Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth v5.0 v5.0 v5.0 v5.0
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Apple A11 Bionic Apple A11 Bionic
CPU 2.35GHz octa-core 2.3GHz octa-core 64-bit hexa-core, speed not available 64-bit hexa-core, speed not available
GPU Adreno 540 Adreno 540 Not available Not available
RAM 4GB 6GB 3GB 3GB
WiFi Dual band, 802.11ac Dual band, 802.11ac Dual band, 802.11ac Dual band, 802.11ac
Operating system Android 8.0 Android 7.1.1 iOS 11 iOS 11
Other features Fingerprint sensor, IP67 certified, USB Type-C Iris scanner, fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, wireless charging Face ID, new gyroscope and accelerometer, IP67 certified, Lightning connector, wireless charging New gyroscope and accelerometer, IP67 certified, , Lightning connector, wireless charging

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