Google Pixel XL with Snapdragon 821 & 5.5-inch Display Specs Review & Price

The Google Pixel XL is the second smartphone in the new Google Pixel series of smartphones. It was launched alongside the Google Pixel and features some minor upgrades over the former.

Google Pixel XL

These are not the first Pixel devices from Google; we’ve seen the Google Pixel C tablet which is the first Android tablet made by Google. But indeed, the Pixel and Pixel XL are the first Pixel smartphones from Google, and are the first smartphones to be made directly by Google; other Google smartphones (the Nexus series) were manufactured by other OEMs like HTC and Huawei.

Google Pixel XL Specifications

Display & Design

The Google Pixel XL is the largest in the series for now. It comes with a 5.5-inch display which is also powered by AMOLED panels and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The display has a pixel resolution of 2560 * 1440 (WQHD Wide Quad HD) which is bound to offer superior display quality.

Like the Pixel, the Google Pixel XL has a glass back with curved edges. It is 8.6 mm thick and weighs 168g, heavier than its junior in the series.

Memory & Performance

The Google Pixel XL features the same SoC setup as the one found in the Google Pixel. It is powered by a Quad-core Snapdragon 821 processor with a speed of 2.15GHz. This is paired with an Adreno 530 GPU to ensure seamless operations on the smartphone.

Like the Google Pixel, the Pixel XL has an LPDDR4 RAM capacity of 4GB and comes in two internal storage variants; 32GB and 128GB.


The Google Pixel XL comes with a slightly larger battery capacity than the other smartphone in the series. The battery present in the Pixel XL has a capacity of 3,450mAh.


The Pixel XL possesses a 3.5 mm audio jack and a USB Type-C port which makes it USB-OTG-compatible.

The smartphone fully supports 4G LTE network bands and includes support for Voice over LTE (VoLTE). It has WiFi 802.11ac MIMO for wireless connectivity, Bluetooth 4.2 LE and GPS.


At the rear of the device is the same camera setup found on the Pixel. Present is a 12.3 MP camera which uses a Sony IMX378 sensor with a pixel width of 1.55um and a f/2.0 aperture. The camera has PDAF and LDAF and is accompanied by a LED flash.

The Google Pixel XL possesses an 8MP camera unit at the front for selfie purposes.

Software and Hardware

Everything here is basically the same as what is present in the Google Pixel. The smartphone has three microphones and a fingerprint sensor at the back. It also runs on Android 7.1 Nougat right from the box.

Google Pixel XL Specifications (Summary)

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with WQHD (2560×1440) pixel resolution and Gorilla Glass 4 protection.
  • Dimensions – 154.7 * 75.7 * 8.6 mm.
  • Weight – 168g.
  • 2.15 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 821 processor.
  • Adreno 530 GPU.
  • 4GB RAM.
  • 32GB / 128GB internal storage variants.
  • 12.3MP rear camera with LED flash, Sony IMX378 sensor, 1.55umpixel, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF & LDAF.
  • 8MP front camera.
  • 3 microphones & 3.5mm audio jack.
  • 4G VoLTE network connectivity.
  • WiFi 802.11ac MIMO (2.4/5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2 & GPS.
  • USB Type-C port.
  • 3,450mAh battery.
  • Fingerprint sensor.
  • Android 7.1 Nougat OS.

Google Pixel XL Price in Nigeria, Kenya and India

The Google Pixel XL comes mainly in Quite Black and Very Silver colours, but there is also a Really Blue colour variant that is available in limited units in the United States only.

The 32GB internal storage variant of the Google Pixel costs N242,500 in Nigeria, KES 77,827 in Kenya and GHS 3,076 in Ghana.

The 128GB internal storage variant of the Google Pixel smartphone costs N274,000 in Nigeria, KES 87,948 in Kenya and GHS 3,476 in Ghana.

The smartphone will be available for pre-order in the US, Germany, Australia and Canada starting from today, and will be available for pre-order online in India via Flipkart starting from the 13th of October at a starting price of Rs. 57,000.

To make the smartphone to everyone, the Google Pixel will also be sold in offline stores including Reliance Digital and Croma amongst others.

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