Our Opinion

The Google Pixel 2 64GB is a much better phone, but the Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Probably the Google Pixel 2 64GB, if your budget allows for it.

Google Pixel 2 64GB  Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One) 
Google Pixel 2 Xiaomi Mi A1
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Excellence Score
77.9
38.4
Value for Money Score
63.6
74.3
Price ₹ 45,999 onwards ₹ 15,100 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2017 Sep, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PExpected update to next Android version Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 441 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features AMOLED, 2.5D Curved Glass, Always-on Display LTPS IPS LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.35 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
GPU Adreno 540 Adreno 506
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 12.2 MP 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/1.8 Aperture, 1.4um Pixel Size, 1/2.6" Sensor Size, Laser Autofocus, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), Portrait Mode, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama Dual Camera (12MP + 12MP), Wide-angle Cam.: 26mm Focal Length; F/2.2 Aperture; 1.25um Pixel Size, Telephoto Cam.: 50mm Focal Length; F/2.6 Aperture; 1.0um Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 2x Optical Zoom, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama, Slow Motion Video
Secondary Camera 8.0 MP 5.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features 1.4um Pixel Size, F/2.4 Aperture, Full HD Video Recording, Portrait Mode Beautify, Facial Recognition, Full HD Recording
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.8 mm 7.3 mm
Weight 143 gm 165 gm
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 2700 mAh 3080 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging (7 hrs of charge in 15 min); Active Edge; 2 yrs Worldwide Warranty; DLNA; NFC; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; MIMO; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Google Lens; Unlimited Online Storage for Photos and Videos Fast Battery Charging; Dedicated 10v Amplifier; USB Type-C; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Attractive looking (and unique) design, and an excellent, premium, aluminium build
  • Great hand feel
  • Fully water-resistant body
  • The fingerprint sensor is both fast and accurate
  • Pretty compact design - this is the Pixel to get if you either have smaller hands, or value portability over a large display
  • Good display - bright and sharp (though not quite as rich as a best-in-class screens on Samsung's flagships)
  • Thankfully, doesn't have the 'blue-tint' display issue of it's bigger cousin - the Pixel 2 XL
  • This is Google's Android software, as it is meant to be - simple, clean, easy to understand - with a few handy add-ons like the Pixel Launcher, automatic offline music detection, and Always On lock screen
  • Google also borrows from the HTC U11's pressure-sensitive sides - you can squeeze the phone to open Google Assistant and tell it what to do
  • Another interesting and useful add-on is the Google Lens, built into the camera's photo app, which calls up a trove of information on objects like a landmark or a piece of art
  • Top-end performance backed by the best-in-class Snapdragon 835 - the phone is consistently fast no matter what you throw at it - and matches other top-end flagships in benchmark tests
  • More than anything else, the Pixel 2 is about its absolutely brilliant camera - which is arguably the best overall camera on any smartphone right now - even beating the likes of the iPhone 8 Plus, and Galaxy Note 8 (although not by a lot)
  • The best way to put it is that camera simply works, no matter what the conditions
  • It can handle all sorts of tricky environments like low light, shadows and brightly lit backgrounds - Google's HDR+ continues to beat the pants off of everyone else
  • And the addition of OIS helps take the camera up another notch from last year's Pixels
  • Even bokeh shots are managed rather well, and without any fuss (even without using a dual camera setup like other phones - purely using Google's excellent software algorithms)
  • All in all, this is a truly impressive camera, and a milestone in how far we have come with mobile photography
  • The front camera is pretty great too - and can also take bokeh-style shots like the rear camera - something thats only offered by a handful of phones right now
  • The presence of OIS takes up video quality a notch higher too - you will be impressed by how smooth and natural-looking the stabilization is
  • Other features like Motion Photos (similar to the iPhone's Live Photos) add to the fun too
  • The camera is also optimized and calibrated to support AR and comes with AR stickers - they work like regular photo stickers you add to your photos and video, but they're 3D elements and characters that move around and interact in real-life environments
  • Good audio quality via headphones
  • Good set of dual front-facing speakers
  • The battery life is solid - will comfortably last the day with moderate use - overall its similar to what you would get from the iPhone 8
  • Pretty good charging speed too - you will get about 7 hours of battery life with a 15 minute charge
  • Of course, the Pixel 2 gets better the more you buy Google products - it’s a great universal controller for your Chromecast, works in tandem with a Google Home, and will work seamlessly with Pixel Buds too
  • On the whole, if you want the Android phone that does the most stuff, you might choose the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 - it remains the "All The Things" phone to beat - but if you want a phone you don’t have to learn to use or fuss with just to make work properly, you will want the Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL - for the ordinary user, this is the best Android phone out there, as on date
  • Very good, premium design, with top-notch metal construction
  • The overall form factor and weight remain quite ergonomic
  • Very good, balanced display - good responsiveness, brightness levels, and sunlight legibility
  • Runs clean, clutter-free and simple stock Android out of the box - and comes with the 'Android One series' update promise!
  • Strong, dependable performance, powered by a power-efficient Snapdragon 625 - running on stock Android eliminates some of the overheads on the processor and the phone presents a super smooth and lag free experience on general day-to-day things - it’s solid and will suffice for most except the most demanding of users
  • Good, solid dual-camera setup - Xiaomi’s stereo mode is its take on Apple’s “portrait mode”, and its task is to blur the background - the final effects are commendable most of the times - sometimes even better than much more expensive phones like the OnePlus 5 - making it easily the best dual camera system on a budget
  • Even in auto mode, the Mi A1 takes rich images with good levels of detail and colour saturation
  • There is also a very effective pro mode which even allows the user to individually choose between the wide angle camera and the telephoto lens - making for a very compelling camera package
  • Xiaomi also offers 2x optical zoom with this device - and the results are quite good
  • Video recording is decent too - it can shoot in 4k, and has time lapse and slow motion modes
  • The front 5-megapixel camera for selfies is decent too, though nothing exceptional
  • Good audio quality and volume via both headphones and the speaker
  • Good, dependable battery life - comfortably lasts a work day
  • Takes about 2 hours to charge fully - which is a decent charging speed
  • On the whole, if you are only concerned about performance and battery life, then the Redmi Note 4 may be a better choice, and if you care most about low light camera performance, then the Moto G5S Plus is at the top of the pack, but for an overall dependable phone with a dual camera setup, and stock Android experience, the Mi A1 is a brilliant choice
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • While the phone looks good, the design also feels a bit dated for 2017 with all those bezel-less displays around - it looks arguably less sexy, and has lees oomph, than say the Galaxy S8, or Galaxy Note 8 or the iPhone X
  • And with the (relatively small) 5-inch display on the Pixel 2 the bezels stand out even more (the Pixel 2 XL is a little better)
  • No standard headphone jack - Google goes the way of the iPhone here - and that is kind of a drag for people who have a pair of great wired headphones or earbuds they'd rather keep using without an adaptor dongle (which comes included in the box)
  • The battery life while good, is certainly not class leading among the flagships - it is significantly behind for instance the Galaxy Note 8 and the OnePlus 5 - both of them comfortably give battery life of over a day
  • No support for wireless charging, that's now present on the likes on iPhone 8
  • The performance is solid and dependable but not the absolute best in this price bracket - that status belongs to the likes of the Redmi Note 4
  • The camera is quite good in daylight conditions, but falls behind in low light prowess compared to say the Moto G5 Plus or Samsung Galaxy J7 Max - low light photos can sometimes be blurry and they take considerable time to process
  • Battery life is again strong, but not the best in this price bracket - that is again a position that's held by Xiaomi's Redmi Note 4
Expert Reviews
  1. The Pixel 2 delivers the goods just as well as its XL counterpart while being considerably more affordable
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Buy the Pixel 2/XL for the best camera on any Android phone and fast Google updates
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. In almost every way, the Pixel 2 is the iPhone of Android phones. And that's a compliment.
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The best camera on a smartphone
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
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