Google Pixel XL 32GB

3 variations 
price Rs. 63,650 onwards | launch Oct, 2016
magic score ?
average value for money
our verdict: avoid
of 22 phones in over Rs. 50,000

PhoneCurry Editor's Note

summarizing opinion across 21 expert reviews

What We Liked

  • Excellent build quality, and well crafted design
  • Feels relatively comfortable to hold for a device as large as this
  • Beautiful, large display - ideal for watching videos, and reading
  • Fingerprint reader on the back is fast and accurate, and as a bonus you can use it to slide down notifications on the screen
  • The first device to feature Android 7.1 which brings in some very useful new features like launcher shortcuts (Google's take on Apple's 3D Touch)
  • Coming directly from Google, regular Android updates are ensured - something that other Android flagships can't match
  • The key differentiator though is the built-in Google Assistant - the search giant's new, thoroughly robust voice-and-search service - it's the most powerful and natural voice assistant yet (beating Apple's Siri and Microsoft' Cortana) and uses machine learning and Google's vast search database to answer all kinds of questions you throw its way - think of it as Google Now evolved
  • It can also schedule reminders, look up facts and places to eat, set alarms, give directions, translate phrases and more
  • Smooth, slick performance, even with graphics-intensive games, backed by top-of-the-line hardware (matching other Android flagships in benchmarks, though falling a little behind the iPhone 7 which is the fastest phone right now)
  • Fantastic camera - rivaling the already great camera of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus - the camera is fast, images are in focus, colors look vibrant, and landscape scenes retain an impressive amount of detail and depth, even with objects that are far away
  • Low light performance is especially good
  • The front-facing camera is excellent, too - it has a wide enough lens to fit a lot of faces in each frame, and it softens skin tones enough to look appealing without appearing too airbrushed
  • The camera can shoot 4K video, and though it doesn't have optical image stabilization, it uses a combination of the gyroscope and software to steady your videos which works pretty well
  • Good call quality
  • Nice, clear, balanced loudspeaker (though it's not stereo, which would have been great)
  • Very good battery life - easily survives a solid work day with medium to heavy usage - is a little better than the Pixel
  • Supports fast charging technology (though it's not as fast as some of the other flagships)

What We Didn't

  • For a flagship phone, the design is, on the whole, uninspiring (although this is subjective)
  • Sunlight legibility of the display is average
  • The camera's lens blur feature to get artsy background blurs on portrait shots doesn't work as well as that on the iPhone 7 Plus
  • Although the phone has some basic dust and water resistance, it can't quite handle a dunking like the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and Samsung's 2016 flagships

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Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 7.1
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size5.5 inches
Screen Resolution1440x2560 pixels (~ 534 pixels per inch)
Display Features
  • Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 4)
  • 2.5D Curved Glass
  • 100% Colour Gamut
  • Proximity/ALS Sensor
  • Accelerometer/Gyrometer
  • Magnetometer
  • Barometer
  • Hall Sensor
  • Sensor Hub
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor2.15 GHz, Quad Core, Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821
GPUAdreno 530
Internal Memory32 GB
Battery Capacity3450 mAh
Battery Talktime (3G)32.00 hrs
Other Battery Parameters
  • Battery Standby Time (4G): 552 hrs
  • Internet Usage Time (WiFi): 14 hrs
  • Internet Usage Time (4G): 14 hrs
  • Video Playback Time: 14 hrs
  • Audio Playback (via headset): 130 hrs
Weight168 gm
Thickness8.5 mm
Camera12.3 MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)
Other Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • Phase Detection Autofocus
  • Laser Autofocus
  • Electronic Image stabilisation (EIS)
  • Video Stabilisation
  • Dual-LED (dual tone) Flash
  • 1/2.3" Sensor Size
  • 1.55um Pixel Size
  • Geo-tagging
  • Face Detection
  • HDR
  • Panorama
Secondary Camera8.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.4 Aperture
  • 1/3.2" Sensor Size
  • 1.4 um Pixel Size
  • Full HD Video Recording
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Noise FiltrationYes
  • Fast Battery Charging: up to 7 hrs of use in 15 min charge
  • Dust and Splash Resistant
  • Dedicated Chat support with screen sharing option
  • Unlimited Google Photos storage for videos and image
  • USB Type-C
  • USB On-The-Go
  • Dual-band WiFi
  • WiFi Direct
  • Google Assistant
  • Google Duo
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