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The Google Pixel 2 XL 64GB is a slightly better phone than the HTC U11 Plus, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Google Pixel 2 XL 64GB!

Google Pixel 2 XL 64GB  HTC U11 Plus 
Google Pixel 2 XL HTC U11 Plus
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Excellence Score
76.9
75.9
Value for Money Score
66.6
54.2
Price ₹ 40,849 onwards ₹ 56,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2017 Feb, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 8.0 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2880 pixels (~ 537 pixels per inch) 1440x2880 pixels (~ 537 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features P-OLED, 3D Curved Glass, Always-on Display Super LCD6
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.35 GHz 2.45 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 835Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 835Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 540 Adreno 540
RAM 4 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 12.2MP 12.0MP
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 F/1.7 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Dual-LED (dual tone) Flash, 1.4um Pixel Size, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, Video HDR, Stereo Sound Rec., Slow Motion Video (1080p @120fps), HDR Boost, Panorama, Hyperlapse, 3D Audio and Acoustic Focus recording with 4 microphones, Video Pic
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features 1.4um Pixel Size, F/2.4 Aperture, Full HD Video Recording, Portrait Mode F/2.0 Aperture, 85-degree Wide Angle Lens, BSI Sensor, Live Make-up, Auto Selfie, Voice Selfie, Self Timer, HDR Boost, Selfie Panorama, Full HD Video Rec.
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.9 mm 8.5 mm
Weight 175 gm 188 gm
Audio Output USB-C USB-C
Water Resistant Yes, IP67 Rated (up to 1m for 30 mins) Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3520 mAh 3930 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 25.00 hrs
Fast Charging Yes Yes, Quick Charge 3.0
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; MIMO; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Google Lens; Unlimited Online Storage for Photos and Videos HTC BoomSound; Hi-Res Audio Certified; DLNA; NFC; MU-MIMO; AirPlay; Miracast; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Attractive looking (and unique) design, and an excellent, premium, aluminium build
  • The black and white Pixel 2 XL looks especially gorgeous!
  • 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, and it also has some discernible blue-shift when you tilt the display)
  • Has a bigger, sharper 6-inch display versus a 5-inch AMOLED display on the Pixel 2 - making it a better device for immersive video and web browsing more - plus, that higher resolution is especially advantageous when using a VR headset
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • More than anything else, the Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL 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, or the Google Pixel 2
  • Pretty good charging speed too - you will get about 7 hours of battery life with a 15 minute charge
  • Of course, the Pixel 2/ Pixel 2 XL 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
  • Unique, beautiful "liquid surface design" - the phone has a glass and metal finish and the exoskeleton is mostly made up of glass - giving it stunning looks, that change colors depending on the viewing angle - the colour options are out of this world too - this is a phone unlike any other (except its own sibling HTC U11), and will certainly stand out - whether you appreciate it or not may be more of a personal preference
  • High quality build
  • Upgraded IP68 dust and water resistance
  • Very good, sharp display (though the colors are not as vibrant as some of the competing flagships with AMOLED panels)
  • The display is also edge-to-edge, and larger at 6 inches now, bringing the phone at par with modern bezel less display trend
  • HTC's skin on top of Android is light and intuitive, works well, the RAM management system is very efficient, and there is next to no bloatware
  • One of the major USPs is the way HTC designers have used the sensors on this device - you can literally squeeze this device to make do things like click a photo or a selfie, open Google assistant, pick up a call, change the music track etc - it's a pretty useful concept extending the standard gesture support on modern smartphones
  • The performance is top-notch and the HTC U11 Plus is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor that's backed by 6GB RAM - giving it more than enough firepower to rival other flagships like Galaxy S8 or the iPhone
  • Top-notch high-quality camera with the Ultra Speed Auto Focus - images clicked turn out to be outstanding in all lighting conditions
  • Great quality video recording too, with the option for acoustic focus, which works like having a video recording equipment with a directional mic
  • The front camera is good too and capable of clicking 150-degree wide angle selfies (it is downgraded to 8 MP now from 16MP earlier on the HTC U11, but that doesn't really make any real life difference)
  • The BoomSound speakers sound nice and satisfying
  • HTC has also bundled this smartphone with very good quality U-Sonic headphones (USB-C based) that have noise cancelling
  • The battery easily lasts the day (and in fact has a bit more juice now, compared to the HTC U11) and has a good battery management system, along with fast-charging support
  • On the whole, the HTC U11 ticks all the boxes of a top-end flagship - beauty, power and performance - and brings it more up-to-date with the new bezel-less design
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The larger screen size than the Google Pixel 2 means its not quite as comfortable to use and handle as its smaller cousin
  • 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
  • Due to the use of glass, the phone attracts a lot of fingerprint smudges and it's impossible to have it with its clean look all the time, unless you use a case
  • Its only a notch behind the best Android camera phone currently - the Google Pixel 2
  • Lacks the standard 3.5mm audio jack - although it does bundle a USB Type-C to 3.5 mm adapter
  • While the upgrade of the display to bezel-less is nice, in some other areas, the U11 Plus is now a shade behind the other recently launched flagships - for instance, it lacks Portrait Mode, a cool feature available in most flagships, the display legibility outdoors is not the best, and while the battery life is good, but not the best-in-class - in short, its a very good phone, but it's not path breaking like the HTC U11 was at the time it was launched
Expert Reviews
  1. It's the best smartphone for Android enthusiasts
    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. A really impressive smartphone with an absolutely killer camera
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The fastest and smoothest Google Android device has a cracking camera, squeezable sides, great battery life and baked-in AI
    theguardian.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Google Pixel 2 XL has a class-leading camera
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
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  32. techcrunch.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. If you are tired of the usual mainstream crop, give the U11+ a chance and you may find yourself surprised
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you don’t want the Samsung Galaxy S8+ (Review) and are staying away from the Pixel 2 XL (Review) because of its display troubles, the HTC U11+ looks like the perfect alternative
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. So if you’re an HTC fan, want great performance and an excellent camera, the HTC U11+ is definitely worth checking out.
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. alphr.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  12. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
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