Google Pixel 2 XL hands-on review

GSMArena team, 16 October 2017.

Google Pixel 2 XL performance

Performance on the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is in line with other smartphone powered by the same processor. In fact, the Google Pixel devices performed right around the middle of the Snapdragon 835-powered gang, only heavily beat by the iPhone 8 duo, with the necessary disclaimer that benchmark results aren't meant to be compared across platforms.

Similar to the first Google Pixel last year, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are receiving the latest Qualcomm processor months after other phone makers have adopted it into their flagship models.

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Still, Google's ultimate goal is to provide the smoothest and most consistent Android experience, centered around Google's apps and services, even if that CPU doesn't rank the phone #1 in benchmark scores.

In terms of benchmarks, there's not much to say. Phones with the same chipsets tend to score around the same and results are within tight margins. You only really see scores drift further apart when they involve Apple's A11 Bionic chip or the Exynos-powered Samsung devices.

GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 8
    10214
  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus
    10037
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
    6784
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
    6656
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force
    6629
  • OnePlus 5
    6604
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8 (SD 835)
    6590
  • Google Pixel 2
    6437
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
    6428
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    6301
  • LG V30 (non-final)
    6151
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    5956
  • Apple iPhone 7
    5831

GeekBench 4.1 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 8
    4234
  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus
    4232
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    3503
  • Apple iPhone 7
    3459
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
    1991
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
    1987
  • OnePlus 5
    1932
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
    1915
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force
    1915
  • Google Pixel 2
    1912
  • LG V30 (non-final)
    1904
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8 (SD 835)
    1862
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    1832

AnTuTu 6

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 8
    202645
  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus
    188766
  • OnePlus 5
    180331
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force
    178674
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8 (SD 835)
    175153
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    174987
  • Apple iPhone 7
    174532
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
    174435
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
    172425
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
    170407
  • Google Pixel 2
    168648
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    168133
  • OnePlus 3T
    165097
  • Google Pixel XL
    141186
  • Huawei P10 Plus
    126252

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 8
    85
  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus
    85
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8 (SD 835)
    63
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
    61
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force
    61
  • Apple iPhone 7
    61
  • Google Pixel 2
    60
  • OnePlus 5
    60
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    60
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    57
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
    51
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
    50
  • OnePlus 3T
    49
  • Google Pixel XL
    47
  • Huawei P10 Plus
    28

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 8
    60
  • Apple iPhone 7
    60
  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus
    59
  • Google Pixel 2
    56
  • OnePlus 5
    56
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    56
  • OnePlus 3T
    48
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
    42
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force
    40
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8 (SD 835)
    37
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
    36
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
    36
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    34
  • Google Pixel XL
    30
  • Huawei P10 Plus
    19

GFX 3.1 Car scene (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Google Pixel 2 XL
    25
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force
    25
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8 (SD 835)
    25
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
    25
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
    25
  • Google Pixel 2
    24
  • OnePlus 5
    24
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    23
  • OnePlus 3T
    20
  • Google Pixel XL
    19
  • Huawei P10 Plus
    12

GFX 3.1 Car scene (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Google Pixel 2
    26
  • OnePlus 5
    24
  • OnePlus 3T
    20
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force
    15
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
    13
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8 (SD 835)
    13
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
    13
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
    13
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    12
  • Google Pixel XL
    11
  • Huawei P10 Plus
    9

Basemark X

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8
    42370
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
    40890
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
    39143
  • OnePlus 5
    38844
  • Google Pixel 2
    38794
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force
    38615
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8 (SD 835)
    37211
  • OnePlus 3T
    36958
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    34951
  • LG V30 (non-final)
    33719
  • Google Pixel XL
    30861
  • Huawei P10 Plus
    30602

Basemark OS 2.0

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 8
    3934
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    3796
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force
    3609
  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus
    3601
  • OnePlus 5
    3601
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8 (SD 835)
    3424
  • Apple iPhone 7
    3416
  • Google Pixel 2
    3387
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
    3379
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
    3376
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
    3333
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    3319
  • Huawei P10 Plus
    2940
  • OnePlus 3T
    2678
  • Google Pixel XL
    2281