Google Pixel XL review: Upsampled

28 October 2016
Google was always a service - the best search engine on Earth. Now under the Alphabet umbrella, Google is becoming a brand - for online services yes, but also for hardware. Leading the charge are the Pixels, Google’s equivalent to Samsung’s Galaxy or Apple’s i-gadgets... and every bit as premium.

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  • AnonD-603626
  • xdU
  • 28 Oct 2016

Can you please test the screen calibration with the sRGB mode found in developer settings enabled? Also curious if it affects the brightness.

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    • AnonD-585261
    • Nu7
    • 28 Oct 2016

    U guyz are d only ones complaining about battery life and performance

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      • Smuti
      • 3pw
      • 28 Oct 2016

      So pretty much the only 2 good things about the Faxel is the camera and the os updates.

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        • AnonD-425519
        • 4BY
        • 28 Oct 2016

        Excellent camera sense post processing. Love the HDR+.

          Still waiting for xz in our region. Not gonna go to pixel.

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            • Anonymous
            • JQ}
            • 28 Oct 2016

            s7 is better in everything

            iphone 7 have awful video camera omg.

              As good as your reviews are always, I found this one outstanding. Thanks for not falling for the hype and delivering an A class text.

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                • Ashoaib
                • Hxc
                • 28 Oct 2016

                greenfieid, 28 Oct 2016GSMarena, you need to show us more video samples and test. ... moreHey GSMArena, you have Pixel XL and you also have Xiaomi mi 5s. Can you please do a camera shoot out test from both because both have same imx378. It will be an interesting comparison.

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                  • greenfieid
                  • p4M
                  • 28 Oct 2016

                  GSMarena, you need to show us more video samples and test. Puting the phone on a tripod and filming something that is that far away doesnt give us much. Maybe some stability tests, some panning around, to see how phones handles white balance and color, dynamic range shifts ???

                    No mention of OnePlus 3 in the conclusion list. :(

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                      • ixY
                      • 28 Oct 2016

                      Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.

                        Android users and manufacturers are thinking Pixels new AI software will eventually come to their phones. Don't be surprised if it and other software features don't make it to now competitors handsets. This is the new Google and it's just the beginning. Google will release more budget conscious devices soon.

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                          • AnonD-442781
                          • H5W
                          • 28 Oct 2016

                          So to conclude, compared to the s7 edge:
                          Worse battery life
                          Worse performance
                          Worse display
                          Worse audio
                          Worse design
                          Worse screen to body ratio and thickness
                          Worse hardware features like expandable storage and ip68
                          Worse price

                          Camera, and ui are debatable

                          Better software support and better ai.

                            That screen colour calibration is not acceptable, period.

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                              • Anonymous
                              • Sie
                              • 28 Oct 2016

                              google should get its software and camera on Mi Mix and take over the world!

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                                • BAD BATTERY LIFE
                                • p2Z
                                • 28 Oct 2016

                                9 hours wifi browsing...hahahah...FAIL...BYE

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                                  • AnonD-442781
                                  • H5W
                                  • 28 Oct 2016

                                  Vin, 28 Oct 2016Gsmarena said huge bezels in list of disadvantages but they... moreiPhone bezels at least have a button on them.

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                                    • Dude
                                    • 3Kf
                                    • 28 Oct 2016

                                    What GSMarena is trying to say is that the Pixel basically sucks, save from the camera, but hey there are better point and shoot camera's for that. Google failed, big time. Xiaomi Mi MIX destroys this iPhone wannabe any ol' day of the week.

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                                      • Anonymous
                                      • gyc
                                      • 28 Oct 2016

                                      Pixel XL no better than nexus 6p. Pls pixel battery test.

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                                        • Vin
                                        • X%k
                                        • 28 Oct 2016

                                        Gsmarena said huge bezels in list of disadvantages but they never said anything about iphone .. iphone has huge bezels over pixel