Google Pixel 2 vs Pixel 2 XL: What’s the rumoured difference?

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Google will announce two new Pixel phones at an event on 4 October, if reports are to be believed. It is thought the two new smartphones will be revealed alongside a new Google Home Mini, new Daydream and a new Pixelbook.

Naturally, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are likely to differ in physical size, as they did last year and as is suggested by their names, but what else might be different? Here is the Pixel 2 against the Pixel 2 XL to see how they compare, based on the speculation.


  • Glass and metal designs, waterproofing expected
  • Pixel 2 XL larger with all-screen front
  • Pixel 2 dual-front firing speakers

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are likely to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors, offering premium builds to compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Apple iPhones.

Based on the leaks, the Pixel 2 will be the smaller of the two devices, as was the case last year, and it is thought it will be made by HTC and incorporate a squeezable frame like the HTC U11. Meanwhile, the Pixel 2 XL is rumoured to be made by LG, though it too is said to have that squeezable frame.

Both devices look like they will stick with the metal and glass combo design that we saw on the 2016 Pixels but the glass section appears to have shrunk for the new models. The leaks show both devices with a single lens rear camera within the glass section, a rear-mounted circular fingerprint sensor below the glass section within the metal body and “G” branding at the bottom too.

While seemingly offering similar designs from the rear, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are thought to differ quite significantly from the front. Leaks show the Pixel 2 featuring a standard 16:9 display with speaker grilles present at the top and bottom, while the Pixel 2 XL is thought to be coming with a 18:9 display, meaning an almost all-screen front like other flagship we have seen this year.

The Pixel 2 is also reported to be coming in three colours options comprising Kinda Blue, Just Black, and Clearly White, while the Pixel 2 XL is said to be coming in two colours comprising Black and White and Just Black. Both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are expected to be waterproof however.


  • 5-inch, Full HD display for Pixel 2 expected, 16:9 ratio
  • 6-inch, 2880 x 1440 AMOLED display for Pixel 2 XL rumoured, 18:9 ratio
  • Always on display suggested for Pixel 2 XL

The Google Pixel 2 is reported to be coming with a 4.97-inch display, which will no doubt be rounded up to 5-inches, like the original Pixel.

It has been claimed this display will offer a 16:9 aspect ratio, as we mentioned above, and it is thought the resolution will sit at 1920 x 1080, which would deliver a pixel density of 440ppi, just like the 2016 model.

The Google Pixel 2 XL meanwhile, is said to be coming with a 5.99-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2880 x 1440 pixels, suggesting it will offer the same 18:9 aspect ratio and display as the recent LG V30. If true, the pixel density will be 538ppi, meaning the Pixel 2 XL will not only have a larger display than the Pixel 2 but a sharper one too.

There have also been reports to suggest the Pixel 2 XL will have an “always on” option, so can be set to show notifications or useful information even when the phone is off. Currently, there is no mention of HDR, though we’d expect to see compatibility on the Pixel 2 XL at least.


  • Single rear cameras expected on both
  • Google claimed to be focusing on features not megapixels

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are both reported to come with a single rear camera with not even the larger model hopping on the dual-rear camera trend we have seen on other 2017 flagships, including both Samsung and Apple.

Although resolutions have yet to be rumoured, it has been claimed that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL cameras won’t be all about megapixels and they will instead place a focus on extra features instead.

It is not yet clear if the features of specs will differ between the two models, but based on the leaks, it looks like the Pixel 2 will have a flash module to the left of the camera lens, while the Pixel 2 XL will flip this round.


  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 expected on both
  • 64GB and 128GB storage options suggested
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack expected on either

It is likely the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will offer very similar hardware, if not identical. It is expected both will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 platform under their hoods, coupled with at least 4GB of RAM.

Reports have claimed storage options will come in the form of 64GB and 128GB and no one is expecting to see microSD support on board either, as was the case with the 2016 Pixel models.

There haven’t been any rumours surrounding the battery capacity of either device, though it wouldn’t be too surprising to see the Pixel 2 XL offer a slightly larger cell than the Pixel 2.

It might be that Google follows the same path as Samsung with a 3000mAh capacity in the standard model and a 3500mAh capacity in the larger model but no one knows for sure just yet. Either way, USB Type-C is expected.

Both devices are also rumoured to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack, though it has been claimed Google will offer an adapter in the box like Apple does with its iPhones. The Pixel 2 is also thought to be coming with dual front-firing speakers, which given it is said to be made by HTC, doesn’t come as too much surprise.


  • Both Android Oreo
  • Both will feature Google Assistant
  • Similar experience across both devices

The Google Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL will launch on Android Oreo. That’s pretty much the only thing we can all safely bet on for now.

Both devices will therefore offer all the latest Oreo features and no doubt a couple of extra ones added to ensure a unique software position compared to other Android devices also running on Oreo.

Expect to see Google Assistant in its finest form across these two devices but perhaps more importantly in the case of this feature, expect to see a very similar user experience across both devices.


Based on the rumours, it looks like the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will offer very similar designs from the rear, but differ from the front.

The Pixel 2 XL should offer a more dramatic display with a higher resolution, while the Pixel 2 appears to have dual front-facing speakers as its selling point. Reports suggest that despite its smaller size, the Pixel 2 will also be available in more colours than the Pixel 2 XL and no doubt it will also be cheaper.

Given nothing is confirmed as yet, most of this is guesswork but we will update this feature as soon as official details are revealed.




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