Google is proud of its latest smartphones, which have been built by HTC. The Google Pixel XL is the phablet version and it was compared with two big rivals: Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge, to see if it can keep up with their battery lives.
The Pixel XL has a 5.5-inch QHD display, it uses a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor (two cores clocked at 2.15 GHz and two cores clocked at 2×1.6 GHz) backed by 4GB of RAM and it’s powered by a 3450 mAh battery. In the test, the screen was set to a brightness level of 200 nits and even if the expectations were a bit too far up, the results were modest. The Pixel XL lasted 7 hours and 19 minutes in the screen-on time test, which is a good result compared to many other Android competitors. Samsung has equipped the Galaxy S7 Edge with a 3600mAh battery, but it scored the same as the Pixel XL, while the iPhone 7 Plus, with its 2,900 mAh battery, lasted 9 hours and 5 minutes.
However, in real life, your Pixel XL will not run of juice very fast, because if you don’t use it intensively, the device will last nearly a day and a half. Google hasn’t included quick charging support, but thanks to the built-in wall charger, in two hours, the battery will be fully replenished from 0. Compared to Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge, it’s a slower charging solution, but Apple still needs to work on its quick charging solution, because iPhone 7 Plus users need to wait 3 hours and nearly 20 minutes to fully charge their devices.
In the UK, the unlocked version of Pixel XL with 32GB of storage will be sold by Carphone Warehouse for £719, while the 128GB model will cost £819. EE sells it with a two years contract and a monthly payment of £50.99, but it offers unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 10GB of mobile data.