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Pixel 2 XL vs Nexus 6P: Worth the Upgrade?



Pixel 2 XL vs Nexus 6P: Specs

Pixel 2 XL vs Nexus 6P: Specs

The biggest difference between these two phones are the specs and features. Being two years old, the Nexus 6P is simply behind the times. In multiple different areas. From internal storage, RAM, battery life, camera, to even software. 

It's a no-brainer really, but here's a breakdown for those curious. 

Pixel 2 XL Specs

  • 6-inch 2880 x 1440 Quad-HD OLED Display
  • Snapdragon 835 Processor with 4GB of RAM 
  • 64/128GB storage options, no micro-SD slot
  • Android Oreo
  • 12.2 Megapixel Rear camera with f/1.8 aperture and OIS 
  • 8MP front-facing camera
  • Dual Front-Facing Stereo Speakers
  • 3,520 mAh battery with Quick Charging
  • IP67 Dust & Water-Resistance
  • Google Assistant, Google Lens, more
  • USB Type-C port, fingerprint scanner on back
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack, no wireless charging

Now, compare some of that to the old and dated Nexus 6P. 

Nexus 6P Specs 

  • 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD Display
  • 8-core Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB of RAM
  • 32/64/128GB storage configurations
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow (now Android 8.0)
  • 12 Megapixel Rear and 8 MP front camera, laser autofocus, no OIS
  • 3,450 mAh battery (same as Pixel XL)
  • Aluminum Design
  • Dual Front Facing Speakers
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • USB Type-C Port
  • more

The new Pixel 2 XL has a bigger display, a faster processor, more RAM, better battery life, faster charging, and better battery life. And while the battery is only a hair bigger, Google made tons of battery tweaks for an improved experience. 

Another thing to consider is the Pixel 2 XL base storage option is 64GB. If you have a 32GB Nexus 6P, you'll instantly get double the storage even if you buy the cheapest model. 

Perhaps the biggest differences are the overall hardware, the Pixel-exclusive software, and the camera. More on that last one is available in our next slide. Just know the Piel 2 XL is faster, better, and lasts longer. Oh, and it doesn't have bootloop or battery issues like we've seen on the 6P.

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  1. Nexus 6p owner

    10/25/2017 at 10:43 pm

    After two years with the 6p i can confidently say : 1. no, battery doesn’t show sign of wear and holds up for extended use.
    2. The 6p is made with much better quality of production and materials, which makes it more durable.
    3. Pixel 2 xl got a bigger screen and that’s it, it doean’t look better and it is much more prone for shattering – lg really messed up this time.
    3. Google first announced the pixel 2 will come with a snapdragon 836 proccessor, which turned out to be a lie. Major downside for google and for me a reason not to buy their products.
    4. Back in the time up until nexus 5, google made sure the nexus will be the most powerful phone in the market for a fair price. today it’s just another phone, that costs like an iphone but shares the quality of a nockoff chinese galaxy s3.

    Bottom line
    You messed up google, you really messed up. And i’m looking at you too LG.

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