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Google Pixel 2 XL vs. iPhone X vs. Note 8: Phablet spec showdown

The Pixel 2 XL might be the new phablet on the block, but it’s certainly not alone. Over the past few weeks, Apple, Samsung, LG, and Essential have all released new flagship phones, so Google certainly has its work cut out for it. Is the Pixel XL 2 up to the task? Let’s see how it stacks up against two of the best phones out there: the Galaxy Note 8 and the iPhone X.

Pixel 2 XL vs. Note 8 vs. iPhone X: Size

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The Pixel 2 XL is only slightly larger than last year’s model.

Google has dramatically increased the screen-to-body ratio with the Pixel XL, so it’s only a few millimeters larger than last year’s model despite a half-inch more of display. It’s still a good deal bigger than the 5.8-inch iPhone X and only slightly smaller than the 6.3-inch Note 8:

  • Pixel 2 XL: 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm
  • Note 8: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm
  • iPhone X: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm

Pixel 2 XL vs. Note 8 vs. iPhone X: Display

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The Pixel 2 XL’s display is a full half-inch bigger than lst year’s model.

For the first time, all three phones feature AMOLED screens (Apple has long used LCDs in its iPhones), but that doesn’t tell the whole story. The Note 8’s Infinity Display is the only one with a true edge-to-edge screen. Apple’s iPhone X stretches the limits by completely eliminating the top and bottom bezels on the iPhone X, even going so far as to design a notch in the center of the screen for the camera. The Pixel 2 XL is relatively pedestrian by comparison. All three displays feature rounded edges, and each differs a little in size:

  • Pixel 2 XL: 6-inch, 2880 x 1440 P-OLED, HDR, 538ppi
  • Note 8: 6.3-inch, 2960 x 1440 Super AMOLED, HDR, 532ppi
  • iPhone X: 5.8-inch, 2436 x 1125 Super AMOLED, HDR, 458ppi

Pixel 2 XL vs. Note 8 vs. iPhone X: Performance

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The iPhone X features Apple’s own A11 Bionic chip.

Unlike last year, when Google debuted a new chip in its first Pixel phones, the Pixel 2 XL uses the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor as the Galaxy Note 8. The iPhone X, on the other hand, uses Apple’s homegrown A11 Bionic chip, which has blown away benchmark scores.

But while the iPhone X is a good deal faster on paper, in real-world tests, all three phones should perform about the same. The Pixel 2 XL will likely have a long-term advantage over the Note 8 due to Android optimizations and steady updates, and the same is true for the iPhone X and Apple’s regular iOS care.

Pixel 2 XL vs. Note 8 vs. iPhone X: Storage

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The Pixel 2 XL comes in 64 GB or 128 GB flavors.

All three phones start at 64GB of storage, but you can get a 128GB Pixel 2 XL and a 256GB iPhone X, both of which should provide plenty of space for apps, movies, and photos. While the Note 8 is available only in a 64GB version, it does have an SD Card slot for expanding storage up to 256GB. Neither the Pixel 2 XL nor the iPhone X offer expandable storage.

  • Pixel 2 XL: 64GB or 128GB
  • Note 8: 64GB, SD Card support up to 256GB
  • iPhone X: 64GB or 256GB

Pixel 2 XL vs. Note 8 vs. iPhone X: Water resistance

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Any of these phones can get really, really wet.

Each phone offers some level of water resistance, but the Note 8 wins this round:

  • Pixel 2 XL: IP67 (submersion of 1 meter for 30 minutes)
  • Note 8: IP68 (submersion of 1.5 meters for 30 minutes)
  • iPhone X: IP67 (submersion of 1 meter for 30 minutes)

Pixel 2 XL vs. Note 8 vs. iPhone X: Battery

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The iPhone X features wireless charging, but the Pixel 2 XL doesn’t.

All three phones have big batteries and either of them should easily get you through a full day of use:

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