Design & Build7.5
The premium Pixel 2 XL is the second flagship from the Mountain View Company that arrived in October 2017. While all eyes were prying on the flagship models from the leading tech companies, Google did try to mark up to its stance with the new Pixel smartphone. The previous iteration supervened an iPhone-esque design but with slim bezels and tall display on demand, the company did rivet the trending aspects on the second-gen Pixel device.
What we now see is a polished design veritably coming from Google. The mix of glass and aluminium still prevails like the one found in the Pixel XL. The aluminium part has a textured coating which is added to provide a better grip on the phone. The glass section meanwhile houses the rear camera sensor and LED flash module. The fingerprint scanner sits below the primary camera in the aluminium area.
Following the first-gen Pixel XL design tradition, the new Pixel 2 XL has the power button placed above the volume keys. On the left edge, there’s the SIM slot that offers single tray for inserting nano-SIM (will you flake out your valued Jio SIM?). Interestingly, Google has put a metal ring on the rear camera to prevent crack on the lens, but we would still recommend putting a mobile case to save the precious lens from shattering.
The USB Type C-port sits at the bottom while the top edge is plain and only has the microphone. That being said, the 3.5mm headphone jack which we saw on the Pixel XL is now gone. The USB-Type C port fills up as a connector for the device headphone jack and Google explains the reason to ditch the audio jack is that the Type-C port has become a “commonplace in the best phones and laptops”. The reason doesn’t really advocate such omission and ‘Ok Google’ there are thousands of headphones that offer better audio quality than the wireless headsets and you need a 3.5mm jack for that!
Talking about the front panel, the Google Pixel 2 XL has a 3D curve around the smooth edges. The company has skimmed side bezels to an extent, but the thick top and bottom bezels are still visible. The sole purpose of those chunky bezels is that it houses front-firing stereo speakers at the top and the bottom. At the top it has front-camera sensor and notification LED. Well, at least the phone has an 18:9 display which falls in line with 2017 trend. Besides, it doesn’t look bland like the generic Pixel 2.
Moving on, the Pixel 2 XL is IP67 rated water resistant, which means you can submerge the phone to a depth of 1m. It has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 encased on the front panel to protect the display from smudges and scratches. Overall the device has a neat blend of aluminium and glass with a textured coating and smooth curved edges. More or less it feels like holding a phablet and you would find it difficult to operate it with a single hand but will get used to it eventually.