The Google Pixel 2 XL is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor which is faster than the previous iteration (of course) and paired with Adreno 540 GPU for graphics. The phone accommodates 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB internal memory. The phone doesn’t have an expandable storage slot but a decent 64GB storage would be just about sufficient for many users. If you are worried about those ‘endless’ shots that you take in a month might get wasted, don’t clutch, Pixel 2 XL offers the privilege to upload unlimited original photos and videos till 2020.
Coming to the benchmark tests, the Pixel 2 XL scored 175226 on AnTuTu which was a few points less than what we got on Samsung Galaxy Note 8. On Geekbench, it showed a single-core of 1885 and 6353 in multi-core score test which again was slightly lower than the Note 8’s Geekbench score.
The synthetic benchmark might not be that important for users, but mobile benchmarks quantify components of a device and even use the real-world situation to measure performance. That being said, the Pixel 2 XL benchmark scores might seem disappointing but in the real-world stage, it was a different verse. Switching between multiple apps, swiping through the UI was insanely smooth. Playing games with high-end graphics was a bliss; the rendition was lag-free and crisp.
Multitasking on the phone, be it in split mode or otherwise, was incredibly fast and we didn’t face any hiccups. The device didn’t heat up while playing graphic-intensive games for a run-time of 30 minutes. Even while switching tabs in between with the games running in the background, the Pixel 2 XL managed to handle it quite well.
For our photo editing test, we loaded 6 full-res DNG files to Snapseed and Adobe Lightroom. Interestingly, Snapseed didn’t need a third-party app to search for the RAW files and it opened instantly. However, it did take some time to import the file even when we cleared out the apps running in the background from the recent tab. While editing the images, the previews generated instantly both in Lightroom and Snapseed and it didn’t take much to export the files in high-quality JPEG format.
To summarise, the Pixel 2 XL is a solid performer when it comes to handling multitasks, games with demanding graphics. Thanks to Google for making a bloatware-free device that adds a cherry on the Oreo-baked cake.