Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Q&A: Ask us anything!

It's open season for Pixels as Google is already shipping pre-orders to many early adopters, but there are still tons of users that are on the fence whether they should buy one or wait for the third-generation of the Pixel.

Our review is now out, giving you the full scope of what you should expect from Google's latest consumer-centric devices. Check it out in its full glory right here.

As you might have a plethora of intricate questions that might have not been covered in our review of the two devices, we are giving you the chance to go ahead and ask us anything you wish to know about the two devices in question. 

So, go ahead and ask! We will do our best to ask as many of your questions as humanly possible in a couple of days' time in a separate post. Don't worry, stick around and you won't miss it.

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Pixel 2
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2700 mAh
Pixel 2 XL
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3520 mAh



1. disatrousrainbow

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 24, 2015

What's the deal with the display on the larger model? I've been hearing a lot of mixed responses to it. It seems the smaller Pixel 2 has a Samsung panel so there's not much ruckus about that one, but with the LG panel in the XL quite a few reviewers have mentioned it's not a quality OLED panel and even the floor model I saw at Verizon showed some pretty ugly blue shifting and grain that was not visible at all on the smaller unit.

19. applesnapple93

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

Didnt notice what you noticed at the verizon store. Blue shift yes. But colors were actually much deeper on the XL. the regular looked washed out next to it.

2. libra89

Posts: 2333; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

How much of a difference in height and width are the Pixel 2 and 2 XL in the hand in comparison to the original Pixels?


Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

1.Is there a notification led on the pixel 2?, i heard there is one on the XL version but not the smaller one. 2. Is the Pixel 2 gap between screen and speakers symmetrical up and bottom?

4. applesnapple93

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

1. Do a left and right channel speaker test on both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL 2. Confirm that you found that the top speaker on the Pixel 2 is VERY SHARP and has high treble while the bottom speaker is fuller with bass. Do a comparison video of just the speakers.

5. bigcjm

Posts: 57; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

If the Oled panel on the Pixel 2 XL isnt up to snuff why it is rated so high? Seems around the web the panel was worth of chopping off a half point in many cases.

6. ChrisNelson

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

Like everyone else I want to know about the pixel 2XL display, what's up? I'm hearing blue tints when viewed from an angle, and poor colors!? Also where's the HDR display? I thought Google said future models will include HDR displays...

7. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Is the bootloader unlockable?

11. applesnapple93

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

Confirmed with google, Verizon variant is not. Google store version is.

13. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014


8. hmd74

Posts: 545; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

How better are the low light images comparing to the Note 8 or S8

9. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

How's the audio quality of the new pixel 2 and XL knowing they shifted to USB C?

10. mclifford81

Posts: 91; Member since: Jan 26, 2010

I read in The reviews that the smaller model had better sounding speakers but I tested out an in store unit and listened to may it be by enya and the xl didn’t distort at all while the smaller model did. Any thoughts on that? Also I noticed that during web Browsing the xl model seemed to load faster and did a speed test to see the upload and download speeds using the same server and the xl was faster overall.

12. muck1

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

I got vlog does the USB type C mic jack work with external mic ? Would be headphone with mic work like normal ? Is it a 2 pin or 3 pin

14. raju516

Posts: 19; Member since: May 05, 2016

Which phone out of the two excels in audio via provided headphone adapter? I see as per your review pixel XL 2 seems quieter compared to pixel 2 . Is this correct?

15. lexingtonsteeley

Posts: 19; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

1. Does the Pixel 2 support recording video in H.265 ? Does it also support HEIF format? 2. Does the Pixel 2 have a battery life icon for remote batteries in bluetooth devices as the iPhone does?

16. Derass

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 06, 2015

When will they have more stock, and be shipping them in a more timely manner? If I were to buy a Pixel 2 XL now, it wouldn't ship until December...

17. dmsrfl

Posts: 76; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I would like to know if the front face stereo speakers are just as loud or even louder than the Nexus 6p and how the sound quality compares between the 2. Hopefully u guys still have a Nexus 6p around...

18. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

How are they, compared to an iPhone 7, when holding them in your hand? Are they slim like the S8 or are they wider?

20. applesnapple93

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

why wasnt this article ever answered? Peter K.

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