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

Pondering the idea of getting a Google Pixel but you're not certain if it's the right phone for you?

Looking forward to dump your aging phone for a flashy new Pixel XL but unsure if you should?

Simply curious about Google's new devices and their place under the sun?

Well, no matter the reasons, you likely have questions, and these questions need answering! As we usually do around releases of major smartphones, we will do our best to answer as many questions of yours as possible! 

So, go ahead, ask us anything you wish to know in the comments section below and we'll try to answer these in a couple of days or so.

Oh, and while you're at it, make sure to check our review of the Google Pixel XL!

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1. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

Will there be a dual sim for other regions?

2. drew4392

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Is there a quick launch feature for the camera? Does it load quickly?

28. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also, please compare the photo quality difference between HDR+ Auto and HDR+ On I've heard talk that HDR+ Auto is a quicker version, and that HDR+ On get even better photos

3. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

Does it explode !!!! (laughs sheepishly for this silly question) :p

5. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Damn, you beat me to it!

22. YOURDADkid unregistered

Brainless creature detected!!!!!! Kiko007

25. truthwins unregistered

But he is your dad kid. So technically you both are brainless creature

26. YOURDADkid unregistered

WTF!! You are true hero kid. At least you identified that I am his dad. (Kiko007 you must read this Kid) Thanks kid. You are his True friend. Ha ha ha ha. This is going really really good. Kiko007 now knows who is his real father. LOL

18. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Asking the real questions.

4. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

If you were to have only one phone for the whole year to choose would it be google pixel?

6. 314NTMD

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

How is the photo quality compared to that of HTC 10?

7. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Does the FPS turn the display on even if you don't have a security lock on the phone (no pattern, no number code, etc)?

8. ChanchoVIvi

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Is the difference between the Pixel and Pixel XL screens noticeable in terms of resolution? Should I decide between them considering this, or isn't important?

9. talon95

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Can fingerprint sensor be used for web scrolling? Do even photo sphere images make use of HDR+? What's the longest exposure? I'd like to see a night sky picture captured at slowest shutter speed on a tripod.

10. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Is there a noticeable difference between the snapdragon 820 and 821? Could you compare to other sd 820 devices?

11. YOURDADkid unregistered

Can I watch Porn on it? LOL How effectively it can handle Multi-tasking? @ Guys you can check this one

12. sekhar546

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

How about the Audio DAC? HTC is known for using best Audio DACs in their phones. Is the Pixel XL any good in terms of Audio? How's it when compared to Nexus 6P and HTC One M8?

27. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

It has the same Qualcomm Aqstic DAC as the HTC 10 More importantly, does it have the same amp as the HTC?

13. drew4392

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Is there a slow-motion mode for video recording? If so, is it on par with the iPhone?

14. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Do you feel that the price hike is warranted? Does the Pixel offer anything truly appreciable over last year's Nexus 6p to warrant a $150/$270 price premium over the 6P?

15. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Does the pixels have ambient display?

16. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Does the pixels have ambient display?

17. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Camera quality???

19. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

In a nutshell. Is the pixel the best android phone out right now considering everything?

20. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

How does the Pixel handle graphic intensive games? Any stutter, lag, or is the performance still very smooth? Also, much more battery life can you get out of the Pixel with Doze enabled?

21. hmd74

Posts: 542; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

If you have to give the main camera a score from 1 to 10, what's the score? and what's the score for Galaxy S7?

23. Alan00

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

Phonearena, you have not wrote a single word about the front camera...its 8mp and has an aperture of f 2.4 How is it? How does it perform as compared to htc 10 and galaxy s7??

31. jdella681

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 11, 2009

What's the average Screen-On time on the Pixel and Pixel XL?

32. siniux

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

How is the max brightness of non-XL Pixel?

33. poptart574

Posts: 223; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

Can I run kodi and mobdro on it? Can I download movies from the web straight to the phone without a computer? Can I download music from the web without a computer? Can I connect and share with other phones or is the OS a bubble that only connects to the same OS only? Every Sunday I want to stream live sporting events from hundreds of sources on the web. Can I do that on this phone? Can I charge my phone and listen to music at the same time with a portable battery bank and great sounding headphones? Maybe watch Netflix using headphones and charging at the same time? Can I quick charge out of the box?

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