The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL battery test is ready: improvements over the first generation


Gather around, Google phone lovers, we've got small Pixels and large Pixels, and both have undergone a rigorous battery life testing on our proprietary script that mimics heavy daily usage. The Pixel 2 and its XL brethren managed to beat their predecessors by a decent amount of longevity, and it's not that their battery capacities have changed in any meaningful amount to boot.

Thus, with almost the same capacity as its predecessor, the Pixel 2 managed to outlast the Pixel with a full hour of screen-on time more, which leads us to the thought that the new and more frugal 10nm Snapdragon 835 chipset might have something to do with it, as we have the same 1080p screen resolution to power.

The Pixel 2 XL also outmaneuvered the original XL with more than an hour and a half, but, since the OG big phone didn't have a very impressive battery life to begin with, both new second-gen Pixels sit below the nine hour mark on our test, which seems to be the threshold for getting more than a day of heavy usage out of your handset. 

When it comes to charging, the new Google phones aren't showing any particular improvement, however, with the 2 XL even topping up slower than its predecessor with the provided stock charger in the box. Oh, well, you win some, you lose some.

Battery life(hours)Higher is better
Google Pixel 28h 40 min(Good)
Google Pixel 2 XL8h 57 min(Good)
Google Pixel7h 45 min(Average)
Google Pixel XL7h 19 min(Average)
Samsung Galaxy S88h 22 min(Average)
LG V309h 34 min(Good)
Apple iPhone 88h 37 min(Good)
Apple iPhone 8 Plus10h 35 min(Excellent)
LG G66h 9 min(Poor)
OnePlus 59h 18 min(Good)
Full Charge(hours)Lower is better
Google Pixel 21h 51 min
Google Pixel 2 XL2h 32 min
Google Pixel1h 59 min
Google Pixel XL1h 58 min
Samsung Galaxy S81h 40 min
LG V301h 48 min
Apple iPhone 82h 28 min
Apple iPhone 8 Plus2h 58 min
LG G61h 37 min
OnePlus 51h 39 min

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