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 2 8h 40 min (Good)
Google Pixel 2 XL 8h 57 min (Good)
Google Pixel 7h 45 min (Average)
Google Pixel XL 7h 19 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy S8 8h 22 min (Average)
LG V30 9h 34 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 8 8h 37 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 10h 35 min (Excellent)
LG G6 6h 9 min (Poor)
OnePlus 5 9h 18 min (Good)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Google Pixel 2 111
Google Pixel 2 XL 152
Google Pixel 119
Google Pixel XL 118
Samsung Galaxy S8 100
LG V30 108
Apple iPhone 8 148
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 178
LG G6 97
OnePlus 5 99

Related phones

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 128GB
  • 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 128GB
  • Battery 3520 mAh



1. Boast_Rider

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

That doesn't seem right. The Pixel 2 XL has the exact same screen, RAM and processor as the V30 and runs a less bloated, better version of android, plus has bigger battery and it scores less than the V30. In my experience, android Oreo is pretty good with battery life, so it's most likely PA's test being inconsistent as always. PA, just revamp your battery test. It's returning some really bad values now.

3. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

PA's battery test results have been bollocks for a LONG time now. Pay no attention to anything you see in this article, good or bad.

6. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I'm just looking at it from this perspective. Assuming they're using the same metrics to test each phone, and I know what I'm getting with my original Pixel, then I can get a rough idea of what I'll get on the Pixel 2.

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2700; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Oreo isn't only good with battery life, but it's also very good when it comes to performance and system resource management. The Nexus 5X on Oreo makes almost 1/3rd more score on Antutu compared to Nougat, which is an impressive feat. Especially when one considers the fact that each incarnation of iOS bogs down old iPhones considerably! Remember how The iPhone 4S ran on iOS9? The performance was so pitiful that Apple actually got sued! (Did you really have to take a swing at Apple, Green?) Oh well, G'Day!

8. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

I have been using my original Pixel XL for a year now and I have always 40-50% juice left before I go to bed. I am sure the new pixel XL battery is much better than PA tells us. And I don't believe that iPhone scores so good. I see people all around me having battery issues with their iPhones. Can't wait to receive my Pixel 2 XL.

12. Boast_Rider

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

It honestly depends on one's usage patterns a lot. Since you have that much battery left at the end of the day, you will likely have no issues getting pretty much every phone on the market. I am very similar. I used Galaxy S6 as my primary phone for the past 2.5 years, and had no issues with battery life, since I use my phone mostly on WiFi(S6 had really bad Shannon modem, which resulted in pretty bad LTE battery life) and my usage is limited. I hope you have good time with your Pixel XL2. I'm not much excited about it since I need a dual sim phone with headphone jack in my next phone and my country's carriers don't support e-sim yet.

14. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Oreo is the same thing as Android 7 so yes you won't get a battery boost because of the Android OS. But the funny thing here is there is only 17 minute difference between the two and the battery capacity difference is like 700mAh.Oh I just remembered, these phones are made by completely different manufacturers and thus vastly inconsistent although Google want to sell them labeled as "Pixel" Are you kidding google?? Selling trashy phones and earning black money is not a nice way to do business.

2. libra89

Posts: 2338; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Hmm very interesting.

5. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

152 minutes charging? Omg. It supports 26 W(26 or 28 I guess I cant remember) Why dont you try it?

7. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I think the changing test should only be run with the included charger, which they did.

9. phonefanboy

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

Take Phonyarena battery test with a huge grain of salt. Plenty of battery test on YouTube that speaks other wise to how great iPhone 8 battery actually is.

10. hmd74

Posts: 546; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Wasn't this included in the review?! so why posting it as News?!

11. Tondern

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

They'll take any opportunity they can to highlight the Iphones.

13. androiduser

Posts: 557; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

I thought it charges a lot faster?

15. Octane

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 13, 2017

And the HTC U 11 still leaves the best of flagships behind... Love my beast U 11

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