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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

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Google Pixel 2 specs
  • Display 5.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 4GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2700 mAh
  • OS Android 11
Google Pixel 2 XL specs
  • Display 6.0 inches 2880 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 4GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3520 mAh
  • OS Android 11

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