Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, both long-awaited flagship smartphones that began sale in the United States just recently. And simultaneously, the testers have done their job during the last week to provide us with key information about the phone and its supposed quality in numerous departments – if it matches the boasts or not.
In case of durability, it seems that Pixels has not made a mark. While Samsung, Nokia, and iPhone can still boast of beastly tuff smartphones, Google’s new arrival fails to impress as expected.
It’s not that bad, but not too good either as the tests show Google could definitely build the phone big better.
iFixit is notorious for testing the durability of new phones. And ripping apart devices to peep inside them. They corseted Pixel 2 XL handset. And demonstrated its engineering that Google has implemented.
They have placed a couple of “strain gauges” steel blocks with resistors between them – on both sides of the phone that detect the pressure to trigger Google Assistant.
iFixit says “As you squeeze, the outer row of gauges should be shortened, while the inner row is lengthened. This gives the Pixel software a larger absolute deflection to detect and measure to trigger the feature,” HTC has manufactured the Pixel 2 XL smartphone, performed the same engineering marvel in the HTC U11 flagship smartphone that was launched earlier this year.
A self-designed SoC is inside the phone. A surprising part is that Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones feature two SoCs. Pixel Visual Core chip releases Android 8.1 software update and Google says Pixel Visual Core will improve the camera capabilities.
No antenna bands, it seemed first but teardown showed that they are inside. iFIxit also says it was nice to see that many components inside the Google Pixel 2 XL are modular. The screws are Philips #00, that you will get in any repair stores. However, DIY enthusiasts can have some disappointment if they want to replace the display which is “thin and poorly supported,” also the battery is “walled-in.”
iFixit gave the phone 6 out of 10 to Pixel 2, which is quite average compared to its tough competition.