The Google Pixel XL is in a way a first for Android: an all-out Google phone, where the company that makes the Android platform also designs the phone and makes all the deep-level tweaks to optimize it as much as possible.
This makes the Pixel XL special: such deep-level optimization is said to squeeze the maximum possible battery life and we no longer need to put the blame on third-party skins for the poor battery life of a device. With the Pixel XL there are no excuses.
That’s why we were particularly curious to put the 5.5-inch Google phone through our battery life test that measures the typical use you get from a smartphone. We test all phones with the screen set to a brightness level of 200 nits, comfortable for indoor use, and this makes it an equal playing field.
So how did the Pixel XL do?
The answer is good, but not great as the bar of expectations might have been set a bit too far up. The Pixel XL battery life test result is 7 hours and 19 minutes of screen-on time in our test, practically on par with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Make no mistake: this is some solid battery longevity, higher than what you get on the Nexus 6P, the LG V20, and many other Android competitors. It is not among the very best, though, with phones such as the iPhone 7 Plus outscoring it significantly – the said iPhone scored 9 hours and 5 minutes of screen-on time on the same test.