Too Pricey? Here are Google Pixel 2 XL Alternatives

Simply put, Google Pixel 2 XL is a fantastic smartphone. It runs pure Android OS, gets the latest software and security updates fast, has great performance, and has a fabulous camera. Small wonder that it is much sought after. But it comes at a hefty price, which keeps it out of the reach of many. So, because our job is to look out for you, we have hunted out a few Pixel 2 XL Alternatives for you to select from.

What were the criteria in selecting the phones that made our Pixel 2 XL alternatives list? Like the Pixel 2 XL, they run pure OS, get the latest software and security updates fast, have good performance, and have really good cameras too, with the exception of one. In other words, whatever it was you liked about the Pixel 2 XL is covered by all the devices on our list.

Google Pixel 2 XL white

The Google Pixel 2 XL Alternatives

Here are the Google Pixel 2 XL specifications for you to check out should you have the need to. If also interested in its smaller sibling, here are the Google Pixel 2 specifications.

Listed below with their quick specs are our Pixel 2 XL alternatives. All 3 of them have reversible connectors, 4GB RAM, and fast battery charging (the Xiaomi has the older Quick Charge 1.0 though). They also all run stock Android OS and all come with the promise of two years of Android updates and three years of security patches. See why they are perfect alternatives to the Pixel 2 XL?

Essential PH-1

Essential PH-1

The Essential PH-1 has a 5.7-inch display and a beautiful bezel-less body. There are not a lot of smartphones that are as beautiful as this.

In terms of raw power, this is the most powerful of the alternatives (it is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor. It has the smallest battery (3040mAh). Like the pixel 2 XL, it has no memory card slot and has only a single SIM slot. It has a dual 13 megapixel rear camera and an 8 megapixel camera. However, every reviewer of the Essential PH-1 has complained of how the camera disappoints.

While it was launched at a rather expensive $700, the price has since dropped to $500 and can be found for less if you look hard enough, so the Essential phone is a huge bargain now.

Launched with Android 7 Nougat, Essential got Android 8.1 in March 2018. Here are the Essential PH-1 specifications for you to have a look at.

Nokia 7 Plus

Nokia 7 Plus

The Nokia 7 Plus has the biggest display (6 inches) with a bezel-less design, and has the largest battery on our list (3780mAh). In terms of raw power, the Snapdragon 660 is the best you will find on a device in its class and it delivers good performance. The Nokia 7 Plus offers a dual SIM slot and is a strikingly beautiful device too.

The Nokia 7 Plus’ dual 12 megapixel rear camera and 16 megapixel selfie cameras are the best on this list. It is in the same price range as the now discounted Essential PH-1. It currently goes for NGN135,000.

Nokia 7 Plus runs Oreo 8.1 out of the box. Here are the Nokia 7 Plus specifications for you to have a look at.

Xiaomi Mi A1

Xiaomi Mi A1 Android One

Xiaomi Mi A1 has the smallest display on the list (5.5 inches), is powered by a decent Snapdragon 625 processor, and also offers dual SIM slots. Its dual 12 megapixel rear and 5 megapixel front cameras are decent too. The battery is also decent – 3080mAh. It also costs the least – in the range of $210 or about NGN80,000.

Xiaomi Mi A1 got Android 8.0 in December 2017. Here are the Xiaomi Mi A1 for your convenience.

Your Choice

In summary, if you cannot afford the Pixel 2 XL, these are cheaper phones that offer a similar package for much less.

None of them match it, but as you can see, you have a range of options based on what you can afford. It is now up to you to make your informed choice.

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Mister Mobility

I started blogging about mobile in 2004 as a fun way to share my passion for gadgets and mobile services. My other interests include digital media, speaking and teaching, photography, travelling, and dancing.

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