Google Pixel XL2 Reportedly Rocks Snapdragon 835 And 5.6-inch 18:9 Thin Bezel Display
The other side of the argument is that Google could have gone with the same narrower aspect ratio without dumping pixels. For example, the native resolution on Samsung's Galaxy S8 is 2960x1440, even though by default the display downsamples to 2220x1080 for better battery life and performance (users can change it to 2960x1440, or downsample even further to 1480x720).
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Beyond the display, GFXBench lists the Pixel XL2 as having a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC clocked at 2.4GHz with an Adreno 540 GPU and 4GB of system memory. That is the same foundation Samsung's flagship
GFXBench also indicates the presence of a 7-megapixel camera on the front and a 12-megapixel shooter on the rear. The front camera is a bit of a head scratcher—either the benchmark is having trouble correctly identifying the camera(s), or Google for some reason traded out an 8-megapixel front camera for 7 megapixels.
The other suspect spec is 100GB of storage. Our guess is that GFXBench is just not reading the hardware correctly, which is not unusual for early prototypes and unreleased products. We probably will not have a definitive answer for several more months, as Google likes to wait until the tail end of September and early fall to announce new smartphones—the Pixel and Pixel XL were unveiled on October 4, 2016, while the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X were announced on September 29, 2015.