Does it feel like everyone is transitioning to these extra tall screens on their smartphones? The LG G6 goes with 18:9 aspect ratio and the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ has an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. It looks like the upcoming Google Pixel XL2 is following a similar path, except the pixel count is way out in left field.

With both the LG G6 and the Galaxy S8, the short edge of the screen runs 1440 pixels. That’s pretty standard, because that is exactly double the 720 pixels we know from a standard 720p resolution. They just stretched the long edge beyond the usual 16:9 to make for the 18:9 and 18.5:9 aspect ratios, respectively. The Google Pixel XL2, if the post on GFXBench is to be believed, isn’t like that at all.

Instead, the 5.6-inch screen on Google’s upcoming flagship will reportedly sport a resolution of 2560 x 1312. That maintains the “normal” UHD pixel count on the long side of 2560 (which is 2 x 1280), even though the “16” part of 16:9 no longer applies here.

This results in an effective aspect ratio of about 17.56:9 (if we were to try and keep the “9” part). Put another way, that’s roughly 1.95:1. Given this, it won’t be quite as stretched as either the LG or the Samsung. It’s also a hair smaller at 5.6 inches.


The rest of the benchmark reveals a Qualcomm octa-core 2.4GHz processor (probably Snapdragon 835?), Adreno 540 graphics, 3.6GB of RAM (probably 4GB?), 100 GB of storage (maybe 128GB?), a 12MP main camera, a 7MP front camera, and Android 7.1.1. A lot of these numbers are a little unconventional, so we’ll take them with a grain of salt. Or maybe Google has gone off the deep end again.

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