Google Pixel 2 XL Slow Screen Unlocking Issue Will Get Fixed With Android P Public Release

The Google Pixel 2 XL slow screen unlocking issue will reportedly be fixed completely in the final Android P release.


Last month, Google Pixel 2 XL owners started complaining of a slight lag in unlocking the screen after installing the June Android security patch update that was rolled out for the smartphone. After nearly two months, Google has now stated that it has managed to fix the problem and plans to roll out an update to users soon.

Google Pixel 2 XL: Slow Screen Unlocking Bug Fix to Arrive With Final Android P Release

According to Google, the slow unlocking problem is actually a side effect of a fix that it had included with the June Android security update to fix cases of flickering on certain devices when using the Always-on display feature. In order to fix the slow unlock regression, Google will be reverting this fix in the July SMR update. A proper fix, however, is expected to be available with the final release of Android P. Just like previous years, you can expect final Android P to begin rolling out for Pixel devices sometime next month. If you are experiencing the slow unlocking problem on your Pixel 2 XL, you can resolve the issue temporarily by setting Ambient Display to “always on”.

Google Pixel 2 XL: Specifications, Features

The Google Pixel 2 XL was announced alongside the Pixel 2 in September last year. It comes with a 6-inch P-OLED display with 1440 x 2880 Quad HD+ resolution, 100% DCI-P3 color space coverage, an 18:9 aspect ratio, and 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection layer on top. Under the hood, Pixel 2 XL runs on an octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset clocked at 2.35 GHz with an Adreno 540 GPU. It comes equipped with 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM and two storage options – 64GB and 128GB. Like other Pixel devices from Google, the Pixel 2 XL does not come with a microSD card slot for further expansion.

Moving on to optics, the flagship Google smartphone features a single 12.2 MP rear camera with an f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization, Dual Pixel PDAF + laser AF, and electronic image stabilization. The front camera is an 8MP unit with large 1.4um pixel size and an f/2.4 aperture lens. Both the front and rear cameras offer the ability to take portrait shots using advanced machine learning.

Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, USB Type-C, NFC, and 4G VoLTE. The Pixel 2 XL also comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a 3520mAh capacity battery with fast charging support. Rest of the key highlights include an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, front-facing stereo speakers, and Active Edge that lets you squeeze the sides of the phone to launch the Google Assistant. In terms of physical dimensions, the Pixel 2 XL measures 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9mm and weighs in at 175 grams. The smartphone currently runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system and will be among the first devices to receive the Android P update this year.

Google Pixel 2 XL: Price in India

The Google Pixel 2 XL is available in two storage variants in India – 64GB and 128GB. While the 64GB variant is now available online for as low as Rs.61,999, the 128GB variant is priced at Rs.71,999. If you are an Airtel subscriber, you can also get the Pixel 2 XL from the Airtel online store for a down payment of just Rs.15,999 for the 64GB variant and Rs.22,599 for the 128GB variant. You will need to pay the rest in the form of 18 EMIs of Rs.2,799 each. Along with the Pixel 2 XL, you will also get 50GB of data per month with rollover benefits, unlimited local + STD voice calls, free national roaming, 1 year Amazon Prime subscription, free access to Airtel TV, and free Airtel secure device protection package.