Well, it’s finally here as Google has, at long last, announced the release of the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. The Pixel 2 has bezels on the top and will have a 5-inch display in a smaller body. The Pixel 2 XL has a massive 6-inch display, an increment from the previous model. Google has also opted to re-design the home screen by putting the search bar at the bottom. The smartphones have an all-aluminium body while the back of the phone has the top glass, just like the previous model. However, it looks much more refined in the 2017 edition.
The Google Pixel 2 has also opted to ditch the headphone jack just like the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. You can buy wireless earbuds that are optimised for the Pixel 2 for an additional sum of $99. However, the new variant has two stereo speakers, a much-requested feature. Both the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are also IP67 certified, which means that the smartphones can be submerged in water up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. The Pixel 2 and 2 XL both have a 1080p OLED screen and are optimised for virtual reality.
The Pixel 2 has a127-mm full-HD (1080×1920) display, while the Pixel 2 XL features a 6-inch QHD+ (2880 x 1440) P-OLED at 538ppi with an 18:9 ratio. The Pixel 2 will be available in three colours i.e. Kinda Blue, Clearly White and Black. The Pixel 2 XL will only be available in black and in the near future, a black/white combo. The presenter of the event, Mario Queiroz threw shade, saying that the phones are identical from a feature standpoint, unlike some other phones where the best features are saved for the big phone. (Looking at you, Apple!)
The PIxel 2 also has an always on display, and will automatically listen to and identify any song that’s playing. This is a fascinating and cool feature, and Google is in charge of all ID data on the device, to keep your information private. The Google Pixel 2 can also be squeezed from the sides to launch Google Assistant. The feature is called Active Edge, a feature that has been previously seen in HTC’s U11.
In terms of specs, the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will have top of the line specifications that are already present in other 2017 flagship phones. The two devices will sport Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC and will be coupled with 4GB of RAM. There will be two variants when it comes to storage options i.e. 64GB and 128GB. The Pixel 2 has a 2700mAh battery, while the Pixel 2 XL has a 3520mAh battery.
Both devices have a 12.2-megapixel sensor and have achieved a DxO Mark score of 98, the highest ever by a smartphone camera. The primary camera has a f/1.8 aperture and features optical and electronic image stabilisation. The front-facing 8-megapixel camera has an aperture of f/2.4. The Pixel 2 and 2 XL do not feature a dual-camera setup, however, both devices can take portrait shots where the background can be blurred. Google has achieved this by using software enhancement and advanced machine learning technology. The Pixel 2 and 2 XL also have unlimited photo storage via Google photos.
The Pixel camera is also getting support for augmented reality features including AR stickers. You’ll be able to add 3D characters and emojis into photos and videos and see them move around as you’re capturing the scene.
“We are really proud of how the Pixel smartphones did last year,” said Rick Osterloh, Senior Vice President of Hardware at Google. But for this year, Osterloh said, the company has imagined the hardware inside out, instead of just packing in the most extreme modules.
In India, the Pixel 2 will be priced as: Pixel 2 64GB (Rs 61,000), Pixel 2 128GB (Rs 70,000), Pixel 2 XL 64GB (Rs 73,000), Pixel 2 XL 128GB (Rs 82,000). Pre-orders commence on 26th October 2017, and Pixel 2 will be available for sales in over 1000+ stores across the country and online starting November 1st and Pixel 2 XL will be available for sales in 1000+ stores and online starting November 15th 2017.
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