Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL launched: Everything to know
Google on 4th of October held a launch event for the new Pixel smartphones and much more. Although the device was exactly what we expected all blame to the ton of leaks just before the official launch. This year, Google has gone simple with the Pixel 2 and added new features with the major focus on keeping AI first.
Pixel 2 is finally water resistant yet the design is the only downside
Unlike the Pixel 1, the Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL both get IP67 certification making it dust and water resistant. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
The first thing you will notice is the total disregard of the newest trend in the smartphone industry with huge Bezels on all four sides of the device. Which might make people feel not very excited about the device but bear with us this might be the best device of the year.
Similar to the last year we have two devices Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The smaller Pixel 2 will have a 2.5D 16:9 ratio 5-inch AMOLED display which has a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. The bigger Pixel 2 XL sports an 18:9 ratio 3D 6-inch pOLED display with a resolution of 2880×1440 pixels, giving the pixel density of 538PPI. Similar to last year we have the always on display which is majorly improved and can do a lot more than just tell you the time.
Both the smartphones have stereo front-firing speakers which are a great addition and a change we can get behind. Also, there is an addition of Squeeze feature similar to the HTC U11, where you can squeeze the device to start the Google Assistant.
One thing Google was making a point about no discrimination between the two devices and not keeping good stuff only for the top model (Dig at Apple). So both the devices are powered by the same Snapdragon 835 SoC with Adreno 540 GPU. RAM is nothing extravagant with both devices offering 4GB of RAM available in two storage options, 64GB and 128GB.
Just like every flagship this year, Pixel 2 has reclaimed its title as the world’s highest-rated camera scoring 98 out of 100 in DxOMark. In comparison, iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung Note 8 both scored 94. while the last year’s Pixel scored 89. Both the devices feature a single lens, 12.2-megapixel on the rear with an aperture of f/1.8 with no dual lens setup. The front of the two devices gets an 8-megapixel lens with an aperture of f/2.4. The primary camera on the back gets Optical and electronic image stabilisation. With both lenses front and back supporting Portrait mode which gets better with machine learning.
The smaller Pixel 2 gets a 2,700mAh battery and the bigger Pixel 2 XL gets a larger battery of 3,520mAh. Both support superfast charging with the company claiming to get upto 7hrs of charge on 15 minutes of charge. The battery is charged through Type-C connectivity which also is an outlet for CDLA support as the 3.5mm jack is no longer there.
Both the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL will be the first devices to run Android 8.0 out of the box and will get the fastest updates being a Google product.
Price and Availability
The Pixel 2 is available in 3 colors, Just Black, Clearly White, and the new Kinda Blue. The smaller smartphone starts at $649 for 64GB edition while the 128GB costs $749.
The Pixel 2 XL is available only in 2 colours Just black and Black and White (Which is commonly called the Panda). The XL starts at $849, with the 128GB version costing $949.
The first list of countries where the Pixel 2 smartphones will be launching consist of USA, UK, India, Australia, Canada and Germany.