Google held its annual ‘made by Google’ hardware launch event today in San Fransico. The event saw the launch of new Pixel smartphones, Google Home Mini, Google Home Max, Google Pixelbook, Google Daydream View, Google Pixel Buds and Google Clips. This is by far the biggest lineup of products Google has launched yet. The much anticipated event was streamed live for users throughout the world. Talking about the phones, the newly launched Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were the only major flagship smartphones left to be launched and now they have been unveiled. Let’s see what the new phones have to offer.
Both the phones come with the exactly same features and specifications, they only differ in screen size, battery and colour variants.
Design & Display
Design of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL closely resemble with last year’s phones except for a few subtle changes. Rear portion of the phone has half glass and half metal which blend together. The fingerprint scanner is located at the back which Google says is the fastest in the industry. Both the phone miss out on the headphone jack. They have Active Edge sensors which will let you squeeze the phone from sides in order to wake up Google Assistant. This feature was previously seen in HTC U11.
The Pixel 2 will be available in 3 different colours: Just Black, Clearly White and Kinda Blue whereas the Pixel 2 XL will be available in 2 colours: Just Black and a combination of White & Black colour.
The Pixel 2 sports a 5-inch OLED display which has a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. On the other hand, the Pixel 2 XL comes with a 6-inch near edge-to-edge POLED display. It has a quad HD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. Both the phones will come with Always On display which will show important details at a glance without you having to turn the screen on.
Unlike most of the flagship devices launched this year, both the newly launched Pixel phones don’t have a dual-rear camera setup. Google claims that they can manage with just one camera what others can do with two. Previous year’s Pixel received rave reviews for its cameras. And this year too, DXO mark has give a rating of 98 to the Pixel 2, claiming it to be the best phone they have ever tested. Both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 come with exactly the same camera setups in the rear as well as on the front.
The phones have a 12.2-megapixel rear camera with an f/1.8 aperture. The rear camera has the capability of recording 4k videos @ 30 fps. On the front, there is an 8-megapixel camera provided to click selfies as well as make video calls. According to Google, the rear as well as the front camera can click pictures with Bokeh effect, with the help of Machine Learning and their advanced camera. It would be interesting to see how the cameras fare in comparison to their other counterparts which have dual rear cameras.
Performance, Storage & Operating System
On the performance front, the phones pack in the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset which is currently the best-in-class. They also come with 4GB of RAM which will allow users to have a seamless multi-tasking experience. With this specifications under the hood, the Pixel 2 & the Pixel 2 XL will definitely provide a powerful performance.
The phones will be available in two storage variants: 64GB and 128GB. There is no micro SD card slot provided so you’ll have to do with the internal storage. However, just like the previous year’s Pixel, Google offers free unlimited storage for photos and videos in the highest resolution, even 4K content.
As expected, these phones will come with Android Oreo out of the box and Google has promised that they’ll receive new Android updates for at least 3 years. Google is also debuting the beta version of Google Lens which can recognize pictures and provide contextual information. It will also be available as a feature in the Google Assistant. Soon, we might expect to see this feature in other Android devices as well.
Battery & Connectivity
Battery capacity of the Pixel 2 is 2700mAh whereas that of the Pixel 2 XL is 3520mAh. The bigger battery in the latter can be attributed to the larger form factor. Both the phones come with fast charging ability. Google claims that the new Pixel phones can offer up to 7 hours of battery life with just 15 minutes of charging.
Talking of connectivity, there’s a USB Type-C port provided for charging, listening to music and much more. Like said earlier, both the phones have no 3.5mm headphone jack. Other wireless connectivity options in the phone include: Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS, GLONASS, and NFC.
Price & Availability
The Pixel 2 will start at $649 (INR 42,233) for the base variant whereas the Pixel 2 XL will cost $849 (INR 55,248) for the same. Currently, Pixel 2 India price hasn’t been revealed yet but it will be out soon. The phones are available for pre-orders today and they will ship by October 17th.
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