Google has launched the second generation of its Pixel smartphones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were received with cheers from the audience at the launch event held on Wednesday, with the company announcing a lot of new features of the second-generation Pixel smartphones.
Google Pixel & Pixel 2 – Design & Specifications
Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is perhaps two of the most-anticipated phones of the year. In terms of looks, the design of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will leave you disappointed especially if you expected a bezel-less display. The Pixel 2 features a design similar to what was used on last year’s Pixel phone. It utilizes a design which incorporates dual front speakers at the top and bottom edges. At the rear aspect, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL wears an all-metal body but with a third of the upper part covered in glass which is carefully fused together with the metal part. The Pixel 2 XL features a full-screen display design but with a considerable amount of bezels on all fours which are slimmer than those of the Pixel 2. Both models house their capacitive buttons on the right side with the power button getting a different colouration just to play with things. There is also a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor which is super fast.
Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are basically the same, except for a few different specifications. The Pixel 2 is smaller, packing a 5.0-inch OLED FHD (1,920 x 1,080p) display with a more traditional 16:9 aspect ratio, while the Pixel 2 XL comes with a 6.0-inch QHD (2,880 x 1,440p) P-OLED display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The Pixel 2 comes with a much smaller 2,700 mAh battery while the Pixel 2 XL sports a 3,520 mAh cell, both having fast charging support.
Both devices feature an octa-core 2.35 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with an Adreno 430 GPU and paired with 4 GB of RAM. Both devices come with an inbuilt storage of 64 and 128 GB but neither device comes with a microSD card slot.
On the camera end, the two models have a 1/2.6-inch, 12.2 MP rear camera sensor with a f/1.8 aperture. With a DXOMark score of 98, the Google Pixel 2 beats both the iPhone 8 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, which received a score a 94. The camera also comes with an Electronic Image Stabilisation technology (EIS) teaming up with an Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) to provide the best form of stability to even for the capture of the shakiest of videos. Furthermore, Google goes water resistant, as both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL come with water- and dust-resistance ratings of IP67. That means the Pixels can survive in up to 1 meter of fresh water for up to 30 minutes at a time.
The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL do not feature a 3.5 mm headphone jack, which means you just need a USB Type-C port for wired headphones. Google adds some creativity with the colour options this time around. The Pixel 2 will be available in Just Black, Clearly White, and Kinda Blue while the Pixel 2 XL comes in Just Black and White and Black only.
Google Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL Prices in U.S, UK – Where to Buy?
Pre-orders for both the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are now on, with the shipping date set for October 19. The Pixel 2 costs £629 in the U.K for the 64 GB model and £729 for the 128 GB version. On the other hand, the 64 GB Pixel 2 XL costs £799 and £899 for the 128 GB variant. This is slightly higher than the prices for the U.S where the Pixel 2 will sell for $649 (£490) for the 64 GB model and $749 (around £565) for the 128 GB version, while the 64 GB Pixel 2 XL costs $849 (~£641) and $949 (~£716) for the 128 GB variant. They are all currently available for pre-order from Google Store.