As expected, Google announced the latest Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones at the event held a few hours ago. Both of these phones are successors to the original Pixel and Pixel XL from the last year and are claimed to be smarter and better than before. There are also a bunch of new features and significant changes to label them as successors.
In terms of design, the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL follow essentially the same design language as the predecessors. It means you will still get the amalgamation of the glass and metal but the major difference is that the size of the glass panel on the back side has been reduced. It is still on the top part of the back panel but now excludes the fingerprint scanner. Other than this, you will notice that the bigger Pixel 2 XL now has almost negligible bezels and boasts 18:9 aspect ratio display like the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, and LG G6.
Both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. There is the option to choose from 64GB or 128GB storage models with no support for microSD card expansion. On the software front, you will find them running Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with support for at least three major Android OS updates.
Like the last year offerings, Google has focused a lot on the camera department and repeating the history, both Pixel 2 series smartphones feature the DxOMark’s highest-rated smartphone cameras with a score of 98. Both phones have a 12.2-megapixel rear shooter with f/1.8 aperture along with OIS as well as EIS. As for taking selfies, you will find an 8-megapixel camera on the front with f/2.4 aperture.
The two newly launched Google flagships primarily differ in the display and battery capacity. The Pixel 2 sports a 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display with 16:9 aspect ratio and the Pixel 2 XL sports a 6-inch Quad HD+ P-OLED display with 18:9 aspect ratio. There is also support for Always-on Display technology on both smartphones. These two flagships come with 2700mAh and 3520mAh battery respectively with fast charging support which Google claims to be capable of offering 7 hours of battery backup within 15 minutes of charging.
Other features include a fingerprint scanner, IP67 certification, USB Type-C port, Bluetooth v5.0, and e-SIM support for Project Fi. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack this time around and you can squeeze the side frames of the Pixel 2 devices to trigger Google Assistant for a faster access. Google is referring this feature as Active Edge which resembles the Edge Sense on the HTC U11. There is another new feature called Now Playing which basically always keeps listening to the audio around you and displays information related to the currently playing song on the lock screen. This is an optional feature which you can choose to disable whenever you want.
Google has priced the Pixel 2 (Just Black, Clearly White, and Kinda Blue) and Pixel 2 XL (Just Black and Black & White) at $649 and $849 respectively for the base models in the United States with pre-orders currently live. For Indian buyers, the Pixel 2 will cost Rs. 61,000 and Rs. 70,000 for the 64GB and 128GB model respectively. But if you are interested in the bigger sibling Pixel 2 XL, it will cost you Rs. 73,000 and Rs. 82,000 for 64GB and 128GB models. It will be made available in the country next month with availability via Flipkart as well as thousands of offline stores.