Last Year, Google surprised everyone by ditching the Nexus lineup and unveiled the new Pixel & Pixel XL smartphones.These two phones were among the top-rated smartphones in the market with exceptional camera quality & pure Android experience. Well, Google didn’t fail to surprise us even this year by unveiling the Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL with even better specs.
The new Pixel phones are packed with the latest and improved hardware and software. It is powered by the Qualcomm’s flagship processor, highest DxO rated camera, and the pure Android 8.0 oreo. Let’s have a detailed look at the spec sheet and see what Google has to offer with latest Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices.
Google Pixel 2: Design And Display
Bad news for those who hated the design of the original Pixel phones. The latest Pixel handsets have the same glass and aluminum design on the back. The camera module is a little bumped out on the back and the fingerprint sensor is placed perfectly in the center of the back. Well, it doesn’t look as bad as it was but it could have been better.
On the front, Pixel 2 has a 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display with 16:9 aspect ratio. On the XL variant, the display is a 6-inch AMOLED panel with QHD+ resolution. It also has the industry grade 18:9 aspect ratio which results in thinner bezels and a more 2017 look.
Both of the phones are protected by Gorilla Glass 5 and has the stereo front-facing speakers.
Specifications And Features
The new Pixel 2 devices run on latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 platform along with 4 gigs of RAM. Both of the devices are available in 64GB and 128GB storage option.
Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL runs the Android 8.0.1 Oreo out of the box. It will give you the same pure stock Android experience like the original phones with a few additional features like “Active Edge”. Active edge allows users to squeeze the sides of the handset in order to wake up the Google Assistant.
Google also ditched the 3.5 mm audio jack from the new Pixel devices. But a Type-C to 3.5 mm adapter is included in the box. Also, this time the handsets carry an IP67 rating for being dust and water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes.
Camera And Battery
We all know that the original Pixel phones featured the best in class camera. Even today, they can easily go toe to toe with most of the latest flagships in the market.
With Pixel 2 series, Google improved the already perfect 12.2 MP sensor of the original Pixel devices by adding features like dual pixel and a wider f/1.8 aperture. The camera is the highest DxO rated camera with 98 points out of 100. Not to mention that the top flagships which come with dual camera setup like Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone 8 plus are lagging behind with the score of 94 out of 100. Google says that the dual-pixel camera is enough to capture mindblowing portraits and it doesn’t need a dual-camera setup for that.
For selfies, there is an 8 MP camera with f/2.4 aperture and 1.4 µm pixel size. Front camera sensor can also capture portrait selfie shots.
We have already seen what original Pixel phones can do with their groundbreaking cameras. And we expect even better with Google Pixel 2 series.
As far as the battery capacity is concerned, the Pixel 2 is powered by a 2700 mAh battery and the Pixel 2 XL has a 3520 mAh battery inside. Both of the phones support fast battery charging. The company claims that 10 minutes of charge will give the device enough power to run up to 7 hours.
The original Pixel phones were insanely overpriced for their features. And that was one reason for them not being as much popular as the galaxies and iPhones.
Google Pixel 2 starts at $649 for the 64GB variant but the Pixel 2 XL will cost you $849 for 64GB variant.With a premium price tag, Pixel 2 XL may face stiff competition from the Galaxy Note 8 and the iPhone X.