Google Reveals The Best of Android With Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL

For a long time, Google has showed what it wants the vision of Android to be first with its Nexus and now the Pixel phones. True to form, it has announced the Pixel 2 phones following up on last year’s original Pixel and Pixel XL, but does it succeed?

Changes to The Surface…

The new Pixel phones come with overhauls to their designs. However, unlike last year’s models, this year the standard and XL models offer substantial differences.

Google Pixel 2 front

For one, the trademark glass on the back has been reduced to circulate just the area around the back camera. The fingerprint scanner is not embedded on the glass any more.

Google Pixel 2 back

The standard non-XL model looks almost exactly like the last year’s Pixel, with a very mainstream, minimalistic look. There are thick, chunky bezels on the top and bottom which don’t feel particularly at home in a 2017 flagship.

Thankfully, the XL model reduces those bezels much, much more and the result is an attention-grabbing device. The phones also sport IP67 water and dust-resistance, as well as curved Gorilla Glass 5 on the front.

Google Pixel 2 XL

The Pixel 2 comes with a 5-inch 1080p P-OLED display, while the Pixel 2 XL ups that to a 6-inch QHD+ unit. Both have stereo speakers on the front and an always-on display. The latter comes with an improved 18:9 aspect ratio.

The former will be available in Black, Blue and White, while the Pixel 2 XL will come in Black and Black/White.

Google is also borrowing HTC’s side-squeezing tech, which allows you to squeeze your phone for various options such as launching the Google Assistant or silencing phone calls.

One quirk (or flaw, depending on how you see it) here is the lack of headphone jack, which is slowly becoming a thing on Android flagships as well. However, it won’t become a popular option until Samsung and LG embrace it.

And Underneath

Under the hood, you get the familiar Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4 GB RAM. Storage is not expandable, though, it won’t be a huge concern now that only 64 GB and 128 GB storage options are available.

The phones support not only the Nano-SIM card, but also an eSIM which will be helpful in switching networks while travelling. You will have to download a virtual SIM from a supported network to use the feature.

The software is Android 8.0 Oreo, stock, which will receive regular updates for up to 2 years.

For connections, you get the USB-C primarily, which serves as a headphone port too (with a Type-C to 3.mm jack converter).

Bump to The Cameras

The Pixel changes the Nexus line’s perception of slow and un-focused cameras by offering arguably the best shooters in the Android ecosystem, and that is the advantage the new Pixels are keen to retain.

In contrast with the current trend, the new Pixels come with a single-lens setup on the back with 12 MP resolution. There is better image processing as well as hybrid EIS and OIS baked in. They also sport hybrid phase detection and laser autofocus.

Both phones retain the same 8 MP shooter with f/2.4 aperture. Below the rear camera sits what Google claims is the fastest fingerprint scanner in the world.

Battery and Miscellaneous

The battery on the larger phone is a 3,520 mAh cell, while on the smaller unit it stands at 2,700 mAh only.

Google also showcased its AR and machine-learning capabilities. For the former, Google is partnering with developers to create content using its ARCore platform, including its own AR Stickers. For the latter, Google demonstrated an always-on feature, which automatically detects what music is playing in the background.

As for the price, the Pixel 2 starts at $650, while the Pixel 2 XL understandably ups that to $850. An extra $100 gives you double the native storage.

Google Pixel 2 Specifications

  • CPU: 2.35 GHz Kryo octa-core
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
  • Design:
    • Fingerprint scanner
    • Squeezable sides
    • Front facing stereo speakers
    • No headphone jack
  • Display:
    • 5-inch P-OLED with 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution
    • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 4 GB
    • Internal: 64/128 GB
    • Card slot: no
  • Camera:
    • Primary: 12.3 MP, f/1.8, OIS and EIS (gyro), phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
    • Secondary: 8 MP, 1/3.2″ sensor size
  • Connectivity: USB-C, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, LTE
  • Battery: 2700 mAh with fast charging support
  • Price: $650 (64 GB), $750 (128 GB)

Google Pixel 2 XL Specifications

  • CPU: 2.35 GHz Kryo octa-core
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
  • Design:
    • Fingerprint scanner
    • Squeezable sides
    • Front facing stereo speakers
    • No headphone jack
  • Display:
    • 6-inch P-OLED with QHD+ (1440 x 2880) resolution
    • 3D Arc Glass, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 4 GB
    • Internal: 64/128 GB
    • Card slot:no
  • Camera:
    • Primary: 12.3 MP, f/1.8, OIS and EIS (gyro), phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
    • Secondary: 8 MP, f/2.4
  • Connectivity: USB-C, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, LTE
  • Battery: 3520 mAh with fast charging
  • Price: $850 (64 GB), $950 (128 GB)


    • Sirf 3.5mm Jack he nhn ek aur cheez bhi hai you have to pay 100$ more for double the storage ?
      Har company Apple Inc ko he follow kar rahi hai zyada profit k liye

      • Technology daily basis pi invent nai hoti. each manufacture has to adopt already invented technology. Apple is not standard for all. Why you are not blaming Apple to introduce wireless charging, that was used in lumia 920 3, 4 years back.
        Differnt color casing was introduced by Nokia,
        Edge display is only used by samsung
        NFS was first introduced by Nokia in 2004

        • U know the funny thing is about pixel 2 last year jab Apple ne iPhone 7 mein 3.5mm jack remove kiya to Google ne bohat hansi urhai aur aj Google ne khud 3.5mm jack remove kar k khud tamasha ban gaya, Apple always a trend setter for all companies sab usi ko follow karte hain wireless charging introduce Nokia ne kiya but popular ab hoga kyun k Apple ne introduce kar diya aur ap 6 mahine wait kar lo khud dekh lena aur latest rumours ki base par coming android flagships facial recognition ko tarjee de rahe hain over the fingerprint sensor

          • Not dear. if you know about usb type c standard, introducted in ultrbooks, and i got this port in my lumia 950xl + yoga 910. I think it was early days when you can find type c in 950. I am not worried about to carry different chargers for laptop + phone. One charger is doing good job for both devices. Also in same phone i got iris sensor. which is then followed by samsung. in lumia 920 i got wireless charger. i used this for both 950 xl, then s7 edge and now same charge i m using for Note 8. It is very old technology.
            Infact Apple implemented it very late.
            for usb type c headphone I appreciate Apple, I think now its time get more fun with music, not just feel left and right ear piece.
            Although apple follow standards with quality, which is definitely road map for other manufactures.

    • Please yar ye high price ka rona chor dy. Har phone pi high price ka tag laga lethy hai. please accept this price range. Such phones are not built for Pakistan region. People are happy with this price.
      Second our nation does not accept new improvement. Do you know usb type c headphone are much improved than 3.5 classic headphone. after 2, 3 years you ll accept and you will be happy.
      Masla ye hai k Q mobile mi abi thk usb type c headphone nai hai, thats why you are criticising.

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