The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL was officially revealed today at Google’s event in San Francisco, where the company has also showcased a number of new and improved products.
As leaks turned out to be true, we have seen most of the Pixel specifications and even designs months before its release. Today’s Pixel 2 announcements shouldn’t come as a surprise – just a friendly warning.
Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
In terms of hardware specifications, the Pixel 2 and XL variants are basically identical. They have the same camera setup, internals and overall even the same design. The only different is most likely the display size and the colour options.
Both devices are powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM. The storage options for the two devices are 64GB or 128GB. Don’t expect to expand it via a MicroSD card slot as it doesn’t have one.
The Pixel 2 comes with a 5″ FHD OLED (~441ppi) display while the XL sibling comes with 6″ QHD OLED display (~538ppi). The smaller Pixel 2 has unfortunately stuck with large bezels and the ‘retro’ look. The XL has much slimmer bezels and follows the trend by offering a larger display in a slightly smaller form factor. Also, both devices have Gorilla Glass 5 on the front.
Both devices are rated for IP67 certificate. What that means is that it can withstand 1 meter of water for 30 minutes – on paper. In reality, we do not recommend you to submerge you device into water, instead we’d only safely say that you can use it in rain and other dusty environments.
The camera on both of the devices is the same. Google has managed to keep the same sensor and the same single camera modules on the two differently sized devices. Both cameras have a 12.3MP main shooter with f/1.8 aperture, OIS and EIS working at the same time, phase and autofocus as well as dual-LED flashes. In terms of image quality, the photos that Google has showed us looked amazing. Time and the reviews will tell, but we would certainly expect one of the best smartphone cameras here.
DXO mark has also scored 98 for these devices which put the Pixel handsets on the top of the list.
The selfie camera is 8MP and has f/2.4 aperture.
Portrait mode can also be found on these two cameras as well as ‘Live Photos’. Portrait mode is also supported for the selfie camera, so blurring out the background on selfies is easier and also now possible.
In terms of additional sensors and features, both devices have Bluetooth 5.0, NFC. The 3.5mm headphone jack is gone (luckily the adapter is included in the box) and it has a USB-C 3.0 port on the bottom. Also, both devices come with front facing stereo speakers. There is also an ‘Always-on’ screen feature.
Also, both devices feature the HTC’s ‘Squeeze’ to trigger option – this lets you trigger Google Assistant by squeezing the frame of your device.
The battery is 2700 mAh for the smaller Pixel 2 variant while it’s 3520 mAh for the larger XL.
The Pixel 2 will be available in Kinda Blue, Just Black and Clearly White colour variants. The Pixel 2 XL on the other hand will only have 2 colour options: Black and White.
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL can be pre-ordered from today in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, India and Australia. The Pixel 2 will be available on 17 October, and the Pixel 2 XL will become available in mid-November.
Later on, Italy, Spain and Singapore will also be able to purchase the new Pixel devices.
|Pixel 2 w/64 GB||w/128GB||Pixel 2 XL w/64 GB||w/128GB|
In the US, you will also receive a Google Home Mini when you pre-order. For now, this is only available on the Google Store and BestBuy.
Also, keep in mind that the original, first generation of Pixel devices are also on sale. Their prices are also discounted by $100.
What are your thoughts about the new Pixel devices? Is this what you expected? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!