Google’s flagships for the year 2017 are finally official, as usual towards the end of the year. The two devices were quite well known already with several leaks, one of which happened just an hour before the official launch and we knew what to expect.
The Pixel lineup is the premium one from the company and the successors to Pixel and Pixel XL come with a lot, starting with the larger display for the Pixel 2 XL.
There are a lot of common features in the two devices, and one of them is the “Active Edge” that lets you squeeze the phone to launch Google Assistant, which lets you do things like take pictures. Using machine learning, Google now recognizes intentional squeezes on the phone, to trigger action responses.
Google is adopting always-on display technology, which will support a feature that will automatically detect when a song is playing and show that information on your screen. Users can then tap the artist and they’ll be taken to their track on YouTube or through Google’s music streaming service.
The devices are IP67 certified. There are stereo front-firing speakers, and while the phones have the standard connectivity options, there is Bluetooth 5.0 + LE, Wireless HD audio with LDAC, 3 microphones, and a headphone adapter to connect a 3.5mm jack to your Pixel.
Google Pixel 2 XL
The Pixel 2 XL has a 6-inch display but not so larger size because of the FullView display that comes with the 2880 x 1440 pixels, offering a pixel density of 538 PPI. It has a P-OLED display and it comes with the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and a 3D Arc Glass. Internally, as expected, the Pixel 2 XL has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB internal storage.
The Pixel 2 XL has a 12-megapixel camera with the Optical Image Stabilization and on the front was an 8-megapixel camera. The rear camera has F/1.8 aperture, Dual pixel autofocus, and it supports 4K video recording.
The Android version it runs is the latest one, i.e. Android 8.0 Oreo, and there is Google Assistant as expected. The smartphone has a dustproof and water resistant design. There’s a 3,520mAh battery included in the device.
Google Pixel 2
The Pixel 2 has the same processor as on the Pixel 2 XL and there is a 5-inch display offered on this device with the 1080p resolution. It has a 12-megapixel camera with the Optical Image Stabilization and on the front was an 8-megapixel camera. Just like it is on the Pixel 2 XL, there are storage options of 64GB and 128GB, and the device has 4GB of RAM.
It is the pure Android Oreo OS and the phone has a 2700 mAh battery.
Price and Availability
Google said the Pixel 2 will be available on October 19 for $649, while the Pixel 2 XL won’t be available until November 19 for $849. It would come first to Australia, Canada, Germany, India, France, U.S., and U.K.
The Pixel 2 will be available in Just Black, Clearly White, and Kinda Blue, while the Pixel 2 XL comes in Just Black and Black & White.
Price in India: Rs. 61000 for 64GB variant of Pixel, and Rs. 73000 for the 64GB variant of Pixel 2 XL. The 128GB variant for Pixel is priced at Rs. 70000 while the same for Pixel 2 XL is Rs. 82000.