Google Pixel 2 launch event saw the launch of the successors of last year’s Google smartphones. Both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL come with several upgrades over their predecessors. As for the features, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will offer major upgrades in the camera department, squeezable displays, and stronger software integration to deliver a more personalised experience to the user.
The Pixel 2 features a 5-inch Cinematic 127-mm full-HD (1080×1920) display, while the Pixel 2 XL features a 6-inch QHD+ (2880 x 1440) P-OLED at 538ppi with 18:9 ratio. Both the displays are protected by 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Both the Android 8.0.0 Oreo-based phones are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and 4GB of RAM. The handsets come in 64GB and 128GB storage variants. The Pixel 2 has a 2700mAh battery, while the Pixel 2 XL has a 3520mAh battery.
On the photography front, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL offer the industry-best camera sensors. How good? According to Google, DxOMark has given the new camera on Pixel 2 a score of 98. Both the phones house a 12.2-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture and optical and electronic image stabilisation. The front facing 8-megapixel camera has an aperture of f/2.4
A smarter Always-On Display
Both the Pixel 2 and 2 XL will sport a brand-new, smarter Always-On Display. What makes it so smart?
The Pixels’ Always-On Display will now continually listen to audio playing around you (if you choose to enable it), which allows it to show you song information without the need to unlock and ask it manually. Just tap on the song title from the Always-On Display, and Google Assistant will bring up relevant information relating to that song.
The highest-rated cameras on any smartphone
Last year’s Pixel phones had really great cameras. But more and more manufacturers have been bringing their A-game this year, giving the Google phones a run for their money.
But according to DxOMark, the new Pixel 2 devices are in a league of their own.
With a score of 98, the Google Pixel 2 trumps both the iPhone 8 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, which just received a score a 94. With a 1/2.6-inch 12.2 MP sensor and an f/1.8 aperture, the Pixel 2 camera is going to be extremely hard to beat.
What’s the difference between the two?
As expected, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have a few differences between one another.
The most notable difference can be found on the front. The smaller Pixel 2 sports a 5.0-inch OLED 1,920 x 1,080 display with a more traditional 16:9 aspect ratio, while the Pixel 2 XL goes the more modern route with its 6.0-inch 2,880 x 1,440 P-OLED display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. There’s a noticeable amount of bezel on the top and bottom of the Pixel 2, whereas the 2 XL has very slim bezels around its screen.
Also, due to the difference in size, the Pixel 2 comes with a much smaller 2,700 mAh battery while the Pixel 2 XL sports a 3,520 mAh cell
Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL price in India
The company has confirmed that Pixel 2 price in India for the 64GB variant will be Rs. 61,000, and Rs. 70,000 for the 128GB variant. The prices in India of Pixel 2 XL for the 64GB and 128GB variants are Rs. 73,000 and Rs. 82,000, respectively. While the smartphones will be available from over 1,000 offline stores in the country, they will be exclusively available online via Flipkart. India pre-orders for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL start from October 26; the former will then go on sale on November 1 and latter on November 15.
Google is getting a little more creative with the color options this time around. The Pixel 2 will be available in Just Black, Clearly White, and a muted blue variant dubbed Kinda Blue. The Pixel 2 XL color options are Just Black and Black & White (black front, white back, and an orange power button). We hope Google launches a Pixel 2 XL in Kinda Blue, because that color is hot.
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- Memory: 4GB RAM
- Storage: 64GB or 128GB
- Rear camera: 12.2MP, 1.4μm pixels, Autofocus with laser and dual-pixel phase detection, Optical and electronic image stabilization, f/1.8 aperture lens
- Front camera: 8MP, 1.4μm pixels, f/2.4 aperture lens, fixed focus
- Video: 1080p at 30, 60, or 120 fps on rear camera
- “Active Edge” squeezable sides
- USB-C, no wireless charging
- No headphone jack
- Bluetooth 5.0
- 18W power adapter and USB-C headphone dongle in box
PIXEL 2 XL SPECS
- Battery: 3520mAh
- Screen: 6-inch, 2880 x 1440 pOLED, 100 percent DCI-P3 coverage, 100,000:1 contrast ratio
- Size: 6.2 x 3.0 x 0.3 inches
- Weight: 175 grams
PIXEL 2 SPECS
- Battery: 2700mAh
- Screen: 5-inch, 1920 x 1080 AMOLED, 95 percent DCI-P3 coverage, 100,000:1 contrast ratio
- Size: 5.7 x 2.7 x 0.3 inches
- Weight: 143 grams