The long trail of rumors and unstoppable leaks finally ends here as the new Google Pixel devices have arrived. The new Pixel 2 and the new Pixel 2 XL are the two main Android flagships that Google launched to showcase the purest iteration of Android experience.
The Google Pixel 2 XL
Google’s premium variant and larger of the second generation Pixel device comes obviously as the Pixel 2 XL. It has the largest display of the two announced devices at 6-inch. It has a 1440 x 2880 screen resolution and sport an 18:9 Aspect ratio and has a P-OLED display. It also features a circular polarizer to make it more readable under sunlight, it is then laminated with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top with a 3D arc design.
With the front covered fully in glass, on the back, there’s a glass as well where the camera module is placed, the rest of it including the frame is made from Aluminum and has an IP67 Certification for dust and water resistance. The new device also inherits HTC’s Squeeze gesture feature where it can launch Google Assistant just by squeezing the sides of the device.
The original Pixel XL was well-known for its camera and the new generation Pixel 2 XL will continue the tradition, however if you are looking for dual camera setup on a Pixel 2 device, you’ll be out of lack as Google still imposes a single sensor for both devices, that’s doesn’t mean a bag thing at all as the camera equipment on the Pixel 2 XL is far more capable than most dual camera equipped smartphones of today.
The camera on the Pixel 2 XL is a 12 Megapixel sensor along with next generation imaging technology at its disposal, it also features an OIS for stability both for Photos and videos. On the front is an 8 Megapixel sensor, something that haven’t change since the original Pixel launched a year ago.
At its heart is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage at the minimum. There’s also a 128GB variant for those that needs more room. Google also incorporates a new eSIM into the handset to use Google Fi and other supporting carriers that’s in addition to traditional SIM’s in which the handset supports Nano SIM.
All of Google services from its hardware up to the software are present as it boots Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Keeping the handset at work is a 3520 mAh embedded battery which haven’t change for the XL variant.
The Google Pixel 2
The regular Pixel 2 is the smaller and cheaper from the two and it looks more generic than a typical Android device, It’s too generic that you’ll mistaken it as a cheap phone from China, not discriminating China phones for that matter as I too carries a China made smartphone as a regular driver. Yeah, with that said, the front of the device looks cheap up front but you’ll get front-firing speaker though, that would seem to alleviate our concern.
Another thing that we’ve noticed on the Pixel 2 is the display and unlike the Pixel 2 XL’s round-edged display, the Pixel 2 comes with a regular rectangular screen that measures 5-inches with a 1080p display resolution. Good thing it uses an AMOLED display tech so that would also be a thing to reconsider. The front panel is also covered in Gorilla Glass 5 and that’s for the protection against light scratches and such but it’s still recommended to use a protective shield as the Gorilla Glass 5 is known to be softer than the previous generations that it replaced.
Moving all the way to the back, it’s the same as the XL, there’s the glass laminated top which houses the camera sensor, the fingerprint scanners sits on the metal back plate, something that goes differently from the original Pixel of last year. The rest of the body is made of metal with of course its minimalistic design and an IP67 certification for water and dust resistance. What makes it even more appealing is that it borrows a feature from HTC that allows users to squeeze the sides of the handset to launch a specific action, launching the Google Assistant is one of those.
Despite the generic look of the device, what really is more stunning about the Pixel 2 is in its innards. Powering the device is the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. But for users that requires more than that, there’s a 128GB version as well and it would be wise to choose which variant to get as it doesn’t support a microSD card like most Google devices out there.
Like the Pixel 2 XL, the smaller Pixel 2 also includes a 12.2 Megapixel camera and of course with OIS as well and the front camera is at 8 Megapixel. Basically the Pixel 2 is what the Pixel 2 XL in a smaller size so you’ll most of the Pixel’s features while being more compact. However in the Battery department, the Pixel 2 comes with a smaller 2700 mAh battery pack, but should be able to handle anything that you’d throw at it as it comes with a robust power management features at it boots Android 8.0 (Oreo) out of the box.
The Google Pixel 2 will be available starting on October 17 at $650 for that 64GB variant, and a $100 more for the 128GB model. Color options includes: Kinda Blue, Just Black and Clearly White. The Google Pixel 2 XL on the other hand will be coming in mid-november for $850 on the base variant and again a $100 more to double the storage. It will be available in Black and White and Just Black.
Pre-order for the Google Pixel 2 XL is now live in the UK, Germany, the US (via Google Store and Verizon), India, Australia and Canada and later this year in Italy, Singapore and Spain. For a limited time offer, pre-ordered units will include a Google Home mini as a freebie.