Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL launched
The much anticipated Android smartphone of the year, Google Pixel 2 has been launched.Pixel 2 is the premium Android smartphone from Google brand. The company launched Pixel in 2016.
Variants, Colors and Prices
Google launched the Pixel 2 in two versions, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Pixel 2 features a 5-inch OLED display and costs $649 for the 64GB version and $749 for the 128GB version. Pixel 2 is available in Just Black, Clearly White and Kinda Blue.
Pixel 2 boasts of superior camera performance with DxOMark rating of 98, the highest among smartphone cameras in the current market.This is better than the company’s Pixel smartphone camera which scored 89 in the same DxOMark rating last year.
Both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will run on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Besides, these devices will receive timely updates (OS platform and security) for the next 3 years. Hopefully, we can expect Android P next year and Android Q after that.
Pixel 2 gets exclusive preview of Google Lens that allow users to know more about the images they capture. For instance, pointing a Google Lens camera towards a monument will let users know the background and little bit of history about the monument. Picture of a flower will let the user know it's botanical name of the flower.
Google Pixel supports Augmented Reality (AR) which means, users can create emojis and virtual characters and add them to the photos and videos. Whether these can make up to iPhone X’s Animojis, is something that’s interesting to observe.
Active Edge and Google Assistant
Google has pulled a page out of HTC and like the HTC U11, the Pixel 2 gets edge sensors (pressure sensors on the edge of the phone). This allows users to simply squeeze the edge of Pixel 2 to activate Google Assistant. Not just that, additional functionalities like setting alarms, silencing the phone and turning off lights (IoT-enabled) can be done.
Google Pixel 2 gets IP67 standard which means, it is water and dust resistant. This has been the norm for all flagship smartphones for the past couple of years.
Google Pixel 2 can be used for 7 hours with just 15 minutes of charging time (claimed). There’s no word on wireless charging though. Pixel 2 gets 2700 mAh battery while Pixel 2 XL gets 3520 mAh battery.
Google claims that transferring data from old phones to Pixel 2 can be done in less than 10 minutes. In fact, even iMessages can be transferred to Pixel 2.
No headphone jack
Google seems to go the Apple way by launching Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL without headphone jacks. Instead, the company launched Google Earbuds (like Apple AirPods) for wireless audio experience. Google has also integrated Google Assistant in these Earbuds. Like the Samsung Gear Icon X, there’s a touch surface on the right-side earbud using which user can activate Google Assistant for voice commands.
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processors, 4GB RAM, Adreno 540 GPU, 12.2MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, USB Type-C, Bluetooth 5.0. Pixel 2 features full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution with pixel density of 441 ppi. On the other hand, Pixel 2 XL gets 2K (2960 x 1440) with 570 ppi.
Google is clear on pitching the Pixel 2 as a premium Android flagship without compromising on hardware.
There’s no official information from Google on why the headphone jack were removed in Pixel 2 while Apple stated it as courage when they removed headphone jack in iPhone 7. May be the IP67 certification has something to do with 3.5 mm audio jack?
Google may have partnered with LG for making the Pixel 2 XL because the 6-inch 18:9 display ratio matches with the recently announced LG V30. But, Google seems to have used HTC for making the Active Edge sensors. That aside, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are pitched against the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X.