Google has finally announced the highly-anticipated successors to their Pixel smartphones, the Pixel 2 and the Pixel XL 2. From the front, the Pixel 2 looks pretty much identical to their predecessors but you clearly notice the change in design once you turn it around and look at the backside. However, the Pixel XL2 is clearly distinguishable due to it’s wider 18:9 aspect ratio screen and rounded corners.
The Pixel 2 features a 5 inch 1920X1080 resolution OLED display while its bigger brother sports a 6-inch 2880X1440 resolution P-OLED display. Both devices feature an always-on display and both have front-facing stereo speakers.
Both the phones have the same 12.2MP f/1.8 camera and it carries a DxO Mark score of 98, greater in comparison to the iPhone 8 Plus’s score of 94. Get more early info from DxO Mark’s Pixel 2 camera review. The Pixel devices have no dual camera setups but Google says it uses machine learning and a dual pixel technology (essentially left and right split pixels that perform as two cameras from one) to compromise for it. Portrait mode is available both on the front and the rear cameras. In video, the Pixel smartphones feature both Optical and Electronic Image Stabilization. There is a small bump around the camera on both devices. The fingerprint sensor is placed in a similar location, but it now lies below the glass area which Google has shortened on the new Pixel(s).
Just like last time, Pixel owners also get unlimited storage for uncompressed photos/videos shot on their phone so you can never run out of storage for their media and don’t have to compromise on quality at the same time, best of both worlds.
The devices come with better AR functionalities. You can introduce 3D animated characters/emojis in your pictures and videos, which not only interact with the environment but multiple of them can interact amongst themselves (They showed a demo featuring Stranger Things characters, where we see Eleven suppresses Demogorgon right after they are thrown in the same frame, pretty fancy!). Google calls these ‘AR stickers’. The Pixel 2 and XL 2 are also the very first devices to feature Google Lens, which can scan anything in the camera’s frame for useful info or gather information from the web which relates to the contents of the frame. Also, needless to say, they are both Daydream ready devices.
At the core, both the devices are powered by the Snapdragon 835 SoC with 4 GB RAM and are available in two storage options between 64GB and 128GB. It is available in three color choices with creative names like their predecessors: Just Black, Kinda Blue and Clearly White. The Pixel 2 is priced at $649/$749 and the Pixel XL 2 is priced at $849/$949 for 64GB/128GB storage options. Google is also providing Google Home Mini free with the new phones to everyone who orders a new Pixel before 19th October.