The first Google Pixel and the Pixel XL that was released on 2016, was touted to be some of the best Android smartphones in the market for its software enhancements more than its design aspects. Now, the Mountain View company is back and has officially launched the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL smartphones. Both the new smartphones borrow some design cues from the best of HTC and LG flagship smartphones.
We start with the smaller Google Pixel 2 smartphone that features a beautiful 5-inch AMOLED display that comes with the standard 1080p resolution. While the screen size and resolution are the same as last year, the Pixel 2 comes with the squeeze function that’s inspired by the likes of the HTC U11. Google claims that the device is fine-tuned to detect pressures to realize that it’s a squeeze by the user’s hands and just as the HTC U11, the Google Pixel 2 can launch applications once the squeeze is triggered.
In the case of the Google Pixel 2 XL, the design is inspired from the likes of LG G6 that features an 18:9 with an edge-to-edge display and rounded screen corners. The Google Pixel 2 also comes with the same aspect ratio and the display size is 6-inches with 1440 x 2880 resolution. And compared to the LG G6, the Pixel 2 XL has slightly thicker bezels on the top and bottom. That said, the Pixel 2 XL is considerably thinner than its successor (7.9mm vs 8.5mm) and weighs 175g. The Google Pixel 2 is 7.8mm thick and weighs 143g.
While both the new devices differ in size and design aspects, they share the same core specifications and optics under the hood as other Android flagships in the market. Both the devices are powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB LPDDR4 RAM and run the latest edition of Android 8.0 Oreo operating system out of the box. It’s good to see that Google opted for the fastest processor among Android devices (but not the fastest mobile processor on the planet).
The cameras are also the same between the two devices. The front camera packs an 8MP snapper for some great selfies and the main camera holds a 12MP image sensor with Dual Pixel technology and with a bright aperture of F1.8 and brings support for Optical Image Stabilization. There is also the Portrait mode that’s similar to that of the of iPhone 8 and Note8. Google says that DXO Mark has awarded the new Pixel smartphones with a score of 98, the highest ever achieved by any smartphone camera in the market. This is quite a surprise since Apple just launched the iPhone 8 series and Samsung with the Galaxy Note8, and these devices come with great mobile cameras that beat the competition. However, the 4K video recording can only be recorded at 30fps.
Another new feature is the addition of IP67 dust and water resistance for both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. On the contrary, the first Pixel and Pixel XL only came with splash and dust resistance. And while those devices have a 3.5mm audio jack, the latest Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL doesn’t feature their own audio jacks. This means users will now need to depend on wireless headphones or connect via the USB Type-C port. That said, the company also announced the Pixel Buds, Google’s answer for Apple’s AirPods.
And compared to the last year models, Google also added front-facing stereo speakers on both the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The fingerprint scanner is placed on the rear side. However, the battery capacities on both the devices are different. The Google Pixel 2 packs a 2700 mAh battery and the bigger Pixel 2 XL has a larger 3520 mAh battery.
Google Pixel 2 will be available in “Kinda Blue, Just Black and Clearly White” colors, while the Google Pixel 2 XL will come in “Quite Black, Very Silver and Really Blue” colors. There is no word if Google will officially launch these devices in the UAE. We will let you know once the online retailers bring these devices to the region.