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Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL: Refreshing designs, improved cameras, no headphone jack

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The best Android smartphones have arrived. After months of anticipation and leaks, Google has finally unveiled their new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

Both the new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL might come from the same mold, but there’s something about its design that makes it really refreshing. The back panel still has that metal plate, with a glass wrapping the upper part and the camera. Meanwhile, in front we now have taller-looking displays, sandwiched with stereo speakers.

Google Pixel 2

Speaking of the displays, the Pixel 2 has a 5-inch Full HD display, while the Pixel 2 XL has a bigger 6-inch screen with a QHD+ resolution on a 18:9 aspect ratio. Both handsets rock OLED panels and Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Pixel 2 Specs

Moreover, both the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be getting an 8-megapixel front camera and a 12.2-megapixel shooter at the back. As per the reports, both front and back cameras can take Portrait/Bokeh picture, despite not having a dual-camera setup.

The rear shooter also has Optical and Electronic Image Stabilization. The software’s algorithms analyze the OIS’ movements and combine it with the other available data. This ensures that the feature works well than expected.

Pixel 2 XL

Also, the new Pixels will have the HTC U11-like squeeze feature. A fast and firm squeeze will instantly summon Google Assistant. However, I do hope that this shortcut gesture can be customized.

Lastly, the handsets will run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset. The SoC will come with 4GB of RAM and a choice between 64GB and 128GB storage options.

Google Pixel 2 Specs

  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 5-inch FHD AMOLED display, 1920 x 1080, ~441ppi
  • Always-on Display, 95% DCI-P3 coverage, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor
  • 4GB LPDDR4x RAM
  • Adreno 540 GPU
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage
  • 8-megapixel front camera, f/2.4
  • 12.2-megapixel rear cameras, OIS+EIS, f/1.8, LED flash
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Active Edge sensors
  • Stereo speakers
  • Wireless HD Audio with LDAC, Qualcomm AptX and AptX HD
  • IP67 water and dust resistant
  • 4G LTE
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G
  • Bluetooth 5.0 + LE
  • USB Type-C
  • Just Black, Clearly White, Kinda Blue
  • Dimensions: 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8mm
  • Weight: 143g
  • 2700mAh battery, fast-charging

Google Pixel 2 XL Specs

  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 6-inch QHD+ pOLED display, 2880 x 1440, ~538ppi
  • Always-on Display, 100% DCI-P3 coverage, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor
  • 4GB LPDDR4x RAM
  • Adreno 540 GPU
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage
  • 8-megapixel front camera, f/2.4
  • 12.2-megapixel rear cameras, OIS+EIS, f/1.8, LED flash
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Active Edge sensors
  • Stereo speakers
  • Wireless HD Audio with LDAC, Qualcomm AptX and AptX HD
  • IP67 water and dust resistant
  • 4G LTE
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G
  • Bluetooth 5.0 + LE
  • USB Type-C
  • Just Black, Black and White
  • Dimensions: 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 175g
  • 3520mAh battery, fast-charging

The Google Pixel 2 is priced at USD649 (~Php33,200) while the Pixel 2 XL will be at USD849 (~Php43,400). As of the moment, the new Pixels is available in the US, Canada, Australia, UK, Germany, and India. Pricing and availability in the Philippines are yet to be known.

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