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Google announces the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

04 October 2017 - 23:24


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After a lot of speculations and last minute leaks all over the internet, we have finally been introduced to the second generation Pixel devices exclusively made by Google. Google unveiled their latest smartphones on 4th October, which goes by 'Pixel 2' and Pixel 2 XL.'

While the 5 inch Pixel 2 is not too different from its predecessor, the Pixel 2 XL has had some changes in display - jumping to a 6-inch display with smaller bezels and a larger screen. Though it is not an edge-to-edge display, it still looks pretty good. But it is a disappointment that Google decided to trim the bezels on just their larger phone, instead of both. 

Google has tweaked the design of the back of their Pixel 2 devices. Shrinking down the glass accent at the top (it does not encase the fingerprint sensor anymore), and a larger camera lens. Additionally, Google has moved their speakers into the front of both of their new devices, for a more stereo audio experience. The company also added a pop of colour to the home buttons of both devices. 

Taking a look at the specs of Google's 2017 flagship smartphone, both Pixel phones have Snapdragon 835 processors, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB or 128GB in-built storage. The devices have OLED displays, with an 1080p resolution for the Pixel 2 ( 441 PPI), and 2880 x 1440 resolution for the Pixel 2 XL ( 538 PPI).

Both devices have a 8-megapixel front-facing camera, a 12.2 megapixels rear camera with an f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization. The camera uses a 'dual-pixel sensor' - splitting each pixel into two - which allows for faster auto focus and the new 'portrait mode' (similar to the iPhone but without the second camera on the back) that blurs out the background of the picture, when taken with both cameras of the phone. Moreover, Google has added 'Motion Photos' similar to Apple's Live Photos, recording a three-second clip around each photo, as well as augmented reality features with new AR stickers included!

For their second generation smartphones, Google has added a couple of innovative features such as 'Active Edge' - squeezing the phone to launch Google Assistant, silence phone calls, and trigger certain actions. An 'Always-On Display' that displays the time, notifications, and the music you are listening to (or is playing around you) right on the screen with the help of the phone's always-on microphones. 

The home screen has some minor tweaks as well, with the search box moved to the bottom of the screen (below the app dock), an 'at a glance' agenda widget to display upcoming meetings, date and temperature.

The Pixel devices will be the first to receive the Google Lens; that enables users to point the camera at different objects, pictures, and landmarks, for which Google will automatically search up information. It can also scan email addresses, phone numbers, Wi-Fi passwords, and automatically put those information into use!

The Pixel 2 comes in three colours; kinda blue, clearly white, and just black. While the Pixel 2 XL has two colours, black & white, and just black. 

The Google smartphone, just got smarter. 


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