Google unveiled the company’s next generation of Pixel devices, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Both smartphones received a welcome design change and camera upgrade, keeping the Pixel line among the top when it comes to mobile photography.
The primary camera, on both models, now packs 12.2 MP (f/1.8) sensor along with OIS, giving the shots even better clarity. Google’s photography software built into the new models gives them plenty of photography related features without the need for a dual camera setup on the back.
Even though the phones come with just one primary camera, users can get their hands on portrait mode (both on the main and front snapper), bokeh effects, and better video quality. The design got updated, with thinner bezels on sides, top, and bottom as well as curved screen corners like on the LG G6 and V30, making the phones much more attractive compared to the previous generation that featured clunky and cumbersome design.
Aside from the rejuvenated looks, the new Pixel phone line features advanced AI features that speed up the phone, optimize most frequently used apps, and learn user’s habits in order to provide the best possible experience. For instance, there’s an always-on song spotting app and always-on display feature that shows time and notifications at all times.
Google Assistant can now be called by squeezing the sides of the phone, allowing you to get information quickly without looking at the phone. Another interesting novelty is the option to just inform Google Assistant that you’re heading home before entering your car and it will automatically resume your music and will turn on Google Maps with a route to your home.
All these new features should allow users faster interaction with their phones, without hassling with menus, voice commands, or typing. We will see if new AI-focused UI changes actually end up making the interaction faster and simpler.
As for the hardware, both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL feature top of the line Snapdragon 835 chipset along with 4GB of RAM and a choice between 64 and 128GB of internal storage. As with all previous Google devices, there’s no SD card slot, but users will get unlimited Google Photo cloud storage, and the company promised that every photo taken with the phone would be kept in full resolution.
The Pixel 2 is the smaller of the two – it is worth mentioning that, aside from the screen size and battery capacity there are no differences between the two – and it packs a 5-inch AMOLED screen with a 1080p (1,920 x 1,080) resolution along with a solid 2,700mAh battery.
The Pixel 2 XL comes with a huge 6-inch AMOLED screen with 1440p (2,880 x 1,440) resolution and a 3,520mAh battery. And yeah, say goodbye to the headphone jack since both models comes with just one USB-C port.
Both devices come with the latest Android 8.0 Oreo, IP67 dust and water resistance, and an eSIM feature. The new Pixel phones can work with electronic SIM cards, but Google also offered a standard nano-SIM slot.
The Pixel 2 costs $649 (64GB version) and will come in three color choices: Kinda Blue, Just Black and Clearly White. The Pixel 2 XL sports a price of $849 for 64GB version and is available in Just Black or Black and White color choices. You can pre-order both phones today with shipping date still unknown. Every user who makes a pre-order will receive a new Google Home Mini for free.