Google Pixel and Pixel 2 XL Smartphones

This is it. The much anticipated next-generation Google Pixel phones have been announced and they are pretty much what we have expected based on the numerous leaks and rumors. Google set out to create the second generation Pixel based on the same principle of making a smartphone simpler and smarter, and with it, you’d expect a lot software driven features like, for examples, Google Assistant right out-of-the-box, software dominant cameras, augmented reality stickers, Google Lens that searches what you see – just to pick out a few.

Google Pixel and Pixel 2 XL Smartphones

Then there’s the promised of all-day battery life that offers seven hours of use with just 15 minutes of charging and finally, it is some decent dust and water-resistance with an IP67 rating. Not the IP68 we would love, but way better than its predecessor at IP57. As with the original, the Pixel 2 is offered in two sizes with similar specs and features except for the obvious, the display size and resolution. There is the 5-inch Pixel 2, featuring a “crystal-clear cinematic OLED display and then there is the 6-inch Pixel 2 XL boasting pOLED 18:9 AR edge-to-edge display.

Google Pixel and Pixel 2 XL Smartphones

As far as colorway is concerned, the smaller of the two is available in three colors: Just Black, Clearly White and Kinda Blue, while the larger model comes in Just Black and Black & White (my personal favorite!). Expect Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box (duh…) and with it, an always-on display that lets yo in on the notifications at a glance without turning on the device. And oh, there is also the squeeze thing on Pixel 2, exactly as it was rumored. By squeezing the device, users can launch Google Assistant to get real-time help.

Google Pixel and Pixel 2 XL Smartphones

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are available for pre-order starting today in the U.S. with a starting price of $649. Both devices are also available to Australia, Canada, Germany, India and U.K. and for the first time, Pixel 2 XL will be heading to Italy, Singapore and Spain, but that will only happen later this year. Keep going for the specifications of both devices in their entirety (there’s a promo after that too).

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Google Pixel and Pixel 2 XL Smartphones

Pixel 2, Phone by Google Specifications

Android 8.0 Oreo with Google Assistant

Supports up to CAT 15 (800Mbps DL / 75Mbps UL), 3x DL CA, 4x4 MIMO, 256-QAM DL and 64-QAM UL depending on carrier support
Pixel 2
145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm (5.7 x 2.7 x 0.3 inch), 143g (5.01 oz)
Pixel 2 XL
157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm (6.2 x 3.0 x 0.3 inch), 175g (6.2 oz)
Snapdragon 835; 2.35Ghz + 1.9Ghz, 64Bit Octacore, Adreno 540 GPU, Security Module.
4GB LPDDR4x RAM, 64/128GB

Unlimited online storage for photos and videos
Pixel 2
Cinematic 5.0-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) AMOLED at 441ppi, 16:9 A.R.
2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5
Always-on display
95% DCI-P3 coverage
100000:1, super contrast ratio
True black level
Full 24-bits depth or 16.77 million colors

Pixel 2 XL
Fullscreen 6.0-inch QHD+ (2880 x 1440) pOLED at 538ppi, 18:9 A.R.
3D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5
Always-on display
100% DCI-P3 coverage
100000:1, super contrast ratio
True black level
Full 24-bits depth or 16.77 million colors
Autofocus with laser + dual pixel phase detection
Optical + electronic image stabilization
f1.8 aperture

Rear Camera Video
1080p @ 30fps, 60fps, 120fps
720p @ 30fps, 60fps, 240fps
4K @ 30fps

f2.4 aperture
Fixed focus

Front Camera Video
1080p @ 30fps
720p @ 30fps
480p @ 30fps
Pixel 2
2,700 mAh
Pixel 2 XL
3,520 mAh

Up to 7 hours of go with 15 minutes of charge.
WiFi 2.4G + 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2x2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0 + LE, NFC, eSIM

USB-C 3.1 Gen 1

Active Edge
Proximity / Ambient light sensor
Hall effect sensor
Accelerometer / Gyrometer
Android Sensor Hub
Advanced x-axis haptics for sharper/defined response
Pixel Imprint: Back-mounted fingerprint sensor for fast unlocking
Pixel 2
Just Black, Clearly White, Kinda Blue

Pixel 2 XL
Just Black, Black & White
Daydream ready
Aluminum unibody with hybrid coating
IP67 water and dust resistant
Stereo front-firing speakers
Wireless HD audio with LDAC, Qualcomm® AptX™ and AptX HD™ audio codecs supported
Headphone Adapter to connect a 3.5mm jack to your Pixel
3 microphone setup with Noise suppression

All images courtesy of Google.