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Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL overview - Is it really good ?

Google has finally unveiled its second generation pixel phones and it comes in two variants Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Pixel 2 is the smaller variant among the two but it is no different from its bigger brother, both of them have a similar hardware and software experience. The only place where the two of them are different is the display. The Pixel 2 sports a 5 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) AMOLED display with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a pixel density of 441ppi which is protected by a 2.5D Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 while on the Pixel 2 XL we find a 6 inch QHD (2880 x 1440) pOLED display with a 18:9 aspect ratio and a pixel density of 538ppi which is protected by 3D Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5. Although both the devices shares a similar design language, but sadly we find huge chins both on top and bottom of the Pixel 2 which is actually lot bigger than its predecessor, while on the Pixel 2 XL we find a Bessel less design which is like the trend of 2017 .

Talking about the internal hardware both of them shares a similar configuration. The Pixel 2 and 2 XL is powered Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 with a 4GB ram and a 64GB and 128GB variant to choose from. Both phones spots a front firing stereo speaker, which is a very sensible and practical add on by the company. We also see HTC’s squeeze functionality (“Active Edge”) on the new pixel devices which is used to access Google Assistant from anywhere. Now you may wonder what is actually going on right. Is it a Google’s product or HTC’s? Now on the Google’s event they have confirmed that they have hired around 3000 engineers form HTC which is in fact the reason for such similarities among the two mobile manufacturing giants. Anyways, both the devices runs Android 8.0.0, Oreo out of the box and you will definitely not be disappointed with a software experience Google provides. Now, one of the most stand out features of the second generation pixel is its camera. No, it’s not a fancy dual camera setup but instead Google uses a single 12.2 MP shooter having a dual pixel autofocus camera with an f/1.8 aperture and both the devices have OIS and EIS too. Talking about the front camera it spots an 8 MP fixed focus shooter with an f/2.4 aperture. DxOMark has given Google Pixel 2 a score of 98, the highest rated smartphone camera ever! We of course need to check the quality ourselves before we can say anything about the camera but in general it looks really promising. You will also get portrait mode on both the pixels and Google creates this smart shallow depth with the help of dual pixel technology and machine learning. The portrait mode is available in both front and rear cameras.

The Pixel 2 has a 2700mAh battery while the Pixel 2 XL spots a 3520mAh battery and the company claims “up to 7 hours of go with 15 minutes of charge” which once again needs to be tested. One disappointing thing about the Google Pixel 2 is the 3.5mm headphone jack, yeah you guessed it right it’s gone and instead they have come up with a wireless solution known as the “Pixel Buds”.  The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be receiving OS and security updates for a minimum of 3 years i.e. until 2020 and you will also get unlimited cloud storage on Google photos to save your amazing moments in  life in raw format without any compression . Overall the phone seems quite promising and it looks like Google wants to integrate hardware, software along with AI to provide the best experience possible to the end users .

The Google Pixel 2 will launch on October 17 at a starting price of $650 / €800 / £630. The color options are called Kindla Blue, Just Black and Clearly White. While the Google Pixel 2 XL is coming in mid-November at a starting price of $850 / €940 / £800. You can have it in Just Black and Black & White. Pre-orders are live in the UK, Germany, the US (via Google Store and Verizon), India, Australia and Canada. For a limited time, you're getting a free Home Mini. Pre-orders in Italy, Singapore, and Spain will kick off later this year.


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