Search giant Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) on Wednesday, October 4, took the wraps off its most-awaited Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL flagship smartphones at a launch event in San Francisco, California. Successor to last year’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, both the devices runs on Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 SoC and Adreno 540 GPU for graphics, as expected. Both the Google-branded smartphones resemble to a great extent except the fact that the ‘XL’ is bigger of the two, offers more juice and differs in terms of few aspects here and there.

Google Pixel 2 is lighter than Pixel 2 XL at 143 g. It measures 7.8 mm in thickness and flaunts three color options: Kinda Blue, Just Black and Clearly White. Google Pixel 2 XL, on the other hand, weighs just a little over 170g and measures 7.9 mm in thickness. It also comes with multiple color options like Just Black and ‘Black & White.’ They are IP67 rated dust and water resistant and can be submerged up to 1 meter for 30 minutes.

Google Pixel 2 has 1080 x 1920 pixels stretched across a 5-inch AMOLED always-on screen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, resulting in 441 ppi pixel density. Google Pixel 2 XL, meanwhile has a bigger 6-inch QHD+ (1440 x 2880 pixels) pOLED always-on display featuring 538 ppi pixel density and similar Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Both the smartphones pack 4GB of RAM and comes with two non-expandable storage options: 64GB and 128GB.

Cameras are believed to be one of the most talking points on Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. They house a 12.2 MP main shooter with f/1.8 aperture, OIS, phase detection & laser autofocus and dual-LED flash. It can shoot up to 4K videos at 30 frames per second (fps). Up front, there’s a 8MP secondary shooter for selfies and video calls.

Although they come without a 3.5mm audio jack, it bundles a type-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter. Ditching the audio jack makes Apple decision more correct. They offer front-mounted stereo speakers and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner for security. As far as the connectivity options are concerned, they support Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, and NFC for secure online payments.

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL pre-orders are now via Google Store, Best Buy, Project Fi and Verizon, starting at $649 and $849, respectively. In the UK, Google Store, EE, Carphone Warehouse are open for pre-orders while in Australia, pre-orders will open on October 20.


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