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04/10/2017

Can the Pixel 2 Compete as a Flagship? Where to Watch the Announcement

Can the Pixel 2 Compete as a Flagship? Where to Watch the Announcement

The Pixel 2 announcement is going to be live today (4th of October) at 5PM BST. You can watch the live event on Youtube or right here on the Compare and Recycle blog. What can Google deliver to build on the impressive but underappreciated first iteration?

First off the hardware event is going to showcase advancements to Google Home, a high-end Chrombook device line and rumours are that there will also be the Virtual Reality headset followup to the Daydream VR headset. But more about these later.

What does the Pixel 2 Need to compete with Samsung S8 and the iPhone X?

We know what we want to see from the announcement, we think we know what we need to see for the Pixel 2 to be seriously considered as a contender for the top flagships.

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Source: Evan Blass

Who has bezels in 2017?

The first Pixel was, a little bit on the ugly side. There’s no getting away from the fact that it had huge bezels and the over-sized chin was an eyesore to the sleek and curved Samsung and the familiar and comfortable design of the iPhone. The Pixel looked cumbersome and out of place even compared to the Sony Xperia.

And since the original Pixel, the new range of bezel-less phones have been flooding the market, with the Samsung S8 receiving accolades for its great design and the yet-to-be-released iPhone X following suit. There is also the Xiaomi Mi Mix, LG v30 and G6, and even the exciting Essential PH-1 project from the Android Co-founder Andy Rubin. All making a move to reduce the bezel.

If the Pixel 2 gets showcased with anything less than a 18:9 ration then the phone will be up for ridicule. The leaked render above shows both models front and back. The Pixel 2 (bottom) and the Pixel 2 XL (top). The smaller variant looks boring and seems to be stuck in the year 2015 design-wise. Whereas XL version introduces minimal bezels. But will it be enough to get the place along premium, edge-to-edge Androids?

Dual Camera

There’s no doubting that the Google camera software is possibly the best on the market. The new iOS 11 camera software is giving it a run for its money, so there will need to be further enhancements on the software to really ensure they stay ahead.

The camera hardware also needs a significant upgrade, the single 12.3 megapixel camera of the original Pixel was far from the quality of Apple’s double lens, so depending on what improvements they have lined up, we’d expect to see them take the dual lens route.

Release before the iPhone X

There are many impatient people around, so if it wants to compete with the iPhone X then a release date coming before or about the same time then the drive for people that don’t want to wait around for the latest tech will inevitably pick the quickest one to get delivered.

Sit back and watch the keynote

Enough of talking for now. We’ll see what both phones have to offer in couple hours. Watch this space for updates and get your popcorn ready!

Andrew

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