Google presented its new high-end smartphone duo to challenge Samsung and Apple dominance. Two words that come straight to mind about just unveiled Pixels: pragmatic and AI infused. Let’s break it down.
Looking at hardware both models are barely different from original Pixel, especially Pixel 2. There’s the same 5-inch screen with attention-grabbing huge bezels, AMOLED display and resolution. Improvement in this year’s Pixel comes in Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Fingerprint scanning became faster and the sensor is located on the rear of the phone where finger lands naturally. IP67 certified Pixels 2 are made to perform in wet conditions but are not fully water-proof.
The screen size and type, the battery capacity and design are the most noticeable variations of both Pixels 2. XL version has a 6-inch pOLED display, smaller top and bottom bezels. Pixel 2 houses 2700 mAh power pack enough for all day with single charge as Google says battery life got 10% longer. XL’s battery is significantly bigger at 3520 mAh.
The Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL share a lot in common. In more details, both phones have Snapdragon 835 under the hood, 4GB of RAM and internal storage of either 64GB or 128GB.
You won’t find dual camera set up as was rumoured on any of Google phones because the software does everything two cameras perform on other flagships. Pixel 2 camera sets a record-breaking 98 rating and tops overall smartphone camera quality listing. 12.2MP sensor lands on the back with laser autofocus, optical and electronic image stabilisation. Aperture wise we go from f/2.0 to f/1.8 for better low-light snaps. Google decided to retain 8MP selfie camera unchanged.
No surprises, Google?
Something HTC-like is packed in both phones and it’s Active Edge. Squeezing both sides of the phone allows to launch virtual assistant instead of saying out loud in public: “Ok, Google..”
USB-C is required for charging and listening to music. Yes, Pixels 2 come without headphone jacks and wireless charging capabilities.
It cost Google bezel-less design to ship front-facing speakers on both phones. For some users, dual speakers and stereo experience is a big deal and Google acknowledges this supporting lots of Bluetooth 5 new audio codecs.
Both phones are now available for pre-order directly from Google or Carphone Warehouse as well as through EE. The Pixel 2 price starts at £629 (64 GB) or £729 for 128GB storage. The bigger brother’s price will vary from £799 for 64GB of storage to £899 for 128GB.
We should say thumbs up to Google for ignoring mainstream 2017 flagship design. Pixel 2 phones are a remarkable combination of software, hardware and AI in bold Pixel-style bodies. Aesthetically, Pixels 2 do not look or feel groundbreaking and there are no advanced add-ons that people are willing to pay over £800 for. However, you can be sure they are designed to work and adapt to its user creating seaming less experience.