Google's 'Made by Google' 2017 event has officially come and go. Based on the leaks the last few months, nothing really came as a big surprise. The leaks were actually extremely accurate, but now that phones are official, it's time to go over everything.
Unlike other companies (I'm looking at you Apple), Google incorporated the same features in both devices so you're not missing out on a feature or two by going with the smaller model. The only difference is obviously the screen size and battery capacity.
DISPLAY, PROCESSOR, DIMENSIONS
The Pixel 2 will be the smaller of the two and have a 5-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) AMOLED Always-on display at 441ppi (pixels-per-inch). On the Pixel 2 XL, there is a 6-inch QHD+ (2880 x 1440) pOLED at 538ppi. The larger handset has indeed joined the thin bezel revolution and has an aspect ratio of 18:9.
Both handsets sport a 2.35Ghz + 1.9Ghz, 64Bit Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, an Adreno 540 GPU, and 4GB of RAM. They also have Android Oreo 8.0 pre-installed. Dimensions for both devices are as follows:
Pixel 2: 5.7 inches in length, 2.7 inches in width, and 0.3 inches in height. Weighs 5.01oz
Pixel 2 XL: 6.2 inches in length, 3 inches in width, and 0.3 inches in height. Weighs 6.2oz.
CAMERA AND BATTERY
A single 12.2-megapixel camera with a f/1.8 aperture occupies the rear of both handsets. The camera features both OIS and EIS (optical and electronic image stabilization) and autofocus. Despite it lacking a dual-camera configuration, the new Pixel smartphones will still be able to take portrait mode shots using their dual-pixel technology. There is also an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with a f/2.4 aperture. The front-facing camera is also capable of taking portrait mode shots.
One thing to note, DxOMark gave the new Pixel's a 98 score, which is the highest rating ever for a smartphone camera.
They omitted a dual-camera (and still incorporated the technology found in it) in favor of a bigger battery. A big battery is always welcomed. The Pixel 2 has a 2700 mAh battery, but the Pixel 2 XL has the beefier battery clocking in at 3520 mAH. Google claims you can get 7 hours of use on just 15 minutes of charging on both devices with the Always-on display turned off.
Google gave both devices an aluminum unibody with hybrid coating and Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Two very welcomed additions to both handsets are front-facing stereo speakers and an IP67 water and dust resistant rating. Unfortunately, Google made the mistake of removing the headphone jack entirely.
Now Playing - With this feature enabled, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will always be listening for music. Instead of opening up your phone and turning on Shazam, the song title and artist will be displayed on the Always-on display.
Active Edge - Both handsets have a squeezable frame. By squeezing the devices, you can easily interact with certain features. For example, you can squeeze the device in order to launch the Google Assistant.
Google Lens - A feature where information is displayed for whatever the camera is focusing in on. For example, if you aim the camera at the Empire State Building, Google Lens will provide you on-screen information about it.
Motion Photos - This feature records a bit of video before and after a picture is taken.
AR Stickers - This allows you to put digital images in your camera view and photos. Think Snapchat.
Unlimited photo/video storage - Through Google Photos, Pixel users will once again have unlimited photos and videos storage at original quality. This is through til the end of 2020.
- Amazing Camera
- Great design
- Unlimited photo and video storage
- water and dust resistant (would have preferred an IP68 over the IP67 rating though)
- Front-facing stereo speakers
- Android Oreo out of the box
- Will be the first to get OS updates (for 3 years)
- Redesigned Pixel launcher
- No wireless charging
- No headphone jack
- Pixel 2 XL price point for 128GB is steep
- Lack of a dual-camera configuration (their dual-pixel technology still will not beat a true dual-camera)
Pre-orders for both Pixels are live. There are two options to pre-order. You can go directly to the Google Store (good luck, some models are sold out) or you can purchase through the exclusive US carrier, which so happens to be Verizon Wireless for the second straight year.
The Pixel 2 comes in three colors: Just Black, Clearly White, and Kinda Blue. For the 64GB model it will cost $649 ($27.04 a month for 24 months) and the 128GB will be $749 ($31.21 a month for 24 months).
The Pixel 2 XL comes in just two colors: Just Black and Black & White. This device will set you back a bit. It starts at $849 ($35.38 per month for 24 months) for the 64GB variant and $949 ($39.54 per month for 24 months) for the 128GB.
Both devices officially get released on October 19th.