Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are now official, Android 8.0 on board
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Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are now official, Android 8.0 on board

The newest Google Pixel devices have been introduced today. The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL showcased a new pair of own-branded smartphones, manufactured by HTC and LG with codenames Walleye and Taimen, respectively. At first, these two devices are said to be powering a Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 chipset, but because of the delay in the silicon rollout, they will be using the flagship Snapdragon 835.

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL runs on stock-Android 8.0 “Oreo” and have two memory options: 64GB and 128GB storage. Like the predecessor, it doesn’t come with a microSD card slot. Also, they’re similar in the camera sensors, as the rear sports a 12.3-megapixel shooter with phase detection and laser auto-focus, plus an electronic and optical image stabilization. On the other side, the front camera has an 8-megapixel lens with f/2.4 aperture. The battery packs a 2,700 mAh with no mention of wireless charging support.

In terms of size, the Pixel 2 is a 5.0-inch screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top, featuring the standard 16:9 aspect ratio, while the bigger Pixel 2 XL features a 6-inch P-OLED display with a QHD+ resolution in an 18:9 aspect ratio built in aluminum. Although the bezel has been reduced to become a more slim profile, being a true edge to edge device is somewhat a dismay. The battery is 3,520 mAh non-removable, supported by Quick Charge 3.0. There’s also a surprising e-SIM embedded inside the phone, hence, it is a dual-SIM handset, the other is for nano-SIM.

Google Pixel 2 XL in Black & White color

Other highlights: the new Pixel Visual Core, a new special chipset that associates in the camera department of the smartphones that can do better image processing than the Qualcomm’s ISP image technology; another is what we called “advanced x-axis haptics sensor” that refers to the gestures, similar with the squeeze sensor on the HTC U11; and lastly, Adaptive Audio Amplifier to maximize the performance of the speaker.

For pricing, the Pixel 2 starts at $649 for the 64GB model, while the Pixel 2 XL is priced starting $849 for the base 64GB variant. The former will be released on October 19, while the latter is set for November 15.

Google Pixel 2 key specs:

Display 5.0-inch FHD AMOLED display, 1920 x 1080 resolution, 441 ppi
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
CPU 2.45Ghz 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core chipset
RAM 4GB
GPU Adreno 540
SIM Single-SIM
Storage 64GB / 128GB
Storage expansion No
Rear camera 12.3-megapixel, laser and phase detection auto-focus with Sony IMX378 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, electronic image stabilization and dual-LED flash
Front camera 8-megapixel, f/2.4 aperture with Sony IMX179 sensor
Video recording 2160p (30 fps), 1080p (30 fps / 60 fps / 120 fps), 720p (240 fps)
Audio Stereo speakers, Hi-Fi
Others Fingerprint scanner
IP67 water and dust resistant
Operating system Android 8.0 “Oreo”
Connectivity WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, MiMO
Bluetooth 5.0, aptX
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
NFC
USB 3.0 Type-C port, OTG compatible
GSM, HSPA, 4G+ LTE (Category 16)
Dimension 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm
Weight 143 grams
Battery 2,700 mAh non-removable capacity, Quick Charge 3.0
Colors Kinda Blue, Really White and Just Black
Price $649 (or ~P33,120) – 64GB; $749 (or ~P38,225) – 128GB

Google Pixel 2 XL key specs:

Display 6.0-inch FHD+ P-OLED display, 2880 x 1440 resolution, 538 ppi
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5, 3D Arc Glass
CPU 2.45Ghz 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core chipset
RAM 4GB
GPU Adreno 540
SIM Dual-SIM, Dual standby (one Nano-SIM and one e-SIM)
Storage 64GB / 128GB
Storage expansion No
Rear camera 12.3-megapixel, laser and phase detection auto-focus with Sony IMX378 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, electronic image stabilization and dual-LED flash
Front camera 8-megapixel, f/2.4 aperture with Sony IMX179 sensor
Video recording 2160p (30 fps), 1080p (30 fps / 60 fps / 120 fps), 720p (240 fps)
Audio Stereo speakers, Hi-Fi
Others Fingerprint scanner
IP67 water and dust resistant
Operating system Android 8.0 “Oreo”
Connectivity WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, MiMO
Bluetooth 5.0, aptX
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
NFC
USB 3.0 Type-C port, OTG compatible
GSM, HSPA, 4G+ LTE (Category 16)
Dimension 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm
Weight 175 grams
Battery 3520 mAh non-removable capacity, Quick Charge 3.0 support
Color Just Black, Black & White
Price $849 (or ~P43,330) – 64GB; $949 (or ~P48,430) – 128GB

 

 

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