Google leads Androids software side, but recently it became more engaged in the hardware side as well meet the second generation Pixel phones. As before, were looking at a small and an XL model.
Google Pixel 2 XL
Well begin with the more premium device the Google Pixel 2 XL . The LG V30 influences are clearly visible in the 18:9 P-OLED screen. Its bezels are a bit thicker since theyve been loaded with stereo speakers. The screen measures 6 and it is taller but not wider than the screen of the original XL. The resolution is 1,440 x 2,880px (538ppi) and there’s a circular polarizer for improved sunlight legibility. Always On Display is enabled too(Oreo brought native support).
The screen is tucked under a protective pane of Gorilla Glass 5 with beveled edges (3D Arc Glass). Theres glass on the back as well, the rest of the body is built out of aluminum. The basic water resistance was bumped up to IP67.
The Pixels stick with single cameras on the front and back. The main camera now has OIS to aid its 12MP sensor and next gen image processing. That part is handled by the new Pixel Visual Core and it goes beyond the HDR+ we enjoyed with the first-gen Pixels. The selfie cam seem unchanged with its 8MP sensor and f/2.4 aperture.
Google Pixel XL 2
The core of the new Pixel XL 2 is the top Snapdragon dog – 835, coupled with 4GB of RAM and running Android 8.0 Oreo. Google did bump up the storage, now 64GB is the base option (theres a 128GB model for those that need more). The battery is essentially unchanged at 3,520mAh capacity.
Google put an eSIM inside the new phones, which will be used with Google Fi and other carriers. Theres a standard nano-SIM slot if you want to use this the old school way (both GSM and CDMA networks are supported).
The Google Pixel 2 XL is coming in mid-November at a starting price of $850 (add $100 if you need the larger storage). You can have it in Just Black and Black & White.
Google Pixel 2
The Google Pixel 2 looks stuck in time with those chunky bezels on the front. They do house front-facing stereo speakers, but the device isnt that much more compact than its XL sibling. The screen itself hasnt changed in size its still a 5 AMOLED panel of 1080p resolution.
Both Pixels share a feature borrowed from the HTC U11 the phone can detect pressure on its sides so you can squeeze it to trigger select actions. Launching the Google Assistant, for example.
Google Pixel 2
You are also getting the new 835 chipset and extra storage compared to last years model, the new OIS-enabled camera as well. Both Pixel 2 models get free Google Photos storage.
The Google Pixel 2 will also launch in the middle of next month at a starting price of $650 (a $100 bill buys you double the storage). The color options are called Kindla Blue, Just Black and Clearly White.