The Pixel series is largely considered to offer the best Android experience. From premium design, top-of-the-line specs, great photographic capabilities to running stock Android OS, there s little to complain about. Now, Google is gearing up to unveil its next-generation Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL at an event in San Francisco tonight. Also Read - Apple adds UPI, RuPay, net banking on App Store: How to add new payment methodsAlso Read - Samsung Galaxy A22 in pictures: A fancy 5G phone
Last year, Google launched its Pixel smartphones, and apart from stock Android and Google Assistant on board, the focus was also on their photographic abilities. Instead of going Apple s way, Google stuck to a single 12.3-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and support for phase detection autofocus and laser detection autofocus. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy A22 5G review: Looks fancy, runs fast but too pricey
Google’s obsessed with Photos
But what Google kept touting was the Pixels low-light photographic abilities. In fact, so confident was Google, it dedicated an entire blog post touting the Pixels low-light photographic capabilities. Besides performance, Pixel owners also get unlimited Google Photos for a lifetime. In short, the Pixel and the Pixel XL were a casual photographer s dream. But a lot has happened since.
The world has moved on from megapixel counts, and now the buzz is around dual-cameras, and DSLR-like portrait photos with bokeh effects et al. In fact much of the discussions in the premium space is around the design, display, and the cameras. The likes of Apple have taken things up a notch with the iPhone 8 Plus. Having been using the smartphone, I can vouch for its stupendous camera performance. Be it low-light performance, portrait shots or the speed and ease at which you can click good photos, the iPhone 8 Plus leaves you impressed. If all the reports are to be believed, the upcoming iPhone X is as good as the iPhone 8 Plus, if not better. It is among such competition that the new Pixels have to make their mark.
With Google expected to offer the best of Android, rumors quite surprisingly claim that neither of the Pixels will come with a dual-camera setup. Instead, they are expected to include a 12-megapixel rear camera with superior low-light performance. The camera will be complemented with a bunch of software features like Face retouching and Motion photo. Along with that, Pixel 2 users are again expected to get unlimited Google Photos storage.
Competition from Apple and Samsung
It remains to be seen what would be the highlight of the Pixel smartphones this year. The premium segment is dominated by the likes of Samsung and Apple, and Google has a lot on its hands to make the Pixels stand out.
With the Galaxy S8 or the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung is already offering a premium experience for Android phones. While the likes of Xiaomi, Lenovo-Motorola and Nokia offer stock Android experience at pocket-friendly segments. Rumors about a squeezable frame is also something that is borrowed from the HTC U11. Expectations then are at an all-time high, and it will be interesting to see how Google lives up to them.
Google s Pixel event kicks off tonight at 9:30PM IST. Along with the next-generation Pixel smartphones, Google is also expected to unveil a new and improved Google Home speaker, a Pixel-branded Chromebook called Pixelbook, and even an improved Daydream VR headset.
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