After all the anticipation, leaks and rumors, Google unveiled the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL yesterday. The two smartphones are the successor to the Pixel and Pixel XL that were launched last year. Having said that, the successor to the first generation Pixel smartphones do come with a bunch of new upgrades such as a better camera, faster chipset, and improved design among others. Let’s look at what all has changed from the original Pixel to the new Pixel 2. Also Read - Google's offline dinosaur game in new Olympics avatar: Here's how to can play
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One of the first things you would not be able to resist noticing is the design of the Pixel 2 smartphone. The smaller sibling still flaunts a compact form factor and while every new smartphone is shredding bezels, the Pixel 2 has got thick ones at the top and bottom. Just like the HTC U11, the frame of Google’s new smartphone responds to “squeeze” gesture and pops open Google Assitant. The company has named the feature as Active Edge while HTC called it Edge Sense. Also Read - Timex Helix Smart 2.0 with temperature sensor, heart rate sensor launched: Details here
On the back, the Pixel 2 continues with the duo-tone colored panel as on the original Pixel. It has fingerprint scanner positioned at the center, whereas the top-left edge has the primary camera with LED flash and other sensors. Just like Apple, Google this year has ditched the 3.5mm audio jack on the Pixel 2.
While fanboys must have been anticipating Google to pull off an Apple-like dual camera setup, the company, is continuing with a single lens setup. The Pixel 2 has a 12.2-megapixel camera with f/1.8 aperture and 1.4 m pixel size. And, as Google says the single-lens camera can still deliver portrait photos.
What it meant is the camera hardware on Pixel 2 smartphone works in synergy with software and Artificial Intelligence to understand the edges of the subject and blur the background with its analysis. On the front, Pixel 2 has the same 8-megapixel selfie camera but capable of clicking portrait selfies as well.
To put this in perspective, the original Pixel comes equipped with a 12.3-megapixel camera with f/2.o aperture and 1.55 m pixel size. Last year, the ‘Made by Google’ Pixel smartphones broke records with a DxO Mark of 89 bosting of superior camera technology. Apparently, this year again the Pixel 2 camera has been awarded an unprecedented score of 98 beating the likes of iPhone 8 Plus, HTC U11 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8. ALSO READ: Google Pixel 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Apple iPhone 8: Price, specifications, features compared
Specifications and features
The Pixel 2 features a 5-inch full HD (1080p) OLED display and it is powered by the Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC. The graphics are driven by Adreno 540 GPU and the smartphone has a memory of 4GB RAM. The smartphone runs Android 8.0 Ore0 out-of-the-box and houses a 2,700mAh battery with fast charging. Pixel 2 has a USB Type- C port and, as Google claims, the battery can dup to up to 7 hours of usage with just 15 minutes of charge. For connectivity, it supports 4G, VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS and Wi-Fi 802.11ac. Also the new Pixel 2 smartphones comes with improved Augmented Reality (AR) integration. Google has also added an active sound recognition feature called the Now Playing that will identify songs playing in your surrounding and show that in the notification panel, in case you were trying to figure out which song it is.
In comparison, the original Pixel has a 5-inch full HD (1080 pixel) AMOLED display with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on the top. It is powered by the last year’s flagship Snapdragon 821 quad-core chipset clocked at 2.15GHz paired with Adreno 530 GPU. With 4GB RAM, the smartphone runs Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. Google has already rolled out the Android Oreo upgrade for Pixel smartphones. The battery on this one is of 2,770mAh capacity, rated to deliver 32 hours of talktime and up to 552 hours of standby time. For connectivity, it supports G, VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS and Wi-Fi 802.11ac.
Price, variants, and availability
Google Pixel 2 will be available to choose from a 64GB and a 128GB storage variant, priced at Rs 61,000 and Rs 70,000, respectively. The smartphone will open for sale in India from November 15, and the pre-orders will kick off on October 26. You can also choose from available color options from Just Black, Kinda Blue, Clearly White and Black & White. ALSO READ: Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL pre-orders in India kick off on October 26: Everything you need to know
The Pixel was launched in a base variant with 32GB storage and the top-end variant with 128GB storage. The two variants of Pixel currently retail in India at a price of Rs 44,000 and Rs 52,500, respectively. The original Pixel debuted in India in only two color variants – Very Silver and Quite Black.