Google has finally launched the much-awaited Pixel 2 range of smartphones at an event today in San Francisco. Both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets feature a dual-tone color scheme like its predecessors, though come with noticeable upgrades such as beefed up hardware, improved camera capabilities, as well as a more well-rounded software experience.
Not mention, Google has ditched the classic 3.5mm jack with it latest Pixel 2 handsets in favor of the new USB Type-C standard for charging and listening to music.
As far as pricing goes, the Google Pixel 2 will be available starting at $649, while the Pixel XL 2 gets a starting price tag of $849.
In terms of specs, the Pixel 2 sports 5-inch Full HD display, while its larger sibling packs a 6-inch QHD screen which has an aspect ratio of 16:9. Both smartphones also feature the ‘Squeeze’ technology we’ve seen in the HTC U11 flagship. The ‘Squeeze’ essentially activates the Google Assistant and even works when a phone is housed in a handset case.
Google Pixel 2 series also feature an Always-On Display like the one found flagships from Samsung and LG.
Under the hood, both Google Pixel 2 handsets get pwoered by the latest Snapdragon 835 processor bundled with 4GB of RAM. Juicing up the smaller Pixel 2 is a 2700mAh battery, while the larger Pixel 2 XL comes with a beefier 3520mAh battery.
In the camera department, both handsets feature the same 12.2MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, along with optical and electronic image stabilisation. On the front, both devices sport an 8MP front-facing shooter with an f/2.4 aperture.
Google Pixel 2 comes offered in a choice of three color options. These include ‘Kind of Blue’, ‘Just Black’ and a ‘White’ colour option. While its larger sibling the Pixel 2 XL comes in black and white color variant along with a black colour option.
Elsewhere, Google also unveiled its new Home Mini smart speaker priced at $49. In addition, it also announced a pumped-up variant of the original Google Home called Google Max. It comes equipped with a built-in Google Assistant and is targeted at audiophiles. The Google Home Max carries a price tag of $399 which includes a free 12-month subscription to YouTube Red.