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Google is not only the most famous search engine but also the owner of the most widely used smartphone OS – Android. As owner, Google may have all the rights to introduce the best under their umbrella; not only the software but the hardware as well. That is why we have seen a series of Android One, Nexus and Pixel smartphones made by renowned manufacturers on behalf of Google. The upcoming project includes a duo of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL coming out of the box on October 19.

Google has put all the best to bring the most remarkable design for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in its second year of making phone hardware. In a way Google has established a clear distinction from the two market leaders – Apple and Samsung. Google hardware is all about pragmatism and approachability.

Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL

The new Pixels seem like pretty good addition to smartphones. The phones are identical except for a few key things like the size and type of screen, the size of battery and the basic hardware design. Otherwise, they have the same cameras, same processors and the same dual-speakers. The Pixel 2 is manufactured by HTC and the XL variant by LG but Google claims that it made these phones and that it isn’t just making modification around the edges of existing phones like it did with the old Nexus line-up.

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The standard non-XL model looks almost exactly like the last year’s Pixel, with a very mainstream, minimalistic look. There are thick, chunky bezels on the top and bottom which don’t feel particularly at home in a 2017 flagship. Thankfully, the XL model reduces those bezels much, much more and the result is an attention-grabbing device. The phones also sport IP67 water and dust-resistance, as well as curved Gorilla Glass 5 on the front.

Google claims to bring the best display with the new duo; 5 inch and 6 inch OLED having contrast ratio of 100,000:1 as compared to 1,400:1 on the iPhone 8. Rick Osterloh, Google’s hardware chief says all about, “Screens have so many dimensions: brightness, color gamut, quality and contrast ratio. We’ll be strong in every dimension — certainly competitive in every dimension — and leading in many. The screens can be set to always-on, showing time and notification icons on a black background.”

The speakers on both phones got plenty loud without too much distortion. Google has also improved in audio parameters with the new twin. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL do support a bunch of new audio codecs over Bluetooth 5. We are pretty sure that Google would be proven true in claiming the performance hype of speakers.

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Google brings the standard Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64/128 GB of internal storage options, OLED screens, 12-megapixel rear cameras and 8-megapixel selfie cameras with both the smartphones. The software is Android 8.0 Oreo, stock, which will receive regular updates for up to 2 years.The phones support not only the Nano-SIM card, but also an eSIM which will be helpful in switching networks while travelling. You will have to download a virtual SIM from a supported network to use the feature.

Price & Availability

The Pixel 2 will be made available in Black, Blue and White colours with a price tag of $650 and $750 for 64GB and 128GB variants respectively. Whereas, the elder one will come in Black and Black/White colours having price tags of $850 and $950 for both the variants of 64GB and 128GB.

Specifications

Google Pixel 2 Google Pixel 2 XL
OS Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo
Networks 2G, 3G, 4G LTE 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
CPU 2.35 GHz Kryo octa-core 2.35 GHz Kryo octa-core
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Display 5-inch P-OLED with 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution 6-inch P-OLED with QHD+ (1440 x 2880) resolution
Dimensions 5.7 x 2.7 x 0.3 inches 6.2 x 3.0 x 0.3 inches
Weight 143 grams 175 grams
Design Fingerprint scanner
Squeezable sides

Front facing stereo speakers

No headphone jack

Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Fingerprint scanner
Squeezable sides

Front facing stereo speakers

No headphone jack

3D Arc Glass

Corning Gorilla Glass 5

RAM 4 GB 4 GB
Internal 64/128 GB 64/128 GB
Card slot no no
Connectivity USB-C, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, LTE USB-C, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, LTE
Primary
Camera
12.3 MP, f/1.8, OIS and EIS (gyro), phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash 12.3 MP, f/1.8, OIS and EIS (gyro), phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Secondary Camera 8 MP, 1/3.2″ sensor size 8 MP, f/2.4
Colours Black, Blue and White Black and Black/White
Battery 2700 mAh with fast charging support 3520 mAh with fast charging
Price 64 GB – $650 (~PKR 68,400)

128 GB – $750 (~PKR 78,900)

64 GB – $850 (~PKR 89,500)

128 GB – $950 (~PKR 100,000)