Google launched Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL along with a bunch of other hardwares on October 4th. The leaked news and images were accurate to dampen the surprise element. In fact, the other accessories unveiled by Google were quite interesting compared to the Pixel. We will be talking about those products in the coming post. Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL focuses more on Google’s software innovation such as machine learning and AI compared to its looks. Hardware manufacturer HTC has tried to give it a pinch of distinctive look which, actually creates a modern looking device and feels premium.

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Pixel 2 XL Black and White Model    Source: Google
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Pixel 2 White Model            Source: Google

Pixel 2 XL certainly stands out more compared to Pixel 2, but the large 6-inch display may be a deterrent factor for many. Both the devices have the same configuration. It runs on the latest Android Oreo 8.0 and Google has promised updates for next three years. Pixel devices will be available for pre-order from October 26th in India and available in other countries from October 19th. Pixel 2 will start from Rs. 61,000 and Pixel 2 XL from Rs. 73,000. The phone will be available via Flipkart, Croma, Reliance Digital, Vijay Sales and other Stores as well.

In-depth Look

Talking about the Pixel 2 first, the device features a 5 inch Full HD 16:9 AMOLED display at 441ppi. Pixel 2 XL sports a 6 inch P-OLED QHD display with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and have a resolution of 2880 x 1440 at 538ppi. 2 XL has an always on display due to its OLED panel, which means it can lit only those pixels which are required and switch of the rest, it allows you to display notifications and clock, without consuming much power. This feature is available in Samsung Galaxy devices and Moto Z devices for quite some time now. Pixel 2 will be available in three colors, white (clearly white), pale blue (kind of blue) and black (just black). The display in Pixel 2 XL tries to create a somewhat bezel-less look but fails miserably, but the overall build makes up for the same. Its side edges are visible enough to steal away the full display experience.

Pixel 2 does not offer anything new in terms of looks. Pixel 2 XL is available in executive black and a dual color black and white color. Both the phones have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-core chipset with Adreno 540 GPU. 4 GB of DDR4 RAM with an option of 64 GB or 128 GB storage. Both the phones have Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-core chipset with Adreno 540 GPU. 4 GB of DDR4 RAM with an option of 64 GB or 128 GB storage.  The rear camera is 12.2 MP with f/1.8 aperture which is bigger than last year and comes with a whole lot of improvement as well. Pixel was already known for its amazing camera quality and Google has taken it to another level. There is no dual camera setup like most of the flagship this year such as iPhone X and OnePlus 5, though looking at its image quality, you will not miss the second camera. It can record 1080p and 4K videos at 30 FPS with optical stabilization for both images and videos. The front camera is an 8 MP shooter with f/2.4 aperture and can capture stunning selfies with bokeh effect in low light as well. The camera is embedded with machine learning and can improve picture quality over time by adjusting itself to user scenarios.

There is no dual camera setup like most of the flagship this year such as iPhone X and OnePlus 5, though looking at its image quality, you will not miss the second camera. It can record 1080p and 4K videos at 30 FPS with optical stabilization for both images and videos. The front camera is an 8 MP shooter with f/2.4 aperture and can capture stunning selfies with bokeh effect in low light as well. The camera is embedded with machine learning and can improve picture quality over time by adjusting itself to user scenarios.

Pixel 2 has 2700 mAh and Pixel 2 XL has a 3520 mAh battery and supports fast charging. The major change comes in terms of dual stereo front speakers (which is better) and exclusion of 3.5 mm audio jack (not better). Instead, it has a single USB-C port and Pixel will ship with a converter for 3.5 mm audio jack. The google search bar is conveniently placed below the bottom dock and features amazing live wallpapers. Both the phones have an aluminum unibody which is water (IP67) and dust resistant. The fingerprint reader is on the back panel, same as last year.

Now the Google Assistant can be triggered by squeezing the sides of the phone, whose sensitivity can be adjusted. Google Lens is built-in with Assistant, you can get more information by just clicking a picture of that product as long as it recognizes it properly. Google is providing unlimited high-quality Photo’s storage for five years.

Should You Buy Pixel?

In this competitive smartphone environment, we won’t say Pixel is an extraordinary device but should that prevent you from getting one? Pixel is a beautiful yet simple smartphone in its own way and have grown its own fan following over the year. Pixel phones are known for their pure Android experience with best in class camera and good hardware under the hood. Combine them and you have a strong reason, along with this is you are getting Google’s promise of first updates over the coming years. Google’s advances in machine learning and AI is certainly another reason and it is getting reflected this year itself. The possibilities are limitless and Android is just getting better with each passing day. At present, Pixel phones are at the forefront of this innovation and will continue to evolve in the coming years. Google is also building an entire ecosystem of devices and Pixel lies at its core.

So, if you are an Android person looking for a simple yet elegant smartphone with assured updates, Pixel is for you. If you love your photos and selfies, Pixel is for you. If you like more personalized Google experience, Pixel is for you and if you can afford to pay Rs. 61,000 for base version, Pixel is for you.

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