Google have just announced their new and highly anticipated flagship device, the Google Pixel 2! The device comes as a regular and a plus-sized model, called the Pixel 2 XL.
Fans of the previous Google Pixel device and Android fans alike will be excited about this release as the previous was a big hit.
The Google Pixel 2 will have the same larger bezels surrounding a marginally smaller 4.97-inch 1920 x 1080 display. The only real visible difference between the Pixel 2 and the original Pixel is on the back of the device, where on both new phones the glass accent at the top has been shrunken down so that it no longer encases the fingerprint sensor. The Pixel’s camera lens has gotten larger as well, and it now juts out ever so slightly from the back of the phone.
The Pixel 2 XL has a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6-inch 2880×1440 display, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. The device will offer support for not just a standard SIM card, but also an eSIM. With 3,520 mAh cell under the hood, as well as Gorilla Glass 5 up front both devices will be rated IP68.
The Pixel 2 camera could very well be the best smartphone camera to date. When Google gave the Pixel 2 to DXO for early testing, the phone apparently got a record-setting score of 98. For context, the iPhone 8 Plus comes in second with a 94. So what makes the camera so advanced? The Google Pixel 2 has something called a "Dual-Pixel Sensor" which is supposed to literally divide every pixel in two. There are supposed to be all kinds of benefits from what Google can do with this setup — including letting Google offer a “portrait mode,” with a blurred background effect just like on the iPhone 7 and 8 Plus, without including a second camera. Google states the split Pixels acts like a second lens, without actually having one.
Both phones have a 12.2-megapixel rear camera with a f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization — an improvement over last year’s f/2.0 lens and electronic image stabilization. Those two elements alone could be enough for better photos, but those specs just scratch the surface of what Google has done here.
A new camera feature on the Pixel 2 is called Motion Photos, Google will record a three-second clip around each photo and bundle it into the file, just like iPhone's Live Photos. One feature that sets the Google Pixel 2 apart from the iPhone is that all Pixel users will be able to store their images with original quality onto Google photos. This is available to all users but storage is limited unless you are a Pixel owner.
Another new feature coming from the Pixel 2 camera is called Google Lens- hold the camera up to an advert and Google will automatically bring up the address. Or, hold the camera in front of a book or film and Google will provide a search for it. Google calls this, "Just lens it".
The "Now Playing" feature listens for music and tells you what it hears. Interestingly, it does this without connecting to the net, through an on-device database of songs.
Another feature called "At a Glance" lives on the home screen of the Pixel 2. This permanent widget will launch with support for calendar events, but eventually become AI-powered, to include traffic, directions, weather and more.
The Pixel 2 will cost $649, and the Pixel 2 XL $849. Both can be pre-ordered today in six countries including US, UK and Australia.