We knew Google was coming hard. With the competition tightening and Google finally acquiring a portion of HTC’s team responsible for the Pixel, its about time Google that you show off what you’ve got to take on the likes of the S8, G6, and iPhone X. Google started off the event by yet again reminding users about their vision by mentioning that they are prioritizing AI over Mobile. Google’s Sundar Pichai believed that humans should not adapt to computers, but it should be the other way around where computers adapt to humans. Google has definitely come a long way. Google emphasized the same at the first Pixel launch, and this time around, they’re simply not stopping anytime soon.
Google’s next flagship that everyone was waiting for was finally revealed as well. Google believes that they have the three perfect ingredients to take AI to the next level. They mentioned about Software + Hardware + AI. Google basically has them all if we look closely at it.
The Pixel 2 comes in two sizes 5-inch and 6-inch. Google promises that the Pixel will continue to deliver the best in camera quality. At last, the leaks were true. For some ‘playfulness’ the phone’s power button is color coded. Audio muffling is also a thing of the past. However, the Apple diss no longer works as Google has kicked the headphone jack off the features list. The display uses POLED panels. Google has also confirmed that both devices are Daydream ready. They both are also dust and waterproof.
Google has also opted for an Always On display which shows all of your information without turning on your display. Similar to HTC, Google has added squeezable sides to do many tasks such as taking selfies or triggering the Assistant. Something google picked up from their HTC acquisition. It also works if your Pixel 2 is in a case.
As usual, the Pixel 2 will run on Android O Oreo. As a Pixel user, stay tuned for more updates. However, I personally do mind the ugly chins on the top and bottom of the phones. Pretty sad.
Coming over to the camera of the phone, Google has topped it off again with a score of 98 on DXOMark which is impressive in itself. Google has a has a bag of tricks in optimizing the images taken with the Pixel XL and XL2. While recording video, the phone uses EIS and OIS which is one of its kind. It’s usually one or the other or no stabilization at all. Google says that Pixel uses take twice the amount of pictures compared to iPhone users. Here are the camera specifications:
- 1/2.6-inch 12MP sensor
- f/1.8 aperture
- Dual-Pixel Autofocus
- Optical Image Stabilization
- HDR+ technology
- New Portrait Mode software solution
The Pixel 2 will sell for $649 while the larger Pixel XL 2 will retail for $850. The Google Pixel 2 and XL 2 feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 under the hood paired with 4GB of RAM.
Personally, its pretty unsatisfying to see Google ditching the headphone jack and for the top and bottom chins, it’s pretty uncomfortable. But hey, if you could get all over that, it looks amazing. However, if you would ask me personally, I would still go with the Samsung Galaxy S8.
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