For about one decade, the smartphones have evolved rather fast. While the technology is still at infancy, the competing philosophies are now starting to emerge.
Though many companies have been entering the market to get a share of the huge profits, the advancing technologies are now making the top firms such as Apple, Samsung, and Google stand out. Google’s latest release, the Pixel 2 is a remarkable model that will provide stiff competition to their latest pieces (iPhone X and Samsung galaxy S8). Here is everything you need to know about the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
Pixel 2 launch marks a departure from the norm
As Google launched Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, it became clear that the goal was setting the giant apart from others. The design of Pixel 2 is truly remarkable. The aesthetics are not simply consistent, but stand out clearly from what other tech giants especially Apple and Samsung are doing. It is all about pragmatism.
The two phones are fitted with octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor (this means 4(2.35GHz cores + four 1.9GHz cores), with an amazing 4GB RAM. Besides, the phones run on the latest 8.0 Android Oreo that makes them among the fastest phones in the market. This is an improvement of Andreno 540 used on Pixel.
The October 4th launch was aimed at giving users the end of year smartphone that they can consider true companions in all areas of their lifestyles. The most remarkable is the advanced Artificial Intelligence features that make your phone work with most smart gadgets.
Pixel 2 design
Google avoided the flashy designs that are the selling points of the top competitors especially iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy 8. Instead, Pixel 2 features a lovely aluminum body that makes it to have a great grip. It feels like you are holding plastic and not metal! The Pixel 2 XL design brings a smooth look with no visible antenna lines. Even the camera bump is only a slightly raised ridge around the camera.
Google ensured that the Pixel 2 is available in multiple colors for users to match with personal preferences. Pixel 2 is available in three colors while Pixel 2 XL is available in two colors. For example, the white Pixel 2 XL is fitted with a black glass shade on the rear, a neon power button, and white body. They also boast of an IP67 rating that makes them water-resistant for protection against dust and liquids.
The phone specifications
- The hardware
The cheaper model of the Pixel 2 is the 5-inch model that comes with 64GB of internal storage. This phone will cost about $649. The Pixel 2 XL on the other hand has a 128 GB storage and will start selling at $849. The display on the two phones is OLED with a contrast ration of 100,000:1 that is very high compared to the 1,400:1 on iPhone 8. Google ensured that every part of the display including color, gamut, contrast ratio, and brightness was perfected to guarantee users of better user experience.
The speakers on Pixel 2 are loud enough with little distortion. Google did away with the Headphone jack on the Pixel 2 though it still supports various audio codecs on Bluetooth 5. The fine tuning on the speakers is meant to make it easier for users to use with smart devices.
- Pixel Camera
Though Pixel uses a single Rear camera, it is made very unique by Pixel 2 dual-pixel sensor. The camera features a 1/2.6-inch 12.2 MP sensor and a great aperture of f/1.8. Other major components in the camera include the dual-pixel autofocus, the HDR+ technology, optimal image stabilization, and new portrait mode software-enabled resolution. On the front camera, Google took creativity to a whole new level by enabling the background blurring effect (bokeh). Because it uses a single camera, key effects such as Bokeh, depth, and zoom are software assisted.
- The augmented reality stickers
Google Augmented Reality-Core framework is completely active on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones. Now, Google is using special stickers to fix things in real-time on various scenes. The pixel 2 will also support the Google lens that helps to recognize objects in photographs. This makes it easy to recognize landmarks, books, business cards, and many others. Note that the Pixel Google lens is not built in the camera, but it is available as a button inside the Google assistant.
Other great features of Pixel 2 include active edges with squeezable sides, USB-C, Bluetooth 5.0, and 18.0W power adapter. It also features a great battery with 2700mAh and weighs only 143 grams.
Gadgets launched alongside Google Pixel 2
Google used the Pixel 2 launch event to demonstrate its focus on opening a new chapter in machine learning. While Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL come with the latest features for artificial intelligence, Google also launched other devices that are equally advanced. The Google Home Mini, a smaller speaker designed entirely from fabric was launched. It allows users to play or pause music by tapping. The speaker will be available on sale starting from October 19 at a cost of $49.
Another flagship product was the Google Home max that has an inbuilt virtual assistant. It is 20X more powerful compared to the Google Home. The assistant can recognize the owner’s voice and will be able to control thousands of devices such as the music, lighting, and security camera. Simply say Okay Google to start giving commands. The Google Home Max will be available starting from December at a cost of $399.
The Pixelbook, a special high-performance chrome book was also launched on the 4th October event. It is a very thin, 10mm, tablet with a 12.3-inch high definition display. The tablet supports up to 16GB RAM and a maximum of 512 GB SSD. You can select either the Core-i7 or Core-i5 starting from $999.
A closer comparison of Pixel 2 and top competitors
A closer comparison of Pixel 2 vs iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy S8 reveals that Google is progressively racing towards artificial intelligence. Bothe Google Pixel 2 and iPhone X have glass on the back. However, iPhone X is all glass on the back while Pixel 2 only has a glass strip.
On display, Pixel 2 features a 5.0 inch 1.080 x 1,920 AMOLED display while the iPhone X has a 1,125 x 2,436 AMOLED screen. This means the iPhone X screen is bigger though the technology is similar. The camera also differs slightly from Google Pixel 2 using a 12MP f/1.8 single-lens camera while iPhone X has a 12MP dual-lens camera, with f/1.8 and f/2.4 lenses. It is also important to point that Pixel 2 uses Android Oreo (the latest version) while iPhone X is using iOS 11.
While Apple and Samsung appeared to race ahead with their recent flagship models, Pixel 2 has weighed in and is determined to cut their market share with a huge margin. From design to usability, there is no doubt that Pixel 2 takes Google a little ahead of its competitors because of its unique features.