FIRST LOOK AT THE GOOGLE PIXEL 2 AND 2 XL
#Google is back with the #Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the two most-anticipated phones of the year, with an announcement. Gone are the days of the developer-focused #Nexus hardware. Now Google makes its own smartphones to compete head to head with other devices in the #Android space. Google announced to the world this interesting range of Pixel phones with interesting cameras called ‘Google Clips’, a new Google Home Mini and Max; a #Pixelbook with an updated Google Daydream.
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 Xl phones are officially coming out on October 19th. You can preorder them though.
Covering the basics, Pixel 2 is the less-expensive model with 64GB of storage at $949. Pixel 2 XL starts at $849. If you want 128GB storage, just pay $100 more. Bigger batteries, with smart OLED, and 6 inch screens. It’s lighter, slimmer and water resistant. Has #squeezable sides and unlimited storage and it comes in “kind of blue”, “just black” “clearly white” as Google Product Chief Mario Queiroz has to say. No more headphones jack though, so we’ll have to rely on their “Pixel buds” – an answer to Airpods.
The phones are identical except for their sizes and type of screen, the size of battery and the basic design of hardware. Other than that, they come with same processors, same cameras and dual-speakers.
Google is quite proud of the screens, having said that they don’t look like any of their predecessors, they’re OLED. The company claims they have a contrast ratio of 100,00:1 which if compared to iPhone 8 is 1400:1. Rick Osterloh, the Google Hardware Chief said about this “Screens have so many dimensions: brightness, color, gamut, quality, contrast ratio. We are strong in every dimension…competitive and leading in many.”
The basic specifications
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- Memory: 4GB RAM
- Storage: 64GB or 128GB
- Rear camera: 12.2MP, 1.4μm pixels, Autofocus with laser and dual-pixel phase detection, Optical and electronic image stabilization, f/1.8 aperture lens
- Front camera: 8MP, 1.4μm pixels, f/2.4 aperture lens, fixed focus
- Video: 1080p at 30, 60, or 120 fps on rear camera
- "Active Edge" squeezable sides
- USB-C, no wireless charging
- No headphone jack
- Bluetooth 5.0
- 18W power adapter and USB-C headphone dongle in box
PIXEL 2 XL SPECS
- Battery: 3520mAh
- Screen: 6-inch, 2880 x 1440p OLED, 100 percent DCI-P3 coverage, 100,000:1 contrast ratio
- Size: 6.2 x 3.0 x 0.3 inches
- Weight: 175 grams
PIXEL 2 SPECS
- Battery: 2700mAh
- Screen: 5-inch, 1920 x 1080 AMOLED, 95 percent DCI-P3 coverage, 100,000:1 contrast ratio
- Size: 5.7 x 2.7 x 0.3 inches
- Weight: 143 grams
Other huge announcements
Basically a small camera with smart tech. Using the artificial intelligence, it’s able to capture spontaneous intimate moments – automatically. It deems “interesting” with the camera trained to capture soundless videos of faces and pets. It comes in white and teal colour, 3 hour battery life and takes photos at 1 fps, with 8GB memory for $249.
Google Home Mini and Max
This is basically a smaller smartphone home device for listening to news or podcasts. It’s tiny and fabric-covered, with a 4-inch diameter and a height of over an inch and a half. Costing $49.
The book costs $999 and goes up to $1649 for a double RAM, a 12 GB #NVMe, a Seventh Generation Intel i7 processor. It has a 12.3 inch high-resoultion. The first laptop with built-in Google Assistant. It has a Pixelbook Pen of $99 which is a stylus made in partnership with #Wacom.
This is a #VR headset, coming in gray black or coral pink of Google’s Home colours, an update to last year’s model. It’s compatible to Pixel 2, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8, and LG V30. Priced at $99 and available in November.