Last October, Google released its first set of smartphones, Google Pixel and Pixel XL. In no time, they became tough competitors to other dominating smartphones such as Samsung’s S7 and S7 Edge and Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Both Google Pixel and Pixel XL made a huge impact on the Smartphone world for having a fantastic camera with outstanding performance and for giving its user’s a smooth software experience. The phones had their fair share of success, but still needed some room for improvement.
On October 4, 2017, Google announced they will be releasing a new set of Smartphones, Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL as successors to Google Pixel and Pixel XL. The two most anticipated Android phones of the year were released on October 19, 2017.
Google Pixel 2 Vs Pixel 2 XL: Specs, Features, Price & Review
Now, let us take a look at some of the key specifications of Google pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL:
|Model||Google Pixel 2||Google Pixel 2 XL|
|General||· Brand –Google.||· Brand –Google.|
|· Model – Pixel 2.||· Model – Pixel 2 XL.|
|· Operating System – Android 8.0.0, Oreo.||· Operating System – Android 8.0.0, Oreo.|
|· Release date – 19 October, 2017.||· Release date – 19 October, 2017.|
|· Finger Print Sensor – Yes.||· Finger Print Sensor – Yes.|
|· Quick Charging – Allows you to charge up to 50% in half an hour.||· Quick Charging – Allows you to charge up to 50% in half an hour.|
|Display||· Cinematic 5.0 in (127 mm) display.||· Full screen 6.0 in (152 mm) display.|
|· FHD (1920 x 1080)AMOLED at 441ppi.||· QHD+ (2880 x 1440) pOLED at 538ppi.|
|· Full 24-bits depth or 16.77 million colors.||· Full 24-bits depth or 16.77 million colors.|
|· 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5.||· 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5.|
|· 95% DCI-P3 coverage.||· 100% DCI-P3 coverage.|
|· 16:9 aspect ratio.||· 18:9 aspect ratio.|
|· Always-on display.||· Always-on display.|
|· True black level.||· True black level.|
|Design||· Length – 5.7 in (145.7mm).||· Length – 6.2 in (157.9 mm).|
|· Width – 2.7 in (69.7 mm).||· Width – 3.0 in (76.7 mm).|
|· Height – 0.3 in (7.8 mm).||· Height – 0.3 in (7.9 mm).|
|· Weight – 143 grams.||· Weight – 175 grams.|
|· Build –Aluminum unibody with hybrid coating.||· Build –Aluminum unibody with hybrid coating.|
|· IP67 Water and Dust resistant.||· IP67 Water and Dust resistant.|
|Colors||· Just Black.||· Just Black.|
|· Clearly White.||· Black & White.|
|· Kinda Blue.|
|Processors||· Chipset – Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.||· Chipset – Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.|
|· CPU – 64Bit Octa-Core, 2.35 GHz + 1.9 GHz.||· CPU – 64Bit Octa-Core, 2.35 GHz + 1.9 GHz.|
|· GPU – Adreno 540.||· GPU – Adreno 540.|
|Sensors||· Finger Print||· Finger Print|
|· Proximity||· Proximity|
|· Accelerometer||· Accelerometer|
|· Gyro meter||· Gyro meter|
|· Barometer||· Barometer|
|· Magnetometer||· Magnetometer|
|· Android Sensor Hub||· Android Sensor Hub|
|· Hall effect sensor||Hall effect sensor|
|Memory & Storage||· RAM – 4GB LPDDR4x.||· RAM – 4GB LPDDR4x.|
|· Internal storage – 64GB and 128GB.||· Internal storage – 64GB and 128GB.|
|· External card slots – No.||· External card slots – No.|
|· Online Storage – Unlimited online storage for photos and videos.||· Online Storage – Unlimited online storage for photos and videos.|
|Battery||· 2700 mAh battery.||· 3520 mAh battery.|
|· Can be used up to 7 hours with just 15 minutes of charge.||· Can be used up to 7 hours with just 15 minutes of charge.|
|Camera||· Front Camera –8MP, 1.4μm, f/2.4 aperture, fixed focus.||· Front Camera – 8MP, 1.4μm, f/2.4 aperture, fixed focus.|
|· Front Camera Video||· Front Camera Video|
|- 1080p at 30fps.||- 1080p at 30fps.|
|- 720p at 30fps.||- 720p at 30fps.|
|- 480p at 30fps.||- 480p at 30fps.|
|· Rear Camera – 12.2MP, 1.4μm, Autofocus with laser + dual pixel phase detection, Optical + electronic image stabilization, f/1.8 aperture.||· Rear Camera – 12.2MP, 1.4μm, Autofocus with laser + dual pixel phase detection, Optical + electronic image stabilization, f/1.8 aperture.|
|· Rear Camera Video||· Rear Camera Video|
|- 1080p at 30fps, 60fps, 120fps.||- 1080p at 30fps, 60fps, 120fps.|
|- 720p at 30fps, 60fps.||- 720p at 30fps, 60fps.|
|- 240fps, 4K at 30fps.||- 240fps, 4K at 30fps.|
|Network||· Worldwide Network/Carrier compatibility.||· Worldwide Network/Carrier compatibility.|
|· Network Support – 4G, 3G, 2G.||· Network Support – 4G, 3G, 2G.|
|· SIM Size – Nano.||· SIM Size – Nano.|
|· GSM/EDGE – Quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz).||· GSM/EDGE – Quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz).|
|· UMTS/HSPA+/HSDPA – Bands 1/2/4/5/8.||· UMTS/HSPA+/HSDPA – Bands 1/2/4/5/8.|
|· CDMA EVDO Rev A –BC0/BC1/BC10.||· CDMA EVDO Rev A –BC0/BC1/BC10.|
|· FDD-LTE – Bands 1*/2*/3*/4*/5/7*/8/12/13/17/20/25/26/28/29/30/32/66.||· FDD-LTE – Bands 1*/2*/3*/4*/5/7*/8/12/13/17/20/25/26/28/29/30/32/66.|
|· TD-LTE – Bands 38*/40/412.||· TD-LTE – Bands 38*/40/412.|
|· Supports up to CAT 15 (800Mbps DL / 75Mbps UL), 3x DL CA, 4x4 MIMO, 256-QAM DL and 64-QAM UL depending on carrier support.||· Supports up to CAT 15 (800Mbps DL / 75Mbps UL), 3x DL CA, 4x4 MIMO, 256-QAM DL and 64-QAM UL depending on carrier support.|
|Comms||· WLAN – Wi-Fi 2.4G + 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2x2 MIMO, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Hotspot.||· WLAN – Wi-Fi 2.4G + 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2x2 MIMO, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Hotspot.|
|· Bluetooth – 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD.||· Bluetooth – 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD.|
|· GPS – GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo.||· GPS – GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo.|
|· NFC – Yes.||· NFC – Yes.|
|· Infrared Port – No.||· Infrared Port – No.|
|· Radio – No.||· Radio – No.|
|· USB – USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible).||· USB – USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible).|
|Media & Audio||· Stereo front-firing speakers||· Stereo front-firing speakers|
|· Wireless HD audio with LDAC, Qualcomm AptX and AptX HD audio codecs supported||· Wireless HD audio with LDAC, Qualcomm AptX and AptX HD audio codecs supported|
|· 3 microphones.||· 3 microphones.|
|· Noise suppression||· Noise suppression|
|· Headphone Jack – No, but USB-C port to use with your own USB-C digital headphones is available.||· Headphone Jack – No, but USB-C port to use with your own USB-C digital headphones is available.|
|· Headphone Adapter to connect a 3.5mm jack to your Pixel.||· Headphone Adapter to connect a 3.5mm jack to your Pixel.|
|Ports||· USB-C.||· USB-C.|
|· 3.1 Gen 1.||· 3.1 Gen 1.|
|· Single Nano SIM.||· Single Nano SIM.|
|Price||· 64 GB – Rs.61,000||· 64 GB – Rs.73,000|
|· 128 GB – Rs.70,000||· 128 GB – Rs.82,000|
Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL –Notable Features
In appearance, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL does not look far off from their predecessors.Instead of making their smartphones eye-candy, Google has aimed at keeping them user-friendly. Both devices have an aluminium body, where one-fifth of the rear is covered in a glass panel on top which is a notable change from Google Pixel, where the glass panel covered almost one-third of its back.
The aluminium body on Pixel 2 feels very different from the previous model, as this one provides more grip to your phone. The rear camera looks slightly bigger than the previous models. Right below the glass panel sits the fingerprint sensor, which Google claims “Unlocks faster when compared to any other phone”.
The “G” logo is placed at the bottom of the phone’s back, while the volume and power buttons are on the right side of the phone. In comparison, Google Pixel 2 XL looks much better than Google Pixel 2 after all the changes.
No Headphone Jack
Google decided to ditch the headphone jack from their phone this time. Users are provided with a slot for SIM card and a USB-C port for charging. However, it comes with a headphone Adapter to connect a 3.5mm jack to your Pixel. This might be the most controversial change.
Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL offer the best camera among all other smartphones that are available in the market right now. Instead of a dual camera setup, which other manufacturers have opted for and implemented on their smartphones, Google Pixel has done the exact opposite, by bringing new software solutions to a single camera.
The new camera has optical image stabilization as well as a wider, faster f/1.8 lens. It has a smart camera with dual-pixel autofocus that changes your photos to a whole new level. With a 1/2.6-inch 12.2 MP camera sensor and combined with machine learning, the Pixel 2 camera is extremely hard to beat.
Imagine how many times when you were out with friends/family or at a restaurant or anywhere that matters, a catchy song plays near you, and you have wondered “What song is that?”, and made efforts to find it. Now, with Google’s new smartphone you don’t have to worry about that. Both Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL come with a smart always-on display. The phone will continuously listen to any audio playing near you and displays it on the screen. You can get more information about the song just by tapping on it. This feature can be enabled/disabled according to your preference.
Water and Dust resistant
Both Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are water and dust proof. The phones are water resistant with an IP67 rating. You can go underwater up to 1 m or 3.3 feet for an hour.
Squeeze Your Phone
Google Pixel 2 comes with Active Edge feature. This means that you can now squeeze your phone to quickly launch Google assistant. This can also be done to silence the incoming calls.
Google’s new smartphones come with an embedded SIM. With this option, you are no longer required to carry a physical SIM. Google Pixel comes with an inbuilt SIM, which requires you to connect to “Project-fi”, a carrier option that comes directly from Google. No other Carriers can access the eSIM.
According to me, Google Pixel 2 can be a great game-changer in the world of smartphones but still needs some tweaking to become the best smartphone in the market.