All About The New Google Pixel 2
A Look at Google’s Impressive Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have arrived with all of the fanfare one would expect from devices which are designed from the ground up to be the must-have performance-oriented smartphones of 2017. This line of phones boasts lightning fast processing power, generous ram, elegant design, and the best performing optics in the smartphone market. Let’s take a closer look at what the Pixel 2 series brings to the table.
The Pixel 2 series is a showcase in elegance. The screen-to-bezel ratio is higher than the previous model, the Pixel 2 XL making the most of this form ethos by giving the screen almost the entire face-side real estate of the device. Screen size is the defining factor of the eponymous XL model and has been designed to be taller than typical large smartphones for easier handling. Both feature Gorilla Glass for added durability.
- Pixel 2 Screen: 5-inches, 16:9 aspect ratio, 1920 x 1080 pixels
- Pixel 2 XL Screen: 6-inches, 18:9 aspect ratio, 2560 x 1440 pixels
Showing off its modern design, the Pixel 2 series eschews the typical button layout, opting instead for a squeeze function which allows you to easily turn the devices on and off. Two loud front-facing stereo speakers flank either side of the bottom bezel, giving users the most out of their high-definition audio tracks. Instead of a headphone jack, the now-standard USB or Bluetooth-ready setup is present here. As it is powered by a generous 3,520 mAp battery, this should keep the music and videos playing all day long. As if all this weren’t enough, the device is also water resistant, adding to the list of durability features Google wisely implemented.
Industry Leading Camera
Google promised the best optics in the smartphone market and they’ve delivered convincingly on that claim. Both models feature a sing rear-facing camera which is arguably the highest performing lens in the business, today. This out-performs many, if not most dedicated entry-level point-and-click devices.
- 1/2.6-inch lens
- 12 megapixel sensor
- f/1.8 aperture
The software support is top notch, as well. Google has focused on providing robust machine learning support to help users get the clearest, best-framed picture possible. Thanks to the assistance from their neural-net AI, laser targeting and lighting adjustments happen on the fly. Their image processing algorithm permits for advanced features, like portrait mode shots with blurred backgrounds which were previously only available in photo editing after-effects. Perhaps best of all is that users will enjoy the same free unlimited photo storage that came with the original Pixel series.
Hardware Performance and Software
All of the luxury features in the world don’t mean a thing unless what is under the hood is strong enough, and the Pixel 2 series smartphones are in no way lacking in raw power. Google has included the industry-leading Snapdragon processor chipset which makes these devices the muscle cars of the smartphone market.
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Specs:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad-Core Processor chipset at 2.35GHz and 1.9GHz respectively
- Adreno 540 GPU
- 4GB of RAM
- A 64GB and 128GB storage option
Android’s 8.0 Oreo build is the OS that comes with the Pixel 2 devices. Paired with Google Assistant, the software complements the hardware architecture in its modern design, ease of use, and high efficiency. These phones were built for speed and did not sacrifice quality in the bargain.