Google has done away with the 3.5mm audio jack with a common charging port that can act as the connecting port for an external device.

Google launches much-awaited Pixel 2 Pixel 2 XL with smart camera and squeezable frame
Atom Google Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 10:47

After Apple wowed the tech world with the launch of its iPhone X a few days ago, it is now Google’s turn to raise the curtains on its new flagship smartphone, the Google Pixel 2 and the Google Pixel 2 XL. No, there are no bezel free displays or wireless charging features to talk about here, but Google has, in its own style, brought about several technological nuances to work on its products to make the discerning smartphone user want to lay his/her had on the device.

Now the major specifications and features of the phones released last night.

The Google Pixel 2 has a 5-inch Cinematic 127-mm full-HD (1080x1920) display. The protection to the screen is provided by 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The processor is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835Soc and the phone has 4GB RAM. The Pixel 2 smartphone will have two storage variants, 64GB and 128GB and the battery fitted on it will be 2700mAh in size.

It is in the camera section, again, that Google has brought in some innovative technologies to beat what other phones may be flaunting. And this has been done without having gone in for a dual camera setup which many frontline smartphones have switched to, off late.

What Google has introduced on the new Pixel phones is that 12.2MP camera in the rear comes with a dual-pixel sensor. Experts explain that this means that every single pixel will be made of two smaller pixels. The aperture size of the lens in this year’s pixel phones has also been improved to f/1.8 from f/2.0 last year. This helps in allowing more light into the camera and take care of the smaller pixel sizes as well.

Then, there is the optical image stabilization in addition to the electronic image stabilization feature. The front camera is 8MP in size and comes with several additional features as well, including the background blurring technology.

The bottom line is Google is ensuring that each phone is being calibrated individually in the factory to remove any lens distortions.

The devices have Google Lens -- a new set of visual features that help you learn more about the world around you and get things done. 

Currently, in its early stages, Google Lens builds on Google's advancements in computer vision and machine learning, combined with Google knowledge graph which underpins Google Search.

Now coming to the larger Google Pixel 2 XL, it sports a 6-inch QHD + P-OLED display with the screen resolution a mighty 2880x1440p and 538ppi. Its aspect ratio is 18:9, although Google has not opted for the bezel free displays its main rivals Apple and Samsung have chosen to do. With a 3520mAH battery, the Google Pixel 2 XL has all other specifications and features that the Pixel 2 has.

It goes without saying that the OS is the Android Oreo version 8.0.0. Google has done away with the 3.5mm audio jack with a common charging port that can act as the connecting port for an external device when needed. The phones are designed to offer very quick charging of the batteries.

From the design point of view also the Pixel phones come with an all metal body and the sides squeeze to activate Google Assistant also continues in these phones.  

The Indian prices for the phones have also been revealed. While the Google Pixel 2 with 64GB storage will be sold for Rs 61, 000 and the 128GB for Rs 70, 000, the corresponding prices for the Google Pixel 2 XL will be Rs. 73, 000 and Rs. 82, 000 respectively. The prices of these phones start at $649 in the US.

The new Pixel phones are being offered online exclusively on Flipkart whereas offline, they can be picked up from outlets numbering over 1000, across the country.

The pre-orders for both the phones can be done from October 26. The actual sales will begin form November 1 for the Pixel 2 and November 15 for the Pixel 2 XL.

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