Google Officially Announces New Pixel Smartphones

As expected, Google has officially unveiled its next-generation Pixel smartphones, alongside a host of new products. Although we pretty much knew all specifications of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, everything is now confirmed so let's start with the standard model.

The main things that could drive away people from the new Google Pixel 2 is the lack of bezel-less display. It has pretty much the same display as its predecessor, with big top and bottom bezels, but great stereo speakers for better sound quality. One thing that is worth mentioning is the addition of IP67 rating.

It is powered by Snapdragon 835, a nice improvement from the Snapdragon 821 of last year, and the rest of the specs are pretty much the same, including 4 GB of RAM, a 12 MP rear camera with OIS and EIS, an 8 MP front unit and a slightly smaller 2,700 mAh battery.

As for the Pixel 2 XL, this is where the fun begins. The handset is all new, featuring a 6-inch OLED display with 18:9 aspect ratio and 1,440 x 2,880 pixels resolution. The phone also packs front-facing stereo speakers, with the one on top doubling as an earpiece.

Just like the Pixel 2, the Pixel 2 XL also has Active Edge, which allows you to squeeze the frame for quick actions.

Under the hood is Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4 GB of RAM and a 3,450 mAh battery. Another important thing to mention is the same new camera as its smaller brother, which brings better stability in video and image quality. Both smartphones ship with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.

As for the pricing, the Google Pixel 2 is set at $649 for the 64 GB model or $749 for the 128 GB model, while the Pixel 2 XL starts at $849 for the 64 GB version and $949 for 128 GB model. Both models will go on sale later this month, on October 19.