We have been hearing about rumours and leaks about Google’s next flagship smartphones for a long time now but today those rumours are finally over as Google has ofifcially announced their latest flagship smartphones, the Google Pixel 2 and the Google Pixel 2 XL.
Both come with a similar design (all be it a bit larger in terms of the XL design), it’s two-tone again, however, this year it is with a solid unibody aluminium design and a slightly smaller top-half to the two-tone.
The XL will be available in a black and white design only, which you will be able to grab the smaller Pixel 2 with a range of finishes, including black and white for the first time.
On the back of the smartphones, you will also find a fingerprint sensor along with a brand new camera and LED flash setup.
Google says that that camera is the best camera in any smartphone that’s currently on the market, it features a 12MP sensor with optical image stabilisation, fast aperture, and some specific algorithms from Google that boost colours and contrast while reducing shutter lag.
The camera also features a Portrait Mode that uses machine learning and dual-pixel sensor technology to detect what is the foreground and what is the background, and that works with both the front and back camera.
Pixel 2 users will continue to get free Google Photos cloud storage and will be able to store full resolution files without paying extra.
On the front, things are finished off with the screen of course.
It is a 5-inch 1080p OLED display on the regular Pixel 2 and a 6-=inch P-OLED screen on the Pixel 2 XL.
The XL version is particularly interesting because it has rounded corners, features a QHD+ resolution, an 18:9 aspect ratio, and a wide colour gamut, whereas the normal Pixel 2 is slightly more conventional with a 16:9 aspect ratio.
Both of these devices come with IP67 water resistance, fast charging, and Android Oreo pre-installed right from the get-go. It will also come with a smarter version of Google Assistant that can be launched by squeezing the edges of the phone.
But probably the biggest issue about these new Pixel smartphones is that neither will feature a headphone jack. It seems as though Google has courage too.
You can pre-order the Pixel 2 today for £629 or $649 as well as the Pixel 2 XL for £799 or $849.
To start with, it will be available in India, Australia, Canada, US, UK and Germany.