It may or may not be the beginning of a new era for Android smartphones. An era where most originality is lost and many of the main features have been copied from what some people may deem as the real copycat–after some nimble mental gymnastics, that is.
Google today announced updates to its Pixel line of smartphones, introducing two new handsets powered by the latest when it comes to smartphone hardware and running the most recent version of Android OS. Dubbed the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL, the new phones signal Google’s commitment to delivering at least a couple of sexy new Android devices each year in order to keep OEMs on their toes.
The two are different mainly in size, but they carry many of the same internal parts. For starters, both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 for their CPU, and offer 4GB RAM and 64GB storage as standard. There’s onboard water-resistance as well as 12MP rear cameras, with Google’s “Dual-pixel” technology tacked on for better camera performance. Both phones also lack the same thing: a built-in 3.5mm headphone jack.
Here’s a quick list of specs for both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL:
- Always-on 5-inch OLED display (Pixel 2)
- Always-on 6-inch OLED display (Pixel 2 XL)
- 12.2-megapixel rear cameras
- 8-megapixel front cameras
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB & 128GB storage options
- Stereo speakers (front-firing)
- Bluetooth 5.0 wireless
- Active Edge sensor
- Wi-Fi 2.4GHz
- USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1
- Color: Just Black, Clearly White
- 2700mAh battery (Pixel 2)
- 3520mAh battery (Pixel 2 XL)
- Android 8.0 Oreo
But of course, that’s not the whole story. Google’s play with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is the market them both as smarter alternatives to “regular” Android smartphones. Both phones feature pressure-sensitive case sides that can be used to trigger Google Assistant, offer improved AR and VR performance, and better overall integration with the whole Android ecosystem.
In terms of pricing, the Pixel 2 starts at $649 (around Php 33,000) for the 64GB version and $749 (around Php 38,100) for the 128GB version, while the Pixel 2 XL starts at $849 (around Php 43,200) for the 64GB version and $949 (around Php 48,300) for the 128GB version. There’s no telling when exactly either of the two will be available in the Philippines, but try checking in the next few weeks.SOURCE