Google Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL Launched, Price Starts at $649: Event Highlights

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Google has finally launched its latest flagship handsets in what might be the last big handset release event of the year.

As we’ve all been expecting, the company released the long-awaited Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Apart from that, we also the release of previously rumored products including Google Home Max and Home Mini smart speakers and the top-end Pixelbook convertible laptop.

Interestingly, a lot of smartphone reviewers are already claiming that the new Google mobile devices will compete against the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, Apple’s iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X as well as LG’s V30 device.

Moving on, the two Pixel devices saw an upgrade to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset, whilst running Android 8.0 Oreo. Further, the screen panels are AMOLEDs and the headphone jack isn’t present.

Talking about the Pixel 2, the handset comes with a 5-inch full-HD OLED display, and a fingerprint feature that the company claims is the fastest in the industry.

The Pixel 2 XL, on the other packs a 6-inch near edge-to-edge display console tagged with QHD resolution. The Pixel 2 XL also comes with a new feature called Active Edge that allows a user to squeeze the phone to trigger Google Assistant, similar to what we saw on HTC’s U11 device.

Both Pixel devices run Android Oreo and sports octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor (four 2.35GHz cores + four 1.9GHz cores), coupled with 4GB RAM.

As per storage, the handsets rolled out in 64GB and 128GB variants with unlimited online storage for photos and videos.

In the camera department, the latest flagship offerings bear 12.2-megapixel rear camera and at the front an 8-megapixel camera paired with portrait selfies, bokeh effect, OIS, and EIS, as well as Motion Photos.

The Pixel 2 is offered in Black, White and Blue color options, while the Pixel 2 XL comes in Black and White color options.

Fitted with a 2700mAh and 3520mAh batteries respectively, the handsets both pack connectivity options including USB Type-C port, Bluetooth 5.0 + LE, stereo speakers, dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS, GLONASS, and NFC.

As per price, the Pixel 2 has been priced at $649, while the Pixel 2 XL goes for $849. The handsets have been suggested to see a first wave release in regions including Australia, Canada, Germany, India, the UK, and the US.

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