The smartphone age is over and Google is betting big on the future, that is – artificial intelligence and have combined it with software and hardware, and named it Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones; which have been launched yesterday.
Alphabet Inc’s Google on Wednesday unveiled the second generation of its Pixel smartphone along with new voice-enabled home speakers, redoubling its commitment to the hardware business as it competes with a surge of devices from Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc. The new smartphones will go up against the likes of the recently launched Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, in addition to other Android flagships such as Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 and the OnePlus 5. There are four available versions – Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, both in 64GB as well as 128GB storage space.
Pixel 2 comes in just black, clearly white and kinda blue colours while Pixel 2 XL has just black and black and white variants. Pixel 2 will be priced at Rs 61,000 for 64GB variant and Rs 70,000 for 128GB. Pixel 2 XL 64GB will cost Rs 73,000 and Pixel 2 XL 128GB will be available for Rs 82,000. Pre-orders commence on October 26, 2017, and Pixel 2 will be available for sales in more than 1,000 stores across the country and online starting November 1. And if you want to have the bigger phone, Pixel 2 XL will be available for sale in store and online from November 15, 2017.
Both smartphones run the purest form of Android 8.0 Oreo and the same hardware as its bigger sibling, except for the screen size. The smaller Pixel 2 flaunts a 5-inch Cinematic full-HD display with a 1080 x 1920-pixel resolution, while the Pixel 2 XL sports a 6-inch P-OLED display with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and 1440 x 2880-pixel resolution. Both smartphones are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM and will come in two storage variants – 64GB and 128GB. The Pixel 2 draws power from a 2700mAh battery while the Pixel 2 XL will be fuelled by a 3520mAh battery. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 2.4G, Bluetooth 5.0 and a USB Type-C port. There is no 3.5mm audio jack – following footsteps of Apple iPhone 7.
During the launch event, other new products were introduced by Google – like the Pixelbook laptop, wireless earbuds and a small GoPro-like camera, showcase Google-developed operating systems and services, notably the voice assistant. The new releases perfectly demonstrate Google’s strategy of re-imagining hardware from the inside out.