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Google Introduces The Pixel 2 And Pixel 2 XL

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Google recently introduced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Just a couple of years ago, when you said the word Google, the first thing you associated with that was the search engine. Even though that is still the most widely used service by Google, its phones have made a place in the market. They are here to stay. Google ventured into the smartphone market with the Nexus phones. These were widely accepted but Google did not manufacture the phones themselves, they were outsourced.

Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Last year Google introduced its phone the Google Pixel and it gained huge popularity among its users. This year Google has gone further and introduced an even superior model, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Both of these models are almost identical in specification save for the different sizes. Pixel 2 is a normal 5-inch smartphone and costs $649 whereas the XL model has a six-inch screen with curved edges at a price of $849.

Both phones have Snapdragon 835s, 4GB of RAM and between 64GB and 128GB storage standard. In addition, a single rear 12MP camera. Google went one step further and made the phones waterproof. In doing that they removed the 3.5 mm headphone jack.

Opinions

A lot of people are of the opinion that these new models are much too similar to their predecessor and are not very compelled to upgrade to the new version. There are a number of changes if you look closely enough. Looking identical isn’t the same as being identical. In spite of all the similarities between these two phones, the new Pixel 2 feels superior to the older model. Both use an aluminum exterior, but the matte coating that Google has applied to the Pixel 2 is easier to grip and more pleasant to the touch. The Pixel tends to grow cold and unfriendly in these autumnal months, but the Pixel 2 has a more consistent surface temperature to go with its less metallic finish.

Improvements

Most companies are prioritizing thinner display bezels as a result of which the front-facing speakers have been deteriorating. Google has decided to stick with large frame display but the speakers are the best you would get in any phone these days. The camera in the previous Pixel model was as good as any camera out there but Google outdid themselves with the cameras in the new models. Google built its own custom imaging chip to make the Pixel 2’s camera even better.

One issue that was faced in the previous model was that Google Pixel had connectivity issues with Bluetooth devices. The new model has worked on that and those issues have been solved. If you still are not convinced, Google has guaranteed software updates for the next three years, which means the users will be able to update their phones to Android R.

Author: -Ali Vaqar. A budding engineer, wanting so much from life and making each day count.

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