Google Pixel 2 XL device is manufactured by LG instead of HTC. Google also layers on a new iteration to the oldest of tech clichés: the integration of hardware and software. For Google, the future isn’t in the merger of hardware and software; it’s in the merger of hardware and machine learning.
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are Google-made phones coming out on October 19th. 5-inch Pixel 2 with 64GB of storage, at $649. The Pixel 2 XL starts at $849.
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Memory: 4GB RAM
Storage: 64GB or 128GB
Rear camera: 12.2MP, 1.4μm pixels, Autofocus with laser and dual-pixel phase detection, Optical and electronic image stabilization, f/1.8 aperture lens
Front camera: 8MP, 1.4μm pixels, f/2.4 aperture lens, fixed focus
Video: 1080p at 30, 60, or 120 fps on rear camera
“Active Edge” squeezable sides
USB-C, no wireless charging
No headphone jack
18W power adapter and USB-C headphone dongle in box
PIXEL 2 XL SPECS
Screen: 6-inch, 2880 x 1440 pOLED, 100 percent DCI-P3 coverage, 100,000:1 contrast ratio
Size: 6.2 x 3.0 x 0.3 inches
Weight: 175 grams
PIXEL 2 SPECS
Screen: 5-inch, 1920 x 1080 AMOLED, 95 percent DCI-P3 coverage, 100,000:1 contrast ratio
Size: 5.7 x 2.7 x 0.3 inches
Weight: 143 grams
Screens on these phones, both of which are OLED (though they’re produced by different manufacturers). The company claims they have a contrast ratio of 100,000:1.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, OLED screens, 12-megapixel rear cameras and 8-megapixel selfie cameras. Google is sticking to a single lens on the back.
It’s switching to a dual-pixel sensor on the back, means that every single pixel is made of two smaller ones. Google is adding a portrait mode to the Pixel 2. Seang Chau, VP of engineering at Google, says they trained an algorithm on “millions” of faces to account for properly blurring around hair.
Google is enabling that background blur effect on the 8-megapixel front-facing camera as well. Google says that usually video stabilization on phones is handled by software only, cropping in to the image to remove jitters. The OIS module is often locked in place for video.
Motion Photos: Apple’s Live Photos, the Pixel 2’s camera can be set to automatically record a short clip with every photo.
Google’s implementation is based on appending the moving image to a standard JPEG file.
Augmented Reality stickers: Google’s ARCore framework is fully active on the Pixel 2, so Google is building little moving “stickers” that you can stick into your scene in real time.
You can squeeze the sides of the Pixel 2 to launch the Google Assistant. Mario Queiroz, VP of product management for Google’s consumer hardware division, says, “What we tried to do with Active Edge was not make it a gimmick, [but instead ask] how could it perform a useful function.”
Google put a huge Google search button at the bottom, integrated into the dock. It also integrated the search box you see with the app drawer with that button. Pixel 2 will also fully support Google Lens.