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[News] Take Two : The Google Pixel 2!

2017-10-05 13:48:49
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Greeting Mi fans!

Hope everyone is having a great day!  

If you've following the buzz, then you'll be knowing that Google, the search giant and the driving force behind Android had its annual hardware product event, "Made by Google" last night where they introduced a slew of new hardware devices. Among the devices that were announced, we have the new Google Homes, Mini and Max, the wireless pixel buds, the new Daydream VR headset, the candid camera, Google Clips, and last but most importantly the new Pixel devices!

The focus of this article is primarily going to be on the new Pixels, the highlight of the show!

What has changed/New Additions


So, I'll highlight the snapshots of it all instead of boring you with blocks of text:

  • We've got IP67 dust and water resistance which was a highly requested feature from the original Pixel. IP67 rating means this Pixel can not only take a splash of rainfall but also can survive a dunk in a puddle of rainwater. (For reference: The Mi Band 1,2 and HRX are also IP67)
  • We've got another highly requested feature which is a utility for those huge top and bottom chins on the original Pixel. Though the chins remain on the top and bottom, they now have a utility in terms of having a pair of stereoscopic front-facing speakers which audiophiles will absolutely love! (Thanks, HTC!)
  • We now have another new "squeeze" function with these new Pixels where when you squeeze the side bezels, you trigger the Google Assistant which pops up ready to answer your queries and perform devices related functions such as taking a selfie (Courtesy ala HTC again!)
  • Dual Pixels!  In short, it's Google showing off what it's best at doing and that is processing information. The new 12 MP cameras on the rear and 8 MP camera on the front of the Pixel 2 and XL 2, have angular lenses facing left and right which takes pictures in a sort of 3D curvature which is intermeshed by the camera algorithm post process giving it a portrait mode like appearance without the need of a secondary telephoto/chromatic/black & white lens. In short, the cameras are stellar which is quite evident by the current highest DXO mark rating of 98 out of 100. Also, Google has somehow figured out how to use both EIS and OIS in video recording leading to ultra smooth videos without any jitter much like Xiaomi's implementation of 4-Axis stabilization (only better!)
  • We've finally gotten Always-on displays on these new Pixels allowing you to glance at the pending notifications you have.
  • Another positive-negative addition, depending on how you see it, the 3.5mm headphone jack is gone and is replaced with USB-C type audio output with newer and better calibrated digital CODECS for higher quality audio.


Hardware Improvements


  • The larger Pixel XL 2 has a much smaller top and bottom chin than its predecessor along with a new POLED Display which Google was boasting about having a (1:1,00,000 contrast ratio), while the Pixel 2 retains the original AMOLED display. The screen size for the XL due to the small chins have been bumped up from 5.5 Inch to 6 Inches.
  • Comes with the new Snapdragon 835 with 4GB of ram on both the Pixel 2 and XL 2 (Google kept ranting how they don't keep better things for the bigger device and I , kind of agree here!)


Software Improvements


  • The Pixels come with Google's latest and up to date Android Oreo 8.0 right out of the box. Android Oreo has a handful of functional and quirky improvements to its mix which is greatly complemented by these devices.
  • Google's recently announced AR Kit capabilities and Daydream VR capabilities makes another show and tell on these new pixels. On the AR Kit front, Google has introduced AR stickers which move and interact much like real-world objects once placed onto a physical plane interacting with each other and to the gestures and motions of the user. In terms of VR Capabilities in conjunction with the new Daydream VR headset 2.0, Google has introduced a mammoth of new VR content and has plans to introduce a VR version of Google Spotlight stories for children and all age groups in partnership with major media brand.
  • Google Lens makes its first beta appearance since it was first last year. Google Lens is basically an AI Powered version of Google Goggles from ages ago which was basically a Google Search for the visual world around you. You point it at an object, any object and the AI attempts to tell you more information about what it is. (Which is remarkably accurate in most cases!)
  • The Always-on displays come with automatic sound and music detection which displays the details of the song currently playing without you having to actively ask Google for it.


Conclusion

The new Pixels, in essence, represent Google to its core. Instead of going for the same infinity/bezeless/... design, Google has opted for a more ergonomic design. To coin their design philosophy in one word, I'd call it, "Practical". Google has chosen to go with its strengths instead of competing in the catch-up race with the likes of Samsung, Apple etc.


Another dimension to the new Pixels is in terms of software. Besides what has been stated, Google is banking a lot on the AI aspect of these devices. Google Assistant seems to be the future for Google with it becoming more and more ubiquitous every single day. Google made a bold statement last night where they said, "You shouldn't have to adapt to your new phone. It should adapt to you!" and I kind of agree. Looks like only time will tell how these phones will perform but if I were to guess, they'd be selling like hotcakes off storefronts if marketed properly!



Pricing and availability:


In India, both the Pixel 2 and XL 2 shall be available from the first week of November and pre-booking have already begun since last night! It'll be available online first and if indications are correct, Google Homes (Google managed offlines retail stores) are coming to India quite soon. Prices begin at Rs. 61,000 for the Pixel 2 (64GB) and go for as high as Rs. 82,000 for the Pixel XL 2 (128GB).





Image credits: GSMArena and Phonearena.



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SangramjitM | from Redmi Note 3

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Very Balanced and Unbiased Review. Well Done.
2017-10-05 14:18:05

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Vicky_2121 | from Redmi Note 4

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Pixel XL 2 is a beast in every aspect
2017-10-05 14:40:09
Nice review
2017-10-05 15:11:53

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Ketan Kr | from Redmi 3S

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i choose third option
2017-10-05 15:34:09

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Kunni | from Mi A1

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nice..info....
2017-10-05 16:09:26
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Luckyinsaan | from Redmi 4

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Thanx for sharing
2017-10-05 16:14:30

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ravixdev | from Redmi Note 3

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nice thread
2017-10-05 20:05:51
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Prem | from Redmi Note 4

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Thanks for the information and sharing it with us
2017-10-05 21:07:13

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Skumar13739 | from Redmi Note 3

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Nice information............
2017-10-05 21:11:11

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fomzaza01 | from Redmi Note 4

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pixel phone the best camera phone
2017-10-05 22:08:52
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