Killing off the Nexus lineup proved to be a bitter pill to swallow for several Android lovers, but in place of this, we obtained the Pixel series – two no-nonsense flagship smartphones which improved enormously upon the Nexus series’ biggest shortcomings, build quality and camera performance. We discovered the Pixel XL to be an superb Android device after we analyzed it. These included a freezing camera , difficulty with Bluetooth pairing, reports of spotty LTE connectivity and maybe even audio distortion issues. The last of these turned out to be a hardware issue and the only fix was to find a replacement unit.
It’s issues like these that made us wonder if Google was committed to hardware, or if this was yet another expensive experiment. As it happens, the provider is indeed serious enough to acquire a massive part of HTC’s smartphone operations.
This brings us to the completely new Pixel two and Pixel two XL, phones designed and built under Google’s supervision. We have to spend some time with the two of them in the business’s hardware event in San Francisco, and here is what we believed.
The Google Pixel two and Pixel two XL discuss many core attributes and also specifications, just like their predecessors, so lets get this out of the way first. You can not expand storage, exactly like with the original Pixels. They’ve IP67 ratings for water and dust resistance, in addition to stereo speakers, which brings them up to speed with the remainder of today’s flagships. Both also operate on Android 8 Oreo and updates have been ensured for quite a very long time. There is a new attribute known as Active Edge, which functions similarly to the ‘squeeze’ gesture to the HTC U11, also is defined to trigger Google Assistant.
After using both phones for a while, we think its safe to conclude that the Pixel two is designed for much more practical, everyday use while the XL version is for all those who wish to flaunt. That is because the Pixel 2 includes a standard 16:9 full-HD display whereas the XL boasts of a trendier 18:9 QHD+ panel. The Pixel two is easier to grip in your hands and feels very light. Its 5-inch full-HD OLED panel generates nicely saturated colors. On the flip side, the Pixel two XL comes with a 6-inch pOLED display, which is the way Google is ready to curve it around the edges of the device. This one generates equally excellent colors and saturation.
Since they’re equally OLED panels, there is an always-on display feature together with something called Currently Playing, which pops into Google’s AI capabilities to attempt to identify tunes playing in the background, and you do not even require an Internet connection. We are told that Google stores an on-device library of tens of thousands of tunes which are most likely to trend in your region, and this list is updated frequently. When we requested Google representatives how much storage space this database requires, we were not given a specific amount but merely told “very, very little.”
Button placement is comfy on both phones, though reaching all of these requires a bit of shuffling your fingers on the XL. There is just a USB Type-C port in the bottom and also a SIM tray on the left of every phone. In order to fit in the bigger displays and stereo speakers, and also optimise battery size and antenna positioning, the 3.5millimeter sockets needed to go.
In the top, you will notice a snippet of your daily program, with reminders and appointments pulled out of your calendar. It also remains in place since you swipe between home screens. Google Assistant will be getting a great deal more routines, which means that you may schedule a set of jobs in order for it to carry out automatically with a single trigger.
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL had one of the past year’s best smartphone celebrities, which continues with the Pixel two and Pixel two XL. In actuality, these new phones have achieved a DxOMark rating of 98, which defeats the previously reigning iPhone 8 Plus and also the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, which have been tied in 94 points. That is a big leap, even in comparison to the original Pixels. Rakowski told me that it’s the combination of hardware and AI or machine learning, which has helped the Pixel two and Pixel two XL achieve this accomplishment. While we didn’t have an opportunity to test out just how well this really works outdoors, we did find that it simply supports 4K in 30fps for today, which is a measure behind the iPhone 8 which does 4K in 60fps.
Google Pixel two XL camera examples: Standard style (top), Portrait mode (middle), Portrait selfie (bottom)
We did try out the single-camera portrait style, which works with both the front and back cameras. According to Google, machine learning is used in combination with the dual-pixel detector to make a depth map and isolate topics in their backgrounds. The outcome is really impressive once you consider that there is no secondary camera. We could not try the camera out too much but we will make sure to place it through the ringer in our entire review.
All of Google’s brand new hardware announcements during its occasion proved essentially a showcase of its art combining hardware, software and machine learning, with Google Assistant in the center of it all. Since CEO Sundar Pichai reiterated at the onset of the keynote, we are all moving out of a mobile-first world to an AI-first world, and Google is focusing on its ability to exploit this. The new Google Pixel two and Pixel two XL aren’t the flashiest of smartphones to hit the market this season, but the organization believes that they will set a new benchmark for consumer experiences which will be hard for anyone to match.
In India, you will have the ability to purchase the Pixel two and Pixel two XL in November onwards. Prices begin at Rs. 61,000 for your 64GB Pixel Rs and 2. 73,000 for your 64GB Pixel two XL, which makes them quite expensive. In a marketplace dominated by Samsung and Apple, Google might have a tough fight ahead of it, especially considering that the first generation of Pixels didn’t just fly off shelves. Queiroz told Gadgets 360, “We observed quite a bit with the first Pixel in India and one of those things we are doing is increasing our marketing investment, actually to explain the item. We have enlarged the station and by a go-to-market perspective, we will be far more current this season compared to last year.” Rick Osterloh, SVP Hardware in Google, added, “Our attention was online annually. People today have a tendency to not purchase such premium products [online] so if people are able to see the device and experience it, it will help quite a bit.”
This will mean that Google will be exploring the offline station also, which will partially explain the almost Rs. 20,000 premium in India in comparison to the US pricing. Whether or not this will workout in Google’s favour remains to be seen. The new phones appear promising but we will know for certain just how they stand up against Apple and Samsung’s top-end offerings simply once we run our whole review, which is coming up shortly.