Google moved away from the “high-performance on budget” philosophy of the Nexus phones to embrace the premium phone segment. Unveiled last year, the Pixel line-up was Google’s answer to the iPhone. Now a year later it has announced its new flagship phone, dubbed as Google Pixel 2 XL.
In times when most brands are going for bezel-less screens, the thick bezels on the Pixel XL look like an eyesore. The phone features a unibody aluminium construction and the rear design is reminiscent of the older Pixel phones. This time around, it does come with a water-resistant body.
The Pixel 2 XL sports a 6-inch Quad HD+ pOLED display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The display is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5. Under the hood, is a Snapdragon 835 SoC. It comes with 4 GB LPDDR4X RAM. The Pixel 2 XL will be available in two storage options: 64 GB and 128 GB. It also features a microSD card slot. The Pixel 2 Xl gets a bigger capacity battery than its sibling which is a 3520 mAh one which powers the device and its pixels on the screen.
Unlike the latest iPhone or Galaxy phones, the Pixel 2 XL comes with a conventional single lens camera setup. You get a 12.2 MP f/1.8 camera with OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) and EIS (Electronic image Stabilisation). Google uses AI (Artificial Intelligence) to tweak the settings and get better shots. The 8 MP selfie camera also supports these tricks.
The Pixel 2 XL ships with Android Oreo 8.0. The phone will be available in Just Black version and a Black & White. The 64 GB version is priced at $849. You will have to spend $949 for 128 GB storage. At this point, Google has not revealed prices for India.