Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL launched, in India price starts from Rs 61,000

Google on Wednesday night announced the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL smartphones. The phones, which come with features like a smarter camera and stereo speakers, will be coming to India at the same time when they become available in the US. For now the date of availability for the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL has not been announced but they are available for pre-order in the US and India. The Pixel 2 has a starting price of $649 whereas the Pixel 2 XL will sell with a starting price of $849.



Update: The prices for Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL in India have been announced by Google along with their availability. The price of the Google Pixel 2 in India will start from Rs 61,000. This is for the 64GB variant. The 128GB variant of the phone will cost Rs 70,000. The price of the Pixel 2 Xl is going to be Rs 73,000 in India. The 128GB variant will be selling for Rs 83,000. In other words, these Google phones are pricey. The phones will be available in India for pre-order from October 26. The Pixel 2 will go on sale from November 1 while the Pixel 2 XL will sell from November 15. Online both phones will be exclusive to Flipkart, but they will also be available in offline stores.

The two phones are successor to the Pixel and the Pixel XL that were launched last year. They are also made using a new approach that Google calls AI + Software + Hardware. Google CEO Sundar Pichai at the Pixel launch event said that hardware alone was boring as far as phones were concerned. He said that they phones needed to be smarter and the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL  were the smarter phones. 



Of the two phones the more exciting one is the Pixel 2 XL, which has a bigger 6-inch screen. This is a phone made by LG and hence looks very similar to the V30 from the front, largely because it has the same screen. However, other than the screen size and the design -- the Pixel 2 XL has thinner bezels -- the Pixel 2 and its bigger sibling are the same.

Both phones come with waterproof design -- rated IP 67 -- that is an improvement over the original Pixel phones but still not as good as the latest iPhones that have IP 68 rating. They also come with a slightly tweaked metal and glass body. The metal frame in both the phones comes with Squeezable Gesture, similar to that of the HTC U11. This gesture can be used to launch the Google assistant.
The two phones also come with a new camera. Although it is a single lens camera, Google says that it is so good that DxO, an agency that rates image sensors, has awarded the Google Pixel 2 camera 98 points, highest ever received by a phone and 4 points higher than what the iPhone 8 Plus with its wot-lens cameras got. The Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL cameras use a 12.2-megapixel image sensor, coupled with a F1.8 lens. This is possibly the same sensor that is inside the HTC U11.

On the front the two phones have an 8-megapixel selfie camera. The other features and specs of the Pixel 2 phones are:
-- Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. Available in two variants -- 64GB storage and 128GB storage. Both come with 4GB RAM.
-- Active Edge is the name of the Squeezable frame. Also fingerprint scanner calls Imprint.
-- Stereo speakers on the front.
-- 100 per cent DCI-P3 colours on Pixel 2 XL. 95 per cent on Pixel. In other words, more accurate colours.
-- a special portrait mode in Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL cameras. Google says that its machine learning is so good that it can create a portrait effect with one camera that is as good, if not better, as what other phones do with two cameras.
-- The Pixel 2 has a 5-inch screen with 1080P resolution.
-- The Pixel 2 has a 2700 mAh battery. The Pixel 2 XL has 3520 mAh battery.
-- The two phones come with support for e-SIM along with support for regular SIM.
-- Android Oreo and a new Google launcher, which shows notifications from Calendar on the home screen. Also the display has always on feature that shows notifications, similar to feature in the Moto phones. 



Source: IndiaToday


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