Google launching the Pixel and Pixel XL devices a year ago was ground-breaking for the mobile industry; and now the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is here, things are set to get exciting all over again. How different are these devices from the last, and what are the differences between them? Gadgetwear investigates…
Speed, memory and processing
Featuring the fastest and best processor available, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, the functionality is second-to-none and performance easily the best yet. Both devices are available in 64GB or 128GB with 4GB RAM. There’s no expandable storage on either, as you’d expect with Google smartphones.
Both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL come with Android 8.0 Oreo as standard but Google guarantee three years of software updates. This will mean users can install Android P next year, Android Q in 2019 and Android R in 2020!
Both of the new devices are sleek like their predecessors but for the first time, look quite different – and not just because of the size! The Pixel 2 XL is 6-inches big with an 18:9 aspect ratio, similar to the LG V30 device. The more compact version is an inch smaller.
Both are available in Just Black, but the Pixel 2 is available in Clearly White and Kinda Blue, and the Pixel 2 XL in Black and White.
The two-tone back panel remains as it did on the Pixel and Pixel XL, but the fingerprint scanner sits below glass, and it all looks a little more tidy. The Pixel 2 XL seems more modern in appearance, with a full-screen front and rounded corners.
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Unlike most other devices on the market, the new Pixel smartphones don’t have a dual-camera system. Instead, the camera that is present is 12-megapixels with OIS and a wide f/1.7 aperture. A new ‘Dual Pixels’ feature allows for a simulated bokeh effect, and the camera is, quite frankly, stunning. Even in the dark, and low-light, the photographs have fantastic quality that can’t be matched by anything else on the market. The Pixel 2’s display is more popular with customers so far despite being smaller, so if you’re unsure on which to buy, perhaps try that out too.
Despite the Pixel 2 having a smaller screen and display, the battery life in the two models isn’t altogether that different and is still considerably better than Apple’s counterparts.
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Both the new Google Pixel models are fantastic devices and you won’t be disappointed in either. When you have made your new purchase, visit the Gadgetwear site to buy all the accessories you need!