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Google unveils Pixel 2 Pixel XL 2 smartphones

Google’s new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones were launched final night – as approaching following a array of leaks. 

The flagship ‘phones demeanour flattering identical to their predecessors, that didn’t accurately take a marketplace by storm.

Not surprisingly, Google emphasised Google Assistant during a launch rather than a smartphones’ aesthetics.

The dual inclination also offer a squeezy ‘Active Edge’ functionality – identical to that seen on a HTC U11 – to yield a gimmicky approach to quick launch Google’s AI assistant. 

Google Lens, a underline initial announced during I/O, will also make a entrance on a dual new Pixels. Using Assistant, Lens can detect what is in a genuine universe around we and yield relevant search results.

Specs-wise, both the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 container a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 64GB and 128GB storage options and, as new rumours had suggested, an Apple Watch-esque e-SIM container that will enable phones to bond to opposite networks when travelling, for example. There will be a customary nano-SIM container onboard too. 

While Google hasn’t ditched a SIM container altogether, Google has followed Apple with a preference to bin a 3.5mm headphone jack. Instead, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners will have to make do with a onboard USB-C port, or make a jump to Bluetooth headphones. 

Elsewhere, a smaller Pixel 2 packs a 5in Full HD AMOLED screen, while a Pixel XL 2 offers a beefier 6in QHD pOLED display, with extremely reduction bezel than a pint-sized kin and an 18:9 aspect ratio. 

The Pixel 2 XL also has a bigger battery, weighing in during 3,520mAh compared to a Pixel 2’s 2,700mAh offering. Both support quick charging, though, with Google braggadocio that we can get 7 hours of battery life after only 15 mins on charge. 

On a camera front, the new phones container 12MP rear-facing sensors, and 8MP cameras on a front. According to Google, these cameras have already bagged a DxOMark measure of 98, a top to be awarded to any smartphone yet. 

The Pixel 2 will be nearing on shelves on 17 October, while the Pixel XL 2 will land on 15 Nov – dual weeks after Apple’s iPhone X goes on sale.

Both are accessible to pre-order now in a UK. Pricing for a Pixel 2 starts from £629 SIM-free, while a Pixel 2 XL is accessible from a small £799. 

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