And for a change, Latin America is not in Google's plans.
After a HUGE amount of information leaks, Google finally announced, today, the successor of its smartphone, the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2. Following in the footsteps established by other smartphones such as the LG G6, Galaxy S8 and iPhone X, The Pixel 2 XL also has an 18: 9 aspect screen, more elongated to allow us to see more content. However, its younger brother, the Pixel 2, maintains an almost indistinguishable design from the first generation.
That is: if they want the new design, the screen in 18: 9 format, they will have to go for the Pixel 2 XL. The colors of the Pixel 2 remain the same (blue, black and white), while the Pixel 2 XL will come in black, and white with black.. The Pixel 2 maintains the borders and design of the original model on the front, while the Pixel 2 XL gets an almost borderless design, and an elongated and larger screen.
Both teams share similar technical characteristics. Finally these phones are IP67, resistant to water and dust, something that the first generation Pixel was missing. Both teams have an OLED screen; that of the Pixel 2 is Full HD, while that of the Pixel 2 XL is QHD +. Following what HTC implemented with the U11, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL implement Active Edge; that is, we can press the phone slightly and this will launch Google Assistant
We also have several new software implementations. Google Lens, for example, makes an official appearance on the Pixel, which allows us to translate phrases and words just by pointing the camera at the text. Google Lens also offers other features, such as identifying text and places to give us related information, taken from Google Maps. If there is something exciting with the Pixel 2, I think the integration and use of Google Lens is the most striking:
With Google Lens, your smartphone camera wont just see what you see, but will also understand what you see to help you take action. # io17 pic.twitter.com/viOmWFjqk1
– Google (@Google) May 17, 2017
Much of the presentation was also devoted to ARCore, Google's response to ARKit implemented by Apple last month. In other words, Google has abandoned the need to use specialized hardware for augmented reality (with Project Tango) and instead is implementing a system similar to Apple's: that of using our current phones for Augmented Reality, which has much more sense. In this way, AR will be available to more people. And the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are a clear example of this. A series of demos were done including League of Legends in AR, Lego in AR, Stranger Things in AR, and Star Wars in AR.
Google also had a good time talking about the camera.. Apart from the irrelevant DXOMark scores, finally the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will implement optical image stabilization! Something that the original Pixel lacked and that considerably limited its usefulness for videos, is now remedied with this second version. This, combined with the excellent software that Google has prepared for the Pixels – and that achieve remarkable results with the HDR mode always activated – will surely offer us some of the best photos that we can take on Android.
The Verge's Hands On:
Both phones will, of course, come with Android 8.0 Oreo. As for technical characteristics, we are in front of a phone with:
|CPU||Snapdragon 835||Snapdragon 835|
|screen||5 Full HD||6 QHD + (2880 × 1440)|
|Rear Camera||12 MP||12 MP|
|Front Camera||8 MP||8 MP|
|Storage||64 GBs||64 GBs|
|Memory||4 GBs||4 GBs|
|Additional features||Quick Charge||Quick Charge|
As for the price, the Pixel 2 will be available from $ 649 for 64 GBs, while the Pixel 2 XL will be available from $ 849. As is customary with Google, the availability of Pixels will be limited to a few markets, nothing more. Latin America, for Google's hardware, does not exist. Only available in the United States, Australia, Germany, India, the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, Italy and Singapore.