Last year, Google Mobile business made some important changes. Not only the long-term acclaimed Nexus brand hardware is gone, but Google also announced that it will officially enter the field of smart phones, and build their own Google Pixel smart phone brand. And the current industry Android OEM manufacturers are all set to start a positive competition. Of course, the first generation of Pixel and Pixel XL are still the benchmarks, with the most pure Android operating system, excellent camera, strong performance and perfect user experience, and Google Assistant speech assistant. Google has now released Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

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Now that a year is over, Google Pixel and Pixel XL are still the best flagship phones on the market, but there is obviously a lot of room for improvement. So, in the morning of October 5, Google through the official press conference officially released the second generation of new models Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. These two are the most anticipated smart phones, so let’ see their highlights.

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Google-style design

I believe many people have noticed that in the design language Google’s new phones Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL and the previous generation phones do not have very obvious differences. At least the back is still a typical Pixel style, and also aluminum metal shell with glass panel combination, but the back of the glass panel area is a little smaller, or  shorter, not like last year’s mobile phone, covered with fingerprint sensors. At the same time, this time the back of the camera sensor is also larger.

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In addition to these minor changes, the rear panel looks like the first generation of Pixel to maintain the same design language, you can also find the back of Google’s “G” logo, power and volume keys are located on the right side of the fuselage. Google said at the press conference, Pixel 2 series have new flagship rear fingerprint sensor, and their “unlock speed is faster than any other smart phones. That is so far the fastest.

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However, even Pixel 2 series of smart phones, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is still significantly different. The most obvious difference lies in the fuselage. The small size of the Pixel 2 smartphone uses a 5.0-inch OLED display (1920 x 1080 pixels, 441 PPI), and maintains a traditional 16: 9 screen ratio. And Pixel 2 XL is finally embraced into the mainstream of the overall screen design, the two machines have a screen with 100000: 1 high contrast.

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For the Pixel 2 XL more specifically, the front of the machine is a 6-inch OLED display screen with a resolution of 2880 × 1440 pixels (538 PPI), the screen ratio becomes 18: 9. In fact, this year the definition of a comprehensive screen has been very clear, as long as the breakthrough 16: 9 ratio screen phone, the basic can be called a comprehensive screen, of which 18: 9 is the mainstream screen ratio standard. So the screen is stretched, the diagonal naturally longer, converted the screen size naturally larger.

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Although the Pixel 2 XL around the border becomes a lot smaller, but still can be called the most comprehensive screen full-screen mobile phone, because the top and top have obvious borders and panels. Maybe Google just want to tell everyone, Android today also fully embraced a comprehensive screen, and we boldly do a full screen phone. In addition, due to different body size, the battery capacity of the two phones is different. Pixel 2 has the 2700mAh battery, while the Pixel 2 XL has3520mAh.

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The Same Flagship Hardwaregoogle pixel 2

Although the design of Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL may be different, but the hardware within the shell is basically the same. Both are equipped with Qualcomm’s flagship processor, Snapdragon 835, eight-core design, clocked at 2.35GHz, integrated Adreno 430 GPU, and comes standard with 4GB of memory. Storage space optional 64GB and 128GB two, compared to last year some of the larger, and provide a microSD card slot for expansion.

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To tell the truth, Google Pixel 2 series of smart phone hardware configuration is relatively mediocre, because this set of configuration has been used by a lot of phones, and it is a pity that Snapdragon 836 has not been used. In addition, 4GB of standard running memory is not the mainstream level, and 6GB has long been a benchmark. Google could have started a new trend but it just did what every one is doing. 

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Last year, the first generation of Google Pixel smartphone had the best camera at the time, but in just one year more and more smart phone manufacturers catched up, so the second generation models Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL had to upgrade again. The camera module is a 1 / 2.6 inch 1220 pixel sensor, and with F / 1.8 large aperture lens, support for laser focus, support for software and DualPixel technology depth mode, providing optical + electronic hybrid anti-shake technology.

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But these are not so eye-catching configuration, but it got a score of 98 points by the evaluation agency DxOMark, more than the Apple iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Interestingly, the latter two were were briefly expected to be the world’s best camera phone. With the appearance of Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google has recaptured the position of the king. In addition, Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL front camera are 8 mega pixels.

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In 2016 all the flagship smart phones had a trend, that is, the protection of performance upgrades. A large number of machines are supporting different levels of waterproof function. However, Google’s first generation of flagship Pixel does not have this feature, many users do not attach importance to Google’s protective performance. At that time Google’s explanation was that due to lack of time, they were not able to add this feature. 

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Obviously, Google paid attention to what users want this year. This year’s Pixel 2 series of smart phones also provide IP67 dust and waterproof performance, to catch up with this year’s flagship smartphone trend. This means that the within general 1 meter in the depth of fresh water, the two new Google phones will be safe for more than 30 minutes. 

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However, perhaps because of support for waterproof, Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have canceled the 3.5mm headphone jack. There have been rumors that Google went back on this decision, unfortunately that wasn’t true. When Google released the first generation of Pixel, it had a normal headphone jack to ridicule Apple, claiming that although this is not the latest features, but it is very satisfactory. However, today’s Pixel 2 users want to use traditional headphones, only through the USB Type-C adapter.

HTC’s Edge Sense 

Over the past few years, Google and HTC have been working closely, this is a well known thing, and Google recently spent 1.1 billion on acquisition of HTC’s  ODM business. So, Pixel 2 has used a similar technology like Edge Sense. Regarding the introduction of this feature, Google said it helps with the launch of Google Assistant function.

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Display always (Always-On Display), starter adjustment

This is not the latest feature in the mobile industry, but this feature allows Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL to display information, including display time and notification tips for each app, on the screen. Google says it allows users to display song information without having to unlock and manually intervene. Just click on the title of the song on the screen and the system will be able to match the information that Google Assistant has enabled. For the improvement of the system, the main interface of the starter has been redesigned, eliminating the weather widgets that occupy the top space, and instead being brought back to the search box and placed in a more reasonable place. In the icon above, from the practical point of view, the search box is indeed more suitable for most people’s habits.

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In addition, because Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are Google’s own brand of smart phones,there are obvious advantages of hardware and software systems. Google promised that these two phones will be able to get the fastest Android operating system upgrade. Although it is still Android 8.0 operating system, but will soon be the fastest upgrade to Android 8.1 system, and there is commitment to provide at least three years to upgrade. Some of the other features are Google Lens and ARKcore.

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Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be available from now on, and will be listed on the 19th of this month. The 64GB version of Pixel 2 is priced at $ 649 and the 128GB version is priced at $ 749. While the 64GB version of the Pixel 2 XL is priced at $ 849 and the 128GB version is priced at $ 949. Pixel 2 XL is pure black and black and white, Pixel 2 are pure black, bright white and light blue tricolor.

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It should be noted that, because Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are Google pure service smart phones, their main market is the United States, Australia, Germany, India, the United Kingdom and Canada, and the built-in eSIM only for the United States.

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So, what do you think of the new phone by Google? This year big screens are in fashion. Although Pixel 2 seems to have a comprehensive design, it isn’t innovative. Most of the advantages of the combination of hardware and software are not reflected in the new phone. The phone has a single rear camera. The phone also doesn’t have very thin bezels like most of the phones this year.

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