Yesterday was Google’s “Made by Google” event, and a lot went down. Many rumors were confirmed, and new products were announced. Here’s a quick run of specs and features of the new Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and Pixel Buds Bluetooth headphones.
Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL Specs
Display: 5 inch (1920 x1080) AMOLED | 441 ppi / 6 inch (2880x 1440) pOLED | 538 ppi (Pixel 2 XL)
Cameras: 12.2 Mp rear-facing camera / 8 megapixel front-facing camera
Processor / RAM: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 / 4GB RAM
Memory: 64GB / 128 GB Internal Memory (no expansion slot)
Battery: 2,700 mah nonremovable / 3,520 mah (Pixel 2 XL)
Connectivity : Bluetooth 5 / Wi-Fi / Nano SIM / USB-C / fast charging /
OS: Android Nougat 8.0
Features: Water-resistant IP67 rating | no headphone jack
I enjoyed using the original Pixel XL The camera on it was amazing. Now that I’ve heard and “seen” what the Pixel 2 camera can do, I am very excited to try it out. I don’t know how I feel about the Pixel 2 being 1080p versus Quad HD. Maybe it won’t matter on such a small screen. That’s enough reason alone for me to go to the larger Pixel 2 XL. Many won’t like that the headphone jack is missing, not a bother for me since I went nearly 100% wireless, or you can go for wired USB-C headphones. No wireless charging the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL either. It’s not a must-have feature for everyone but it seems like a feature a flagship phone should have. I can’t go too much deeper since I am basing all my information on spec sheets and the livestream of the event. I haven’t had hands-on time with the devices yet.
Google killed the headphone jack on the Pixel 2 but announced the Pixel Buds Bluetooth earphones. While they look like your regular pair of Bluetooth headphones, they are not. The Pixel Buds have Google Translate available on them or you can use Google Assistant.
They’re supposed to last for up to 5 hours and recharge in their charging case for multiple charges on the go. Google also announced the Google Home Mini. It’s a smaller version of the original Google Home which features the Google Smart Assistant. That I did get to check out at a pop-up shop they had in Manhattan, New York. A review will come of the Google Home Mini will be coming soon.
Pricing and Availability
You can get the unlocked version from the Google Store. The 64GB Pixel 2 starts at $649 and $749 for 128GB. The Pixel 2 XL starts at $849 and $949 for 128GB. You have the option of buying either unlocked or Verizon models at the Google Store.
Verizon is the exclusive carrier The Google Pixel 2for the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, meaning you can get the phones in their stores and on their site. $27.08 per month for 24 months ($649.99 retail price; 0% APR) and the 128 GB version is $31.24 per month for 24 months ($749.99 retail price; 0% APR) at Verizon Wireless.
The 64 GB Google Pixel 2 XL is $35.41 per month for 24 months ($849.99 retail price; 0% APR) and the 128 GB Pixel 2 XL is $39.58 per month for 24 months ($949.99 retail price; 0% APR).