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Google Pixel 2: more good things coming soon

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Google Pixel 2 will be celebrating its anniversary this month. This time around, HTC has been chosen to manufacture this smartphone for Google.

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It has been a long wait, and it seems that it will finally be over very soon. Before we begin, let’s do a quick throwback at last year’s Pixel as per below:

  • 5-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~441 ppi pixel density
  • Gorilla Glass 4 protection
  • Splash and dust resistant
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 chipset, Quad-core (2x2.15 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo) processor, Adreno 530 and 4GB RAM
  • 12.3MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture, EIS (gyro), phase detection & laser autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.4 aperture, 1/3.2" sensor size and 1.4 µm pixel size
  • 32GB/128GB internal storage with no expansion slot
  • Android Nougat 7.1, upgradeable to Android Oreo 8.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2770 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • 4G LTE
  • October 2016 release date
  • $649 USD for 32GB storage & $749 USD for 128GB storage

It sure is expensive back then, but you will be getting only the best from the available hardware and the ‘purest’ software around. It is one speedy smartphone with no unnecessary bloatware going around.

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That leaves us with this year’s replacement, Pixel 2:

  • 5-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~441 ppi pixel density
  • Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Splash and dust resistant
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) processor, Adreno 540 and 4GB RAM
  • 12.3MP primary camera with EIS (gyro), phase detection & laser autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with 1/3.2" sensor size and 1.4 µm pixel size
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage with no expansion slot
  • Android Oreo 8.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion battery with Fast battery charging
  • 4G LTE
  • 4th October 2017 launch date
  • $649 USD estimated price for 64GB storage & $749 USD estimated price for 128GB storage

It seems like everything is pointing towards a similar hardware, except for a couple of upgrades and the software update.

Regarding display, Pixel 2 comes with a similar 5-inch Full HD IPS screen, fingerprint sensor and splash & dust resistant body to repel water from creeping in. Only the Gorilla Glass gets an upgrade to Gorilla Glass 5.

As for the hardware, this is where Pixel 2 will only be using the best available. Which means that the Snapdragon 835 chipset, fast Kryo octa-core processor, high-end Adreno 540 graphics and 4GB RAM. There’s nothing that will stand in the way of this flagship, as it blazes through everything that you throw at it.

For the camera, Pixel 2 is expected to be sporting the similar 12.3MP-8MP camera combination. We would have expected at least a dual camera somewhere along the line, but it isn't the case.

Storage-wise, there won’t be 32GB internal storage anymore – asthe minimum is 64GB. That’s nice, considering that Google devices are known not to have an expansion slot.

Moving on to the hardware, the latest Android Oreo 8.0 will be the order of the day. This latest operating system by Google is a perfect match for the supreme hardware prowess that it possesses.

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Conclusion:

Google Pixel 2 will be awesome, given the fact that it will be featuring an upgraded hardware and the latest operating system to boot. 

Google Pixel was launched on 4th October 2016 for an estimated price tag of 649 USD for 64GB storage & are for 128GB storage. There’s three colours available, namely Quite Black and Very Silver, Really Blue.

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