We’ve all waited long enough for Google to announce the successor to its last year’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Finally, putting an end to all the leaks, rumours and speculations once and for all, Google today officially took the wraps off its most-anticipated Pixel 2 XL flagship phone at the company’s “Made by Google” event in San Francisco, California. Google Pixel 2 XL pre-orders start today for $849.
Google Pixel 2 XL is the older counterpart of Pixel 2 that also arrived during the launch event. Up front, there’s a 6.0-inch Quad HD (2,880 x 1,440 pixels) pOLED 18:9 screen, offering 77.1% screen-to-body ratio and resulting in 538 PPI pixel density. The screen further comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection layered on top.
It should go without saying, Google Pixel 2 runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Powering the handset is Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC clocked at 2.35GHz and Adreno 540 GPU for graphics. It packs 4GB of RAM under the hood and offers two storage options: 64GB and 128GB. The storage cannot be expanded further by means of a microSD card support, though.
As for photography, Google Pixel 2 XL houses a 12.2 MP main camera with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Laser Autofocus, and dual-tone LED flash. It offers several modes and features like geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, and panorama. The camera is capable of recording up to 2160p videos at 30 frames per second (fps). Up front is a 8MP secondary shooter for selfies and video calls.
In terms of connectivity, Google Pixel 2 XL supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C port. However, it comes without a 3.5mm audio jack.
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