Google on Tuesday officially unveiled its next-generation flagship model, the Google Pixel 2 XL alongside the Pixel 2 at its major hardware event in San Francisco. The bigger Pixel smartphone has been priced in India starting at Rs. 73,000 for the 64GB model while the 128GB variant will cost Rs. 82,000. The pre-order for the smartphone will start from October 26 and it will hit store shelves on November 15. The phone will be available across leading retail channels with over 1000+ offline stores in India and it will also be available online exclusively on Flipkart.
The Pixel 2 XL features a 6-inch QHD OLED display with 18:9 aspect ratio. Unlike Pixel 2, the bigger variant has a tall display with a design that looks quite similar to LG’s flagship G6. The phone comes with Active Edge feature that will enable users to trigger certain actions. The display is equipped with a 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The Pixel 2 XL has done away with the standard 3.5mm audio jack on the new Pixel, though it includes a dongle. The phone is Daydream compatible and the Google Assistant now brings a few smart features for the camera.
As far as optics are concerned, the Pixel 2 XL uses a 12.2-megapixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilisation and electronic image stabilisation. The camera implements AI and machine learning features to enhance the photo, and reduce blur. It also has a Portrait Mode to add bokeh to the background. The Fused Video Stabilization utilises OIS and EIS to render smoother videos. Google has also added iPhone like Live Photos, called Motion Photos that will record a three-second clip before the shot to make it look better. At front, it has an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.4 aperture and can record 1080p videos.
The Pixel 2 XL is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM. The phone runs Google’s latest Android OS version Android Oreo. It packs a 3520mAh battery and has fast charging support. The Pixel 2 comes in two colour schemes: Black, White/black option.