These two flagship smartphones are an evolution of their predecessors and are powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 SoC with 4GB RAM. The smaller Pixel 2 features a 5-inch display with a Full HD resolution, while the Pixel 2 XL features a 6-inch 2880x1440 P-OLED display.
Both phones feature what's called an "Active Edge", which is in essence Google's take on the HTC U11's squeezable sides. It seems like a bit of a gimmicky feature, but it can be used to launch the Google Assistant and to silence incoming phone calls. While both phones have gained water resistance, which is a big plus, they also have lost their headphone jack. This is disappointing trend for a number of new smartphones, and it's unfortunate that Google has decided to go this route.
The original Pixel and Pixel XL were praised for their AI-infused camera that produced top-notch photos and video. Google has stepped up its game with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL with a new 12.2MP sensor on the back with an f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization. No, Google didn't opt for the trendy dual-camera setup that you would find on the iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy Note 8, but we're no less impressed with what the Pixel 2 family has to offer.
The new camera has what Google calls a "Dual Pixel" sensor, which enables both smartphones to deliver "Portrait Mode" functionality seen in devices like the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X with just a single camera (instead of two). For selfies duties, there's an 8MP front-facing camera.
The Pixel 2 XL starts at $849 for 64GB of storage, and check in at $949 if you want 256GB. The Pixel 2 will be priced at $649 and $749 respectively for 64GB and 128GB SKUs. Both smartphone will be available in Black, White and Kinda Blue.
Preorders for both smartphones start today. And for a limited time, Google will provide a free Google Home Mini with your purchase.