Google’s latest phones are here, and it’s clear the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are targeted at very special kinds of users. Like the original Pixel phones, Google also has worked with manufacturers with very specific hardware and performance goals in mind. This means things like the camera and processor are identical, but if you’re going to choose between these two phones it is important to know what makes each one special.
More about Hardware
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- Memory: 4GB RAM
- Internal Storage: 64GB or 128GB
- Rear camera: 12.2MP, 1.4μm pixels, Autofocus with laser and dual-pixel phase detection, Optical and electronic image stabilization, f/1.8 aperture lens
- Front camera: 8MP, 1.4μm pixels, f/2.4 aperture lens, fixed focus
- Video: 1080p at 30, 60, or 120 fps on rear camera
- “Active Edge” squeezable sides
- USB-C, no wireless charging
- No headphone jack
- Bluetooth 5.0
- 18W power adapter and USB-C headphone dongle in box
PIXEL 2 XL SPECS
Screen: 6-inch, 2880 x 1440 pOLED, 100 percent DCI-P3 coverage, 100,000:1 contrast ratio
Size: 6.2 x 3.0 x 0.3 inches
- Weight: 175 grams
PIXEL 2 SPECS
- Battery: 2700mAh
- Screen: 5-inch, 1920 x 1080 AMOLED, 95 percent DCI-P3 coverage, 100,000:1 contrast ratio
- Size: 5.7 x 2.7 x 0.3 inches
- Weight: 143 grams
When we talk about Samsung Galaxy phone, we have noticed the flashiness: curved screens, notches for face-detecting cameras, the chrome and the glitz but Google’s not going for all that. These mobiles aren’t homely, but they’re also not flashy. They have glass “shades” on the back for the antennas to work, and they have bezels to home the speakers. You could not get people at a bar showing over the design, but you will get the practical benefits of a simpler design.
The screen doesn’t curve around the sides like the S8, but you don’t have to worry about rogue touches. There’s no notch on the screen enabling truly edge-to-edge design, but there’s also… no notch on the screen. There’s no shiny glass, but the finish on the aluminum makes it easier to grip. Every time it faced a design trade-off, Google chose the more pragmatic option.
How is Camera
Here are some of the hardware style changes Google is cramming into its camera stack:
- It’s switching to a dual-pixel super sensor on the back, which means that every dashed pixel is made of two smaller ones.
- It’s adding optical photo stabilization for images and videos, in addition to electronic image stabilization.
- The dual-pixel setup shows that the pixels in the sensor are slightly smaller than last year’s Pixel: 1.4μm vs. 1.55μm.
- To compensate for the smaller pixels, the aperture on the lens is opening up to let in more light: f/1.8 compared to last year’s f/2.0.
- Although it gets more advanced phase detection for focus with the dual pixels, it’s keeping laser autofocus, too.
- It’s each individually calibrating each phone in the company to account for the tiny distortions that are inevitable on every camera lens.
There’s no correct answer here. If you’re a fan of the display that fulfills the phone and you want a huge battery, you can go with the Pixel 2 XL. If you prefer a smaller form factor and you would like your videos to fill the screen without stretching, you can go with the Pixel 2. Either way, you’re going to get quality front-facing speakers and a killer camera to complete an already excellent Android Oreo software experience.
Here are something almost Scandinavian about the ethos of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. It’s most obvious in the pragmatic hardware and software design, which at every turn is created for simplicity, user friendly and usability over style. They’re nice to look at, but they’re a little unassuming.