Google's Pixel 2 offers an improved interface and high-quality camera, alongside Google's latest Android OS.
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When does the Google Pixel 2 come out? Launched on 4 October 2017, the Pixel 2 went on sale on 31 October 2017
What’s new about the Google Pixel 2? Snapdragon 835, no headphone jack, squeezable sides, water resistance
How much will the Google Pixel 2 cost? $1079/$1229
What is the Google Pixel 2?
The Google Pixel 2 is the smaller of Google's second generation of phones under the Pixel branding, having switched away from its previous Nexus stylings for its own in-house handsets with last year's Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL.
While the larger Google Pixel XL 2 is produced by LG, the regular Pixel 2 is an HTC built device. That's quite significant, both because the original Pixel phones were both HTC creations, but also because of Google's recent acquisition of HTC engineers and IP to boost its Pixel division.
The HTC linkup also extends to the same squeezable sides feature as found in the HTC U11. Like the U11, you'll be able to use a squeeze on the sides of the device to take photos, as well as engage the Google Assistant.
Squeezable sides is something of a gimmick, as we discussed in our review of the HTC U11, but it's also a point of differentiation from the rest of the smartphone pack.
The Pixel XL 2 will feature a larger screen, but the Pixel 2 features a more pocket-friendly 5 inch 1080p display.
In line with its own commitment to its ARCore platform, the Pixel 2 is AR-ready, as well as compatible with the updated Google Daydream VR headsets. It features stereo front-firing speakers, but no headphone jack at all. Google is also launching its own "Pixel Buds" headphones, but those will cost extra above the Pixel 2's asking price.
Is the Google Pixel 2 powerful?
Google went down the same basic smartphone route as devices including the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium and the OnePlus 5 by utilising Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC, alongside 4GB of RAM.
That puts the Pixel 2 in an interesting position. The Snapdragon 835 is a powerful processor without a doubt, but at the Pixel 2's asking price, it's possible to score a Snapdragon 835-touting handset for less. Google's own optimisations within Android and the clean Pixel interface may give it an edge here. Ultimately however, the Pixel 2 will still be a powerful phone that should at least work at parity with other Android handsets in 2017.
Does the Google Pixel 2 have a good camera?
Google made a particular point of pitching the camera in the original Pixel phones as the best you could get at the time, especially for low light photography. It recognises the heavy importance that users put on mobile photography, and for the Pixel 2 it stayed the course with a single 12.2MP rear camera. One key innovation here is that the Pixel 2 will offer a "portrait" mode as found on many dual lens cameras, utilising Google's own proprietary machine learning to provide what it claims will be best in class bokeh effects.
2017 has been a hyper-competitive year for smartphone cameras, with many stellar options pushing the boundaries of what's feasible with smaller lenses and sensors, but the Pixel 2 should offer good, if not great camera experiences.
How do I charge the Google Pixel 2?
The Google Pixel 2 charges via USB C, as did its predecessors. Internally, it features a 2700mAh battery.
Is the Google Pixel 2 water resistant?
One of the major pain points for the original Pixel phones were that they weren't notably water resistant in any tested way. That changes with the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2, both of which feature an IP67 water resistance rating.
When will the Google Pixel 2 be available in Australia?
The Google Pixel 2 were unveiled by Google at 9am PST on 4 October 2017, which in Australian terms translates to 3am on 5 October 2017. The Pixel 2 went on pre-sale in Australia from 20 October 2017 with availability from 31 October 2017.
How much does the Google Pixel 2 cost?
Google priced last year's Pixel phones at a premium level, and this is a strategy it's has continued for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices. In Australia, the Pixel 2 will sell outright for $1079 for a 64GB model, while the 128GB variant will sell for $1229.
Telstra is the exclusive launch partner for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in Australia, with the handset available at a variety of plan tiers depending on data needs and the storage variant chosen.
Google Pixel 2 Specifications
- Product Name
- Google Pixel 2
- Display Size
- 5.0 inches
- 1080 x 1920
- Snapdragon 835
- Operating System
- Android 8.0
- Front camera
- Rear camera
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