At their event today, Google announced 2 new smartphones: Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL
Of course, one of the big talking points is the fact that the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2XL both have no headphone jack. Instead, there is a USB Type C connector at the bottom and you will need to use the headphone jack to USB Type C adapter that comes with it to connect your headphones.
Let’s dive in a little more starting with the Pixel 2. As far as specs go, you are looking at a 5-inch Full HD(1920×1080) AMOLED Screen, 12.2MP rear facing camera, 8 megapixel front facing camera, 4GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage.
If you are into your photography then there’s something of interest for you here. Google are touting the camera in the Pixel 2 to be the best on the market of any smartphone out there. It was rated 98.
With the Pixel 2 XL, you are looking at a 6-inch screen with a resolution of 2880×1440 pixels, 12.2MP rear facing camera, 8 megapixel front facing camera, 4GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB.
One of the more interesting features is the fast charging. Of course, According to Google, they say that the pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL can last all day. However, should you use fast charging to charge to 100% battery in 15 minutes and last up to 7 hours.
No wireless charging on either phone. With that said I am sure someone will make a case that has wireless charging that you can put on the phone.
Software-wise, both phones are going to run Android 8.0 (otherwise known as Oreo). Both phones will come with the Google Assistant. To activate it, just simply squeeze both sides of the phone at the same time. You can ask it to turn on do not disturb if you are about to head into the cinema or make a phone call/send a text message.
Of course, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 will both support Augmented Reality(AR). The idea of AR is that you can basically super impose virtual imagery onto the real world. For some of the examples, I recommend checking out the AR Experiments website.
The Pixel 2 is going to cost £629 for the 64GB version or £729 for the 128GB version.
As for the Pixel 2 XL, you can expect it to cost £799 for the 64GB version or £899 for the 128GB version.
You can pre-order the Google Pixel and Pixel right now from the Google Store website. The Pixel 2 will release on the 19th of October whereas the Pixel 2XL will release on the 15th of November. Keep in mind that these dates are for the UK. With that said, the Pixel 2 will be available in Australia, Canada, Germany, India as well as the USA. They aim to bring the Pixel 2 XL to Italy, Singapore and Spain later this year.
The Pixel 2 will be available in Just Black, Clearly White, Kinda Blue and Black and White. If you want a Pixel XL 2, then that one will come in either Just Black or Black and White. You can check it out in all its glory from the trailer video below.
Don’t get me wrong I am all for advances in tech. I am all for fitting things like a larger battery and other things inside a phone. However, I am still of the opinion that removing the headphone jack is another trend that we do not need. I think it’s inconvenient to have to remember to bring that little cable which will allow me to use any headphones that I want to.
Sad as it is to say this (as far as the main phones from Google, Apple and other companies go), no headphone jacks in phones is the way things are going I am afraid. In fact, I would think that it won’t be long before we see a phone with no headphone jack, no button or no ports. On a more personal level I am not buying a phone which has no headphone jack.
With that being said, one of the good things about a Google phone is that Android comes in its vanilla form. No manufacturer skins, nothing. This is essentially Android the way it should be. On top of that, it’s the latest version of Android as well (known as Oreo) so that’s a good win.
As far as the camera goes, Google has made some bold claims to call it the best camera in a smartphone on the market. Once we see some photos on Instagram, Flickr, 500PX and the like taken with the Pixel 2, then we can get a real idea of what kind of photos these phones are capable of taking.
Will you be buying a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL? Let me know in the comments.