Nearly a month after Apple unveiled their shiny new iPhones to the world, Google will be unveiling its new flagship smartphones tonight. The search giant is expected to take the wraps off the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL at an event in San Francisco at 9:00 AM PT (9:30PM here in India). You can catch the event live here.
A lot has been leaked about the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in the build up to today’s launch – specifications, features and even images of the two smartphones have made their way onto the internet. Along with the phones, Google is also expected to launch a smaller, cheaper Google ‘mini’ Home Speaker, a new Chromebook called PixelBook and maybe even a radical new smartphone called UltraPixel to take on the iPhone X. The UltraPixel however seems a bit farfetched for now and a device that might just remain in people’s imagination.
Leaked specs, features
Both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are said to come with a metal and glass design somewhat similar to their predecessors. Differences this year include dust and water resistance, no headphone jack (bad news for audiophiles) and a smaller glass area at the back.
The Pixel 2 XL is expected to be the more exciting device of the two – with stereo speakers, a 6 -inch Quad HD display with minimal bezels and a possible 18:9 aspect ratio and a much slimmer chassis than before. The Pixel 2 in comparison is going to have a standard 16:9 display with a 1080p resolution.
Both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be powered by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest chipset – the Snapdragon 835 paired with 4GB of RAM. They will have 64GB/128GB of internal storage with no support for storage expansion.
The Pixel 2 is expected to come with a 2,700mAh battery with the Pixel 2 XL coming with a bigger 3,520mAh unit. Software wise, both smartphones will run on the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system – Android 8.0 Oreo right out of the box.
What is interesting is that both smartphones are expected to come with a ‘squeezable frame’ similar to the EdgeSense feature found on the HTC U11. On the imaging front, Google is expected to eschew the dual camera trend with the two phones sticking to a single 12MP camera on the back.
Expected price, Indian availability
The Pixel 2 is expected to go on sale on October 19 for a starting price of $649, which roughly translates to Rs 42,400. The larger and meaner Pixel 2 XL on the other hand is expected to hit retail shelves in November 15 for a starting price of $849, which roughly translates to Rs 55,500.
While there is no concrete news from Google as of now, the Indian launch of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL might come sooner rather than later. Google has been teasing the launch of the two smartphones in cities all over the world – including, surprisingly, New Delhi.
Google has set up Billboards all over the city with caption “Ask more of your phone” followed by the Oct 4 launch date written underneath. This might be a clear hint that the company is planning to launch the two phones in India soon after introducing them in the US.