Google unveils Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL

Google unveils Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL

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We had heard rumors recently that Google was going to launch a new high-end Chromebook soon and it has done that today.

The smartphones will be available for order as of Wednesday in six countries starting at $649 for Pixel 2, and $849 for Pixel 2 XL.

The Google Pixel 2 XL in Black and White. Google Home Max will be available in December for $399 - just in time to compete with Apple's new HomePod.

Much of the rest of what is on offer with these smartphones is largely identical including the specs (barring the obvious differences in physical size, bezel size, and display size).

The Pixel 2 costs £629 for 64GB of storage and £729 for 128GB, and will come out on 19 October, while the Pixel 2 XL costs £799 for 64GB of storage and £899 for 128GB, and will come out nearly a month later on 15 November.

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Both of the new-generation Pixel devices have been enabled with a new feature called Active Edge, where you can squeeze the phone to trigger many activities, including activating the front camera. The Pixel 2 features 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, while the Pixel 2 XL has 3D Corning Gorilla Glass protection.

Google says 15 minutes of charging will provide up to seven hours of usage, and the phones are also water- and dust-resistant to the IP67 standard. This works in tandem with Assistant, which Google Pixelbook is the first laptop to feature built-in. The Google Home Max features Bluetooth and Aux connectivity and features integrated Google Assistant. Amazon's Echo Dot, so far Google's chief competitor, is priced at $50 too.

All Google Home products now use Voice Match, which uses different voice factors to bring personal help to each individual member of the house. The devices are available for preorder now and will initially be available in Australia, Canada, Germany, India, the United Kingdom, and the US.

"The below render shows us the "Kinda Blue" variant of the Pixel 2 with the color peeking around the border of the phone from a front view". The Pixel 2 XL, however, is only available in Just Black and a separate Black and White colorway.

Sadly, there's no word on a United Kingdom price or release date with Google only confirming it will arrive in the USA from December. For context: Apple's iPhone is used by 45.5 percent of subscribers, and Samsung phones - the dominant company using Google Android to power its devices - represents 29.5 percent of USA subscriber share.

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