Pixel 2 Pixel 2 XL & Pixelbook – Google Event 2017

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Google Event products
Google Event products / Google Blog / YouTube

The Google Event has finally presented us with the heat and spice that we’d been missing after the Apple Event. The launch event was concluded within 2 hours and 20 minutes, which I’ll try and sum up in a-few-minutes read in this article. It was held at the SFjazz Center in San Francisco, California.

The hardware launch was big; Google had a number of products lined up to amaze us, and not merely amuse us. They dished out all the great tech on a nice, shiny platter, and good lord, we got SERVED! Allow me to brief you on all of them.

1. Google Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL

The most awaited Android phone of the year – the Pixel 2 – is quite a sight to behold. They are the first phones capable of using the eSim technology. Like the first generation of the Google phone Pixel, the second generation Pixel 2 also comes in two sizes, namely, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Pixel 2 comes in 3 color variants – Just Black, Clearly White, and Kinda Blue; Pixel 2 XL comes in 2 – Just Black, and, Black and White.

Google Event Pixel 2
Pixel 2/ Google Blog/YouTube

The design is eye-soothing, yet practical, or to be more coherent, Google has a reason for what goes where and why it’s there; like the not-so-big bezels exist to accommodate better speakers.

Much like Apple, Google too has done away with the headphone jack and introduced ‘Pixel Buds’, something that looks like a direct rival to Apple’s AirPods. Pixel Buds are, however, more like ‘neck buds’ than earbuds.

Google Event Googlr-earbuds
Google Pixel Buds/ Google Blog / YouTube

The camera is claimed by Google to be the highest rated, providing brilliant pictures in low light, smooth videos, and the ability to add AR stickers. Also, Google provides unlimited storage space with its “Photos” service for Pixel 2 users.

Also Read: Should You Really Buy Bezel Less Smartphones?

Pixel 2 is an overall improvement, as compared to the first gen phone, especially considering the Google Assistant, which can perform more tasks than before, and with higher efficiency.

Both the phones are quite similar, except in size, and battery size, as is visible from the specs sheet below:

Specs Pixel 2 Pixel 2 XL
OS Android 8.0.0, Oreo Android 8.0.0, Oreo
Display

 

 

 

Cinematic 127-mm display

FHD (1920 x 1080) AMOLED at 441ppi

100000:1, super contrast ratio

Fullscreen 152-mm display

QHD+ (2880 x 1440) pOLED at 538ppi

100000:1, super contrast ratio

Cameras

  • Rear Camera
  • Front Camera
 

12.2MP, 1.4 μm, f/1.8 aperture

 

8MP, 1.4 μm, f/2.4 aperture

 

12.2MP, 1.4 μm, f/1.8 aperture

 

8MP, 1.4 μm, f/2.4 aperture

Processor Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835
Memory 4GB RAM 4GB RAM
Storage Capacity 64GB, 128GB

Unlimited online storage for photos and videos

64GB, 128GB

Unlimited online storage for photos and videos

Dimensions

Weight

145.7mm x 69.7 mm x 7.8 mm

143g

157.9 mm x 76.7 mm x 7.9 mm

175g

Battery 2700 mAh

Up to 7 hours of usage with 15 minutes of charge

3520 mAh

Up to 7 hours of usage with 15 minutes of charge

Sensors
  • Active Edge™
  • Proximity/Ambient light sensor
  • Accelerometer/Gyrometer
  • Magnetometer
  • Pixel Imprint: back-mounted fingerprint sensor for fast unlocking
  • Barometer
  • Hall effect sensor
  • Android Sensor Hub
  • Advanced x-axis haptics for sharper/defined response
  • Active Edge™
  • Proximity/Ambient light sensor
  • Accelerometer/Gyrometer
  • Magnetometer
  • Pixel Imprint: back-mounted fingerprint sensor for fast unlocking
  • Barometer
  • Hall effect sensor
  • Android Sensor Hub
  • Advanced x-axis haptics for sharper/defined response
Design Materials  

Aluminium body with hybrid coating

IP67 water and dust resistant

 

Aluminium body with hybrid coating

IP67 water and dust resistant

 

The phones will be out for sale on October 19th, 2017. Pixel 2’s starting price is $649, and for Pixel 2 XL, it is $849.

2. Google Pixelbook

Pixelbook is Google’s comeback into the notebook-field after it discontinued production of the Chromebook last year. And do not fret, Pixelbook is nothing like the Chromebook.

Sleek, chic, and boxy, the Pixelbook, as the name suggests, looks quite inspired from the Google phone, Pixel. The back is divided into two parts – metal on the bottom, and glass at the top; something that Google likes to address as the ‘visor’.

Google Event Pixel Book
Pixel Book / Google Blog / Youtube

Starting at a price of $999, this beauty has a full 360-degree rotating, 12.3-inch screen, and weighs hardly around 2 pounds. So, owing to its sleekness and the 360-degree rotation factor, you can use it both as a laptop and a tablet. You can upgrade the Pixelbook to a price as much as up to $1649, getting a Core i5 or Core i7 processor, and as much as 16GB of RAM. It runs with the Chrome OS, and hence, has the latest security updates.

Google also offers a $99 stylus, called the Pixelbook Pen, created solely for the device, as is quite evident by its name. However, it’s not included in the box, and has to be bought separately.

The flagship feature of the Pixelbook, much like the Pixel 2, is the Google Assistant, which can be invoked by either pressing the bottom key on the keyboard where the Assistant’s logo is displayed, or by enunciating “OK Google”. Also, you can run any android app on either full-screen or in a phone-sized window.

Personally, I really do want a Pixelbook. What about you? Tell us in the comments below!

3. Google Home Speakers: The Max and The Mini

After the ‘Home’ speaker, announced back in 2016, this year’s event has brought to us the Home Max and the Home Mini. They are a means to get Google’s voice assistant into your homes.

Google Event Google Max Speaker
Max Speaker / Google Blog / YouTube

The Google Home Mini is available for a price of $50 and comes in three color variants – gray, black, and coral. The Home Max is available for $399, making it the costliest smart-speaker – even more expensive than Apple’s HomePod.

Google Event Mini Speaker
Mini Speaker / Google Blog / YouTube

The design of both the Mini and Max is quite similar in design – clean plastic with speaker meshes. There are four lights under the speaker mesh, which when illuminated denote that the assistant is listening to you. The Mini has a basic speaker, as its price suggests; but the Max provides subliminal audio quality owing to its two 4.5-inch woofers and multiple tweeters, and is twenty times more powerful than the original Google Home.

4. Google Daydream View

Google’s new $99 virtual reality headset, Daydream View, promises ‘comfort’ and ‘epic adventures’. All you have to do is slide your phone in, and get going on your adventure journey, with the easy-to-use Daydream Controller.

Google Event Daydream View
Daydream View / Google Blog /YouTube

What’s more, you can bring your friends and family into it. With the help of Chromecast, you can simply cast what you’re seeing onto the TV screen.

(insert picture–if possible, the one from the google store)

It is compatible with the following phones:

  • Pixel 2
  • Pixel
  • Galaxy S8/S8+
  • Galaxy Note 8
  • ZenFone AR
  • Axon 7
  • Mate 9 Pro
  • Moto Z & Z2

5. Google Clips

A camera that captures intricate and intimate moments using Artificial Intelligence that one cannot possibly do with a phone’s camera. Priced at $249, it has an internal memory of 8GB, a 12-megapixel sensor, and a 130-degree field-of-view lens. It takes photos at 15 fps (frames-per-second). It is available in a single color variant, a two-tone, white and teal body.

Google Event Clips Camera
Google Clips Camera / Google Blog / YouTube

It captures only soundless video. An LED light blinks while the camera is on, to let people know that they are being recorded or photographed. This camera seems to target parents of babies as well as pet owners. It will allow them to interact more with their children, by eliminating the need to have a hand-held camera at all times. Even though it has been called “creepy and invasive” by some, it does seem like a rather nice way to make your Instagram posts buzz with new life.

Which was your favorite product at the Google launch event? Mention it in the comments below!

Sources: The Verge | Wired | Techradar | Google Blog