Overnight, Google announced the Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL and a bunch of other Google devices (yes, even some surprises).
WHAT ARE THE PIXEL 2 AND PIXEL 2 XL
Without doubt, the biggest announcements were the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL. The Pixel 2 has a 5-inch full HD screen with the Pixel 2 XL having a 6-inch display. The design is quite similar to that of the original Google Pixel. It’s got a slightly smaller front bezel, but still sticks to the two tone design that is now a signature of the Google Pixel. The Pixel 2 comes in three colours (black, white and blue) whilst the Pixel 2 XL comes in two colours (black and white).
In the way of new features, there’s now better water resistance, new dual speakers on the front, Bluetooth 5.0 and a brand new POLED display which will apparently let you see the phone whilst wearing sunglasses. There’s also a weird new feature that allows you to squeeze the sides of the phone in order to access Google Assistant.
Google says that you’ll be able to get about 7 hours of battery on 15 minutes of charging (using a fast charger obviously). Google has also dropped the headphone jack, so it’ll be interesting to see if people react in the same way that they did when Apple dropped then jack.
The prices for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are quite reasonable, but not too dissimilar of that of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 XL.
Google Pixel 2
64GB – $1079
128GB – $1229
Google Pixel 2 XL
128GB – $1549
WHEN DOES IT RELEASE?
Bizarrely, there is no release date for either the Google Pixel 2 or Google Pixel 2 XL in Australia (or anywhere else). You’ll be able to preorder on October 20th at Telstra and JB Hi-FI stores. Alternatively, you can join the waitlist on the Google Store right now, but I’m assuming that this will only send you a link once pre-orders are live. You can do that RIGHT HERE.