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Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL images leaked online

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL images leaked online courtesy, Evan Blass. We are just a few hours away from the launch of the device and Blass has given us our best look at the Google’s next Flagship devices. The phones will be launched on 4th Oct in an event along with a range of other products from Google.

The leaked images are not too different from the previous leaks we have seen, but the high-resolution images by Evan leave no space for doubt. To recall Google has recently bought the HTC’s Pixel team for a whopping $1.1 billion and have also partnered with LG for the Display panels for the new flagship phones.

The new Pixel devices were supposed to showcase the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 but due to a delay in the latest chip, the device will come with the same chipset as the LGV30 and all three Samsung flagship devices.

Google Pixel 2 XL
Google Pixel 2 XL
Source: VentureBeat

Both the devices will run Android 8 Oreo with a new Pixel Launcher. Google has equipped both phones with front firing stereo speakers which reminds me of the Nexus line-up. Unfortunately, the Google Pixel 2 has disappointingly large top and bottom bezels just like its predecessor. While the Google Pixel 2 XL has a 6-inch, 18:9 aspect ratio QHD+ display with smaller bezels which makes the device shorter and narrower.

The redesigned Android home screen puts the search bar at the bottom below the dock leaving behind the pill. The design, however, did not impress me as I think that the docked apps are used more often than the search bar. Not to forget the Google Assistant which can be called on any screen by holding the Home button or even by squeezing the sides making the search bar more irrelevant.

The Pixel smartphones will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 chip, 4GB of RAM, 64GB, and 128GB internal storage option and might also come with bigger batteries.

Unlike the other Android Flagships, Google has decided to stick with a single 12MP primary camera. The original Pixel devices had an excellent camera thanks to some excellent image processing and I hope to see the same this time.

I would have loved to see a 6GB of RAM in the Pixel 2 XL to compete with the likes of OnePlus 5 and Galaxy Note 8, and Google has dropped the headphone jack just a year after its Pixel campaigns mocked Apple for doing the same thing.

Blass claims that Google will stagger the release of the Pixel devices with the Pixel 2 releasing on October 19th but the Pixel 2 XL will make us wait till 15th November. Still, the new Pixels could be well worth the wait because their promise of truly stock Android and instant updates makes them unique in the smartphone world. Last year this combination also delivered phones with a level of responsive real world performance no Android rival could match.

Tell us what you think of the new Pixel devices? Are you waiting for their release? Are you looking to buy any of these devices? Do let us know in the comments below!!

Giri Raj
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