Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the second-generation flagship smartphones 'Made by Google' are now available for pre-order in India. The smartphones were announced earlier this month and will be available exclusively on Flipkart. The e-commerce giant will start shipping the Pixel 2 on November 1 while the Pixel 2 XL will be available from November 15.
In order to lure consumers to buy the premium smartphones from Google, Flipkart has announced discounts and bundled offers. With pre-order of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Flipkart is giving Sennheiser Bluetooth headset for just Rs 1. This will be useful considering that both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL miss out on 3.5mm audio jack, rendering them incompatible with the existing set of headphones. Other offers include extra Rs 5,000 off on exchange of select phone models and guaranteed buyback value of 50 percent upon payment of a one-time fee of Rs 149. HDFC Bank Credit Card users will get Rs 8,000 cashback on purchase of Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL on EMI. Flipkart is also offering extra Rs 5,000 cashback to those purchasing Pixel 2 series using Axis Bank Buzz Credit Cards. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are also available at no-cost EMI options starting from Rs 3,889 per month.
Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are the follow-up to last year's Pixel and Pixel XL and are pitched as smartphones designed to offer a pure Android experience as conceived by the search giant. The Pixel 2 is manufactured by HTC while the Pixel 2 XL is being built by LG. Google recently snapped up a part of HTC's engineering division to bolster its hardware efforts.
The Pixel 2, smaller of the two offerings, features a design similar to last year's Pixel. It features a 5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and 16:9 aspect ratio. Google Pixel 2 XL, on the other hand, gets a larger 6-inch P-OLED display with a resolution of 2880 x 1440 pixels and an 18:9 aspect ratio. While the smartphone is not bezel-less in terms of design, it does sport thinner bezels in comparison with that of Pixel 2. While Pixel 2 XL gets a larger display, it has been marred by issues. Google Pixel 2 XL users have reported screen burn-in issue and black smearing effect on their smartphone display. Google has confirmed that it is actively investigating the issue and there is no word on fix or replacement just yet.
Both the smartphones are powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 mobile chipset coupled with 4GB RAM and option for either 64GB or 128GB internal storage. Like last year, the talking point of the new Pixel smartphones is its image sensors fused with AI capabilities. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL ditch the dual rear camera trend to pack a single 12MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture, dual-pixel autofocus, optical image stabilisation and dual-LED flash. The rear camera uses data from dual pixels to reproduce images with a blurred background as opposed to other smartphones using a dedicated telephoto lens. The front camera uses a 8MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture and uses machine learning to shoot selfies in portrait mode. Interestingly, Google has also added a dedicated Pixel Visual Core, a custom-SoC for image processing and plans to activate it with future updates.
Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL differ primarily in terms of display size, design and battery capacity. The Pixel 2 is backed by a 2700mAh battery while Pixel 2 XL packs a larger 3520mAh battery. Both get a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and run Android 8.0 Oreo with a promised software update for three years. Both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are now IP67 water and dust resistant. Google Pixel 2 is priced at Rs 61,000 for the 64GB variant while the 128GB model is priced at Rs 70,000. Google Pixel 2 XL with 64GB storage is priced at Rs 73,000 while 128GB variant will retail for Rs 82,000. The smartphone is available in Kinda Blue, Just Black and Clearly Black colours while Pixel 2 XL is available in Just Black and Black and White colour.