After months of rumors and speculations Google’s answers to the iPhone 8 and iPhone X are finally here. Say hello to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
Rumors have given us a pretty concrete idea of what to expect, but the devices still look pretty sweet for Android purists. The smaller Pixel 2 looks very similar to its predecessor, with a 5-inch OLED display that’s now flanked by stereo speakers – a feature that also results in the removal of the headphone jack. It’s made by the newly-acquired HTC, comes in black, white, and ‘kinda blue’. And yes, it still has giant bezels – let’s accept it and move on.
The Pixel 2 XL, meanwhile, sees a more dramatic change. It’s nearly the same size as its predecessor, but packs in a 6-inch screen instead of a 5.5-inch one thanks to mercifully smaller bezels at the top and bottom, and an elongated 2:1 aspect ratio, or 18:9 if you never learned to reduce fractions. This one comes in ‘just black’ and a neat panda-like black and white, which has an orange power button because why not. Blue-lovers like me will be disappointed to hear that color is exclusive to the smaller device.
Both models feature a metal design with a small glass panel on the back, which this time holds an even smaller footprint than last years. They look pretty sleek, especially the XL 2, and the stereo speakers means that the smaller Pixel is at least doing something with its large bottom bezel instead of just being wasted space like last year’s model.
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