Here's Google's new Pixel 2 XL smartphone


According to previous rumours, the Pixel 2 XL will sport a 5.6-inch display along with a 2K resolution.

The smartphone offers a front-facing camera with an 8 megapixel camera, and a rear-facing 12 megapixel camera with an f/1.8 aperture.

Both devices stick with the metal and glass combo design that we saw on the 2016 Pixels but the glass section has been reduced on the new models.

Both models continue to include fingerprint scanners on the back while competitors shift to either integrating biometrics into the screens or using facial recognition to authenticate users.

Google's latest phones are quite expensive too. That leaves it way behind Apple and Samsung when it comes to sourcing important hardware components like displays and marketing and supporting the gadgets. One thing they do not have is a headphone jack, joining Apple in that regard after poking fun at the iPhone for making the same move a year ago.

The second generation of Google's Pixel phones unveiled Wednesday feature larger, brighter screens that take up more of the phone's front, changes that Apple is also making with its iPhone X scheduled to be released next month.

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"Pixel 2 is loaded with a better camera that not only lets you take great pictures but helps you understand the world around you; a battery that lasts all day; and an Assistant that helps you get more done", it said in a statement.

The Google Pixel 2 will also launch on October 17 at a starting price of $650 / €800 / £630.

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL aren't much of a departure from the original Pixel phones in terms of design.

This combination of hardware and software also means the phone's rear camera will be the first to support Google Lens, which can identify objects, scenes, and other elements. Both charge via USB Type-C and both are compatible with quick charging offering up to seven hours charge in 15 minutes.

They use Google Assistant, so you can converse with your Google-powered AI assistant without taking out your phone.

The Pixel 2 will come in three colors - "kind of blue", "just black", and "clearly white". The self-proclaimed "Un-Carrier" said it will pay half the cost of the device for new customers who add a line with T-Mobile. Touching the right earbud will activate the built-in Google Assistant, which can be used to get directions, set reminders, or access music and messages. This is a significant upgrade over Google's existing free photo-storage service that allows any user to store images and videos at a compressed image quality.