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Herein lies the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google's new flagships

It could do with less bezels, though. (Source: Google)
It could do with less bezels, though. (Source: Google)
Google has announced the launch of its two new flagships, the Pixel 2 and its larger Pixel 2 XL sibling. These devices are mostly positioned as the Android alternatives to the Apple offerings, so it comes as no surprise that they also do not feature headphone jacks.

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The moment Google fans around the world have been waiting for is finally upon us, with the tech giants announcing the launch of its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL flagships a few minutes ago at the event in San Francisco. Keeping with the setup from the original Pixels, both devices are similar for the most part, with the largest difference being their display sizes, as the regular Pixel sports a 5-inch display—the Pixel XL going a whole inch larger with a 6-inch one.

Here's a rundown of what you'll be getting from the Pixel 2.

  • 5-inch FHD OLED display
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Snapdragon 835
  • 12.2 MP rear camera (f/1.8 aperture, 1.4 μm)
  • 8 MP front-facing shooter
  • 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM
  • 64/128 GB of storage
  • 2700 mAh battery
  • Wi-Fi 2.4G, Bluetooth 5.0
  • USB Type-C
  • IP67 certification

And from the Pixel 2 XL

  • 6.0-inch pOLED display (18:9, QHD+)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Snapdragon 835
  • 12.2 MP rear camera (f/1.8 aperture, 1.4 μm)
  • 8 MP front-facing shooter
  • 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM
  • 64/128 GB of storage
  • 3520 mAh battery
  • Wi-Fi 2.4G, Bluetooth 5.0
  • USB Type-C
  • IP67 certification

Both devices run on Android 8.0.0 Oreo, and feature the same squeeze technology that was seen on the HTC U11. The Pixel 2 comes in three color options: Just Black, Clearly White, and Kinda Blue; the Pixel 2 XL comes in two: Just Black and Black & White.

As for pricing, both devices come in multiple variants with accompanying price tags. 

  • Pixel 2 (64 GB): US$649
  • Pixel 2 (128 GB): US$749
  • Pixel 2 XL (64 GB): US$849
  • Pixel 2 XL (128 GB): US$949

Both devices are available in the United States, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. They also suffer from an acute lack of 3.5mm headphone jacks.

Shipping is slated for October 17, although some variants of the Pixel 2 XL may not be available for up to six weeks.

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Ricci Rox, 2017-10- 4 (Update: 2017-10- 4)
Ricci Rox
Ricci Rox - News Editor - @riccirox
I'm a freelance copywriter who lives and dies for tech. Android, ​especially. The smartphone market is one going through an impressive growth spurt, so I crawl the Internet with keen interest in a technological ecosystem that doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.