Google is preparing to launch Pixel 2 in October, following on from the success of its first Google Pixel last year.
Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are 2017’s last major smartphone releases and the two models are likely to meet very different reactions due to controversial design differences.
Google will reveal what is expected to be called the Google Pixel 2 alongside a larger XL version. The phone is thought to be among the first new models to feature the Android Oreo operating system, along with a larger curved screen and a more powerful processor.
With the launch so close, we now know how much Google will charge for its hotly anticipated Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL and it’s not good news…
Now Google will follow in the footsteps of Samsung’s most expensive Galaxy Note 8and Apple’s most expensive iPhone X by launching its most expensive smartphones to date.
Pixel 2 – $649 (64GB), $749 (128GB)
Pixel 2 XL – $849 (64GB), $949 (128GB)
Yes, it’s the ‘Pixel 2 XL’ which really catches the eye as it leaps $80 at each price point compared to first Pixel. In fact the 128GB Pixel 2 XL is just $50 less than Apple’s iPhone X (64GB).
In exchange for its unchanged design, price remains the same and the eagled eyed among you will have spotted Google has doubled entry level storage on both models from 32GB to 64GB. That could be enough given Google Photos’ unlimited free storage.
The flip side is the Pixel range lacks a microSD slot so you will need to know how much storage you will need at the point of purchase.
According to Droid Life Google will offer financing for those determined to have one of its new models at any cost. Spread over 24 months the Pixel 2 will cost $27.04 per month (64GB) or $31.21pm (128GB) while the Pixel 2 XL will be $35.38pm (64GB) or $39.54pm (128GB). This would represent interest free payments, which should be highly appealing to many.
In addition to this, final images of the backs of both phones (above). These show Google has stuck with its characteristic two tone glass and aluminium finishes but shrank the glass down considerably. Then again it is the front of the Pixel 2 XL where real interest lies.
The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are expected to come in slightly different schemes, Android blog Droidlife reports. The Pixel 2 will come in “Clearly White”, “Just Black” and “Kinda Blue”, while the Pixel 2 XL will come in black and “Black & White”. “Just black” is arguably a step up from last year’s colour, which was named “Quite Black”.
Unfortunately, the Google Pixel is not expected to have a headphone jack, joining the iPhone 7 and 8 in dropping the once standard feature.
Interestingly, Google has not embraced the dual lens camera of many current smartphones, going down a different route with a single lens. However, expect some serious quality if Google wants to live up to its own hype.
Ultimately two things are likely to make or break the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL:
1. Google’s ability to once again deliver a class leading camera
2. Google’s ability to keep both models in stock
Personally I expect it will actually be harder for Google to achieve the latter. That said with Google expected to close a deal for HTC’s phone division this week and the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL launch date just weeks away.
We don’t know exactly when the Google Pixel 2 will go on sale, but given that it is set to be announced on the same date as last year, we can expect sales to begin around a similar time. Last year it went on sale on October 20.
Google’s event starts at 9am San Francisco time, which is 12pm in New York, 5pm in London, 6pm in Berlin, and 3am in Sydney if you’re thinking of following along with the live stream (check Google’s YouTube channel for details).
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