Google on Wednesday took the covers off its new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL range of devices, the sequels to the first-ever Google-designed Android handsets. Both these devices look sharp, minimal, and sport what the company says is one of the best mobile cameras out there in the market, with original Pixel buyers able to testify the device line’s ability in the picture-taking department.
To make this decision easier, we’ve broken down one of the best qualities of the new Pixel and Pixel 2 XL which is done just to make the cost-product analysis more simplified.
The best part, however, is that you don’t have to choose which is that camera to get. Just like the last year’s model which was launched, the Pixel range of devices has the single-lens setup. Google decided to only differentiate its pricier XL version with a larger screen and bigger battery. The company also put a lot of the same photo tricks you get with the dual-camera iPhone 8 Plus / iPhone X. Which means you will get the background blurring effect on both the front-facing and rear-facing camera on the Pixel 2 phones, without needing the price bump inherent in adding a new component.
One quite evident shortcoming of the Pixel 2 XL is that the bigger screen is not that as impressive from a design standpoint as Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Note 8, nor Apple’s iPhone X. All four of phones have large, eye-opening OLED displays. But what sets the Pixel 2 XL apart is the somewhat hefty bezels on the top, bottom, and sides of the device which is not that impressive.
For sure, it’s not noticeable, and the screen does still look rather gorgeous. It also doesn’t have that signature iPhone X notch that looks as if it will be quite an annoying aesthetic and software design hurdle, but for sure if you’re paying that amount of money on a premium smartphone on you’d rather have the best in that category.