Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL: all new features


The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are here and they pack a lot of exciting new features: some catching up to rivals like Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxies, others setting new standards and leading the way.

We look at each of the important new features that the second generation Pixels bring, explain what those new features and technologies mean and let you decide whether you like them or not.

And since the Pixel 2s have aspirations to be the best phone cameras around, we take a detailed look at the new camera features. Ready? Set, go...

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27 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Pixel 2 is unappealing. The XL 2 is the way to go.

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

They're the same phone except for screen size/resolution, battery size, and bezels.

22. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Both are unappealing in one way or another. Price is way too high and very low amount of added features. Batter to buy an Android One device like Mi A1 or upcoming HTC phone and call it a Pixel phone.

26. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

They're just the same with minor differences. The only stand out feature the xl2 has is it's slimmer bezels

2. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

What!.. Only one carrier!

3. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

Very underwhelmed

4. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

You said 10 features , not cons lol

5. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Can anyone here confirm if the primary camera lens(Exact model?) on the Note 8 is the same as the S8 Brothers or not?

6. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

I have a note 8 but why come to the pixel article to ask this question. Camera's are the same with the addition of the Note 8 telephoto lens.

7. Metalspy8

Posts: 148; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

TMobile better offer a nice deal to switch pixel phone over from Verizon.

15. korean411

Posts: 92; Member since: May 04, 2009

I don’t think T-Mobile is going to do that.

8. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

These manufacturers new found "courage" in removing the headphone jack is discouraging me from buying a new phone. The pixel 2 xl would have been perfect if it had a headphone jack.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I think Google is pushing towards Bluetooth, especially since the Pixel 2's have Bluetooth 5.0 support. Not to mention Google released their new Pixel buds as well.

20. hazard1

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

And to make it worse, the headphone buds they are selling are extremely expensive.

9. Reybanz88

Posts: 97; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Lmmfao they could have done so much better... Shame on HTC and Google... These phones look horrific. Especially the smaller one... Why have two totally different designs? I swear Google is doing the same crap they did with the Nexus... And only one carrier again! WTF Google? I'll stick with Samsung Note 8

10. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

799€ for a phone with FHD screen......Google you Suck!

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Wassup with the BEZELS on the smaller one though...dayummmmm El Goog. Did they not see the standard S8, G6, and iPhone X.

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Then certainly did. That is why they also have the Pixel 2 XL, which is close to bezel less.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My post said smaller, and standard. Clearly, I wasn't taking about the XL

12. Bluesky2111

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 09, 2016

Well I waited to see what the Pixel 2 XL got to offer, but now my decision is clear. LG V30 is a much better phone for me. It's slightly cheaper, has sd card slot, shock resistance, slightly better water resistance, hifi Dac, has a Headphone Jack, and the size bezels aren't that pathetic. V30's camera is clearly inferior, but it wouldn't be that bad.

17. Didick

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

Any1 could tell me if the Xperia X has exactly same camera of Xperia X Performance?

19. funky013

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 30, 2016

Google and Apple have disappointed me this year

21. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Just a plain lazy, ancient looking fugly design on the small variant, but the Pixel 2 XL looks pretty decent without the humongous forehead and chin. Great that they included front-facing stereo speakers and IP67 water resistance. Stupid move in removing the headphone jack, and still no wireless charging nor MicroSD card slot. Either way, can't wait to see a Supersaf style camera comparison between the Pixel 2 XL and the Note 8.

23. DOODpls

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

s7 also have ois + eis

24. jack11141

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

Nothing special in this phone. Note 8 and sony xz premium is far better device than pixels. Pixel doesn't have unique selling point and without expandable storage it is iphone of android ecosystem.

25. RKNY2203

Posts: 16; Member since: Jul 03, 2016

"We haven't seen phones using dual front speakers of this size and caliber ever since the HTC One series from a few years ago, so we're definitely excited about phone audio again." We have seen dual front speakers in Axon 7

27. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

No word about availability in Hong Kong... again. What gives Google?

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