Google Launches Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 2 Smartphones With Squeezable Sides

Google also introduced a new Pixelbook Chromebook, new Google Home devices, the latest Daydream View virtual reality headset, a new Clips camera and more.

Google Pixel2 Handset

Google introduced the Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 2 smartphones Oct. 4, to refresh the sales momentum behind these popular Android handsets and their Google-centric applications.

The phones, which have been rumored for months, include the Pixel 2 XL, which has a 6-inch quad-HD edge-to-edge plastic organic light emitting diode (pOLED) display and the Pixel 2, with a 5-inch full HD active matrix organic light emitting diode (AMOLED) display.

Besides differences in screen size and battery capacity—the Pixel 2 XL has a 3,520mAh battery while the Pixel 2 uses a 2,700mAh battery—the two phone models share most other key features.

The new 4G LTE smartphones were also joined by a variety of other new consumer devices from Google, including a new Pixelbook Chromebook, designed for users who want a high-performance notebook for office, school or home use, as well as two new Google Home Mini and Max home assistants. Google didn't neglect the virtual reality space, introducing an improved Daydream View VR viewer and an all-new Clips mini camera that can capture images anywhere.

But the focus for Google's live-streamed launch event was on the Pixel 2 handsets, which include Corning Gorilla Glass 5 display covers and always-on displays, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835octa-core processors and the Adreno 540 graphics chips.

They also have 4GB of LPDDR memory and model options of 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. Both also run on Android 8.0 Oreo and include unlimited online storage for photos and videos using Google Photo.

The phones also incorporate a wide range of Google applications, including Google Assistant, which helps users perform a variety of everyday tasks at home and at work, such as making a call, sending a text and more. With these new features users can activate Google Assistant by giving a slight squeeze to the sides of the handset.

Both Pixel 2 models also include 12.2-megapixel rear-facing cameras with f/1.8 autofocus lenses, optical and electronic image stabilization, 4K video and more, as well as 8-megapixel front-facing cameras with f/2.4 fixed-focus lenses and 1080p video.

Prices for the new handsets start at $849 for the Pixel 2 XL with 64GB of storage, and at $649 for the Pixel 2 with 64GB of storage. Preorders are available immediately in six countries, including the U.S., Australia, Canada, Germany, India and the UK. For a limited time, buyers are also eligible to receive a free Google Home Mini home assistant with their phone purchase.

The Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 2 are both expected to get a day's worth of use from a full battery charge or about 7 hours of use from a 15-minute charge using an included fast charger.

Both handsets also include WiFi 2.4G, Bluetooth 5.0 and Near Field Communication connectivity, a Pixel Imprint rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, a USB-C port, an adaptor to plug in a headset and front-focused speakers. Both are also ready to work with the Google Daydream VR viewer.