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The best camera, and the best of Android – Pixel 2 is upgraded in the best way

When the first generation Pixel came out under the Google brand name, all were expecting something big. The nexus phones were a hit, but the people have been waiting for an Android alternative for iPhone. Google came in with the Pixel.

Let’s have a look at the Pixel’s upgrade to Pixel 2, what are the changes.

Design

Both phones appear almost identical, but the look and feel of the new Pixel is indeed more superior. The screen size is almost the same, Pixel 2 is slightly taller but thinner than the Pixel. But the overall sense of the two phones’ dimensions is the same; even they weigh the same.

The cameras hold their older positions. The fingerprint sensor is now part of the aluminum body. The volume rocker, power button, and USB-C port are almost in the same place as before. The displays are mostly the same, with a slight move from the AMOLED to P-OLED display maintaining the older pixel ratios and ppi.

The Pixel 2 ditches 3.5mm audio jack, instead now shipping with a USB-C-to-3.5mm adapter. Even though the move is towards wireless arena, it may not satisfy many.

The Pixel 2 has Corning’s shatter-resistant Gorilla Glass 5 where the Pixel was using Gorilla Glass 4. 

Software

Google’s own Operating system in Google’s own phone, the same strategy Apple has been using for so many years. Pixel 2 runs Android 8.0 Oreo, same as the first-gen Pixel since it got the Oreo update earlier this year.

Software has been the issue Android phones facing so far when battling with iPhones, until the launch of Pixel. With Pixel 2 the gap is being filled with the butter smooth Oreo OS.

Camera

Pixel earned its name because of its incredible camera. Pixel 2’s camera has a bit of improvements. It has an f/1.8 aperture against f/2.0 in the Pixel, which helps take better low-light shots.

Pixel 2 uses something called the Pixel Visual Core, a  dedicated image-processing chip developed by Google which can apply real time camera filters. A “fusion” of optical image stabilization (OIS) and electronic image stabilization (EIS) perfects a scene even in a shaky hand.

There is no 2x optical zoom as in Samsung and Apple, or a super wide angle lens as in LG, but the images and videos you carve out of Pixel 2 is a class above the rest.

Battery

Even though Google shrunk Pixel 2’s battery to 2700 mAh from 2770 mAh, the power-efficient Snapdragon 835 processor make up for that. we should be getting a day of charging,

With Google’s latest OS running on the the fastest mobile processor, the Snapdragon 835, Pixel 2 is here to rule without a doubt. Even though we cannot call it an outburst upgrade, it is indeed a nice refinement. Keeping the good the original Pixel had, and bettering what was best.

Specifications

Pixel Pixel 2
Size 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.5 mm (5.66 x 2.74 x 0.33 inches) 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm (5.7 x 2.7 x 0.31 inches)
Weight 143 grams (5.04 ounces) 143 grams (5.04 ounces)
Screen 5-inch AMOLED display 5-inch P-OLED display
Resolution 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (441 ppi) 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (441 ppi)
OS Android 8.0 Android 8.0
Storage 32GB, 128GB 64GB, 128GB
MicroSD card slot No No
NFC support Yes Yes
Processor Snapdragon 821, with Adreno 540 Snapdragon 835, with Adreno 540
RAM 4GB 4GB
Connectivity GSM, CDMA, HSPA, EVDO, LTE, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi GSM, CDMA, HSPA, EVDO, LTE, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
Camera 12.3 MP rear, 8 MP HD front 12.2 MP rear, 8 MP HD front
Video Up to 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 120fps, 720p at 240fps Up to 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 120fps, 720p at 240fps
Bluetooth Yes, version 5.0 Yes, version 5.0
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other sensors Gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, proximity sensor, barometer Gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, proximity sensor, barometer
Water resistant Yes, IP53 rated Yes, IP67 rated
Battery 2,770mAhFast-charging 2,700mAhFast-charging
Charging port USB-C USB-C
Marketplace Google Play Store Google Play Store
Colors Black, Silver, and Blue Black, Blue, and White

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