Google Pixel 2 launches this week: Find out all the details about Google's flagship, including UK release date, UK price, and specs
The iPhone X is here, and it's already drawing headlines. But, there's a shiny new Android phone on the horizon that you might have forgotten about. The Google Pixel 2 is almost here, and we don't have long to wait until it's officially revealed.
Google is set to officially launch the Pixel 2 and its plus-sized alternative, the Pixel 2 XL during an unveiling event on 4 October at 5PM BST. As always, the Expert Reviews team will be there in full swing, covering all the big announcements and providing our initial hands on impressions of Google's latest.
Before then, we've rounded up all the essential bits of information you need to know about the Pixel 2, to whet your appetite ahead of the official reveal. Below, you'll find everything we know about the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 Xl so far, including UK price, UK release date, specifications, design and features. Let's get started.
Google's official unveiling starts at 5PM BST on 4 October 2017, and can be viewed via the firm's official YouTube channel. The Expert Reviews staff will be there in person, of course, so be sure to check back here as soon as we hear more information.
The Pixel 2 won't be the only product to launch during the Google event this week: expect the Pixelbook, Google Home Mini and a new and improved Daydream View headset, too.
Google has confirmed the Pixel 2 launch date, and it's coming much sooner than you think. In a blog post on the Made by Google website, the firm announced a scheduled Google event, pencilled in for 4 October. Recognise that date? Last year's Google Pixel launched on the same day.
The news comes as Apple recently launched its trio of 2017 flagships. Yep, you heard that right - three iPhones launched this year. The first is the iPhone X - the special anniversary edition of Apple's smartphone lineup, complete with an 18:9 display, dual rear cameras and Face ID security. The other two - the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus - aren't quite so fancy, but offer up a much cheaper alternative to the sky-high prices of the iPhone X.
Droid Life leaked some information ahead of the official announcement: The HTC-made Pixel 2 will launch for $649 (£479) for the 64GB model and $749 (£553) for the 128GB model. The Pixel XL 2 meanwhile, will set you back $849 (£627) for the 64GB model and $949 (£700) for the 128GB configuration. As for colours, both the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 can be picked up in "just black", "clearly white" and a new "kinda blue" colour scheme.
Back to the price though. A quick dollar to pound conversion reveals that Pixel 2 might not be expensive. However, if we've learnt anything from currency conversions, is that the GBP price equals the USD. Here, we expect the Pixel 2 to come out for £649 and £749, and the Pixel 2 XL for £849 and £949 for the 64- and 128GB models respectively. Of course, we can only hope that the firm will release them at a cheaper price in the UK.
The original Pixel phone was a great all-rounder, but it didn’t have an outstanding look. According to notorious tipster Evan Blass, the regular-sized Pixel 2 isn't too different to last year's - with a 5in display surrounded by bezels.
What's most interesting is with the Pixel 2 XL. This year, we're treated to a huge 6in display - up from the 5.5in display on its predecessor - with minimal bezels. Google is going the all-display route it seems, just like Samsung, LG and Apple before it.
Might we also see a removal of the fingerprint sensor for facial recognition, like Apple did with their new iPhone X? Potentially.
The Google Pixel 2’s camera is set to be a major focal point of the handset, just as we saw with the original Google Pixel. 9to5Google’s source told them that Google is placing emphasis on high-quality low-light photography (again, a feature we saw in the first Pixel). Apparently, the camera won’t wow with its megapixels, but it will make up for it with additional features such as Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS).
Again, Evan Blass took to Twitter to discuss the Pixel 2's rear camera. According to his sources, the Pixel 2 hasn't gone down the dual-camera route like its rivals and hasn't upped the specs too much. We should expect to see OIS (optical image stabilisation) on both the rear and front cameras, and Google's own image signalling processor powering things.
Despite the anticipation of Snapdragon's top-secret 836 chip expected to make an appearance, Evan Blass continues that the Pixel 2 will feature a Snapdragon 835 chip - the same found in 2017's recent flagships. Both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL can be picked up with either 64GB or 128GB of onboard storage.
The leak continues, with the mention of no headphone jack - just like last year's iPhone 7. It's a strange move to be sure, Google mocked Apple's stance last year, so it seems strange to ditch the headphone jack altogether. On the plus side, dual front-facing speakers are expected to make an appearance for the first time, and both models are IP67 dust- and water-resistant.
Regarding upgraded specs, while it has been reported that there might be a new Daydream View headset in 2017, we can safely anticipate that any specs introduced will include a nod to VR, particularly given Google’s recent advancement in the technology.
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