Would Google Use the Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone X strategy with Pixel Phones?
Updated – 4′ Oct – Google Pixel 2 is launching today, 4th October. Already, there is a lot of hype around the new upcoming Google phones.
The new Pixel phones are likely made by HTC and LG. Besides, Google has invested $1.1 Billion in the HTC and acquired the technology and workforce that is working on the pixel phones.
Reportedly, the Google Pixel 2 is made by HTC and the larger version (Pixel 2 XL) by LG.
This gives Google the muscle they needed to stand against Apple and Samsung which are both masters of Hardware. Google is unparalleled in software but hardware is not its Forte. However, this new alliance with HTC gives Google a much stronger position in hardware going forward.
Also, it will benefit HTC that has been struggling to do anything innovative for many years now. Besides, they are following the trends from market leader Apple and Samsung.
Nevertheless, those are the things which will help in future, but let’s talk about the new Pixel and Pixel XL 2 phones. They look almost same from the back side as the last years Pixel and Pixel XL.
I never really liked the dual tone design of the pixel phones. The iPhone and Samsung, even the HTC U11 all seem to make these look bland and less attractive. In fact, I love the OnePlus 5 or the Lg V30’s back design, but not the pixel, not really.
If leaks are to be believed the new phones will come with the same design as the last years. Also, Google is planning to continue with a single rear camera.
Te Pixel camera is excellent and I love it, it is also one of the best camera phones on the market, even slightly better than the Samsung S8.
Google Pixel 2 with 16:9 Aspect ratio Display
But what about the Dual cameras, they offer much more features to the users and are way more exciting to use than the single cameras. You can’t click that great portrait shot with a single camera which you can take on iPhone X or the Samsung Note 8. Update (Google proved us wrong by adding AI support to the pixel camera to click portrait shots.)
Yes, we know Google is not making a cheap phone it is going to be expensive and when you buy an expensive phone, you ought to be demanding.
Google may launch the Pixel for $649 and the Pixel XL for $849, they will both cost over Rs. 50,000 in India.
Google Pixel 2 XL – Full Vision 18:9 display
However, the good thing about the new Pixel XL 2 phone is going to be Full Vision display with 18:9 resolution which is a big positive step. Further, it is going to run on the top of the line Snapdragon 835 with 6 GB Ram.
On the other hand, the Google Pixel 2 will come with a more traditional 16:9 aspect ratio.
Undoubtedly, it will come with the Android Oreo 8.0 with Google assistant and Google may even have 1 or 2 software tricks up its sleeve at the launch.
We will wait for the today’s launch to share some more details about the new pixel phones.
Update – Google has launched the Google Pixel 2 and the Google Pixel XL 2, the smartphones address the portrait mode photos issue with AI-based background blur.