The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are a confirmation that the search giant is no longer dealing with the low-end market like it used to be with respect to the Nexus program.
While the original Pixel phones were seen as the most expensive from Google, this year is no different. Where the Google Pixel 2 keeps the same price as last year’s Pixel, the bigger Pixel 2 XL takes the price to the next level, with the base model selling at $849 while the high-end variant, which has twice the storage capacity of the base model, goes for a whopping $949.
There is no doubt that the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones are sharp devices with minimal designs and have the best cameras on a smartphone. Of course, those who have owned the Pixel phones or even the 2015 Nexus lineup can attest to how good Google is when it comes to the smartphone camera department.
According to Google, the two Pixel 2 phones have the same cameras. The story is the same when it comes to hardware specs and features as well as software. The back has a 12.2MP shooter that for the first time gets optical image stabilization and a larger f/1.8 aperture and they come preinstalled with Android Oreo out of the box. With this, Google makes the work easier for buyers because they don’t have to use camera quality as a filter when choosing which one to buy between the two Pixel 2 phones.
Like last year, the two phones are differentiated by their sizes, design and battery capacity, but for everything else, they remain the same. The Pixel 2 has a 5-inch display screen while the Pixel 2 XL gets a 6-inch panel. In terms of batteries, the former has a 2700mAh unit while the latter has a 3520mAh unit.
Usually, many people are willing to pay extra for a phone that gives them a better camera, but this is not something you’ll see on the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones – because the quality is the same. What this essentially means is that you’ll be paying an extra $200 for a phone that basically gives you a bigger display screen, a bigger battery and a new design that may bring ergonomic challenges.
So, the question here is: is the Google Pixel 2 XL worth the $200 price bump? Let us know in your comments below.