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This is the Google Pixel 2, arriving October 17 for $649

This is the Google Pixel 2, arriving October 17 for $649
From TechCrunch - October 4, 2017

They say sequels are never quite as good as the original, but after releasing one of 2017s best phones, Googles hoping lighting will strike a second time with the Pixel 2. The company is teaming up with HTC once againthe runaway success of last years Pixel was clearly a driving force in its decision to buy the companys mobile division earlier this year.

The Pixel 2 doesnt stray too far from last years roots, design-wise. Last year, the companies managed to produce a nice looking, but distinct piece of hardwarean increasing rarity in the me-too world of smartphones.

The five-inch, 1080p screen is backmuch like Apple, the company is holding the real firepower for the more premium Pixel XL. Theres also not much in the way of bezel reduction hereanother element the company seems to have spared for its bigger sibling.

The back of the device features a similar two-tone color pattern, though this time its piano black and whitea nod, perhaps to Android 8.0. Above the color split is a 12-megapixelcamera (same as its predecessor)its the same as last year, though Google has improve optical image stabilization to get better video out of the thing.

As CEO Sundar Pichai noted when he opened the show, the new Pixel, like much of the rest of the hardware line announced at todays event, marks a transition in philosophy for the company. With the Pixel 2, Google has effectively declared an end to the hardware spec arms raise (not that its necessarily the companys place to call a cease fire). Google sees a future in which the war for smartphone market share is not one in megapixels, but rather with machine learning and AI.

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