Google introduces new Pixel 2 smartphones, claims best camera again

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Google’s new Pixel 2 XL smartphone with 6-inch display

For Android fans waiting for the next phone from Google, the new Pixel 2 line will not disappoint.

Built by HTC, after the internet titan purchased its smartphone division for US$1.1b, Google claims the new Pixel 2’s cameras are the highest-rated once again. Google also demonstrated (see below video) how users can record smooth non-shaky videos with their new camera’s optical image stabilization (OIS) and electronic image stabilization (EIS).

The Pixel 2 series comes in two models – Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Both models are powered by Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM with 64/128GB storage and feature water-resistant unibody. Both phones also have the same camera, which means you don’t have to fork out extra if you simply want a smaller phone with the new camera.

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Strangely, the company opted not to include wireless charging in the Pixel 2, although fast-charging is still available. Google claims up to 7 hours of battery with just 15 minutes of charging.

The only big difference between the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is the screen. Pixel 2 comes with a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 AMOLED display while the XL will have a larger 6-inch 2880 x 1440 pOLED rounded display.

The Pixel 2 is priced at US$649 and the XL will cost US$200 more in the states. In Singapore, the new Google phones will only be available exclusively at Singtel, customers can register their interest here starting today.

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