In 2017, Google, as expected, announced the second generation of its smartphones, which received uncomplicated names Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. While on the first looks both the phones are almost identical to its predecessor. The 2 XL has acquired large 6-inch P-OLED screen with an aspect ratio of 18: 9, and a resolution of 2880 × 1440 (instead of the previous 5.5-inch), and which also covers almost everything the space of the front face. However, the frame is still there, especially the top and bottom (like the LG G6). It’s been four months since the launch. However, both flagships are getting into the mist. We expect Google should launch the next Pixel 3 smartphone with such innovation that can clear any mist that Pixel 2 is suffering from.
Talking about the smaller version of the present generation pixel device, the more compact Pixel 2 model remained with a 5-inch AMOLED display (1920 × 1080 pixels) and relatively thick frames. If you do not look closely, it is difficult to distinguish from Pixel 1 – the only external difference is in the rear, where on both smartphones the glass accent on the top is reduced and no longer includes a fingerprint sensor (according to Google, the fastest on the market). The lens of the camera also became more substantial, and now, with the purpose of improving the quality, it performs a little. There is no fashionable dual camera. Well, keeping the things identical and design may be killing the fame of Pixel 2. Hence, Google should opt the serious design and innovation in next Pixel 3 that can run to the market standards.
If we go in details for the present pixel devices, the main characteristics are not much different from the other flagships in 2017. Both of the devices have received a single-chip system Snapdragon 835, 4 GB RAM, 64 or 128 GB of flash memory (no microSD slot), front stereo speakers and a protective glass Gorilla Glass 5. Like most modern smartphones, Google’s reference devices lost their usual 3.5-mm audio jack for headphones. Keeping the hardware to the market standard can’t alone prevent and attract fame. Market demands something unique, if you can’t bring it, you will have to suffer. That is what has happened with Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Both flagships come at an expensive price, but can’t win over the technology marvels like iPhone X and Galaxy S8.
Both present generation “pixels” received the technology of the active frame, which allows to compress the device, causing various functions using such gesture. By standard, with this gesture, you can activate the Google Assistant voice assistant and mute the incoming call. For the first time, this feature appeared in the summer in HTC U11 and was not very useful. It’s unlikely that Google has seriously improved it, but in any case, it’s not a drawback.
Google innovations that are part of Pixel series are impressive, but not in the long run. If Google doesn’t plan something serious for next Pixel 3 smartphone then things may get serious for them. Unfortunately, small brands will keep coming over Google. If they can’t go into high-end innovation, then they could bet on medium range smartphones. However, Google is a giant, and they are looking for a giant move, may be this year Google Pixel 3 will shine above all. Also, the speculations suggest the same. Pixel 3 could be the first pixel device to feature dual-camera and infinity display concept. However, the actual results would be revealed once Pixel 3 makes to the market in the month of October 2018.