Google launched several products this week; one of which is the Pixel 2. It is natural for us to think whether we should upgrade to the latest phone we see on the market for whatever reason. And to help you decide if switching to the Pixel 2 is worth it or not, we are giving you a rundown of what’s new with one of Google’s latest flagship phone. Mostly, we are comparing it with the previous Pixel.

New Features of Google Pixel 2

Camera

A recent test revealed that Pixel 2’s camera’s performance is a big improvement compared to the previous Pixel. In fact, the Pixel 2 is so good it snatched the top spot from iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8.

Technically, the difference between the two phone’s camera specs are:

As seen in the picture, Pixel has higher megapixels, but Pixel 2 included both optical and electronic image stabilization plus a lower aperture. It also included dual pixel phase detection autofocus.

This combination resulted in better performance even in low light settings although it has been noted that image noise is still very visible. Nonetheless, the images are brighter and crisper on the Pixel 2.

The improved camera specs, particularly the combination of EIS and OIS, could also result in better video qualities. However, further testing has to be done.

Headphone jack

Google Pixel 2 also killed the headphone jack (may it rest in peace). This means you may go the wireless route via Bluetooth or make do with the adapter just like the one used for iPhone 7 (and up). Also, maybe in the future, there will be third-party headsets for the type-C USB port.

However, just like on iPhone 7, this may pose a challenge to the lifespan of the charging port as the Pixel 2 doesn’t support wireless charging. Hence, the most viable option then is to enjoy music wirelessly.

Bluetooth

The missing audio jack may be your deal breaker, but perhaps knowing that Pixel 2 supports Bluetooth 5.0 may change your mind.

Bluetooth 5.0 is the latest iteration so far and boasts of faster data transfer, longer and wider range, eight times broadcasting messaging capacity, and better coexistence with other Bluetooth devices. This means interference should not be much of a problem.

5.0 also claims to be more secure and consumes less energy. Good news for us who rely so much on our phone’s batteries.

So if you don’t mind the missing jack, Pixel 2 could be the preferable especially that there have been complaints about the Pixel’s spotty Bluetooth 4.0 performance.

Power

The Pixel 2 is getting Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 2.35GHz octa-core CPU, and Adreno 540 GPU whereas the Pixel had Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, 2.15GHz quad-core, and Adreno 530 GPU.

The numbers may not differ a lot, but the Snapdragon 835 offers more energy saving capability compared to the 821 among its other advantages.

The Adreno 540, on the other hand, offer better clock speeds and thermal stability. In a more smartphone-y language, this means 3D gaming plus VR and 4K displays should be run on the phone without a problem. It’s on a par with Apple’s A10 GPU.

Operating system

Pixel 2 will be running Android Oreo right out the box compared to Pixel’s Nougat. Although the latter will get one more update, Pixel 2 is guaranteed a three-year Android update.

Internal storage

The base model for Pixel 2 comes with a 64GB of storage space while Pixel has 32GB. The maximum space available, however, remains the same at 128GB. Nonetheless, both phones have no options for external storage expansion.

Battery

Pixel 2’s battery is smaller at 2700mAh compared to Pixel’s 2770mAh. However, with the improvement in other specs and features that are said to consume less energy, this should not be a problem. However, further testing is necessary.

Nonetheless, Google remains confident that Pixel 2 will live up to its all-day battery promise.

Other features

Other changes in the Pixel 2 include the Always On function, which means your phone screen isn’t entirely turned off. It continues to display the time, date, and the music you are playing.

Another one is the better rating for water resistance from Pixel’s IP53 to IP67. The screen protection is stepped up a bit from the Corning Gorilla Glass 4 to Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Design-wise, the Pixel 2 has two front speakers now which should perform better than Pixel’s one down firing speaker.

Google also takes pride in the fingerprint sensor on the Pixel 2 claiming it is the fastest so far among all smartphones.

TL;DR

Pixel 2 surely comes with several improvements specifically the camera, Bluetooth connectivity, internal storage, and power.

However, the missing headphone jack, smaller battery, and no support for wireless charging may be your deal breakers.

If not, then head on to the link provided below and pre-order yours today. Pixel 2 will start shipping on Oct. 19, 2017.

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