Shortly after Google unveiled its AI-powered Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones on Wednesday, the company announced the price and release date for its new products in India. Google Pixel 2 has been priced at Rs 61,000 for the 64GB variant, while the 128GB version will be made available at Rs 70,000.
The 64 GB version of the Pixel 2 XL will cost Rs 73,000 while the Pixel 2 XL 128GB will be available for Rs 82,000. Interested buyers can start pre-booking the new smartphones from October 26.
The devices will be available in over 1,000 stores across the country starting next month. They will also be available online on Flipkart starting November 1 (Pixel 2) and November 15 (Pixel 2 XL).
Pixel 2 comes in Just Black, Clearly White and Kinda Blue colours while Pixel 2 XL has Just Black and black and white variants. The latest Pixel 2 series does away with the headphone jack in its new smartphones, something Apple did with the iPhone 7 last year.
Google is betting big on the best combination of artificial intelligence (AI), software and hardware and a refreshed Daydream View virtual reality (VR) headset.
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Specifications
Pixel 2 comes with a 5-inch and Pixel 2 XL with a 6-inch Full-HD OLED displays with Portrait Modes on both rear and selfie cameras.
Both the phones come with 12.2-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture. The camera comes with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and Electronic Video Stabilisation (EVS) technology to remove shaky photos and videos. The rear camera is rated 98 by independent camera testers DXO.
The front facing 8-megapixel camera has an aperture of f/2.4.
The camera can also click "Live Photos" by recording up to three seconds of footage.
Both phones - Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL - are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processors and 4GB RAM.
The Pixel 2 has a 2700mAh battery, while the Pixel 2 XL has a 3520mAh battery.
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Features
The smartphone camera has AR Stickers and Pixel users would get free unlimited storage on Google Cloud to store photos and videos in the original quality.
The devices have IP67 rating making them water and dust resistant.
Both phones come with "squeeze" interaction technology called "Active Edge" that opens Google Assistant, USB-C charger and front facing stereo speakers. The company claims it has the fastest fingerprint scanner in a smartphone.
The devices have Google Lens -- a new set of visual features that help you learn more about the world around you and get things done.
Currently, in its early stages, Google Lens builds on Google's advancements in computer vision and machine learning, combined with Google knowledge graph which underpins Google Search.
At the start users can look up landmarks, books, music albums, movies, and artwork, right from Google Photos on your Pixel.
The phone will support an Always On Display this year, to show the notifications and time.
Pixel 2 devices will take advantage of the phone's always-on microphones to listen for music and display what you're listening to on the screen, even if it's something on the radio.
And if you ever need a quick boost, it can give charge up to seven hours in just 15 minutes.
Google made it easy to switch to Pixel and people will be able to copy their contacts, apps, messages, photos and more from their old phone in 10 minutes or less.
Google also announced a refreshed Daydream View VR headset which can be paired with Pixel 2 or any Daydream-ready phone. It sports a premium fabric that makes the headset soft and light and will be available in Charcoal colour for Rs 7,999 on Flipkart.
(With IANS inputs)