The Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL are finally coming, with the Pixel 2 reportedly manufactured by HTC and the Pixel 2 XL made by LG. They will share the same storage options and both devices will have different colour choices, but they’ll be sticking to a similar design language as the original Pixel devices.
We have been waiting for months for new information, and we originally heard the first leak back in June where we saw leaked specifications. The device, staying through to the original specification leak, will not pack a Snapdragon 836 as it does not exist. We have also learned of some new features including ambient display, display squeeze, and multiple display profiles. But now let’s take a look at the new devices! As time went on, we saw the device pass the FCC, and then finally a release date was revealed. Now, DroidLife has shared a few images of the actual design in various colors.
Colours of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
First we have the Pixel 2 itself. The HTC-made device comes in “Clearly White”, “Just Black” and “Kinda Blue” — they are all pretty much self-explanatory, and are also very similar to the original Pixel colours. The only real change here is the lighter shade of blue. Note: the black background on the “Clearly White” is simply to allow the device to actually be seen and not blend into a white background.
Pixel 2 XL
Sticking to the simple naming conventions again, the LG made Pixel 2 XL will feature a “Just Black” colour and a “Black & White” colour. The devices look gorgeous and are two of the three original colours of the Pixel, we should note that the two devices do not have the exact same colours like they did the first time around (“Quite Dark” is not quite “Just Black”).
Specs & Features
As mentioned above, we actually have pretty much had the specs since last June. In short, expect the Snapdragon 835 (not the Snapdragon 836) and 4GB RAM. The XL version will have a 1440p 6 inch screen and the non-XL version will have a 1080p 5 inch screen. We also have learned of some pretty cool features! Always on ambient display will finally be coming to stock Android, a squeezable frame (like the HTC U11) and there may also be a new system font coming!
A bit of a scary topic given the original Pixel cost a staggering $649.99 for the 32GB non-XL version. One would hope that this was a once-off, and that the price may decrease this time around.
Sadly, that does not seem to be the case. The Pixel 2 non-XL will cost $649, although it is fair to point out that it will also have 64GB of storage. The 128GB version is said to hit $749, a large price to pay for twice the storage.
The Pixel 2 XL sounds even crazier. The 64GB version will be launching at a price of $849, while the 128GB version will be launching at $949. These are some pretty high prices.
It’s not all bad though, Google will be offering financing options to pay monthly, where you can pay for the device over 24 months. For the Pixel 2, the 64GB model will cost $27.04 per month, while the 128GB model will cost $31.21 per month. The XL version has the same system, costing $35.38 per month for the 64GB version while 128GB version will rise to $39.54 per month.
These devices actually look pretty awesome, but the price may be an issue. Thankfully the financing plans will be there for those who may need them. The device should hopefully launch on October 4th, or at the very least soon after that, and we’ll be sure to get our hands on one when we can!