Google launches Pixel 2 smartphones, new devices

Alan Olson
October 5, 2017

Both devices stick with the metal and glass combo design that we saw on the 2016 Pixels but the glass section has been reduced on the new models. Google Pixelbook is 10mm thin and just 1kg in weight. Amazon's Echo Dot, so far Google's chief competitor, is priced at $50 too. That leaves it way behind Apple and Samsung when it comes to sourcing important hardware components like displays and marketing and supporting the gadgets.

Google Pixel 2, as it is being tipped by several websites, will be the successor to the last year's Pixel.

Another interesting new addition in the newest Pixel smartphones are the squeeze-able sides. It features a 12.3-inch touchscreen with Quad HD LCD, as well as a wide trackpad, soft-touch keyboard, and a backlit design. Even useful, working improvements to Google Assistant would be a good selling point if it really meant that your phone would understand what you were saying. This works in tandem with Assistant, which Google Pixelbook is the first laptop to feature built-in.

Google showed off some of the new capabilities of the digital assistant on the Pixel 2.

The smartphones will be available for order as of Wednesday in six countries starting at $649 for Pixel 2, and $849 for Pixel 2 XL. Some devices, that are said to launch later today, have been making rounds on the Web for the past few weeks.

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Pixelbook will be available from $US999, with the Pixelbook Pen will cost $US99, with pre-orders starting in the US, Canada and the United Kingdom from today, but Australian availability was not mentioned.

The Pixelbook is up for preorder today and will be sold at the Google Store, Best Buy, and "other major retailers" in the US, Canada, and the UK.

These new phones come in white, black, and light blue for the Pixel, and white and a white-black hybrid for the XL. Just put a finger on your Pixel Buds, ask it to help you speak your foreign language of choice, and start talking. Buyers in the United States will also want to keep in mind that Google is now offering a trade-in program through the Google Store where interested buyers can trade in their current phone and in some cases receive a fairly substantial discount off the cost of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. That's the Google Home Mini - a whole world of powerful actionable data in a tiny soft package. The earbuds also come with a charging case, which gives you 24 hours of battery combined together.

Google says a user can hold the button on the Pen and circle something on screen, with Assistant giving more information accordingly.

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