The Google Pixel phone had originally shown how beauty looks like from within. While lacking in premium looks, the 2016 flagship comes off as a powerful and practical phone. Even now many Android users are still impressed by the high end functionality the phone offers.
With the new Google Pixel 2, Google looks set to follow up on the Pixel's superior specs than improving on appearance. The Pixel 2 continues from its pioneer to also provide USB Power Delivery fast charging over USB Type-C. Unfortunately there's no mention by Google on adding DisplayPort over USB Type-C or Miracast which means the new Pixel still has to rely on Chromecast's wireless display capabilities like previous models.
The Google Pixel 2 now finds itself without the infamous 3.5mm analog audio port in sync with other major players. The only way is to use Bluetooth headsets or USB Type-C based audio headphones like the JBL Reflect Aware C with the phone.
In promoting the Google Pixel 2, Google has also assured users Android software and security updates for the phone for up to 3 years. This is the first time Google made such a bold promise unlike during the current Pixel or even the LG Google Nexus 5X or Huawei Google Nexus 6P release.
Other than the USB Power Delivery enabled USB Type-C port, both the Pixel and Pixel 2 share many other similarities including Android 8.0, NFC, 4GB RAM, high-end front and rear cameras, 4K video, and fingerprint sensor. On the other hand the Pixel 2 offers a better Snapdragon 835 processor, higher 64GB storage memory, Bluetooth 5.0 as well as front-firing speakers. While both Pixel phones are water resistant, the newer Pixel comes better protected with an IP67 rating than IP53 on the other.
The Google Pixel 2 will also be introducing the highly anticipated Google Lens app. Through this new camera app by Google, you should be able to scan and obtain information on objects or images using Google Assistant, Google Photos, or Google Maps from the phone. As recently demonstrated by Google for instance, the Pixel 2 was able to use Google Lens to scan through various cover arts and tell you which albums, movies and books they represent. Google also showed how the app could be used to identify email addresses from a flyer advertisement.
Those who prioritize performance more than looks will find the Google Pixel 2 a great phone to have. We will find out more on this phone once it finally gets released very soon.