This is the new Google Pixel 2

Google Pixel 2GoogleThe new Google Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL.

Google on Wednesday unveiled its second-generation smartphone, the Pixel 2.

At its hardware event in San Francisco, Google launched two new smartphones — the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. Both phones are an update to the original Pixel, which Google introduced a year ago.

The Pixel 2 is similar in size and design to last year’s Pixel. The 64 GB model starts at $1079 while the 128GB model starts at $1229. You can preorder it now on Google’s Australian online store.

The new device will come in three colours: white, black, and a pale grayish blue. There’s also a “pop of colour” on the power button of the blue Pixel’s power button — it’s bright aqua.

Here are some of the specs of the Pixel 2:

  • 5-inch, AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • Water resistance
  • Front-facing speakers
  • Fast-charging and seven hours of battery life
  • Google Assistant built in
  • An “active edge” that will allow users to launch certain apps by simply squeezing the device
  • A preview of Lens, Google’s new object recognition technology
  • 12.2-megapixel, f/1.8 aperture rear camera with optical image stabilisation and an 8-megapixel front camera
  • A portrait mode feature on the front and rear camera that uses only one camera lens combined with machine learning

Like many other recent flagship phones, including the new iPhones, the new Pixel 2 also lacks a standard headphone jack, although the phone will come with an adaptor for wired headphones.

Like Samsung’s Galaxy phones, the Pixel will have an “always on” display, which means that the phone shows the time and other information like the battery life, date, and the song that’s currently playing without the screen being lit up.

You’ll also get a free Google Home Mini with any purchase of a Pixel phone for a limited time.

This story is developing with Pixel 2 specs and features. Check back here for updates.

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