Google announced the second generation of its Pixel smartphones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL at San Francisco jazz center today. While the Pixel 2 looks almost identical to its predecessor, the 2 XL has seen some substantial design changes: it’s jumping from a 5.5-inch display up to a 6-inch display, and that display now covers almost the entire face of the phone. It’s not a perfectly edge-to-edge look, but there are just the trimmest of bezels at the top and bottom of the screen.
The smaller Pixel is sticking with a 5-inch display, squared-off corners, and thick bezels. (Unless you’re looking closely, it’d be hard to tell it apart from the original model.) The only real difference is on the back, where on both new phones the glass accent at the top has been shrunken down so that it no longer encases the fingerprint sensor (which Google says is the fastest on a smartphone).
What all Google launched at the San Francisco Jazz Center today, including their latest smartphones, new voice assistants and more:
Google Home Mini: a small smart speaker which can’t really do music but can pair with another wireless smart speaker, designed to get the Google Assistant throughout your house. It will sell for $49, with pre-orders open today, and be in stores on 19 October.
Google Home Max: a large smart speaker which really can do music, aimed squarely at competing products from Apple and Sonos. It’ll cost $399, and be out – in the US only – in December.
Google Clips: An always-on camera for shooting your pets and sprogs, with on-device AI picking the best time to take a picture while still ensuring your privacy. Set it and forget it, and come back 30 minutes later to a beautiful photoset of little Tarquin destroying your petunias. $249, coming soon.
Pixel Buds: They’re wireless headphones, one of the most boring product categories known to humanity, but they have a cool simultaneous translation feature if you use them with a Pixel phone. $199, available soon.
Pixelbook: A slender hybrid tablet/laptop/phone, running Chrome OS and offering Google Assistant on the desktop. It’s 1kg heavy and 1cm thick and starts at $999.
Daydream View: the same VR headset you don’t know and have no strong opinions about, now in three new colors and with new lenses. $99, available now.