Image: The newly released Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices

CAPE TOWN- Google unveiled its latest Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones.

The Pixel 2 sports a 5inch AMOLED display while the 2 XL will use a 6inch P-OLED display. Pixel 2 and 2 XL are using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and 4GB of RAM. 

Google does not include a microSD card with its handset, so users will have to make do with  64GB or 128GB of storage. 

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However, Google has promised it is giving owners free unlimited cloud storage for original quality photos until 2020. The handsets both feature a rear mounted fingerprint scanner, USB Type C interface port and no 3.5mm jack.

Unlike Apple, LG, Samsung and Huawei, Google has opted for a single-lens camera set up. The 12.3MP sensor and Google says that it is the “highest rated smartphone camera”.

Google is also introducing a new feature where users can squeeze the sides of the Pixel 2 to open the Assistant where you can then launch additional apps. The Pixel 2 also supports Google Lens which allows you to snap a photo of your surroundings and get information from Google. The battery for the Pixel 2 houses a 2 700mAh battery while the larger XL 2 has a 3 520mAh battery.

The Pixel 2 will start at $649 while the 2 XL starts at $849. The handsets land in the US on 19th October. 

- BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE