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. 



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.