Google Explains Why the Pixel 2 Does Not Have a Headphone Jack

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The phones will launch October 19, and ranging from AUD$1079 to AUD$1549. Finally, Google also included a few videos in the gallery, showcasing the phone's ability to shoot slow-mo video and demonstrating the optical image stabilization that will keep your videos smooth, even if you're bouncing around while filming. The smaller Pixel 2 features a 2.5D curved glass while the Pixel 2 XL sports a 3D panel with Gorilla glass 5. The move to ditch the headphone jack accompanied Google's decision to launch its own AirPod competitor, the Pixel Buds.

With this taken into consideration, it comes as little surprise that the Pixel phones themselves seem like iterative upgrades on last year's models.

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Google Pixel 2 starts at Rs 61,000 for the 64GB variant in India while the 128Gb variant will cost you Rs 70,000. Both the smartphones are powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 chipset along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB internal storage which is not expandable. And don't just take our word for it-independent camera experts DxOMark have rated the Pixel 2 camera as the best camera of any smartphone, with an unprecedented score of 98. Both phones have mostly identical hardware, with the exception of the screen. It's also selling customers a dongle made by Moshi that allows you to listen to music and charge your phone over the single USB-C port. Unsurprisingly, the explanation follows along similar lines to Apple's decision to drop the venerable headphone jack on the iPhone 7 past year. Some Android OEMs such as Lenovo's Motorola, LeEco, HTC, and Xiaomi have also followed suit and in doing so, they have had to deal with a lot of criticism from the massive Android fraternity, including me, still in love with the 3.5mm audio jack.

And it looks great - basically indistinguishable from a portrait mode photo on an iPhone or Note 8. And Google committed to 3 years of software support, which is great. Now that quite a good number of them have grasped the concept, the company has shifted its attention to the hardware side. Following up the original Pixel and its incredible performance, the Pixel 2 has scored an all time high-score on the go-to benchmark for smartphone camera quality. The Pixel 2 can intelligently identify and separate backgrounds and foregrounds based on what the company's algorithms have gleaned from processing that huge trove of data.

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