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Google unveils Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL; phones to cost Rs 61,000 plus in India

Agencies New York | Updated on January 08, 2018

Pre-orders will commence on October 26 and will be available in India from November

Tech giant Google on Wednesday unveiled the second generation of its Pixel smartphones —Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL— which will be available in India from November priced at Rs 61,000 onwards.

The devices, which will compete in the premium segment with devices such as Apple’s iPhone 8 and X as well as Samsung’s Note 8, will be available in five other markets including the US, the UK and Australia.

Google said that with Pixel, it has “created the world’s best smartphone camera.”

“Pixel 2 is loaded with a better camera that not only lets you take great pictures but helps you understand the world around you, a battery that lasts all day and an Assistant that helps you get more done,” it said in a statement.

Google Lens

During the launch event, Google also demonstrated Google Lens — a new set of visual features that builds on Google’s advancements in computer vision and machine learning.

Apart from looking up landmarks, books and music albums among others from Google Photos on the Pixel handset, users will also be able to take actions like asking Google Lens to copy URLs and contact information from a picture of a poster or business card.

“The company is bringing an early preview of Google Lens to Pixel, so you can try it before anyone else,” Google said.

Pixel 2 features a 5-inch display, while Pixel 2 XL has a 6-inch display.

In India, the 64GB version of Pixel 2 will be priced at Rs 61,000, while 128GB variant will be available for Rs 70,000. The 64GB version of Pixel 2 XL is priced at Rs 73,000 and the 128GB will be available for Rs 82,000.

Pre-orders will commence on October 26 and will be on sale from November 1 (Pixel 2) and November 15 (Pixel 2 XL) in over 1,000 stores across the country. It will be available online on e-commerce platform, Flipkart.

Other devices

Google also unveiled several other new gadgets including the Pixelbook, Google Home Mini and the Pixel Buds.

Pixelbook, priced at $999, is the first laptop powered by Google Assistant and will support Snap Inc’s Snapchat, the company said. The keyboard folds behind the screen to turn the 12.3-inch touchscreen into a tablet. It will be available in stores in the US from October 31.

Google Home Mini, one of the new speakers, is priced at $49 in the United States and would rival Amazon.com Inc’s popular Echo Dot. It will be available October 19. The Home Max, with dual woofers for more powerful sound, is priced at $399 and with availability by the end of the year.

The Pixel Buds, which are priced at $149, arrive in November. Clips, which is pocket-sized camera with object detection and automatic recording capabilities, “soon” goes on sale for $249, Google said. Videos last only a few seconds and do not contain audio.

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Published on October 05, 2017
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