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Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL top DxOMark charts, again; step aside iPhone 8 Plus
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Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL top DxOMark charts, again; step aside iPhone 8 Plus

by Vyncent ChanOctober 5, 2017
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While it could have been a lot easier for the first Google Pixel to top DxOMark charts back in 2016, this year the DxOMark benchmark has been dominated by dual camera smartphones after a change in DxOMark’s scoring algorithm. Surprisingly, Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have managed to snatch the top spot this year despite sporting a lonely single camera!

A score of 98 is unprecedented, with the previous highest sitting at 94. DxOMark has been quick to note that the perfect score isn’t a 100, so there is still plenty of room to go. Still it represents a huge step for Google to move from a score of 90 to 98 in just a year, and dominate the top of the DxOMark mobile benchmark charts two years in a row.

A potent mix of strong hardware with a 1/2.6″ 12MP dual-pixel sensor, f/1.8 aperture, and optical+electronic image stabilization for videos as well as the much lauded HDR+ technology is definitely the reason behind the Google Pixel 2 performing so well in DxOMark. It even manages Portrait Mode without succumbing to a dual camera system, thanks to major advancements in machine learning algorithms and the dual-pixel phase detection to detect the depth difference in an image.

The rest of the hardware of the Pixel 2 is equally impressive, with a Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM throwing the heavy punches. The Pixel 2 features a “conventional” 5″ AMOLED display with a 1080p resolution, while the Pixel 2 XL plumps for a 18:9 6″ 2880×1440 P-OLED display from LG. Considering the Pixel 2 XL is manufactured by LG, this comes as no surprise after seeing the LG V30. Both devices feature support for AR, Google Daydream and are also IP67 water resistant, a new feature to Google’s smartphone family. Google Assistant is also accessible with just a squeeze, a feature that is definitely an implementation of HTC’s EdgeSense.

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will start from $649 (~RM2743) and $849 (~RM3589), respectively. This time around, availability is more widespread with Singapore added to the list where the Pixel devices will be officially available. The initial batch will also come with a complimentary Google Home Mini, which makes the Pixel 2 a pretty good deal actually.

Pokdepinion: The Pixel 2 XL looks amazing in particular, while the Pixel 2 looks a little outdated with a 16:9 display now. Pricing wise, it would be really difficult for us to own one, if it is made available in Malaysia.

About The Author
Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.

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