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First photos captured on Pixel 2 look fantastic

Sherri Watson | 09 October, 2017, 20:23

It's hard to come across a high-end flagship with a lackluster camera these days, but these shots from the Pixel 2 are honestly some of the best I've seen from a smartphone so far in 2017. An employee at Google recently uploaded around 40 photos and videos to Google Photos that were captured directly on the Pixel 2, and the results are seriously impressive. Impressively, it manages this despite having "only" a single-camera design for its main camera.

Now as soon as the Pixel 2 pre-orders started in the US, Google was offering a Google Home Mini speaker free on purchase of the new Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL.

The Pixel 2 XL comes in 64GB and 128GB storage options. Hence, it is safe to say, the newly launched flagship device from Google now flaunts the best smartphone camera.

The Pixel 2 costs £47.99 a month on a 24 month 4GEE Max plan, which comes with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 8GB of data for the normal price of just 3GB. That makes sense for a device that tops our scoring charts -up from the 94 of the Apple iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to a record-setting 98.

The kicker is, of course, that Google has a ready-made replacement for you in the form of the Pixel Buds. The Pixel 2 XL also listens for any music playing nearby, identifies the song and displays the title and album on the lock screen. It's 2017 and most other flagships now come with dual lens cameras.

That's right, these wireless headphones don't just hook you up with your latest tunes - they help you translate another language.

The translation is now processed at Google's artificial intelligence-focused data centers, where the audio is first converted to text, translated, and then turned back into speech, Quartz reports. In both cases, the devices have their notifications completely switched off, so the driver isn't made aware that a phone call, text message, or any other app on their phone is trying to get their attention. It's a 64-bit processor that's faster than the others, and it gives the iPhone X it's advantage.

There are increasingly few good reasons to ever upgrade your phone if you don't have to, but one of the few remaining is the camera. As Google's onstage demonstration illustrated, there appeared to be virtually zero lag time during the translation, though we'll have to see how well that performance holds up in the real world with wonky WiFi connections, background noise and crosstalk.

Talking about the camera samples, we are really impressed with the quality of both the still images and videos.