Make way for the sequel: Google on Wednesday announced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, its follow-up devices to last year’s well-received but poor selling Pixel smartphones.

The search giant — which jumped into making a range of consumer electronics under the ‘Made by Google’ moniker a year ago — is hoping for a better result with these successor devices, especially as it takes on Apple and its $1,000 upcoming iPhone X.

As with the first Pixel phones, Google is leveraging the capabilities of the artificial-intelligence-infused Google Assistant, which the company claims is even brainier than before. Indeed, Google CEO Sundar Pichai pumped up Google’s mission as being a AI-first, rather than mobile first, company.

Pricing

Pixel 2 starts at $649 for a version with 64GB of storage and climbs to $749 for double the storage. It comes in the kind of colors marketers love to nickname: Just Black, Clearly White and Kinda Blue.

The larger XL version goes for $849 or $949, with the same storage capacities. It comes in either Just Black or Black & White.

At these prices, the new Pixels are lower priced than the iPhone X, but they’re not cheap. They’re roughly equivalent to iPhone 8 (which starts $699 for 64GB) and 8 Plus and Samsung S8, which starts at $725…. see more

source: usatoday