2017 was a fascinating year for smartphones and mobile tech in general. There were a lot of ups, a lot of downs and some pretty weird stuff along the way but there’s no denying that it was an eventful year.
Now that we’re on the cusp of the next wave of new products for 2018, we thought it’d be cool to take a look at some of the highs and some of the lows in 2017.
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Seems that Google‘s Pixel 2 phones can’t catch a break, with the latest problem with the smartphone being the cameras behaving rather oddly when presented with LED lights.
Yet another smartphone has been put through DxOMark’s gauntlet. The latest contender is Huawei‘s brand new Mate 10 Pro and it looks like the camera testing site was pretty impressed with the device because it is currently the second best smartphone camera they’ve ever tested.
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Generally, if you wanted blurry bokeh “Portrait Mode” photos from your smartphone, you’d need two lenses. But, when Google released their Pixel 2 smartphones, the company made a big deal out of how they could do so with one lens and machine learning.
Is it any good? Well, Google’s just released a whole bunch of photographs that showcases the Pixel 2’s portrait mode feature in action. And they look pretty amazing.
The Google Pixel 2 has wrestled back its title of the highest rated smartphone camera by DxOMark Mobile. Their first generation Pixel had blown away the competition last year with a score of 89. It was the highest rated smartphone until the HTC U11, iPhone 8/8Plus and Galaxy Note8 came along.
As of yesterday, the iPhone 8 Plus and Galaxy Note8 were the top rated smartphone cameras with a score of 94. Now both of these dual-camera flagships are overtaken by the Pixel 2’s new high-score of 98.
To say that Google‘s first Pixel smartphone was well-received when it first launched is perhaps a big understatement. The tech world loved Google’s new handsets and now, everyone is looking forward to seeing what the search engine giant has in store for their second round of Pixel smartphones.
At long last, the time has come. These are Google’s brand new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones.
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Google’s upcoming self-branded smartphones, the Google Pixel 2/2 XL, will be officially announced on 4 October. Ahead of its big reveal, we now get a full view of the duo thanks to none other than Evan Blass. These are the successors of last year’s Google Pixel/Pixel XL and they are manufactured by HTC and LG. As you would expect, both would be running on the very latest Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
Google’s very own smartphone, the Google Pixel, is getting a new successor early next month. They have just released a teaser video and a registration of interest website which points to 4th October as the launch date.
Don’t think that because Samsung‘s brand new flagship Galaxy Note8 has been released that there’ll be a dull moment in the mobile tech space. In fact, things are only beginning to heat up as we’ve still got a bunch of big announcements coming up.
And thanks to a popular leakster, we have what appears to be a launch date for one of the most highly anticipated smartphones of 2017 — the Google Pixel 2.