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Google Pixel and Pixel XL 2: five things you need to know ahead of launch

Google's phones are landing next week. The story so far...
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Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 are imminent, although not yet official.

The tech giant, though, hasn't been able to keep its new phones under wraps, after a huge leak appeared to confirm all the details of its 2017 flagship handsets.

So, what’s new? And when can you lay your hands on them? Read on and we’ll tell you five things you need to know.

1 HTC and LG have made them on Google's behalf

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As had long been suspected, HTC and LG have been brought on board to make the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 respectively.

The former, now part-owned by Google, has developed a 5–inch phone that looks almost identical to last year’s effort, albeit with a series of tweaks to entice upgrading smartphone owners, including the squeezable, interactive sides seen in the HTC U11.

LG’s larger effort mimics its G6, with an all–screen front, as well as offering the same squeezable technology as the smaller Pixel 2.

2 Single lens camera

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Camera fanatics have been spoilt in recent weeks with the launch of Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, all of which include dual lens cameras.

However, Google has opted to stick with a single lens solution for the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2.

This will be a 12-megapixel effort according to sources speaking with The Guardian, with special software to ensure great results.

Last year’s Pixel phones had superb cameras, so perhaps the lack of a second lens won’t be an issue.

3 There's no headphone slot

As with last year’s Pixel phones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 dispense with a standard 3.5mm headphone slot, instead requiring users to hook up via the USB C charging port or wirelessly.

Google will likely push the latter option, especially as its new Android Oreo software features tech from Sony aimed at boosting wireless audio quality.

4 They'll run Android Oreo from the get go

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The aforementioned Android Oreo will be the star of the show on the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2.

The software, which has been available for a month on Pixel and newer Nexus models, offers better battery life, changes to how apps draw power in the background and a less clunky way of dealing with notifications.

5 Out 4th October

Google is holding a special Made By Google event on 4th October, when it will reveal its new devices. Expect to see them available online soon after.

The search giant will need to address availability issues which plagued 2016’s range, meaning Android fans often had a long way to lay their hands on a cutting-edge phone.

Can't wait that long? Take a look at the best Android phones available right now.

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