Google's Pixel Buds set the stage for the next hardware wars

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This is the new battleground, and the war has only just begun. There are other websites, who are also selling official models of Google's Pixel 2 line-up. As Apple and Samsung are competitors, both the companies are trying to acquire significant consumer volume which can help them in the smartphone race.

If Pixel 2 XL is compared with iPhone X it is obvious that Apple's latest device will empty your pockets bit more.

Competition is so stiff that when you think a smartphone with excellent camera features would be hard to beat for a while, a new device overtakes in just a matter of weeks.

The Pixel 2 may be getting the bulk of the attention following this week's parade of Google product announcements. That's an OK design decision as far as these things go, but it means the Pixel Buds don't look almost as elegant as Apple's truly wire-free AirPods, which cost the same as Google's new earbuds.

But Google's pitch for why its hardware is different had little to do with the hardware itself. The DSLR-like soft backgrounds are added to the photo while it's being taken.

According to DxOMark, a trusted website for camera reviews, "the iPhone 8 Plus is the best-performing mobile device camera we have ever tested".

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For once, the amount of effort Google's putting behind hardware isn't in question. On the optics front, the phone has a 23-megapixel rear camera with dual tone LED and an 8-megapixel front facing snapper with 88-degree wide angle lens. Similarly, even on the Galaxy Note 8, the aperture is f/2.4 which is also lesser than the f/1.7 on the main camera. Two Max speakers will play music in stereo.

The Apple iPhone X will run on iOS 11 and will be backed by a 2716mAh battery.

The Pixel Buds work as standard Bluetooth 4.0 earbuds with any device, supporting AAC and A2DP along with hands-free calling. It builds on Google's advancements in computer vision and machine learning, combined with Google knowledge graph which underpins Google Search.

The new feature suggests that the phone will automatically go into a "do not disturb mode" when someone is driving.

Google Pixel features a 6.00-inch touchscreen display, powered by 1.9GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor paired with 4GB of RAM.The device comes with 64GB of internal storage with no storage expansion options. Both are now available for pre-orders in Australia, Canada, Germany, India, the United Kingdom and the U.S.

Google also wants to make it as easy as possible to switch to Pixel. "Moving to the USB-C audio port with Pixel 2 allows us to provide a better audio and digital experience, as we move towards a bezel-less future". For instance, the A11 Bionic chip enables things like the 4k video at 60 frames per second and full HD slow motion at 240 frames per second.