Google announced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL at its fall hardware event on October 4. The phones follow a very similar strategy to their predecessors, the Pixel and Pixel XL, which were the first phones to wear that brand.

The new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL diverge slightly more in their hardware than the 2016 version, but not by much. Both phones have very similar internal specs, with a Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Both phones follow a similar simple metal build with few visual design flourishes aside from the return of a glass "visor" at the top of the back. The phones are water-resistant, but don't have a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

Unlike last year, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are expected to have been manufactured by different companies — HTC for the former and LG for the latter. This leads to the slightly different designs, with the Pixel 2 having a 16:9 display with larger bezels on the top and bottom of the display, and the Pixel 2 XL having an 18:9 aspect ratio and smaller bezels.