Calm the f**k down, the panda-coloured Google Pixel 2 XL actually looks damn cool
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Just last week, Apple unveiled the new iPhones including a radically different iPhone X. But did Apple get the wowed response it was expecting after the big reveal? Not so much. And that's because there was nothing surprising. In the lead up to the event, everything about the iPhone X was out there, "leaked" by industry insiders, analysts, case makers, etc. That has unfortunately become the harsh reality. Nothing is surprising anymore. Similarly, the massive Google Pixel leak from yesterday has spoiled everything about the highly anticipated Google phone. Almost everything.

In a series of leaks , we got our first real glimpse of the new Pixel devices and also the other devices that Google will 'allegedly' roll out, two weeks before the official unveil on October 4th. Seeing how authentic the leaked photos look, we might as well drop the 'allegedly' tag but, you never know. We are optimistic folks and will continue to rally for a big surprise.

The leaks carried by Droid Life show us the phones, the Google Home Mini smart speaker, a premium 2-in-1 Chromebook and even the new Daydream View VR headset. And not just how they will look, the leaks had the prices to boot as well. The Pixel phones will retail for around $649 and $849 respectively for the smaller and larger variant.

The design philosophy is also a continuation from the first one. The same glass and metal combination at the back has been used. Only this time, the glass panel has become smaller and the fingerprint sensor is in the metal part of the back. There is also a hideous orange button that is perhaps the power button. But what has been enraging fanboys across the world is the fact that Google is sticking with a single camera setup.

People on social media has been bashing the search giant for its so-called lack of innovation in the design and features without really knowing what Google is up to. The leaks only show the back of the device. So far, we don't yet know whether the fascia will be bezel-less or there will be thick bezels all around it. But going by what we saw, we kinda sorta like what Google has done (or not done). At least, Google didn't go out of its way to replicate the iPhone-esque design that almost every other Android OEM has gone for. OnePlus 5, the Honor 8 Pro, the Asus Zenfone Zoom S, and even the Xiaomi Mi A1 where Google was involved directly through the Android One program.

What people fail to understand is that the glass visor on top is much more than a design aesthetic. The glass panel improves call reception by acting as an antenna. In fact, last year's Pixel had a better call reception performance than the iPhone 7 .

The same people dissing Google about the design will also harp about how the specs are nothing groundbreaking because it won't likely have the hallowed 8GB RAM or dual cameras. But once again, last year, Google nailed the performance of the phone using the same hardware as the rest of the OEMs. Despite OnePlus having a 6GB phone out there, the Pixel outperformed the OnePlus 3T with ease by using so-called sub-par specs. In terms of battery too, the Pixel was way behind what many OEMs offered last year. That complaint was quashed as well when tests showed the Pixel lasting just as long as the rest of the big-battery phones.

Despite Apple coming out with a marvellous dual-camera sporting iPhone 7 Plus last year, the Pixel had the best camera on a phone ever . And that had a single lens camera too. In fact, a 12-megapixel camera with no optical image stabilisation, a rather mediocre f/2.0 aperture and still the best camera? How, you might ask? That's because Google first got the fundamentals right and then did the innovation, unlike a lot others.

Google got a solid image sensor in the Sony IMX378 and large pixels. Google leveraged that hardware to work its magic algorithm. The reason why people loved the Pixel camera was because it could take stunning shots without really having to do anything. The HDR+ mode worked its magic in the background while all the user had to do was tap the shutter button.

People dismissing the Pixel 2 should keep this in mind. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what the colour of the phone is, how much RAM it has, or the number of cameras and even the amount of pixels in the sensor. What matters is the sum of all the parts — the experience. And Google has not let its users down when it came to providing the best Android experience in a smartphone ever.

So, haters, if you are dismissing the new Google Pixel 2 because the leaks showed it in a panda coloured outfit, get real. This is going to be the best phone money can buy and it won't cost $1000.