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The second generation of Google's Pixel phone line, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, are some of the top phones for Android enthusiasts. The excellent camera and interesting design keep the Pixel 2 phones in the running even as newer Android phones arrive.

Also, check out CNET's full reviews of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, now!

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The Pixel 2 camera has a single 12.2-megapixel sensor, which performed very well in our tests.

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I bet you didn't know a camera flash lens looked like a figure 8, did you?

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The Pixel 2's LED flash in action.

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Here you can see the rough texture of the aluminum fingerprint sensor.

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The back of the Pixel 2 has a glass panel that cuts across the rest of the aluminum backing. You can see the camera, LED flash and two Laser Detect Autofocus (LDAF) sensors. There's also the fingerprint sensor below the glass divide.

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A closer look at where the glass (Gorilla Glass 5) meets aluminum.

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Balancing an M&M on the Pixel 2's nano-SIM card tray wasn't an easy feat, but once there, it's a nice way to show scale.

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Here, the aluminum edge meets the spine.

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Antenna lines are the only plastic things you'll see on the Pixel 2.

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A look at the woven silver earpiece grill.

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The Pixel 2 phones use a USB-C port to charge. There's no headset jack, so this is where you'll also attach a dongle if you want to use wired headphones.

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Notice the brushed aluminum texture in this photo of the Pixel 2's power button.

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A close-up look at the Pixel 2's volume rocker and power-lock button.

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Notice how the glass curves around to meet the phone's spine.  

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The camera array bumps up ever so slightly from the surface.

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We hope you enjoyed your closer look at this phone's planes and curves. Be sure to read our full rated Pixel 2 review for even more information about Google's Android phone.

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