With its very good digital camera and chic design, the Google Pixel (and its bigger counterpart, the Pixel XL) hit it out of the park final 12 months. So it is no shock that Google desires to maintain the great occasions rolling with its pair of premium flagship telephones.
Apart from formally launching on Wednesday, Oct. four (see the promo under) Google hasn’t launched a variety of data concerning the subsequent Pixel. Unofficially often known as the Pixel 2, rumors say that it will have a slimmer design and a fair higher digital camera. Till its unveiling, nonetheless, we have gathered all of the info, rumors and leaks we all know concerning the cellphone to date. Make sure to test again as extra data rolls out; we’ll hold the updates coming.
Editors’ observe: This text was initially printed on July 25 and has since been up to date with new rumors.
Pixel 2 will are available in three colours
Due to a significant leak on Sept. 20, we’re fairly certain the Pixel 2 will are available in three colours: “kinda blue,” “clearly white” and “simply black,” whereas the Pixel 2 XL will solely are available in white and black. It’s going to have an identical design to final 12 months, retaining the two-toned coloring of the again and the fingerprint reader.
Pixel 2 XL can be pricier
Again in March, Google’s Osterloh stated that the Pixel will keep premium and rumors anticipated a $50 worth enhance. However based on the Sept. 20 leak, beginning costs will stay about the identical when the cellphone first launches. For the Pixel 2, pricing was listed at $650 (roughly £480 or AU$810) for 64GB (that is extra reminiscence than final 12 months’s 32GB) and $750 (roughly £555 or AU$935) for 128GB. As for the Pixel 2 XL, 64GB and 128GB of storage will go for $850 (roughly £630 or AU$1,060) and $950 (roughly £700 or AU$1,185), respectively. That is a $70 to $80 bounce in comparison with the unique XL.
And FYI, Google lately discounted the unique Pixel’s worth (doubtless in preparation for the brand new Pixel).The Pixel 2 can have enhancements throughout
As new digital camera tech and improved chipsets turn out to be accessible, the subsequent era of telephones will doubtless be higher than the final. Some particular rumors about an improved Pixel 2 speculate that the cellphone can be waterproof and that the digital camera can be filled with extra options (although leaks present no twin rear digital camera setup). Google can even doubtless outfit it with a sooner processor (extra on that under).
Pixel 2 might have a slimmer design
Images of the Pixel from the Sept. 20 leak did not present the telephones’ entrance sides or disclose their measurements. However one other, older rendering of the subsequent Pixel XL gave extra element, exhibiting the XL with a bigger, 6-inch show and thinner bezels. It additionally appears to be like extra rectangular with sharper corners.
One other rendering (this time in video type), considers completely different attainable colours like crimson and teal, although we extremely doubt these colours will come by. Blue, which is without doubt one of the authentic colours of the Pixel, can also be included.
Just like the HTC U11, the brand new Pixel might have edges you’ll be able to squeeze.
Pixel 2 might have squeezable edges
There may be discuss concerning the Pixel 2 coming with a squeezable body, much like the HTC U11’s. This implies the body is pressure-sensitive, and while you maintain it tightly you are able to do issues like launch the digital camera, activate the flashlight or open an app of your selection. (Try this video of the way it works on the HTC U11.) Within the Pixel’s case, there’s been hypothesis that squeezing the cellphone might launch Google Assistant.
HTC might assist construct the cellphone (once more)
Identical to the unique Pixel, Google might accomplice up with HTC once more to assist construct the cellphone (although Google will doubtless hold credit score concerning the design). That is based on respected cellphone leaker Evan Blass, who additionally leaked two footage of what the upcoming cellphone might appear like. It is also anticipated to have a pair of front-facing stereo audio system and the aforementioned squeezable body. In the meantime, the Pixel 2 XL can be reportedly constructed by LG.
Pixel 2 may need Snapdragon 836… or not
Varied rumors have been floating round concerning the cellphone’s processor. At first, it was believed the corporate was testing out chips from Qualcomm, Intel and presumably the Taiwanese chipset maker MediaTek. If Google does go along with Qualcomm, the brand new Pixel may be outfitted with Qualcomm’s as but unannounced Snapdragon 836 chipset — no less than based on Evan Blass. Totally different pubs dispute this declare, nonetheless, believing as a substitute that the cellphone will characteristic the Snapdragon 835, the chip that powers high-end Android telephones such because the Galaxy Word eight ($930.00 at T-Cell USA).
Pixel 2 may lose the headphone jack
Just like the Apple iPhone 8s and Motorola’s Moto Z2 lineup, the Pixel 2 could also be ditching the headphone jack, based on renderings from OnLeaks and My Good Worth. The unverified mage additionally exhibits the cellphone with a slimmer high and backside bezel, however protecting the rear fingerprint reader and glass panel on the again.
Pixel 2 will launch with Android Oreo
Final 12 months’s Pixel ran Android 7.zero Nougat. However now that the subsequent software program replace, Android Oreo, is already rolling out to some Android telephones, it is extremely possible that the subsequent Pixel can have Oreo. This implies the cellphone might natively characteristic picture-in-picture apps for multitasking, new app notifications and improved copy-and-paste in-built.
The Pixel 2 faces stiff competitors from Android telephones just like the Samsung Galaxy S8, the OnePlus 5 and the LG V30. It’s going to additionally go towards Apple’s new iPhone eight and the snazzier iPhone X, the latter of which has each wi-fi charging and an edge-to-edge show. Although the Pixel will get a lift from Google’s branding and ecosystem, in addition to its well timed software program updates, it will need additional additions — like the potential for water resistance and a greater digital camera — to be much more aggressive.
zarinews can be on the bottom reporting from the Oct. four occasion, so keep tuned for extra particulars.