The Pixel Phone is the best phone for Android purists. The upcoming Google Pixel 2, could give Samsung, Apple and LG a run for their flagship money.
The design of the Google Pixel 2 is obviously critical, particularly as Samsung has completely redefined the smartphone niche with the wraparound Galaxy S8.
Based on a June report from XDA Developers, the larger of the two new Pixel 2 phones (Taimen) will have a 5.9 -inch OLED display with 1440p resolution. The smaller (Walleye) device will reportedly feature a 4.97-inch screen, essentially the same size as the 5-inch Pixel that’s currently available.
XDA Developers say that the back of the google Pixel 2 will be very similar to last year’s model with a two-tone glass and metal finish. We were not a fan of that look. However, apparently the glass window is located near the top of the device and will no longer include the fingerprint scanner.
Google is once again taking a colorful approach to its Pixel 2 design. Google is again planning to use unconventional colors for the phone.
In its report on the leaked Pixel XL2 image, Android Police said the new phone will have squeezable sides for controlling the Google Assistant. That’s similar to a feature HTC introduced in the HTC U11this year.
A report from Slashgear notes that the next wave of Google Pixel phones will sport Qualcomm’s MSM8995 chipset, which is the Snapdragon 835 platform. We’ve already seen how fast the Galaxy S8 can be, and it’s no surprise that Google’s flagships will feature the same processor.
The XDA Developers report seems to confirm that the Snapdragon 835 CPU will be on board along with 4GB of RAM.
The camera on the Pixel is already one of the best we’ve ever used, but with Samsung and LG stepping up their game this year, there’s definitely room for improvement. Like other big players in the smartphone industry, Google works most of its magic behind the scenes, and we fully expect the Google Pixel 2 to take its awesome image processing to the next level. Google has already teased incredible results of night time photography techniques.
Pixel 2 will have a single lens instead of two. That means you shouldn’t expect features like a true optical zoom or Portrait mode that blurs out the background, which the iPhone 7 Plus offers. The OnePlus 5 also features a dual camera setup on the back.
When it comes to storage,the larger Pixel 2 model could offer 128GB of ROM while the smaller may have 64GB.
3,000 and 3,500 mAh battery options will be available with Fast Charging, while IP68 dust and water resistance up to 5 feet will be included. USB Type-C, dual-speakers and the dissolution of the 3.5mm headphone jack are all also predicted which is backed up by XDA Developers and 9to5Google reports.
The replacement for the Pixel XL could have a higher premium than today’s model, which currently starts at $769. The entry-level Pixel costs $649.
The Pixel 2 series will launch with Android 8.1, a version that may remain exclusive to the phones for a couple of months. The final release of Android 8.0 is expected in August, so it’d make sense for the first maintenance release, version 8.1, to ship with the new Pixels.
That strategy allowed Google to roll out some great new features for all phones running Android 7.0 Nougat while keeping some exclusive features for the Pixels, which ran Android 7.1 when they launched a few months later. At the same time, Google’s Pixel Launcher remains unique to the lineup, as does Project Fi support, which should fall over to the phones, too.
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL were released in October, so it’s expected that the sequels will arrive around the same time.