Google Pixel specs, release date and rumors

Google Pixel 2 specs, release date, rumors and more

Disclaimer: This is the updated version of the article posted on 24 July 2017.

The smartphone industry is on fire and expectations from companies for their new releases are touching the Everest peak. In such great level of expectations, companies have to do something different and innovative to make its product worth desirable. Latest releases like One Plus 5 had taken the smartphone industry to a different level. Now, we are going to have detailed insights on upcoming Google new Smartphone Google pixel 2 its leaks and rumors.

Update: Google Pixel 2 is confirmed to have a squeezable gesture called “Active Edge” function which was last seen on HTC’s U11.

Google Pixel 2 rumors
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Google Pixel hit the smartphone industry last year and both of its variants Pixel and Pixel XL are great devices. These are the first smartphone to be designed inside out by Google. Both of these smartphones were manufactured by HTC. These were two high-end smartphones with great build quality and terrific cameras.

PIXEL and PIXEL XL are not the perfect ones and had been criticized for their high price tag, generic design and lack of proper water resistance among others. These are just some issues which we are expecting from Google to look for.

In this post, we will take a closer and detailed look 0n Google upcoming flagship Google Pixel 2. It’s rumored specs, design, price and release date to give you a better idea of what to expect from this smartphone.

How many devices are we getting?

Initially, it was rumored that like last year, will release two Pixel smartphones. The smaller one is codenamed Walleye, while the XL variant goes under the name Taimen. Then the rumor came of a third variant Muskie which was tipped to be in development. But the latest rumors suggest that there will be only two variants as an idea of the third variant has been scrapped.

See Also: One Plus 5 a great release of the year

Now, who will be responsible for the manufacturing of upcoming Pixel smartphone? Initial rumors claimed that likewise last year the company has allied with HTC  for manufacturing. But the latest rumors have emerged online implying Google will join LG for manufacturing. Still, it is not confirmed and this thing can go in either way.

Google Pixel 2 specs and OS.

  • 4 GB RAM.
  • Snapdragon 835  chipset.
  • 128 GB internal storage.

Just like its predecessors, Google pixel 2 will go to be a high-end smartphone. According to latest rumors, the small one of Google Pixel 2 which is said to be Walleye. This will have the 4.97-inch display with a full HD 1080p resolution. It will be powered by latest Snapdragon 835 chipset and have 4 GB RAM. For storage, it will have 64 GB of internal memory, but more likely we will also see a higher version as well.

Other device codenamed as Taimen. It is rumored to be larger one will have the 5.99-inch display with a high resolution 1440p OLED panel. This one is also tipped with the same processor as other device and have 4GB of RAM. Internal storage available will be 128GB though more different variants may be available.

When it comes to operating system, the smartphone will run on Android O. It will make its debut on these two devices. The new Android system may have some unique features which will set the smartphone apart from the competition. For example, last year Assistant was exclusive to the Pixel series for several months but finally made its way to other Android devices as well.

What’s interesting in Pixel 2 is it said to feature two front facing stereo speakers. Unfortunately, it will come at the expense of the 3.5 mm headphone jack. Which means you’ll have to plug in your headphones with an adapter that will likely to be included in the box. It is still not confirmed yet and the updates may tell a different story.

Update: New leaks are confirming the absence of 3.5 mm Headphone Jack. So you may need to buy wireless headphones specially for Google Pixel 2 which is disappointing. Or, there may be an adapter included as stated above.

Google Pixel 2 Camera and Battery.

  • 12 Megapixels rear and 7 Megapixels front camera.
  • expected 3450 mah battery.

It is suggested that Google will not be following the footsteps of LG, One plus 5 and others in the camera department. It means Pixel 2 won’t have a dual camera set-up on the back. Sources have claimed that Google Pixel 2 will have improved camera which is not a surprise. A benchmark for one of the models lists a 12 Megapixel rear camera with 4K video support and a 7 Megapixel front-facing one. That sounds like a similar setup to the 12.3 Megapixel and 8 Megapixel combo on the original Google Pixel.

There is no specific information about the battery but the battery will be of at least 2700 mah to 3450 mAh on different devices.

Google Pixel Design and Other Specs.

  • Water Resistance.
  • Rear-Facing Fingerprint scanner.
  • Tiny bezels on Pixel 2 XL.

google pixel 2 design

Design of google pixel and google pixel XL has not been appreciated by the customers that well. If you are not a fan of the design, we have a bad news for you. Latest news informs that, Google Pixel 2 will look quite similar to its predecessors with a few minor differences. This means expecting a metal body, somewhat large bezels, glass panel on the back and two-front facing speakers already mentioned.  The glass will no longer surround the fingerprint reader, which will nevertheless still be located on the back of the device.

However, there are some differences in Pixel 2 than its predecessor. The back of the device will look like its smaller device and the rumors suggest that smartphone will feature small bezels around the screen. Though it does make sense as the device is said to feature a larger 5.99-inch display as mentioned above. These so called small bezels will make Pixel 2 XL handier and compatible for such a large screen size.

Update: The latest leak suggests that we are not going to see small bezels on Google Pixel 2. And maybe, we will get the same size bezels on Google Pixel 2 as in Google Pixel.

Google Pixel 2 Price.

Last year google pixel series smartphone price was far from affordable. The Pixel has launched at $649 for 32 GB storage and $749 for 128 GB storage. While the Pixel XL was priced at $769 for 32 GB storage and $869 for 128 GB storage. We still have not seen any permanent drop in the price of these smartphones. They are still listed at this price on google store.

It is believed that Google has sold one Million of these smartphones till now. It is a great number but still not impressive as others company are selling far more in the limited time of availability. In order to increase the sales, the company has to lower its smartphone price. It will make them a lot more competitive in the smartphone industry.

There are no exact numerical details of the price of it till now.  Some sources are claiming of its price a little loftier than its predecessors. We want it not to be true as it will affect the company sales as mentioned above.

Release Date of Google Pixel 2.

The Google Pixel and Pixel XL were both launched in October 2016. So we’d expect to see a Google Pixel 2 release date roughly a year later, in or around October 2017.

Update: The latest rumors confirm our speculation which states that Google Pixel 2 will be released on 5 October 2017.

These are the details about this smartphone till now.How do you feel about it? Comment in the section below.

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Vikrant is a tech geek and an avid gamer. He writes about technology and gaming here at TheSubvertus.

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