The Google Pixel is the best phone for Android purists, but it’s starting to look dated next to more powerful and sexier phones like the Galaxy S8. The upcoming Google Pixel 2, however, looks it it will give Samsung, LG and Apple a run for their flagship money. Google is rumored to be releasing three versions of the Pixel 2, and according to the latest reports, the next-generation smartphone could arrive earlier than expected.
According to the publication, the upcoming Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and Pixel XXL have the code names Walleye, Muskie, and Taimen, respectively. These three names are consistent with Google’s tendency to name their upcoming devices after fish. According to a report Walleye is believed to be the smaller of the two phones, and there may be an even larger third model in the works, named Taimen.
• The new Pixels will be water poof
• There’s a third Pixel in the works
• Improved chip set and camera
• No headphone jack
We now know the Google Pixel 2 will come out in 2017. Rick Osterloh, VP of Hardware at Google, confirmed it in an interview at this year’s Mobile World Congress. Osterloh didn’t explain exactly when, but guaranteed it, stating “You can count on a successor this year, even if you don’t hear a date from me now.”
The original Google Pixel and Pixel XL were released in October, so it’s reasonable to expect that the sequels will arrive around the same time. This would also give Google a little bit of a buffer between the launch of its new devices and the much anticipated iPhone 8.
An earlier report, Google will offer a lower-cost Pixel 2 aimed at the masses. But Google’s Osterloh seemed to refute that when he noted that the company has no plans to make it less expensive, stating that “the Pixel stays premium.” The replacement for the Pixel XL could command a higher premium than today’s model, which currently starts at $769. The entry-level Pixel costs $649.
The same report from Slashgear notes that the next wave of Google Pixel phones will sport Qualcomm’s MSM8995 chip set, 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 Pixel 2 could also introduce a curved display. According to an April report, Google is looking to secure access to flexible OLED technology from LG Display, which could give the Pixel 2 a slick curved screen that brings it up to speed with the Galaxy S8.
The Pixel 2 will “definitely” come with waterproofing technology, 9 to 5 Google’s Stephen Hall said in a tweet on Jan. 25. He said that he was told about the feature back in October, but “forgot about” it. Hall added that the source, who wasn’t identified in the report, told him that Google decided against offering waterproofing in the first model because of a “time constraint.” He went on to say that Google was having trouble getting the hardware waterproof in time and for the right price.
The Google Pixel was praised for its stellar camera that rivaled the iPhone 7 Plus, and it seems as though Google is prioritizing it again for the second-generation device. That’s according to a source speaking to Stephan Hall at 9 to 5 Google. We cannot verify this source’s claims, and we’re a long time away from the release date, so things can change. The source said Google is looking to perfect the low-light capabilities of the next Pixel, but it will “not have large [megapixel] size.” Google will reportedly compensate for this with extra features.
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