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Google Pixel 2 & XL 2 – This might be the worst thing about upcoming device

The Pixel 2 is set to launch in just a few months, which explains the sudden increase of Pixel 2 rumors. A new report details the design and specs of the upcoming Pixel phones, potentially revealing what may turn out to be the worst thing about Google’s new Pixel 2 series.

Recent reports have said that Google is still making two Pixel devices this year, just like it did in 2016. But HTC and LG will each build a Pixel phone, including the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, respectively. Furthermore, a recent alleged benchmark result for the Pixel 2 XL showed some of the phone’s main specs, suggesting the phone will have an all-screen design just like the iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8.

A brand new leak delivers more details about the design and features of these two unreleased phones, including a detail that you won’t like. If this xda-developers report is correct, then Google’s new Pixels will not be identical.

Last year, Google finally launched the kind of “Nexus” phones fans wanted. The Pixel and Pixel XL were identical, except for screen and battery sizes. And these differences are only there because one is bigger than the other. That might change in the worst possible way with the Pixel 2 line.

According to the report, the Pixel 2 XL, or Taimen, will have a 5.99-inch OLED display with 1440p resolution, sporting a smaller bezel than the Pixel XL’s. Comparatively, the Pixel 2, or Walleye, will have the same 4.97-inch display with Full HD resolution as its predecessor, with the design being “almost identical” to the original Pixel.

In other words, it sounds like the Pixel 2 XL will have a better screen-to-body ratio than the Pixel 2.

One other reason to dislike the Pixel 2 is that it may ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack, which will be replaced by a second speaker. Surprisingly, there’s no word on whether or not the Taimen will retain the standard audio jack.

The report also notes that the Pixel 2 XL will have a single-lens camera on the back, where the fingerprint sensor should also be present. However, the glass-and-metal mix should change for the Pixel 2 XL, as the fingerprint sensor will no longer be found on the glass side of the phone. There’s no mention of the rear design of the Pixel 2.

It’d be strange to see just one of the two incoming Pixel phones come with a headphone jack. It’d be equally strange for only the Taimen device to get a rear redesign. But that might be exactly what you get from hiring two different companies to build two handsets that will be included in the same family.

As for hardware, the two phones should pack Snapdragon 835 processors, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB or 128GB of storage, with the increased storage capacity reserved for the bigger Pixel phone.

Although three models were initially discussed, the Pixel 2 family looks to have settled on a ‘regular’ smartphone and a ‘phablet’ device to meet market expectations. It also allows the Pixel 2 line to draw a direct comparison to families such as the Android powered Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, and presumably Apple’s update to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus which should be announced in the weeks before the Pixel 2.

Google is expected to announce the new Pixel devices in October and is likely to be the last ‘major’ manufacturer to announce in the Q3/Q4 2017 period following Apple’s big tenth-anniversary reveal and  Samsung’s return to the Note family.

Google is giving Pixel owners the chance to have their photos seen by millions of people

The Google Pixel has one of the best smartphone cameras on the market, and Google is encouraging users to make the most of it. As a part of a new contest announced late last week, Pixel photographers will have the opportunity to submit their photos for a chance to be featured in Chromecast.

In a Google Forums post on the Pixel User Community, a Google employee announced an opportunity for users to have their “photos seen by millions.” Individuals interested in participating can submit their photos, with the reward being that they will serve as one of the backdrops for the Chromecast home screen if selected.

Participants can enter by submitting pictures of the following via Google+, Twitter, and Instagram along with the hashtag #teampixel:

  • Landscapes
  • Macro
  • Nature
  • Animals
  • Abstract
  • Life
  • Cities
  • Buildings
  • Textures

The #teampixel hashtag has most recently been used for the chance to get your photos featured on Google’s Instagram page.

The contest appears to be open only to Pixel and Pixel XL owners.

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