Is this correct time to launch Google Pixel 2? This question was clicking in mind until i start writing this report…. Google’s next big decision.
Samsung already started a global war of high-end smartphones this fall by showcasing a new flagship model last week. Samsung showcased the presumed Galaxy Note 8 in New York on August 23, with its smaller rival LG Electronics Inc. also planning to unveil the LG V30 at end-August. US tech giant Apple Inc. is also expected to introduce a iPhone 8 next month.
Following a spate of reports about the smaller next-gen Pixel — sporting a similar front-facing physical design to the original Pixel — the larger, and very different, second-generation Pixel XL is expected to get the minimal-bezel treatment. A minimal bezel or bezel-less design is expected to be a hallmark of the upcoming “iPhone 8.”
October 5 2017 is only a day later than the first-gen series was announced in 2016, on October 4. The Pixel 2 is expected to bring some major improvements to Google’s own-brand smartphone and could feature a bigger edge-to-edge display, better camera and tweaked design. A recent leak also suggests that Google is planning to bring a feature first included on HTC’s new U11.
In addtion, Blass says both Pixel 2 handets will be equipped with a new Snapdragon 836 processor from Qualcomm; this is the first mention we’ve heard of a Snapdragon 836, as most current-gen flagships are running the Snapdragon 835. However, it’s not at all implausible considering the way in which Qualcomm’s chip portfolio usually develops.
The Snapdragon 836 will likely be a tweaked version of the Snapdragon 835, mostly the same tech, but with a slightly faster clock speed and just generally streamlined to be a bit quicker. The company has done this for many generations, for example, inside 2016 there was the Snapdragon 820 followed by the Snapdragon 821.
Earlier report shows that the Pixel 2 has passed through the US FCC carrying the model number G011A. The certification features a few screenshots which confirm that HTC is the manufacturer for the smaller of the two Pixels – it will reportedly feature a squeezable edge like the HTC U11 though here it will be called Active Edge. The images also reveal Android 8.0.1 is onboard with the August security patch, and the phone features 64GB of onboard storage.
The original Pixel phones were somewhat divisive at the time of launch, though this was understandable given that in order for the Pixel to live, the much-loved Nexus brand had to die. Personally, much as I knew I would miss my beloved Nexus series, I liked the new Pixel series straight away, and I even went as far as saying the Google Pixel XL was the best Android phone released in 2016.
That was my opinion, of course, after living with the Pixel XL for a month and while many might not agree with me, a lot of people will because Google’s Pixel lineup of phones weren’t just great looking handsets, they were also solid performers.
The camera was brilliant, the battery life superb. I loved the software, pure Android, and I do actually regularly use Assistant for a variety of tasks on a day to day basis. Google even sold a respectable number of Pixel phones too.
The downside to the Pixel phone was that it was very expensive; like, way more expensive than Google’s Nexus phones, though, on the surface, not all that different. I think Google could have done more with the way the handset looked and that would have made the price more bearable for some.
The big G has now confirmed that there WILL be a series of successor model Pixel handsets in 2017, as expected. In 2017, there were reports of a trio of Pixel phones. But the latest rumours suggest this may not actually happen. Google’s plans have changed, apparently, three devices were planned – the Muskie, WallEye, and Taimen as the Pixel XL, Pixel, and an allegedly even larger phablet, respectively. But now reports indicate the original Pixel XL successor, the Muskie, has been axed. There will still be a Pixel XL though, as that moniker is being transferred to the larger Taimen.
We’ve seen enough recent leaks of the Pixel 2 series to know that the successor models do not look very different to their predecessors. There’s been a slight re-jig of how much of the phone has the glossy glass panel on the back; it has shrunk slightly, but apart from that it’s more or less business as usual. There will be no amazing bronze-coloured metal or any of that jazz we’ve seen in optimistic concept renders.