Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 is one of the most eagerly anticipated Android smartphone releases of the year.
The upcoming pure-Android phone is expected to be launched during a marque event held on October 5, according to the latest leaks.
From various leaks we already know the iPhone 8 and Google Pixel 2 will both have drastically slimmer bezels, with the former resembling something like the recently released Essential Phone and the latter like a Samsung Galaxy S8.
I’ve been looking at large-bezelled phones for about a year now, but I’ll admit that was me being a snobby tech geek. I was well aware that the general public didn’t yet care much about large bezels at the time.
But times are changing. We are almost at the time when slim or no bezels are expected for big name phones. In a couple more months, just about every flagship phone by every major company will go that route.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 continued the S8’s design aesthetic; Huawei’s boss already confirmed the Mate 10 to be have an “edge-to-edge” screen; and Xiaomi is very likely going to release a follow-up to its pioneering bezel-less phone very soon.
So this begs the question: who are these for? The outdated-looking, big-bezelled Pixel 2 has already been mocked all over the web by tech geeks and I think the general public’s reaction will be the same.
Unless Apple and Google plan on selling the weaker versions of their phones with the noticeably outdated hardware at drastically lower prices, I really wonder who’s going to buy the large chin Pixel 2 that look like it’s stuck in spring 2016 when there are futuristic, almost all-screen versions of the same devices sitting next to it at the display counter.
The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is rumoured to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack and have the latest Snapdragon 836 processor.
The flagship devices are also expected to have a better camera, waterproofing for the first time and be available in a wide range of bright colours.
However, if you can’t wait that long to get your hands on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, then now might be the best time to buy an original Pixel phone.