Google has just debuted a new marketing campaign and website that urges viewers to “ask more.” The new landing page is part of the madeby.google.com subdomain, and it carries the teasing tagline of “thinking about changing phones?”
Google expected to offer a number of improvements over their predecessors. One change that is likely to go down well with consumers is the purported increase in storage shipped in the entry-level model. Google Pixel was available in two variants – 32GB and 128GB.
The next-generation smartphone is tipped to ship in 64GB and 128GB models.
“we can independently corroborate previous reports that both 64GB and 128GB models do exist.
“It’s possible that 64GB could be the new base storage option with this year’s iteration since we’ve yet to hear about any models with less than 64GB.”
Google is also tipped to increase the price of the new Pixel range to correspond to the bump in storage. The California-based company is expected to increase the price of the Pixel by “at least” $50, roughly £37 converted. Google is expected to debut an Always On display with its upcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2.
This technology will look very different from the ambient display feature available on current generation Pixel phones, sources have revealed.
Samsung has included Always On functionality on its flagship smartphones for a number of years, which allows users to quickly check the time, app notifications, and more, without having to wake the display.
Google is expected to keep the same display sizes with its next-generation handsets, that is, five-inches for Pixel and 5.5 inches for XL. The new Pixel models will also be IP68 dust and water resistant, it has been claimed.
That brings the new Google smartphones in line with most other flagship smartphones launched this year – and addresses one of the criticisms levelled at the original Pixel. And talking of following smartphone trends, Google looks set to ditch the 3.5mm headphone port in favour of USB Type-C headphones.
Apple, HTC and Motorola have all debuted flagship handsets without the industry-standard audio port, and now Google looks set to follow suit. Like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus before it, Google will bundle a USB-C to 3.5mm dongle inside the box.
Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will both include front-facing stereo speakers. The new Pixel hardware is tipped to forgo Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) in favour of Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS) to improve low-light photographs and prevent shaky video footage. The news follows reports that Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL might not powered by a next-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon processor after all.
Earlier rumours had suggested the new Pixel phones would be the first to run the latest generation Qualcomm processor, dubbed Snapdragon 836. This would purportedly boast a number of performance upgrades over the current flagship chipset, Snapdragon 835.
The latter is the processor that powers almost every Android flagship handset launched this year – from the Samsung Galaxy S8, OnePlus 5, Moto Z2 Force, LG V30, and Galaxy Note 8. And now, it appears the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will join its contemporaries and include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 as well.
As reported that the next-generation Qualcomm system-on-a-chip will not appear in the new Pixel models. Instead, manufacturers HTC (believed to be building the Pixel 2) and LG (XL model) will opt for the Snapdragon 835.
Those reports are also backed by a recent filing by the FCC – the United States government body responsible for approving new devices for sale in the country. The filing for the Pixel 2 confirms the smaller phone will use the same processor as the Galaxy Note 8.
Google started sending official press invites for its event, which will begin at 9AM PT / 12PM ET in San Francisco on October 4th.
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