Just like last year, many would expect Google to launch its new Pixel smartphones this year with a new chipset inside, one that is usually ahead of everyone else in market.
Now that Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo update is out of the door, the Californian technology firm can concentrate on its next launch. Pixel 2 widely-tipped to sport a similar design to their predecessors.
However, Google is expected to trim the bezels and reduce the size of the glass panel on the rear of the phone – one of the most recognisable design flairs from the original line-up. And now a number of new details about the handsets have purportedly leaked online.
Google is expected to debut an Always On display with its upcoming Pixel 2. This technology will look very different from the ambient display feature available on current.
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.
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.
According to 9to5Google, the Pixel 2 range will be available with an entry-level 64GB model – up from 32GB of storage last year. Google will also sell a 128GB option for those that need more internal storage.
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.
XDA Developers and Android Police have both 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.
However, reliable leaker Evan Blass – who first suggested the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 would sport this new chipset – is sticking to his guns.
The serial tipster, who is better known for his Twitter handle @evleaks, tweeted he hasn’t “heard anything further since my initial tweet, and since the source has proven accurate time after time, I stand by it”.
“Re: SD836, I haven’t heard anything further since my initial tweet, and since the source has proven accurate time after time, I stand by it.”
The first Google Pixel model was the first to include a Snapdragon 821, which offered slight improvements over the 820 processor that was inside most other flagship Android smartphones at the time.
So, it wouldn’t be unprecedented for Google to debut the latest SnapDragon silicon. Google is widely-tipped to launch its new Pixel 2 models on October 5th alongside a new tablet and wearable.
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