Google Pixel 2 XL image leaks ahead of Google event

Google’s big hardware event is coming up fast – it all goes down next Wednesday, October 4. But we already know (or think we know) a fair amount about what will be revealed, including brand new Pixel smartphones with some big upgrades, and some devices that will flesh out Google’s broader hardware portfolio considerably.

Many details have been leaked, but it’s hard to keep track of what’s likely and what’s debunked. So, here are the most important things to watch for when the Pixel 2 is unveiled.

What’s that? You’ve heard this story about a million times before? Well you’re about to hear it again, and this time it’s Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL that find themselves in the rumor mill’s crosshairs.

We know almost everything we can expect on Wednesday when Google is set to unveil its new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones in San Francisco. The Pixel 2 will be an iterative update that looks just like last year’s original Pixel phone. It still has great big bezels around the screen, but the specs will be updated to position the second-generation model on par with other 2017 flagship Android phones.

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There will also be some nifty new new features like a squeezable frame and a new option to always listen for music in the background and display song information on the lock screen.

The new Pixel 2 XL is expected to be the more exciting of the two new Pixel phones. Built by LG instead of HTC, the phone has been rumored to include much smaller bezels around the screen, giving it a more modern design.

Reports indicate the Pixel 2 and XL 2 will include a squeezable frame, similar to the HTC U11. HTC is expected to manufacture the smaller Pixel, but even the LG-made XL will include this feature. The squeeze action is believed to be tied into Google Assistant. So, instead of using a hotword or pressing the home button, you could call up Assistant simply by squeezing your device.

The good news is the Pixel 2 XL does in fact have smaller bezels. But the bad news is that if you were expecting a practically bezel-less design like the iPhone X or Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, you’re going to be disappointed.

There will be complaints when Google reveals the lack of headphone jack, but this is a battle we’ve lost. One less port to deal with simplifies the engineering and makes phones easier to waterproof, and Bluetooth has gotten much more reliable.

The following image of the Pixel 2 XL was posted on Twitter on Monday by well-known leaker Evan Blass, so it is believed to be authentic.

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Google Pixel 2 XL

We can likely expect more images to pop up in the coming hours, but this one already shows us that the phone will still have pretty sizable bezels. It also confirms the phone’s overall design.

Though it’s partially obscured by a protective case, we can still see stereo front-facing speakers as well as a redesigned home screen with a relocated search bar and a new optional widget that appears to display info from Google Assistant.

Something not to expect: An ‘Ultra Pixel’ super premium, third smartphone. This has come up in rumours recently, but it’s almost certainly a red herring: Expect two new Pixels and two only, but that should be plenty.

We’ll be live from the event on October 4 starting at 12 PM ET / 9 AM PT, so tune in here for all the updates.

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