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Google Pixel XL 2 shown in black and white, starting at $849

It only takes two words to get my attention these days. In a teaser for an upcoming Google event on October 4, Google uses the phrase “ask more” in the URL.

Google plans to announce full details on its next Pixel smartphones — the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 — at an event on October 4th: Droid-life have renders of the new Pixel 2 XL in both black and white. Yes the name is apparently “Pixel 2 XL” with the 2 before the XL, which is something that has been a bit of a toss-up before now.

What we see looks a whole lot like early leaks, with the glass “visor” on the back that’s much smaller than last year and no longer containing the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.

A larger, single camera lens is further down from the top edge, but the rest of the back look like a dead ringer for the current Pixel XL — lots of flat, lightly textured metal. There is what looks like a power button sitting above volume keys on the side. There’s obviously a white version as well, which retains the black underneath the back glass, which should get some people excited.

The LG-made Pixel 2 XL will come in a “Black & White” colorway (pictured above) that might be the hottest panda colorway we’ve ever seen. The phone will also arrive in “Just Black,” and be available with 64GB or 128GB storage. The 64GB model will cost $849, while the 128GB model will jump to $949.

Google will offer financing as well. The 64GB Pixel 2 XL will cost $35.38/mo over 24 months and the 128GB version will jump to $39.54/mo.

The Pixel 2 is expected to feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor and react to new squeeze gestures similar to the HTC U11; HTC is manufacturing the smaller Pixel 2, but both phones are rumored to have the gestures.

It’s also likely that Google will make Google Lens a big focus of these devices to help differentiate them from an impressive lineup of 2017 flagship competition. Google has stayed fairly quiet about the feature since revealing it at I/O earlier this year.

And as always, you can expect photography and camera performance to be at the top of Google’s priorities. The Pixel has stayed at (or at the very least near) the top of the pack for an entire year, which is a pretty remarkable achievement with how competitive all these companies are.

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