Google is readying its XL-sized competition to the Apple iPhone 8. Following a spate of reports about the smaller next-gen Pixel — sporting a similar front-facing physical design to the original Pixel — the larger, and very different, second-generation Pixel XL is expected to get the minimal-bezel treatment. A minimal bezel or bezel-less design is expected to be a hallmark of the upcoming “iPhone 8.”
“This new design, while evoking the theme of the first-generation Pixel XL in some very clear respects, is also a very substantial departure from that phone, as well,” said Android Police in July. Another departure from the first-gen Pixel XL is the placement of the fingerprint scanner: it will sit below the glass “window.” In the current XL, it is inside the glass window on the back of the phone.
The XL will have an “LG-made AMOLED display 6-inch across at a 2:1 aspect ratio with minimal bezel and rounded corners,” according to the report. That report was cited this week “Pixel 2 XL to have tiny bezels all around, while Pixel 2 said to stick with older design”.
Another report to say that the design “gives the next-generation XL a much more modern look, putting it firmly alongside phones like the LG G6 and Galaxy S8 that have sought to increase display size without sacrificing on ergonomics.”
Different manufacturer for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL: The smaller Pixel is expected to be made by HTC while the XL is manufactured by LG.
This year the phones are being made by two different companies using two different designs. The Pixel 2 XL is being made by LG, and it has a modern-looking slim bezel design with a 5.99-inch, 1440p OLED display. The smaller Pixel is being made by HTC, has bigger top and bottom bezels, and has a 4.97-inch 1080p OLED display. Both will have squeezable frames like the HTC U11, dual front-facing speakers, an always-on display mode, no headphone jacks, and 4GB of RAM.
It’s worth mentioning that Google’s first-gen Pixel camera is excellent. So, if Google comes up with another great camera on the Pixel 2, this would be another area where it would likely compete with the iPhone 8. And it would be an opportunity for Google to set itself apart from the not-so-well-received camera on the new Essential Phone. Both Google phones are rumored to launch October 5.
As reported this week, the price of the premium OLED iPhone has been the subject of much debate, and now The New York Times has chimed in. It reports that the iPhone 8 will be priced ‘around $999′. Apple’s event date for the iPhone 8 is rumored to be September 12th.
Whilst the ‘7s’ devices are expected to be positioned at the usual price points, the OLED iPhone is widely reported to be significantly more expensive. Exactly how much more is still unclear: reports vary with quoted prices from $1100 to $1500, although consensus is generally in excess of $1000.
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