This is most likely what you have been waiting for a while now – Google Pixel 2 rumor roundup.
The much anticipated Google flagship devices are less than a day away from being released to the public. In today’s article, we wanted to showcase all of the rumors and information that we strongly support – and of course believe will become official on 4 October.
As you know, Google will hold its event in San Francisco to showcase their next gen. Pixel devices and the new Google Home Mini, an improved Daydream headset and a brand new Pixelbook.
In case you haven’t heard of the above mentioned products yet, we strongly recommend you to click on the link above, and find out more.
Google Pixel 2 and XL
What are the similarities?
The similarities will be the internals of the two different, but sort of identical handsets. Both devices are going to be powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset (which by the way is used in all major flagships this year) paired with likely 4GB of RAM. Storage options are expected to be 64 and 128GB. Both will come in pricey and will cost more than the previous generation. As you would expect, Google will most likely give you unlimited cloud storage to store all of your images and perhaps even 4K footage.
The display for the Pixel 2 will likely stay “handy” – since we don’t know the exact size. The smaller Pixel 2 will likely have not just a large, but a massive bezel on all of its sides, as you can see above.
The larger XL sibling however will be much larger, in a smaller form factor – meaning that it will follow the trend and have minimal and no side bezels, only a small top/bottom one. It will also likely have a 2.5D curved edges on the front.
Both devices will however have front facing stereo speaker, at what cost – you might ask, for the smaller Pixel 2.
The resolution/display for the smaller Pixel 2 is expected to be 5″ 1080p (FHD) with the standard 16:9 aspect ratio, while the XL will be equipped with LG’s 6″ QHD OLED display and 18:9 aspect ratio. The latter is also going to support Wide Colour Gamut, meaning that it will be able to put out more colours and will also likely be HDR compliant. Both devices will be protected by Gorilla Glass 5 on the front – as expected.
The 12MP camera on both of the devices are expected to be the exact same sensors – and have only a single camera. No dual camera setup this year. We’ll see how Google manages to keep up with the competition with their hopefully built-in software tricks and tools.
If we go by what Google managed to pull off last year, we should expect one of the best cameras on the market, period. Both handsets are expected to be equipped with OIS though, so that’s always a good sign.
Colour wise, the Pixel 2 should be available in black, white and blue colours. The blue variant might be might lighter and a bit more elegant than last year. The Pixel 2 XL might only be available in white and black (we call it panda) colour options. We’ll have to wait and find out more about this later unfortunately.
You may be disappointed to hear this, but neither of the Pixel devices will have support for wireless charging or have a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The battery capacity for the smaller Pixel is expected to be 2700 mAh while the larger sibling will have a large 3520 mAh battery built-in.
Both devices are going to be IP67 certified – what this means is that the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL will be water and dust resistant, up to a certain time and amount.
As an additional feature, since we know that the HTC deal went through and seen other leaks popping up here and there – there will only be 2 devices being unveiled on 4 October – the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. There will be no other devices. The phrase “Pixel Perfect” will likely only be used to describe the Pixel 2 XL’s display technology.
Also, it is unclear at this moment if both of the devices or only one of them will support HTC’s squeeze feature. The feature is the one we’ve seen on the HTC U11. Simply squeeze the side of the phone to trigger Google Assistant – that’s apparently what it may be used for, as well as hopefully giving users a chance to re-map it to their own prefered applications.
If we go by the fact that HTC is making the smaller Pixel device, and LG is making the XL version, we would bet that the smaller version will get this feature. We’ll have to wait and find out later.
Pixel 2 renders
Pixel 2 XL renders
The Pixel 2 is expected to cost $649 for the standard 64GB version while 128GB will cost you $749.
The Pixel 2 XL will cost $849 for 64GB and $949 for 128GB. What this means is that if you want more storage, you will have to shell out an additional $100 – while this was ‘only’ $80 last year.
So, here it is all together:
64GB – $649
28GB – $749
Pixel 2 XL
64GB – $849
128GB – $949
We aren’t yet sure when the devices will be up for pre-order, or when they are going to be available. We would likely estimate it to towards the end of October. Pre-orders will also likely earn you some goodies such as perhaps some Google Play credits or maybe even a new Daydream VR headset.
According to some sources, the rollout will start on 19 October for the smaller Pixel 2, while the Pixel 2 XL will happen on 15 November.
What are your thoughts about the pricing and the design leaks, rumors? Is this what you expected the new Pixel flagships turn out to be? Are you excited about 4 October? Let us know in the comments down below.