Google can now focus its attention on the launching of the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 because the Mountain View-headquartered technology company’s latest mobile operating platform Android 8.0 Oreo broke free out of the incubation lab.
The new high-end smartphones are widely anticipated to equip a near identical design to their respective ancestor.
However, the search giant is also expected to chop down the next-generation Pixel devices’ bezels and slightly shrink the size of the glass sheet on the back panel of the devices – one of the most distinguishable design aspects from the first iterations.
Now a new details regarding the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have leaked over the worldwide web.
Google is expected to introduce Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 with the “Always On Display” feature. The Always On Display functionality on the handsets will be much different from the ambient display feature available on current iterations of Pixel devices, multiple sources close to the search firm have revealed.
South Korean electronics Samsung has included Always On feature on the Galaxy Note 8 and S8 devices for a several years now, which allows owners to promptly check out the time, see the notifications, and among others, without having to completely turn on the display by unlocking it.
Google is reportedly be keeping the same display dimension from the 2016 iterations in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, five-inch and 5.5 inches, respectively.
The new Google Pixel 2 and its oversized sibling XL 2 will also be IP68 certified — dust and water resistant — the report claims.
That brings the new smartphones from the Android OS developer in line with most other flagship handsets announced this 2017. Google is also considering to deep-six the 3.5mm headphone jack port in favor of the USB Type-C charging and audio port. The firm reportedly will bundle a USB-C to 3.5mm port dongle out of the box.
Apple alongside HTC, Oppo and Motorola have all released flagship devices without the industry-standard headphone port, and now the Alphabet’s wholly-owned subsidiary seems to follow the trend.
Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will both sport a front-facing stereo speakers, per Android Police report.
As for the components side of the phones, the Pixel 2 is rumored to ditch out the Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) in favor of Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) to enhance the low-light shooting on low light conditions as well as prevent shaky video capturing.
The Pixel 2 series will start with 64GB of on-board storage for base model. Google will purportedly offer a 128GB storage capacity configuration.
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There are earlier reports that the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will be powered by a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 processor. However, XDA Developers and Android Police have both reported that the next-iteration Qualcomm system-on-chip (SoC) will not be included in the new Pixel 2 smartphones. Instead, the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 manufacturers will opt to equip Snapdragon 835.
Google is reportedly launch the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handset devices on 5th of October alongside the next-generation Google Home speaker, a new computing tablet and wearable device.