The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, alongside the next generation hardware (Pixelbook and Daydream View) and new comer (Google Home Mini) in their respective product categories, are all set to be unveiled on October 4th with multiple colorways and a solid price tag. While these two new handsets have had a plenty of detailed information leaked so far, one of the most debatable changes is the departure of a 3.5mm audio jack port.
The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the last frontier of flagship smartphones for 2017 are nearly here, and they are going to be significantly more expensive that the last year’s models. Tipped by a huge new leak oozes over the Internet, we also know that at least one of Google’s new Pixel handsets looks set to be well worth the money customers money.
The notoriously trustworthy Android Authority has the tidbits and it both corroborates significant detailed information we have seen prior as well as throwing in a number of huge surprises which may eventually steal new customers. Here’s the break down.
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The Google will trim down the bezel of the Pixel 2 XL and will see a high body-to-display ratio of 80-85 percent. By comparison the iPhone X has 82.9 percent, the Galaxy S8 Plus 84 percent body-to-screen ratio. The smaller Pixel 2 retains the first-generation Pixel’s form factor design.
The search giant will upgrade the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL to the latest generation and the toughest glass on the market to date dubbed as Gorilla Glass 5. It should be more scratch resistant with a minimal drop improvements.
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be IP67 water and dust resistance. The IP67 Certification brings the Google phones are now catching up wit the Apple and Samsung rivals and addresses a massive mistake from the first iterations of Pixels.
The Google Pixel 2 XL will have an upgraded OLED display that supports a Wide Color Gamut for more accurate color reproduction on the screen display but the smaller counterpart is expected to miss out. The resolution, however, remains at Full-HD on the Pixel 2 and Quad-HD on the Pixel 2 XL. Wide Color Gamut has been a huge part of Apple’s iPhones and Samsung’s Galaxy S and Note lines for some time now.
Previously, some reports had said that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be the first smartphones to equip with the more advanced Snapdragon 836 CPU, but we now know that the next handsets from the Mountain View-headquartered technology company will sports a Snapdragon 835 instead.
[agg-ad id=”834″ align=”center”]That despite with a number of rumors of Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 system-on-chip adaptation on Google’s new generation phones, both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will have the long running 2017 flagship Snapdragon 835 SoC.
Google delivered a magnificent cameras in both the Pixel and Pixel XL and Google achieved it without an optical image stabilization (OIS). For this year cycle, Google have eventually opted to include an OIS for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in both front and rear camera systems which will be named “Pixel Cameras.”
Additionally, both smartphones will also feature Google’s very own imaging chip.
Google will also introduce its take on the “Portrait Mode” feature living inside the Google Camera app. The new “Portrait Mode” focuses on the main subject or person in the frame and blurs out the background to produce a stunning photograph. This is not a new for our knowledge as it is quite very similar to the Portrait Mode featured on the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. The smaller Pixel 2 will have the “Bokeh Effect” enabled entirely by the software.
The search engine giant is also upgrading the base storage by twofold on its new Pixel devices, but the top-end higher storage capacity remains 128GB. Unlike Apple and Samsung, both offers as high as 256GB storage configuration for their top-tier flagships.
Dual Stereo Speakers
Both the new Google’s handsets will sport a dual front facing stereo speakers. Though the previous leakage have asserted the existence of the dual speakers on the smaller sib, some are puzzled whether it would also bee included in the larger Pixel 2 XL. XDA Developers claimed that the Google Pixel 2 XL will indeed have dual stereo speakers on front panel much like its smaller sibling.
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No Headphone Jack
Given the search giant’s sarcasm of the Cupertino for completely ditching out the 3.5mm audio jack in its own Pixel advertising back in 2016, this appears an absurd settlement but may be alleviated by the concurrent launch of the Google Assistant equipped wireless earphones.
The Google Pixel 2 XL will sport a 3520 mAh battery, a 100 mAh bump from the Pixel XL’s. The Pixel 2 will retain the 2700 mAh battery capacity from the original Pixel.
Moreover, Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL owners will received an unlimited Google Drive storage space for a total of five years.
The downsides to the new leak is the farewell of the 3.5mm audio jack port, minor battery upgrade, the bezels on the Pixel 2. But overall, there are a huge number of reasons to be excited about the second-generation Pixels.
There are leap to be on the other leaks on the features and hardware of the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL in the next coming days. We are only a few days away from the Google’s big announcement of its hardware products, so there’s a lot to look forward to in the coming week.
However, Google’s decision to completely remove the 3.5mm headphone jack port is a huge disappointment to many. But the inclusion of the dual-stereo speakers on the from panel will soothe those arguments. Additionally, the new Google Assistant-enabled wireless earphones and headphones might come in convenient in the future.