Google is expected to launch a second version of the Pixel in late 2017. Rick Osterloh, who leads Google’s hardware division, told Android Pit that the second iteration of the Pixel is coming this year. “You can count on a successor this year, even if you don’t hear a date from me now,” Osterloh said when he was asked about the Pixel 2.
Google introduced the Pixel line in October last year. Available in two sizes, the Pixel is the 100% made-by-Google phone. Both models – 5-inch X and 5.5-inch XL – feature a beautiful design, a top-rated 12-megapixel camera, and a fast charging technology, among others.
In this post, we will take a look at rumors swirling about the Pixel 2.
Google Pixel 2 Rumors
Google is expected to launch three devices under the Pixel brand this year.
According to the reports, the company is testing the Pixel 2, the Pixel 2 XL – code-named Muskie and Walleye, respectively – and a third Pixel device code-named Taimen. The third model could be a tablet or a larger phablet phone. No details are currently available about the third device.
The Pixel 2 is said to come in October 2017. It would feature an improved camera technology, a new processor, and an improved waterproof design.
The Pixel 2 might come with the waterproof certifications of IP 67 and IP 68, meaning that the phone can be submerged in depths of under 1 meter to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes.
Google is reportedly trying to improve the camera technology in the new Pixel models. A report from 9to5 Google suggested that the company is aiming to master low light photography with the next-generation device.
The Pixel 2 will not have a camera with “large MP size,” but will rather “compensate in extra features,” the publication citing sources with the knowledge of the company’s plans.
The report also suggested that Google is in the process of testing chipsets from two different manufacturers for the next update of the Pixel. The publication was told by the source that Google is testing “a custom chipset for a test device.” But they do not know whether that custom chipset will feature in the Pixel 2 or not.
We expect that the Pixel 2 will feature the Intel’s Snapdragon 835 chip. But some reports are claiming that Google will add a made-byGoogle chipset to the Pixel 2.
Following Apple, Google is rumored to ditch the headphone jack in the Pixel 2.
Citing internal Google documentation, 9to5Google reported the tech giant will kill the headphone jack in favor of a single USB-C port.
In addition, Google is rumored to introduce a lower-price device called the Pixel 2B alongside or shortly after Pixel 2 this year. The Pixel 2B would be “aimed at different markets” as the company is looking to bring the “Google experience and the Google Phone to emerging markets.” We are hoping to get more information about the Pixel 2B in the coming days.
Moreover, rumors suggest that the next Pixel devices will use QHD displays. The new handsets are expected to run Android O, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system.