For Pixel lovers, there is some good news. New reports claim that Google will release the second iteration of the Pixel in the third quarter – the Pixel 2. Rick Osterloh, the boss of Google’s hardware division, has said that the second-generation Pixel is launching in 2017. “You can count on a successor this year, even if you don’t hear a date from me now,” Osterloh told Android Pit. His message is very clear: The next Pixel is coming this year.
The the next update of the Pixel is expected to feature an improved camera, a powerful chipset, and a waterproof design. Let’s take a look at rumors swirling about the Pixel 2 rumors.
Google Pixel 2 Rumors
The Pixel 2 is rumored to feature a curved OLED display. According to the latest reports, the second-generation Pixel handset would have a curved Infinity Displays.
We might see a better camera technology in the next update of the Pixel. The search engine company is aiming to master low light photography, according to a report from 9to5 Google. The Pixel 2 device would not have a camera with “large MP size,” but it will “compensate in extra features,” the publication reported, citing people with the knowledge of the plans.
Google is reportedly testing chipsets from two different manufacturers for the Pixel 2. Reports suggested that the company is testing “a custom chipset” for the phone.
The Pixel 2 is expected to feature Intel’s Snapdragon 835 chipset. However, some reports claim that Google would use its own chipset in the next update of the Pixel.
The new Pixel phones are expected to run Android O, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system.
Additionally, the Pixel 2 is said to have the waterproof certifications of IP 67 and IP 68. This means the Google phone will be able to submerge in water depths of under 1 meter to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes.
Moreover, Google may ditch the headphone jack in the new Pixel. The tech giant is planning to kill the headphone jack in favor of a single USB-C port, 9to5Google reported, citing internal Google documentation.
Lower-Price Pixel Device
Rumors suggest that Google is working on a lower-price smartphone dubbed the Pixel 2B. It is expected to be launched alongside or shortly after Pixel 2 this year, 9to5Google reported.
The Pixel 2B would be “aimed at different markets” as Google is looking to bring “the Google Phone to emerging markets.” No details are available about the Pixel 2B at this time.
Google Pixel 2 Release Date
As far as the release date is concerned, we expect the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in the third quarter of 2017.
According to the latest reports, Google will launch the new Pixel devices in October.