In 2016, Google hit the home run with its Pixel phone launched, it’s not that Google’s Nexus program was dead -far from it, but Pixel phones were the first time when Google had designed the complete phone and it sold like hotcakes. Google is supposedly releasing two devices by this year. Walleye (Pixel 2) and Taimen (Pixel XL 2), former being the successor to the Pixel, while the latter will the success to the larger Pixel XL. And this time the hardware developer may be LG (Last year, HTC manufactured the Pixel phones).
Rumors have said that the phones may launch this fall as was the case for Pixel last year. As you can expect, both phones will ship with high-end specs, and the company may take the newer, taller than usual aspect ratio approach in designing the phone. Both phones will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 chipset and 4 to 6 GB of RAM. A 64 GB storage version will default but we find another 128 GB storage version to release. Pixel XL 2 will have almost all specs similar to its smaller sibling, except for a bigger battery and a larger display. The Pixel XL 2 may come with a 5.99-inch QHD display.
Pixel 2 is said to feature two front-facing stereo speakers, however, the to use headphones with 3.5 mm headphone jack, you will need an adapter as the company will probably remove the port this year. Unlike other phones in market Pixel 2 and Pixel XL2 won’t have a dual-camera setup on the back. Nevertheless, we expect a great camera. The Pixel XL 2 is also supposedly water and dust resistant. It is expected to be either IP67 or IP68 rated, meaning it will survive water 1 to 1.5 meters for a period of 30 minutes. As a refresher, the current Pixel generation is only IP53 rated, which basically means it won’t die on you if it’s sprayed with water here and there, but definitely isn’t suitable for anything more than that.
Both will run Android O, the OS’s debut. Google Pixel series was far from affordable at $649 (32 GB) and $749 (128 GB), while the XL was $769 (32 GB) and $869 (128 GB) although there were talks about a cheaper, less powerful Pixel phone’s launch, it doesn’t seem to be happening this year. In order to increase sales, the best thing that Google can do is to lower prices but it is not really necessary as the Pixel phones have always sold out. It will be interesting to see how the phones compare in value against Galaxy S8 Plus or even the OnePlus 5.
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