Google Pixel 2 Coming On October 4 – Here’s All We Know

Last year, Google surprised everyone by retiring its Nexus line. Instead, the company launched its own branded handsets. The Google Pixel and Pixel XL were among the best flagship devices of last year. Now, Google is expected to bring new Pixel 2 series devices with improved specs and better cameras. And of course, the much awaited pure Android O operating system. Recent leaks have revealed details about the new look and features of the upcoming flagship device. Now, a launch date has also been tipped. Here’s what you can expect from the upcoming Pixel smartphones. Read more to find about Google Pixel 2 Price in India, Specifications, and Features

Google Pixel 2

Price & Availability

Price (expected) $699 (Rs 45,000)

As per recent rumours, the Google Pixel 2 smartphones will see a small increase in price (at least $50) over their predecessor. This means that the Pixel 2 base model will be priced at $699. The Pixel 2 XL might cost up to $800.

Google is set to launch the second-generation Pixel smartphones on October 4 this year. The Mountain View company has already started teasing the new Pixel phones on social media platforms.

The Pixel series was announced on October 20, last year. The upcoming devices might not be named Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Google is not known to stick to the conventional naming patterns (as seen on Nexus series). The upcoming smartphones will be smarter and more durable. The new teasers hint at a focus on the camera, storage and battery life.

Also read: OnePlus 5 Vs Google Pixel XL Comparison: Which Phone is Better?

Specifications

Processor Snapdragon 836 SoC
RAM 4GB
Internal Storage 32GB/ 64GB/128GB
Display 4.97-inch/ 6-inch, AMOLED, 2:1 aspect ratio
OS Android O (Android 8.0)
Primary (Rear) Camera 12MP with flash
Front Camera 8MP
Battery Non-removable, Li-Ion
Dual SIM No

The new Pixel handsets are expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor (up from Snapdragon 821 Soc) and 4GB of RAM. Now, fresh reports claim that the upcoming Pixel 2 smartphone will be the first to sport Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 processor. This will give the new Pixel devices a huge advantage over the upcoming flagship devices.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 processor is said to sport similar hardware as Snapdragon 835. However, it offers higher peak CPU and GPU clock speeds.  It will be based on 10nm fabrication process with eight 2.45GHz Kryo 280 cores and an Adreno 540 GPU.

The smaller model will also feature a 64GB variant too. It is expected to retain its 4.97-inch full HD display. However, the larger Pixel 2 is said to feature a 6-inch AMOLED display manufactured by LG.

In terms of camera, we can expect some cool upgrades and extra features. In a blog post, Google showed off some impressive low-light images taken with its experimental night time photography techniques and Pixel smartphones. Multiple rumours have suggested that the rear camera setup will be the USP of the Pixel 2 smartphones. Some leaked renders hinted at a bigger lens than the current devices. However, the series is likely to stick with a single camera setup.

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Features

  • IP68 water resistance
  • Ambient Display Always On
  • Google Assistant
  • Multiple Display Profiles
  • Minimal top and bottom bezels
  • Squeezable frame
  • 6-inch 1440p OLED display
  • Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Compass
  • Widener speaker grill
  • Stereo Speakers
  • Larger rear camera lens
  • Reduced glass back panel
  • Aluminium chassis

As per new leaks, the upcoming Pixel phones feature a single rear camera with two LED flash and stereo speakers on the front. Apparently, Google is dropping the 3.5mm audio jack to accommodate new changes. A leaked render also shows a smaller window of glass around the camera. Also, the fingerprint scanner is now placed to the metal part of the back panel. The original Google Pixel did not come with an IP68 certification. The water resistance feature is likely to be added to the upcoming handsets.

Unlike last year, HTC is only making the smaller Pixel (Walleye) model. The Pixel XL2 will be manufactured by old-Google partner LG. However, HTC has reportedly contributed to the design and development of both the Pixel 2 models. The new Pixel series will feature a squeezable frame (similar to HTC U11) to launch Google Assistant and other apps. Reportedly, LG is bringing its screen technology to the new Pixel phones. The larger Pixel 2 is expected to sport a new 2:1 aspect ratio display and slimmer bezels, similar to the LG G6. Is Google Pixel 2 going for the Samsung flagships?

In terms of camera, the current Pixel and the Pixel XL are among the best in the market. Still, the lack of dual cameras makes the upcoming devices less exciting than their rivals. Unlike Samsung and Apple, Google is more or less sticking with the standard design for the Pixel 2 series.

Also read: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Coming On August 23 – Here’s All We Know

Conclusion

While the smaller Google Pixel 2 smartphone is there as an entry-level option, the larger model is expected to take on the rival flagship handsets. The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be competing with the latest high-end offerings from Apple and Samsung. It remains to be seen what these devices are really packing. We will be able to place better bets once we have more clear information. Would you bet on the Google Pixel 2? Let us know in the comments section below.

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