Details of Google Pixel 2
Posted: Aug 30, 2017
Google is prepping to launch the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 in October, specifically October 5. At least that's according to Twitter tipster @evleaks, aka Evan Blass, who has proven a reliable source on pretty much everything in the past, so we think this is 100% legit.
October 5 2017 is only a day later than the first-gen series was announced in 2016, on October 4.
In addtion, Blass says both Pixel 2 handets will be equipped with a new Snapdragon 836 processor from Qualcomm; this is the first mention we've heard of a Snapdragon 836, as most current-gen flagships are running the Snapdragon 835. However, it's not at all implausible considering the way in which Qualcomm's chip portfolio usually develops; the Snapdragon 836 will likely be a tweaked version of the Snapdragon 835, mostly the same tech, but with a slightly faster clock speed and just generally streamlined to be a bit quicker. The company has done this for many generations, for example, inside 2016 there was the Snapdragon 820 followed by the Snapdragon 821.
Earlier rumours claimed Android O would get its official name on August 21 - solar eclipse day - (via David Ruddock), there was some discussion on whether or not the moon covering the sun looked a bit like an Oreo, and whether this had any connection to the name. All of the above turned out to be true, of course, the eclipse did look quite Oreo like, Google announced the official name, and lo and behold, it was Android Oreo! The second official snack name crossover in Google's history (the other being KitKat).
Another earlier report shows that the Pixel 2 has passed through the US FCC carrying the model number G011A. The certification features a few screenshots which confirm that HTC is the manufacturer for the smaller of the two Pixels - it will reportedly feature a squeezable edge like the HTC U11 though here it will be called Active Edge. The images also reveal Android 8.0.1 is onboard with the August security patch, and the Wiko parts features 64GB of onboard storage.
The original Pixel phones were somewhat divisive at the time of launch, though this was understandable given that in order for the Pixel to live, the much-loved Nexus brand had to die.
Personally, much as I knew I would miss my beloved Nexus series, I liked the new Pixel series straight away, and I even went as far as saying the Google Pixel XL was the best Android phone released in 2016.
That was my opinion, of course, after living with the Pixel XL for a month and while many might not agree with me, a lot of people will because Google’s Pixel lineup of phones weren’t just great looking handsets, they were also solid performers.
The camera was brilliant, the battery life superb. I loved the software, pure Android, and I do actually regularly use Assistant for a variety of tasks on a day to day basis.
Google even sold a respectable number of Pixel phones too.
The downside to the Pixel phone was that it was very expensive; like, way more expensive than Google’s Nexus phones, though, on the surface, not all that different. I think Google could have done more with the way the handset looked and that would have made the price more bearable for some.
The big G has now confirmed that there WILL be a series of successor model Pixel handsets in 2017, as expected.
In 2017, there were reports of a trio of Pixel Wiko replacement parts. But the latest rumours suggest this may not actually happen. Google's plans have changed, apparently, three devices were planned - the Muskie, WallEye, and Taimen as the Pixel XL, Pixel, and an allegedly even larger phablet, respectively. But now reports indicate the original Pixel XL successor, the Muskie, has been axed. There will still be a Pixel XL though, as that moniker is being transferred to the larger Taimen.
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