Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 Smartphones with Attitude
With the launch in October last year, Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL have been released for almost a year by now. Focused on replacing the Nexus program of developer focused devices, Google has utilized the launch of the Pixel (which is the first true Google phone) to compete with the iPhone. The original Pixel and Pixel which even though were designed by Google, were still manufactured by HTC, and had a metal and glass design which some pointed to be quite similar to the iPhone. The devices both had the best in class camera and some of the best animations we have ever seen on an Android powered phone. The release of the Pixel series has helped Google to make the transition of Android from open source OS to a Google-ified smartphone, being the first phone on the market to have the Google Assistant and having a custom Pixel launcher. The availability of the Pixel phones for several months was lacking in consistence, and the device did not reached the level of ubiquity that both Apple and Samsung has enjoyed with their individual phone series.
However, Google hopes that with the Pixel and particularly with the Pixel XL 2 to give run for its money with the smartphone giants once again. Currently, we have some info about the phones from some leaks, renders and rumors, and according to the current reports, both devices are expected to be quite good and to backup the claims made about them. So far, it is not expected for the phones to be released before September at the earliest, with the launch date probably set in late October, still we know for a fact that the rumors about the new pixel line are heating up.
Google Pixel 2 Updates and Specifications
Let’s see what we know so far about the smaller Google Pixel 2. In contrast to the bigger Pixel XL 2, the Pixel 2 is more a pocket phone which is speculated to be built by HTC, which is the same company that has manufactured the original Pixel. If this is true, then we expect the design to remain relatively the same, with a near 5” 1080p display, a metal and glass design on the back and a great camera. The phone should be powered by a Snapdragon 835, which is the same processor that the Galaxy S8 and HTC U11 use, with expected improved energy usage and performance levels over the Pixel’s Snapdragon 821. And set this with a 4GB RAM memory and 64GB storage capacity, then you have a good flagship device, with small improvements over the one which we saw on its predecessor from last year.
Hence, what is the question now? Some leaked photos from August 7th sent to GSM arena, has shown the phone to have large front bezels, which is a bit of a surprise, knowing that its main rivals LG, Apple and Samsung are currently focusing on minimized bezels. This is paired with a HTC-esque dual front facing speakers. And even though this phone is improvement over the last year’s Pixel, still it will be big disappointment to see those large bezels remaining. And what is even worse, is the fact that it appears the phone to miss a headphone jack, which is a bit of an odd design from Google, knowing that the original Pixel phone marketing heavily focused on emphasizing the headphone jack.
Pixel XL 2 Updates and Specifications
The other, larger phone, the Pixel XL, will also receive a successor this year, which without a doubt is far more interesting. The Pixel XL 2 will not be manufactured by HTC. Instead, Google has selected LG to build the XL successor. And even though Google still designs the phones for their partner to build, the early leaks of both devices, the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 have shown the original concept of their creators in the photos.
Android Police was the first to have the exclusive renders of the phone, where we have seen the device’s large 6” 1440p AMOLED panel with an 18:9 aspect ratio. If you think that you have seen these display specs somewhere, then you would not be surprised to know that they are almost the same as the ones we have seen on the LG V30. Furthermore, a post at XDA has confirmed that the display will be manufactured in house by LG.
Overall, the rest of the design is similar to both the 2016 Pixel phones and the Pixel 2, with the device featuring a metal and glass backing. Still, what is different than last year is that the Pixel XL 2 will have less glass and more metal and most likely won’t offer support for wireless charging.
Android Police’s reports have mentioned the device having a squeezable frame just as the HTC U11, which will enable the users to interact with their phones by squeezing the sides together. However, we have to wait till the official reveal to see if Google will implement this feature. When it comes to charging, the device uses USB-C port, and it is possible to use the top headset speaker as a stereo speaker, similar to the feature of the iPhone 7, and there is high probability that the device will miss a headphone jack just as the Pixel 2.
Last year when Google unveiled the Pixel series, they have shocked everyone. The phones were characterized as overall excellent Android device, which was an adequate replacement for the Nexus line. On top of that, the resale value of the Pixel phones remained excellent and constant.
There is no doubt that everyone is excited to see what Google has in store for their current device, and if the rumors have prove to be true, then the Pixel XL 2 may be one of the best smartphones released this year, combining both the speed which is never seen on an Android phone before, and amazing 2017 design aesthetics.
There is no doubt that Google’s new Pixel series will face a hard competition from the rivals such as Samsung, Apple and LG, but we do hope that this phone by Google will not fail to impress us all.