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Google Pixel 2 lands Oct. 17

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Editors' note: Google officially unveiled its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones. Be sure to check out all our Google event coverage. 

With its superb camera and elegant design, the Google Pixel (and its larger counterpart, the Pixel XL) hit it out of the park last year. So it's no surprise that Google wants to keep the good times rolling with its pair of premium flagship phones

Other than officially launching on Wednesday, Oct. 4 (see the promo below) Google hasn't released a lot of info about the next Pixel. Unofficially known as the Pixel 2, rumors say that it'll have a slimmer design and an even better camera. Until its unveiling, however, we've gathered all the facts, rumors and leaks we know about the phone so far. Be sure to check back as more information rolls out; we'll keep the updates coming.

Editors' note: This article was originally published on July 25 and has since been updated with new rumors.

Pixel 2 will come in 3 colors

Thanks to a major leak on Sept. 20, we're pretty sure the Pixel 2 will come in three colors: "kinda blue," "clearly white" and "just black," while the Pixel 2 XL will only come in white and black. It'll have a similar design to last year, retaining the two-toned coloring of the back and the fingerprint reader.

Pixel 2 XL will be pricier

Back in March, Google's Osterloh said that the Pixel will stay premium and rumors anticipated a $50 price increase. But according to the Sept. 20 leak, starting prices will remain about the same when the phone first launches. For the Pixel 2, pricing was listed at $650 (roughly £480 or AU$810) for 64GB (that's more memory than last year's 32GB) and $750 (roughly £555 or AU$935) for 128GB. As for the Pixel 2 XL, 64GB and 128GB of storage will go for $850 (roughly £630 or AU$1,060) and $950 (roughly £700 or AU$1,185), respectively. That's a $70 to $80 jump compared to the original XL.

And FYI, Google recently discounted the original Pixel's price (likely in preparation for the new Pixel).The Pixel 2 will have improvements all around

As new camera tech and improved chipsets become available, the next generation of phones will likely be better than the last. Some specific rumors about an improved Pixel 2 speculate that the phone will be water-resistant and that the camera will be packed with more features (though leaks show no dual rear camera setup). Google will also likely outfit it with a faster processor (more on that below).

Pixel 2 could have a slimmer design

Photos of the Pixel from the Sept. 20 leak didn't show the phones' front sides or disclose their measurements. But another, older rendering of the next Pixel XL gave more detail, showing the XL with a larger, 6-inch display and thinner bezels. It also looks more rectangular with sharper corners.

Another rendering (this time in video form), considers different possible colors like red and teal, though we highly doubt those colors will come through. Blue, which is one of the original colors of the Pixel, is also included.


Like the HTC U11, the new Pixel may have edges you can squeeze.


Pixel 2 could have squeezable edges

There is talk about the Pixel 2 coming with a squeezable frame, similar to the HTC U11's. This means the frame is pressure-sensitive, and when you hold it tightly you can do things like launch the camera, turn on the flashlight or open an app of your choice. (Check out this video of how it works on the HTC U11.) In the Pixel's case, there's been speculation that squeezing the phone could launch Google Assistant.

HTC may help build the phone (again)

Just like the original Pixel, Google may partner up with HTC again to help build the phone (though Google will likely keep credit about the design). This is according to reputable phone leaker Evan Blass, who also leaked two pictures of what the upcoming phone may look like. It's also expected to have a pair of front-facing stereo speakers and the aforementioned squeezable frame. Meanwhile, the Pixel 2 XL will be reportedly built by LG.

Pixel 2 might have Snapdragon 836... or not

Various rumors have been floating around regarding the phone's processor. At first, it was believed the company was testing out chips from Qualcomm, Intel and possibly the Taiwanese chipset maker MediaTek. If Google does go with Qualcomm, the new Pixel might be equipped with Qualcomm's as yet unannounced Snapdragon 836 chipset -- at least according to Evan Blass. Different pubs dispute this claim, however, believing instead that the phone will feature the Snapdragon 835, the chip that powers high-end Android phones such as the Galaxy Note 8.

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Pixel 2 might lose the headphone jack

Like the Apple iPhone 8s and Motorola's Moto Z2 lineup, the Pixel 2 may be ditching the headphone jack, according to renderings from OnLeaks and My Smart Price. The unverified mage also shows the phone with a slimmer top and bottom bezel, but keeping the rear fingerprint reader and glass panel on the back.

Pixel 2 will launch with Android Oreo

Last year's Pixel ran Android 7.0 Nougat. But now that the next software update, Android Oreo, is already rolling out to some Android phones, it's highly probable that the next Pixel will have Oreo. This means the phone may natively feature picture-in-picture apps for multitasking, new app notifications and improved copy-and-paste built in.

The Pixel 2 faces stiff competition from Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S8, the OnePlus 5 and the LG V30. It'll also go against Apple's new iPhone 8 and the snazzier iPhone X, the latter of which has both wireless charging and an edge-to-edge display. Though the Pixel will get a boost from Google's branding and ecosystem, as well as its timely software updates, it'll need extra additions -- like the possibility of water resistance and a better camera -- to be even more competitive.

CNET will be on the ground reporting from the Oct. 4 event, so stay tuned for more details.

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