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With its superb camera and elegant design, the phones.(and its larger counterpart, the ) 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
Other than 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.(see the promo below) Google hasn't released a lot of info about the next Pixel. Unofficially known as the
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, 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 theand 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(likely in preparation for the new Pixel).The Pixel 2 will have improvements all around
As new camera tech andbecome available, the next generation of phones will likely be better than the last. Some 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), considerslike 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.
Pixel 2 could have squeezable edges
There is talk about the Assistant., similar to the '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 .) In the Pixel's case, there's been speculation that squeezing the phone could launch Google
HTC may help build the phone (again)
Just like the original Pixel, 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 . Meanwhile, the Pixel 2 XL will be reportedly built by LG.to help build the phone (though Google will likely keep credit about the design). This is according to reputable phone leaker
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 Evan Blass. Different pubs dispute this claim, however, believing instead that , the chip that powers high-end Android phones such as the Galaxy Note 8.and possibly the Taiwanese chipset maker MediaTek. If Google does go with Qualcomm, the new Pixel might be equipped with -- at least according to
Pixel 2 might lose the headphone jack
Pixel 2 will launch with Android Oreo
Last year's Pixel ran Android 7.0 Nougat. But now that the next software update,, is already , 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 2like the , the and the . It'll also go against Apple's new and the snazzier , 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.