Google Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL - What Do We Know?

Thursday, 28th September, 2017 - 16:48

Launching on October 4th Google's next iteration of the Pixel range, the aptly named Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, will be unveiled. It seems that a lot of the specs have been leaked early, so we take a look at what the Pixel 2 may include before it's officially showcased. 

It is widely suggested that Google have gone down a similar route as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone X with the Pixel 2 XL featuring a curved QHD screen with no home key and minimal bezel, improving on the design of the original Pixel. 

The Pixel 2 XL will likely utilise the Snapdragon 835 chip, making it one of the most powerful handsets available on the market at launch. 

Google also seem to have gone down Apple's route of doing away with the standard headphone jack, but also features dual-stereo speakers.  It is also thought to have a single lens rear camera and Optical Image Stabilisation on the front and rear cameras. 

One of the more interesting rumours is that it would feature an E-Sim card slot which would allow you to change networks without changing the actual sim card, although this does seem a little unlikely. It is also said to feature the long-awaited 'Active Edge' which will allow you to interact with certain applications by squeezing the device, which would be an interesting innovation. 

The Pixel XL 2 could feature a fingerprint scanner and be IP67 resistant. It is likely to include Gorilla Glass 5 and a larger 3,520mAh capacity battery. 

It seems as if the Pixel 2 will be similar to the XL 2, but in a smaller package. It is rumoured to have a flat 1080p screen, and a slightly smaller battery at 2,700mAh capacity. 

Another interesting rumour is that purchasing either the Pixel 2 or Pixel XL 2 will offer unlimited Google Cloud storage until 2023, which seems like a very appealing bonus. 

We will find out if there are any truth to these rumours on October 4th, but it seems as if the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will include quite a few changes from the original Pixel, so keep an eye out for it. Will the Pixel 2 be able to compete with the iPhone X when they both hit the shelves? Only time will tell. 


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