With its superb camera and elegant design, the(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 phones. The company’s hardware chief, Rick Osterloh, . While he didn’t say exactly when, we’d guess it’ll launch some time in October, a year after the Pixel was born. (If you want something more specific, there’s speculation .)
We don’t know much about the next Pixel (unofficially known as the Pixel 2), but rumors say that it’ll have a slimmer design and an even better camera. Until its unveiling, however, we’ve gathered all the facts and rumors we know about the phone so far. Be sure to check back as more information rolls out; we’ll keep the updates coming.
The Pixel 2 will have improvements all around
As new camera tech and 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. Google will also likely outfit it with a faster processor (more on that below).become available, the next generation of phones will likely be better than the last. Some
It 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 blogger and notable leak reporter
The phone 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 .) In the Pixel’s case, there’s been speculation that squeezing the phone could launch Google Assistant.
It could have a slimmer design
Recently, a rendering of the next Pixel XL made its rounds, giving us more detail about what the next pair of phones could look like. It showed the XL with a larger, 6-inch display and thinner bezels. It also looks more rectangular with sharper corners and the signature glass shade on the back is shorter, vertically.
Another rendering (this time in video form), considers different possible colors like red and teal. Blue, which is one of the original colors of the Pixel, is also included.
HTC may help build the Pixel (again)
Just like the original Pixel, squeezable frame.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
The Pixel 2 might lose the headphone jack
It’ll likely be more expensive…
Though Google(likely in preparation for the new Pixel), at launch it costed $650, £599 and AU$1,079 unlocked. It also doesn’t look like the new one will be any cheaper., especially since Google’s Osterloh said that the . Rumors anticipate a $50 increase, but no exact pricing has been mentioned.
…but there may be a cheaper option
If the Pixel 2 sounds too expensive for you, Google may be considering a more budget-friendly Pixel. Known internally as the Pixel 2B, this phone is rumored to have lower-tiered hardware to go with its cheaper price tag.
The 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 likely 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.
By its purported launch in October, the Pixel 2 willlike the , the OnePlus 5 and the LG G6. It’ll also go against the next , which is rumored to feature wireless charging and an edge-to-edge display (neither of which the Pixel has). 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.