It hasn’t been long since Google launched their first generation Pixel phones after ditching the popular nexus lineup of smartphones.
Google Pixel and Google Pixel Xl received great reviews from tech reviewers around the globe and now these smartphones act as a primary phone for most of them which are a proof of the popularity of these phones around the globe.
Some of the highlights of the first gen Google Pixel phones are:
- Premium Aluminium Chasis
- Highest rated smartphone camera ever( 89 DxOMark Rating)
- Exclusive Google-Assitant
- Fast charging technology ( 7 hours of juice in 15 minutes of charging)
- Latest Android updates
Google Pixel 2: What to expect?
Everyone had a lot of expectations about the first phone from Google, now some of them were satisfied but a majority of them had some issues with the phones, some didn’t like those huge bezels at the bottom and the top, some wanted the IP68 protection and several other features on which the pixel phones came shortly.
So when it comes to Pixel 2, the expectations will be double and Google would have to up their game to satisfy all those tech geeks.
So to make a dent in the high-end smartphone market, Google will have to do more than just upgrading the hardware.
Here are some of the expected features of Google Pixel 2.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- Improved fast charging (Quick charge 4.0 support)
- 4K display
- Latest Android 8.0
- IP68 ( Dust and waterproof)
- 4K Display
Now let’s take a look at the expected specifications of the Google Pixel 2.
|Display||5 inch on Pixel 2 and 5.5 inch on Pixel 2 XL|
|Display Properties||Resolution of 2556x 1440 pixels|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
Octa-core 2.45 Ghz
|8x Qualcomm Kyro cores|
|SD card slot||No|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor,Proximity sensor|
|Connectivity||4G LTE, 3G WCDMA, 2G GSM, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi, GLONASS|
|Primary Camera||13MP rear camera|
|Secondary Camera||8MP front camera|
|Battery Capacity||3500 mAh|
|Charging Time||5 hours of juice in 5 minutes of charging|
|Colors||Quite Black, really Blue, Very Silver|
|Price||$749 for Pixel 2|
$899 for Pixel 2 XL
Design and Feel
Now even though the last year’s pixel phones had huge bezels on the front and the top, also the phones were not on the slimmer side but they still had a very premium look and feel to them, Google used high-class materials to give you that rich feel when you hold the device in your hand.
Now all of these flaws in the design would be taken care of by Google with the Pixel 2, we can expect a bezel-less display with more customization options like we see with the Moto phones by using Moto Shells.
Google will try to perfect the design of the last year’s pixel phones, so we could see a slimmer and compact looking devices this year.
The Pixel Xl featured a 5.5 inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440 x 256 pixels and a pixel density of 534ppi which resulted in a crisp looking display with great color reproduction.
The colors look natural and vivid on both the pixel phones, there were rumors about the Pixel 2 that stated that the device might feature a 4K display but that hardly seems to be true as the 4K display will put a lot of pressure on the battery life of the phone.
We don’t expect much to be changed when it comes to displaying but we could see a boost in resolution and also some new display features such as Active Display.
Processor, RAM, and Storage
One of the major highlights with all the flagship phones of this year will be the all new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor which is the best ever from Qualcomm till date.
The Pixel and the Pixel Xl are already one of the fastest smartphones right now and it would be really interesting to see how much smoother and faster the phones will get with the Snapdragon 835 running under the Hood.
The Pixel phones feature 4GB of RAM which seems to more than enough to run everything you throw at your device pretty smoothly, The chances of 6GB of RAM in this year pixel phones seems vague as of now.
We could see an another storage option with the Pixel 2 with a new 64GB model along with the 32GB and 128GB one, or we could see a bigger 256GB model as well.
The last year Pixel phones featured the Highest rated smartphone camera ever and this year we could see some new features such as Dual Lens or Dual Camera setup as we have seen earlier in the Apple iPhone 7 Plus.
Samsung Galaxy S8 is surely going to beat the pixel’s record of highest rated smartphone camera so it would be interesting to see how Google makes a comeback with next gen devices later this year.
One of the major highlights of the last year Pixel phones were the fast charging technology which promises to give you 7 hours of juice in just 15 mins of charging, well the Pixel delivered on this promise and this year Pixel phones are going to be much better when it comes to battery.
There will be a significant increase in battery capacity at least with the XL model, also with Quick Charge 4.0 support claims are already being made that this time just 5 mins of charging will give you a 5-hour battery life.
Also, we could see support for wireless charging as well.
It is very likely that Google will reveal the new pixel phones along with Android 8.0, so a release date in mid of October or early November seems very likely.
The new devices will be up for pre-orders on the date of their announcement with a 2-week shipping date.
The phone will be available to buy in India via Amazon.in and Flipkart.com and also via retail stores such as Croma and Reliance Digital stores from December onwards.
One thing which took every nexus lover by surprise was the pricing of Google Pixel, the nexus series was popular for providing top-notch hardware and software combo at an affordable price.
But Google went all pricey with the pixel phones and priced them to compete with the likes of Apple iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, we could expect a similar pricing strategy for Pixel 2 as well.
Here are the expected pricing details for the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
|Country||Pixel 2||Pixel Xl|
|India||₹ 56,999.00||₹ 65,999.00|
|Germany||EUR 699||EUR 839|
|Europe||EUR 699||EUR 839|
Note- The pricing is for the 32GB model. For further updates about the Google Pixel 2, stay tuned.