The following front runner phone( s) from Google will likely arrive later on this year, yet we’re currently considering what the Google Pixel 2 and also Pixel 2 XL may have in shop for us.
The search giant has performed with the Nexus line and in its place the company has actually developed a somewhat more costs, and also much extra conventional range.
We’re talking, of program, regarding the Google Pixel and also the larger Google Pixel XL, two premium handsets focused on the exact same market as the iPhone 7 and also Samsung Galaxy S7.
They were a solid first shot also, racking up high in our reviews, but they stumbled in some locations and also perhaps didn’t rather accumulate to their rivals.
But Google makes sure to gain from its errors and also make the Pixel 2 even better.
To help it along, we’ve generated a checklist of the specifications and also functions we most want to see, along with rate what we’re likely to see, and also as news as well as reports inevitably start to roll in we’ll add those to this post too.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The next of Google’s Pixel phones
- When is it out? Late 2017, possibly October
- What will it cost? A front runner rate is all but guarenteed
Google Pixel 2 release date as well as price
- Pixel 2 launch date likely to be October
- Expect a front runner cost too
The Google Pixel as well as Pixel XL were both introduced in October 2016, so we’d anticipate to see the Pixel 2 about a year later on, in or around October 2017.
Although the Pixel line is brand-new, it’s improving the now defunct Nexus range, which likewise often tended to have a new phone in around September or October of each year.
There’s no word on what the brand-new model will set you back, however the old one began at $649 (£599, AU$1,079), or $769 (£719, AU$ 1,269) for the XL version, so similar prices wouldn’t be surprising.
Google Pixel 2 news and rumors
There are exactly zero Pixel 2 rumors so far, yet we could take an educated rate several of the important things we’re likely to see.
For instance, the Snapdragon 835 resembles the chipset of option for 2017 flagships, so there’s a likelihood the Pixel 2 will make use of that, though with a likely late 2017 launch Google might select something also more recent. It’s additionally likely to have 6GB of RAM, as that too is reported for a number of phones.
One thing we could be very certain of is that the Pixel 2 will certainly run whatever the most up to date variation of Android goes to the moment, and there’s a great chance that it will certainly launch together with Android O.
Elsewhere, the Pixel 2 is likely to improve exactly what came in the past and also include missing attributes – don’t be surprised if it’s water immune this time around, and the screen on the conventional Pixel 2 could be enhanced to a QHD resolution.
That would bring it in accordance with the Pixel XL, particularly as Google has actually placed the range as developed for its Vision Virtual Reality platform, for which those additional pixels would truly assist the aesthetic experience.
Google also heavily marketed the Pixel on its video camera skills, so more enhancements there are likely, but the company may stick to what works – which could mean the exact same 12.3 MP sensor.
What we want to see
The above is what we’re anticipating to see, however the complying with is just what we’d like to see, if the Google Pixel 2 is to actually thrill us.
1. A lower price
The Pixel and also Pixel XL are high-end phones, but they have beyond premium costs, with the XL setting you back greater than nearly anything outside the apple iphone 7 And also, as well as the standard Pixel rivaling various other flagships in cost, regardless of not matching all their specs.
If Google actually wishes to make these phones mainstream, after that for the Pixel 2 it requires to slash the rate. Apple is a huge name in hardware already, so it can escape wallet-worrying prices, however Google’s Pixel brand still has to grow.
2. A sharper screen
The original Pixel has just a 1080p display, which isn’t quite a flagship specification when most rivals (consisting of the Pixel XL) have actually QHD ones. It’s likewise troublesome when the Pixel is positioned as a VR-friendly phone, yet doesn’t quite have the pixels to back that up.
So we’d want to see a QHD display on the Pixel 2, and also perhaps also a 4K display on the Pixel 2 XL – though only if it doesn’t destroy the battery.
3. A stylish build
The Google Pixel has a premium as well as distinct look, with a metal as well as glass back, yet it’s likewise a slightly unusual and also disruptive one, so we’d like to see it rethought for the Google Pixel 2.
There’s absolutely nothing incorrect with glass, or steel, or even both with each other, yet the style has to be natural, where on the Pixel it looks a bit like they’ve just incorporated both products for the purpose of it.
4. Water resistance
Water resistance still isn’t an attribute of all flagship phones, however it’s progressively going in this way, with even the iPhone 7 showing off a particular quantity, so the Pixel having none (beyond being splash-resistant) was unfortunate.
Hopefully that will be altered for the Google Pixel 2, and also we’ll obtain a phone that a minimum of matches the very best waterproofing on current phones – that means IP68 qualification, however if it could go even further as well as be totally water resistant, then all the better.
5. Better battery life
It seems like we’re asking for far better battery life from virtually every phone, but the Pixel is particularly in requirement, frequently calling for a top-up midway through an evening.
That’s not great at any type of cost, however specifically not on a flagship, so we intend to see large renovations in life from the Pixel 2.
6. Stereo speakers
As with waterproofing, this is an additional thing that not all front runners have, however it’s certainly something we prefer to see, or hear.
While we’d constantly instead make use of headphones for sound on a phone, that’s not constantly sensible, so a beefy pair of stereo audio speakers can make all the distinction. With any luck the Google Pixel 2 will have them.
7. Assistant improvements
Google Assistant was among the main selling factors of the Pixel, but while it’s definitely excellent, it doesn’t feel quite like the 2.0 upgrade to Google Since it was billed as.
Among various other things we want it to constantly notice the ‘OK Google’ wake command the first time we claim it, and to be able to understand just what we’re asking every time, even when we speak quick or in loud environments.
It’s pretty good now, however the moments when it fails make us want we hadn’t asked at all.
- The iPhone 8 could be the Pixel 2’s biggest rival.