The Pixel 2 is expected to have 4GB RAM and be powered by a Snapdragon 835 chipset.

Google to launch its second-generation Pixel smartphones on October 4Image for representation
Atom Tech Shorts Friday, September 15, 2017 - 17:58

Google's second-generation Pixel phones would be officially unveiled on October 4, the company has revealed.

A new video and website launched by Google asks smartphone owners to "stay tuned for more on October 4."

"This date lines up with last year's announcement of the original Pixel devices which took place on October 4," Evan Blass, a famed and highly-accurate leakster, had earlier tweeted.

There have been reports from Android Police and XDA Developers that suggest chipset maker Qualcomm was not working on mid-cycle 836 chip this year, says a report in Ars Technica on Thursday. 

The second-gen Pixel handsets are expected to feature the same Snapdragon 835 chipset as every other high-end Android smartphone.

Rumoured specifications of Pixel 2 (or whatever it would be called officially) include 4GB RAM as well as "squeezable" pressure sensitive sides, similar to what we saw on HTC's flagship U11 smartphone.

Being tied to Google Assistant, what this means is that instead of pressing the home button or saying ‘Ok Google’, you can launch Google Assistant by just squeezing the device.

It is expected to feature IP68 water and dust resistance. 

The phone could also come with an always-on display, similar to the one found in Samsung's Galaxy S8, S8+ and the recently-launched Galaxy Note 8.

The Pixel XL 2 is said to have LG's new panel, which is expected to give the smartphone a very different look than the smaller Pixel 2. The display will be similar to that of the S8, which is an edge-to-edge display with rounded corners. However, the panel itself will be flat despite the curved glass on the left and right sides.

And like Apple, Google might be drop the headphone jack and might also launch custom Bluetooth headphones. The Pixel 2 is expected to have just a USB Type-C port on the bottom.

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