Will it come with the Snapdragon 835, or Google’s own processor?

Google Pixel 2 A bigger and better successor rumoured to be launched in October
Atom Tech Shorts Monday, May 01, 2017 - 19:23

After the successful launch of Google Pixel and Pixel XL last year, there was no official communication about its successor except the confirmation that there will be one. But most recently, leaks and rumors have brought out more information on the next flagships from the Google Pixel stable.

Proxy names and size indications

According to those who keep a close eye on these developments, the company has the habit of using names of fish as code names to the phones when they are in the conceptual and designing stages. Following that practice, reports suggest that the soon to be launched Pixel phones are being termed “Muskie” and “Walleye”. Some reports even talk of a third and larger phone codenamed “Taimen”. Of the 2, “Walleye” is expected to be the smaller phone and “Muskie” the bigger one. The general expectation is that the phones will be named Google Pixel 2 and 2B. But one has to wait and watch. Again there is absolutely no information on the exact sizes of display the two phones will come with.

What we know so far

Connecting some dots from elsewhere, speculators have been able to gather information and confirm that the main processor to be fitted on the new Pixel phones will be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835; the latest and the same as Samsung has used in its Galaxy S8 & S8 +. The same sources hasten to point out that when Google launched the Pixel phones last year they carried the Snapdragon 821 which was ahead of the then released Samsung flagship which had 820. This time round therefore, such an edge would be missing. Again, rumors abound of Google working on developing its own processor, but it might not be ready and tested in time to be fitted on the Pixel 2, which is likely to be launched probably in October 2017.

On the display front, the rumors suggest that Google could go in for an OLED display procured from LG but these are mainly in the realm of speculation.

Yet another report speaks of Google’s plans to do away with the headphone jack and go in for the USB-C Port instead.

With regard to the camera, sources indicate that as it did with the Pixel last time, these versions will also have some superior camera set up, not necessarily in terms of the megapixels but other features to enhance the photography experience for the users of the new range of Pixel phones.

Lastly, the Google Pixel 2 range of phones to be launched later this year is expected to have the water resistance certification, like IP 67 or IP 68. This is more or less confirmed since Google had made some commitments in last year’s Google event.

Going by the past practice, one can expect the new Google Pixel phones to be released in October 2017 as indicated above. The expectation is also that the larger of the 2 phones might be priced at levels higher that the predecessor version.

However, these are only media reports based on some inside information and information from component vendors. The official confirmation and further details are yet to come.

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