The new flagship device is also expected to sport a bezel-free display.

Google Pixel 2 rumoured to be first smartphone with Snapdragon 836 SoCImage for representational purpose only
Atom Tech Shorts Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 10:11

When major smartphone manufacturers have their flagship devices in various stages of development, then rumors and speculations on the various components and features fly all around. Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 are no exception.

Even as there have been many revelations in the past, more keep coming. The latest bit of information relates to the main CPU the phones will be fitted with. At least, in so far as the Google Pixel 2 is concerned, there are reports indicating that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 836 SoC will be the processor for this phone.

It is quite possible that the other smartphone, Google Pixel XL 2 might be fitted with the Snapdragon 835 processor only as planned earlier.

Apart from this, there are other aspects of the two smartphones being discussed. The major feature will be the bezel-free display that the new flagship devices are expected to sport.

The underlying objective from Google’s perspective is to take on rival smartphones already in the market and those likely to be launched soon. These include the likes of the LG G6, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8 + and the iPhone 8 to be launched later this year. Apart from the display, there are other features being developed.    

It is widely believed that though there may not be huge variations between Snapdragon 835 and 836, there will definitely be marked enhancement in the functioning and performance of the CPU and also the GPU.

The clocking speed will be higher and there might be an overall improvement in the phone’s user experience. Some are ready to wager that when a processor is upgraded to the next level one can expect a 10-20% increase in clocking speed.

Top smartphone manufacturers work in close collaboration with the chip makers like Qualcomm to explore ways of bringing in extended battery life even with a lower sized battery. While considerable progress has been made in quick charging of batteries, the use of power even while the phone is not in use is still an issue.

Some phone makers have come up with technologies where the apps working in the background can be effectively controlled and the draining of energy from the battery optimized.

Sticking with the competition going on among the different phone companies, there is also the speculation that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 might also plump for the Snapdragon 836 SoC. Will it beat Google Pixel 2 to it? One will have to wait and watch.

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