Google Pixel 2
Update: Images have emerged showing cases supposedly designed for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. These have revealed design differences between the two, and an unusual camera cut-out.
The next flagship phone(s) from Google likely won’t arrive until late 2017, but we’re already thinking about what the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL may have in store for us.
The search giant is done with the Nexus line and in its place the firm has created a slightly more premium, and far more mainstream range.
They were a strong first try too, scoring high in our reviews, but they stumbled in some areas and arguably didn’t quite stack up to their rivals. But Google is sure to learn from its mistakes and make the Pixel 2 even better.
Early rumors are promising, and you can read them all below, followed by a wish list of the things we want from the Pixel 2.
- What is it? The next of Google’s Pixel phones
- When is it out? Late 2017, possibly October
- What will it cost? A flagship price is all but guaranteed
- Pixel 2 release date likely to be October
- Expect a flagship price tag too
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL were both launched in October 2016, so we’d expect to see a Google Pixel 2 release date roughly a year later, in or around October 2017.
Although the Pixel line is new, it’s building on the now defunct Nexus range, which also tended to have a new handset in around September or October of each year.
Rick Osterloh, Google’s senior vice president of hardware, has confirmed there will be a new Pixel this year, though he didn’t get any more specific than that.
According to one source the Pixel 2 will apparently carry a loftier price tag than its predecessors – something we hope doesn’t turn out to be true. The old one started at $649 (£599, AU$1,079), or $769 (£719, AU$1,269) for the XL version, so it was already expensive.
TechRadar’s take: Expect the Pixel 2 in or around October with a high price – it’s unlikely to be any cheaper than the original Pixel.
- Snapdragon 835 chipset
- 4GB of RAM
- 128GB of storage A source has claimed that the Pixel 2 will have an improved camera – no surprise there and they don’t specify how it will be improved.
Elsewhere, we’ve seen images of Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL cases (pictured above), which show different camera cut-outs on the two phones, so they might not both have the same camera.A benchmark for one of the models lists a 12MP rear camera with 4K video support, and a 7MP front-facing one. That sounds like a similar setup to the 12.3MP and 8MP combo on the original Google Pixel.
TechRadar’s take: Camera and battery are anyone’s guess right now, but expect improvements to both.