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Google just launched its back-to-school promotion for the original Pixel smartphones, and you can get a pretty decent discount on the original price of Google’s first two Pixel phones.
While that’s a great deal, you might want to hold off – we could be expecting the Pixel’s successor within the next few months. If you want the latest and greatest at all times, you may want to wait a little while, especially if Google’s Pixel discounts aren’t as steep as you hoped.
Overall, it looks like we can expect some decent improvements in the Pixel 2 over the original Pixel, including in its camera and design. We’re also expecting Google to fill some gaps in features, like water resistance, in the Pixel 2.
There’s also perhaps some bad news, at least for some. It’s looking more and more like the Pixel 2 smartphones won’t come with a headphone jack.
Check out everything we know about Google’s new Pixel 2 smartphones:
There will be two new Pixel models.
At first, it was rumored that Google had two new Pixel models with the code names “Muskie” and “Walleye.” Most recently, however, it appears that Google has canceled Muskie, which was supposed to be the larger of the two devices. Muskie has been replaced with an even larger model with the code name “Taimen,” according to Android Police.
The larger model will have a huge screen.
According to XDA, a mobile-developer website, the larger Pixel model will have a 5.99-inch display with a 1440p (2K) resolution.
The larger model will be made by LG.
- Ben Gilbert / Tech Insider
9to5Google found a bug report that suggests LG will manufacture Google’s larger Pixel 2 model.
The larger model could have stereo speakers, but that could come with a compromise.
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XDA first claimed that Google may add a second speaker to the larger Pixel 2, making for a stereo audio setup. However, adding that second speaker may cost the larger Pixel 2 its headphone jack.
Most recently, prolific gadgets leaker Evan Blass from VentureBeat says he’s confident that Google will, indeed, ditch the headphone jack on the Pixel 2 smartphones. Renders of the devices, created by tech site MySmartPrice in collaboration with prolific gadgets leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer (@onleaks on Twitter), also support this rumor.
The smaller Pixel 2 will have a more modest screen.
- Darren Weaver
According to XDA, the smaller Pixel 2 model will have a 4.97-inch screen with a more basic 1080p resolution.
The smaller model is said to be made by HTC, the manufacturer behind the original Google Pixel.
It’s believed throughout the rumor mill that HTC will manufacture the smaller Pixel model.
Unlike the original Pixel models, the new Pixels will have different designs.
The larger Pixel model is said to be a more premium device, with a higher-end design and thinner borders around the display, according to XDA. Android Police further fuelled the rumors by suggesting the borders around the Pixel XL 2’s display will be narrower than the original’s.
Supposedly, Google will keep the original Pixel’s glass panel on the back of the device but make it smaller on the larger Pixel 2.
The differing designs line up nicely with the rumors that two manufacturers will be producing the new Pixel smartphones. Similarly, the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones that came out before the original Pixels were also made by two manufacturers: The 5X, made by LG, had a decidedly different design than the 6P, made by Huawei.
Both devices will run on powerful processors and average RAM.
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Both Pixel 2 models will have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor currently found in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the OnePlus 5, which means they’ll have plenty of power. That said, the Snapdragon 835 will be an older chip by the time the new Pixels are announced.
XDA also mentioned both models would come with 4 GB of RAM, which is about average for premium Android smartphones. It should be sufficient for switching among several apps in a day.
The Pixel 2 phones will have great cameras.
According to 9to5Google, a good chunk of Google’s Pixel 2 development is centered on the camera. Supposedly, Google is looking to “master” low-light photography. The camera is also said to have a relatively conservative megapixel count, compensated with “extra features.”
The original Pixels’ camera is already excellent, so we’re excited to see what improvements Google will implement.
VentureBeat’s Evan Blass doesn’t believe the Pixel 2 smartphones will come with a dual-lens camera system, which is becoming more common in premium flagship devices like the LG G6, OnePlus 5, and iPhone 7 Plus.
The Pixel 2 smartphones might be water-resistant.
The original Pixels lacked water resistance, but “waterproofing” is “definitely” coming to the Pixel 2 phones, according to a source who spoke with Stephen Hall, 9to5Google’s managing editor.
Little tidbit we were told in October last year that I forgot about: “Waterproofing definitely coming with next Pixel device.”
— Stephen Hall (@hallstephenj) January 25, 2017
The Google Pixel 2 line-up will probably be released in October, and details about pricing are still too inconsistent to be useful.
Google announced the original Pixel in October 2016, so we’d expect the new models to be announced around October this year.