Google’s original Pixel smartphone is so good that it could be easy to forget to check the latest rumours surrounding its successor, which we’ll call the Pixel 2 for now.
While the rumour mill doesn’t focus as much on Google’s Pixel phones as it does on devices like the next iPhone or Galaxy phone, there still are a few rumoured details worth sharing.
Overall, it looks like we can expect some decent improvements 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.
Check out everything we know about Google’s new Pixel 2 smartphones:
At first, it was rumoured 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 be made by LG, and could have stereo speakers, but that could come with a compromise.
The site 9to5Google found a bug report that suggests that LG will manufacture Google's larger Pixel 2 model. XDA claims 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.
It's believed throughout the rumour mill that HTC will manufacture the smaller Pixel model.
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. 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 rumours 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 Pixel 2 models will have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor currently found in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the OnePlus 5, which means they will 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.
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.
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
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