Now that the iPhones are out in the wild, it is time to focus on what Google is planning to do this year. The Pixel 2 and the Pixel XL 2 are two of the most anticipated devices that remain to be launched this year. And right after Tim Cook dazzled the world with the iPhone X this week, Google has confirmed the launch of its flagship phones in an event next month, on October 4. Google is on an advertising blitzkrieg with synchronised online and offline adverts along with a new website to tease the new Pixel phones. The tagline this time demands users to “ask for more”. The offline ads looks like something picked up straight out of Google searches. “What’s wrong with my phone’s battery?” “Why is my phone always out of storage?” “Who does my phone take so many blurry photos?” “Who doesn’t my phone understand me?” “Why can’t my phone update itself?” “Why is my smartphone so slow?” In addition, Google also supposedly sent out official press invites to publications to attend the launch event. The new Pixels will arrive exactly a year after the first one which also launched on October 4th in 2016. So without further ado, let’s find what rumours are blowing in the wind about the Pixel 2 and the Pixel XL 2.

Update: These might be the new Pixels

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Update: These might be the new Pixels

Prominent leakster Evan Blass put up this picture on Twitter as Google readies to launch upgrades to last years Pixel smartphones. According to Evan, the company, at their October 4 event will launch the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL topped with Android 8.0. The Pixel 2 will come with a 5-inch full HD display while Pixel 2 XL will feature a 6-inch QHD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio thus adopting a slightly reduced bezel trend going up against the likes of LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8.

Evan goes on to state that both the smartphones will have more or less the same internals like 4GB RAM with 64GB/128GB storage options.

Interestingly, the Pixels will sport single 12-megapixel rear camera along with a front-facing camera and stereo speakers.

According to another report by Droid Life, the Pixel 2 will be priced at $649 and $749 while the Pixel 2 XL will go up for $849 and $949 for the 64GB/128GB storage variants respectively. Additionally, the Pixel 2 will be available from October 19 while the Pixel 2 XL will go on sale from November 15.

Moreover, right before the launch, the Pixel 2 XL was visible on the Google Playstore which gave us a good glimpse of what the phone will be about. While it doesn't add anything to what we already know, you can take it as a confirmation of what has been leaked in the renders so far.

The Play Store listing states the Pixel 2 XL will be a Verizon exclusive in the US and will sport dual front speakers and minimal bezels.

Design

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Design
The strongest rumours so far tells us that the Pixel 2 phones will be near bezel-less, but will mostly maintain the design aesthetics as the first generation. An “anonymous insider” has given us renders of the final prototypes which show the distinct bezel-less display and the same two-toned back.

However, the glass window could be shrunk and the fingerprint sensor will remain in the back, but this time in the metal part. While many are saying the headphone jack will get the axe, some are hopeful it will stay. We definitely want the 3.5mm headphone to stay.

Over the past few months, three different Google phones had popped up in the internet codenamed “walleye”, “muskie” and “taimen” leading many to believe there won’t be two, but three Pixels with one being a giant phablet of 5.99-inches. But fresh rumours now suggest that “Muskie” may have been cancelled and we are slated for just two.

Display

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Display
Google seems eager to latch on to the bezel-less trend that is taking the smartphone industry by storm. The rumours state that the Pixel XL 2 will have an 18:9 display with 2,560x1,312 resolution and a curved screen. Furthermore, LG is apparently providing Google with OLED displays for the Pixel 2 and the Pixel XL 2. LG itself is apparently making the Pixel XL 2.

Benchmark sightings state one of the Pixel 2 phones could have a 5.6-inch resolution with the 18:9 aspect ratio making the phone super widescreen like the LG G6. However, other rumours state that the Pixel 2 will have a standard 4.97-inch panel while the bigger Pixel XL 2 will have a 5.99-inch panel.

If Google uses OLED panels, there’s a strong chance that the “Always On” feature will be there as well as a new “Vivid Colours” mode.

Hardware

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Hardware
For a long time, rumours were rife that the new Pixel phones will sport a new Qualcomm Snapdragon chip but that has been debunked and the Pixel 2 will have the same flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor which has been seen on other flagship devices this year. There will be 4GB of RAM and storage could start from 64GB.

Of course, the Pixel 2 phones will run on Android 8.0 Oreo with some exclusive features reserved only for the Pixel phones. Nevertheless, Oreo will bring on board tighter security, a revamped notification settings and battery optimisations.

There are also strong rumours that the squeezable edges feature seen in the HTC U11 will be there in the Pixel 2 phones and will apparently be used to launch Google Assistant.

Camera

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Camera
Camera is where Google had put all its efforts in the last time and this time too, it is likely not going to be any different. The Pixel 2 camera is going to improve vastly and chances are, the cameras on the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL are going to be different, as seen from the cut-outs in the cases.

Benchmark reports state that one of the phones will have a 12-megapixel camera on the back and a 7-megapixel shooter on the front. Rendered images show a much bigger sensor in the Pixel 2 which leads us to believe Google is getting serious about low-light photography.

Battery

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Battery
The rumours state that the Pixel 2 will at least have a 2,770mAh battery, as big as the one on the Pixel while the Pixel 2 XL will match its predecessor with a 3,450mAh battery. Having said that, Google will likely do some software magic to optimise the phone to get more juice out of the battery.