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Google Pixel 2 Rumors: Release Date, Features and More

Google Pixel 2 Rumors at a Glance

  • Could be three models this year instead of two
  • Should be released in October
  • Expect a curved OLED Screen
  • Waterproof design
  • Snapdragon 835 processor
  • Replacement for XL will be priced higher than current model

Three Models?

A report from German site WinFuture picked up by Slashgear says that Google may be working on three Google Pixel phones for 2017. The codenames are supposedly Walleye, Muskie and Taimen.
All three are names of fish, and Walleye is believed to be the smallest of the bunch, and Muskie could be the replacement for the Google Pixel XL. Because the Taimen is a larger fish, it could possibly be a Pixel 2 XXL or maybe even a small tablet.

Release Date

We now know the Google Pixel 2 will come out in 2017. Rick Osterloh, VP of Hardware at Google, confirmed it in an interview at this year's Mobile World Congress. Osterloh didn't explain exactly when, but guaranteed it, stating "You can count on a successor this year, even if you don't hear a date from me now."
The original Google Pixel and Pixel XL were released in October, so it's reasonable to expect that the sequels will arrive around the same time. This would also give Google a little bit of a buffer between the launch of its new devices and the much anticipated iPhone 8.


An earlier report from 9 to 5 Google said that Google will offer a lower-cost Pixel 2 aimed at the masses. But Google's Osterloh seemed to refute that when he noted that the company has no plans to make it less expensive, stating that "the Pixel stays premium."
The replacement for the Pixel XL could command a higher premium than today's model, says TechRadar, which currently starts at $769. The entry-level Pixel costs $649.


The same report from Slashgear notes that the next wave of Google Pixel phones will sport Qualcomm's MSM8995 chipset, which is the Snapdragon 835 platform. We've already seen how fast the Galaxy S8 can be, and it's no surprise that Google's flagships will feature the same processor.
The 835 chip is also quite efficient, so you should expect the Pixel 2 phones to last longer on a charge than their predecessors. The Pixel XXL is already on our list of the longest lasting phones.


The Pixel 2 will "definitely" come with waterproofing technology, 9 to 5 Google's Stephen Hall said in a tweet on Jan. 25. He said that he was told about the feature back in October, but "forgot about" it.

Hall added that the source, who wasn't identified in the report, told him that Google decided against offering waterproofing in the first model because of a "time constraint." He went on to say that Google was having trouble getting the hardware waterproof in time and for the right price.
Another report from 9to5Google suggests that the Pixel 2 will ditch the headphone jack.


The Pixel 2 could also introduce a curved display. According to an April report from Korean outlet ETNews, Google is looking to secure access to flexible OLED technology from LG Display, which could give the Pixel 2 a slick curved screen that brings it up to speed with the Galaxy S8.

The Competition

The Google Pixel line is Google's answer to Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy S devices, offering big screens, ample power, and high-end cameras. And while debate rages over how well they'll sell as time goes on and they face more competition, they're clearly designed to be flagship handsets for anyone who wants a top-notch Android experience.

Looking ahead, the Google Pixel 2 will need to face off with powerful competitors, including the iPhone 8, which could make an appearance before the Pixel 2 this fall. According to rumors, the iPhone 8 could come with an all-new all-glass design, curved screen, and smarter Siri.

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