After a week filled with #samsung galaxy Note 8 and Apple iPhone 8 leaks, it feels like a breath of fresh air hearing about Google’s next move for its own Pixel line of smartphones. With the competition stepping it up big time, how does Google plan to separate itself from the pack?

Could this be the next Google Pixel?

With more than two months to go before the first Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones turn into a year old, Google has made a #Good Job in limiting any crucial leaked information about their next Pixel handsets, that is until today. A few hours ago, Venture Beat reported what could be the first render of the #Google Pixel 2.

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The photo depicts a smartphone with huge top and chin bezels, which could be a disappointment for consumers who are waiting for the next Pixel phones to drop. This phone design by Google is deemed an unpopular choice for 2017 as top manufacturers such as Samsung, LG and Apple are going the way of bezel-less displays. Not to mention these three companies are actually Google’s biggest competitors.

Apparently, the bigger 6-inch Pixel XL 2 is reportedly the one which will have the thin bezel design, with rumors predicting it to feature an 18:9 display ratio, much like the Samsung Galaxy S8. The next line of Google Pixel 2 smartphones, unlike last year which was solely manufactured by HTC, is now built by two different OEMs.

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Differences between HTC and LG

The smaller Pixel 2 will be built by HTC, while the bigger Pixel XL 2 is assigned for LG. With the rumored differences between the Pixel 2 and the Pixel XL 2 in terms of aesthetics, it seems to make a lot of sense now as two different companies are making them.

Right now, we are yet to see a bezel-less smartphone from HTC, in fact, even their flagship HTC U11 still hasn’t adopted the current trend of bezel-less premium flagship smartphones. While LG, on the other hand, has already made its plunge with the LG G6.

Say goodbye to jack?

However, both phones are still predicted to have several similarities here and there. Despite HTC manufacturing only one device, both Pixel 2 and the Pixel XL 2 are expected to sport front-facing dual speakers. Neither devices would feature dual-camera technology and Google is rumored to remove the 3.5mm jack for both phones as well.

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 are both expected to make their debut in October or November. They are also anticipated to run Android 8.0 straight out of the box.