Google Pixel gained a good reputation amongst the flagships when it was launched last year. The upcoming smartphone, the Google Pixel 2 will be the latest version of it. It will compete with the Galaxy S8 and Apple iPhone 8.

Design of the flagship

The Pixel 2 has been tipped on several occasions in the past and it is believed to retain the glass-metal combo from the previous versions. According to the Express, the new leaks show that the new model will have thinner bezels than its predecessor.

It will feature a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel like before and will come with water resistant capabilities. The smartphone is also tipped to eliminate the 3.5mm audio jack, joining the ranks of flagships, such as the iPhone 7, Moto Z and HTC U11.


Specifications of the device

The devices are expected to sport a 4.95-inch Full Hd and a 5.99-inch QHD display respectively. According to India Today, The new smartphones will be Google's first to be powered by a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 836 processor (unannounced) paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage. The smartphone will run on the Android O operating system, which is currently in development.

Earlier leaks also suggest that the Pixel 2 will borrow the squeezable 'Edge Sense' from HTC U11. There are also talks about an 'Always on display', a feature seen on the Samsung and LG smartphones.

The Google Pixel 2 is speculated to feature a more advanced camera compared to last year's model. It will pack a 12MP Rear Camera, while there will be a 7MP front-facing camera. The rear camera will be capable of recording 4K videos.

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There is no word on the battery capacity of the Pixel 2, but Google is expected to increase the battery reservoir of the phones.

Launch date and pricing

If Google plans to stick with its previous launch cycle, the Pixel 2 will see the light of day sometime in October, a month after its rivals Apple and Samsung have announced their flagship smartphones.

The Pixel 2 is said to be priced $50 higher than its predecessor and will fall in the premium segment. Last year the Pixel launched at $649 (32 GB) and $749 (128 GB), while the XL variant was selling for $769 (32 GB) and $869 (128 GB). Google might lower the price in order to increase the sales numbers, as it would make its flagship a lot more competitive device in what seems to be Chinese-smartphone dominated market. Stay tuned for more news and updates on technology.