Apple launched the much-awaited iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X on September 12 and now, consumers are looking forward to yet another premium handset Google's Pixel 2 series. There have been numerous speculations and rumors regarding the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2. The two devices are anticipated to launch in time for the holiday season and a new billboard from Google has possibly revealed the launch date for the handsets.

When will the 2017 Google Pixel devices launch?

According to a PhoneArena report on September 13, a billboard went up in Boston, which hints at the launch of the Google flagship handsets this year.

On the billboard, a white background is juxtaposed with the words "Ask more of your phone" written in a black font. Underneath this text is the multicolored “G” logo that represents Google. Finally, below this logo is the date October 4.

Although the billboard does not specifically mention that the Pixel 2 and the Pixel XL 2 are going to be revealed on October 4, the billboard strongly hints at the possibility. In 2016, Google announced the Pixel smartphones in October and, therefore, the possibility of the next-gen models being unwrapped on this date are very high.

What is known about the two upcoming devices?

The Pixel 2 will allegedly be the same design as its predecessor. With a 5-inch Full HD display, the handset is expected to sport substantial bezels on the top and bottom.

An octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset may power the handset, which could also boast 4 GB of RAM. The base model may carry 64 GB of native storage, while the premium model could boast 128 GB.

The handset is expected to have a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with EIC instead of the optical image sensing technology. This will be helpful for clicking pictures in low-light conditions.

The handset will likely feature an IP68 certification for dust and water resistance and it will come with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. The handset is expected to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack, but will likely ship with a USB Type-C to 3.5mm converter cable.

On the other hand, the Google Pixel XL 2 is expected to sport a larger display, most likely with a 6-inch form factor and may also come with greater native resolution.

Most of the specs of the bigger sibling will be similar to that of the Pixel 2. Fans will likely have to wait until October 4 to find out more about both the next-generation mobile smartphones from Google.