The next generation of Google Pixel smartphones are likely to be unveiled next month and we are now getting more leaks about the handsets as we approach the launch. As per the new set of leaks, the Pixel 2 smartphone will come with IP68 water resistance, will lack a 3.5mm headphone jack, and the camera on the handset will reportedly offer electronic image stabilisation (EIS) instead of optical image stabilisation (OIS) – just like the Pixel and Pixel XL. Further, renders of the Pixel 2 smartphone have also been leaked.
9To5Google has now obtained information about the upcoming Pixel smartphones as well as render of the standard variant of the smartphone. As per this information, the Pixel 2 smartphone will be offered in 64GB and 128GB storage variants and the handset will feature a 4.97-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display that will have thick bezels on top as well as bottom just like its previous generation.
As per Venture Beat’s report, HTC has been assigned to manufacture the smaller of the two models and while it will be binging its front-facing stereo speakers (BoomSound) and EdgeSense features to the Pixel series, it will not be introducing edge-to-edge displays to Google Pixel. However, LG has been assigned with the task of manufacturing Pixel XL’s successor, aka Google Pixel XL 2, and will be implementing narrow bezels on the smartphone, just like on its LG G6 smartphone.
Unfortunately, one of the things that Venture Beat is quite sure about is that Google will be ditching 3.5mm headphone jack with the upcoming generation of Pixel smartphones and instead will be using other connectivity options to fill in the gap.
Separately, Google has slashed the prices for both Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones as we lead up to the launch of the next generation in few months’ time. Google Pixel’s 32GB model is now available with $125 discount at $524 (roughly Rs. 33,400) while the same storage variant of Pixel XL smartphone is down $200 from its launch price and now retailing for $569 (roughly Rs.36,300), as per a report by Android Central. Additionally, the search giant is also offering a free Google Daydream VR headset along with every Pixel purchase to sweeten the deal.
In terms of software, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have been tipped to come with Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box. The Ambient Always-On Display on the device has been tampered by the publication in order to protect the identity of the source. The Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 smartphones have been tipped to be launched on October