Google was not fully-ready to announce any new Pixel hardware anytime soon, but the company’s Hardware SVP did confirm that a Pixel 2 is indeed in the making and it will debut later this year.
A new report recently said that Google is testing several variants of Pixel 2 smartphones, including the one codenamed Pixel 2B focused on emerging markets. Google’s SVP for hardware Rick Osterloh talked about the Pixel in the future. The former Motorola executive revealed that Google has some issues with Pixel and Pixel XL manufacturing right now. There are two few devices to meet the demand, and some sort of bottleneck preventing the company it for tinkering and fixing it. However, it’s unclear what exactly is causing these manufacturing issues.
As for Pixel 2, Osterloh wouldn’t able to confirm a release date timeframe, rather he did indicate the next phone should arrive a year after its predecessor. The Google Pixel is fast, but also Google Pixel 2 will indeed to be much faster, and expected to come with a smaller bezels on the top and bottom display.
“There is an annual rhythm in the industry. So, you can count on us to follow it,” the Google executive said. “You can count on a successor this year, even if you don’t hear a date from me now.”
The Pixel 2 rumors hints at a 5-inch 2K display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor, and according to the predictions, the Google Pixel 2 will get IP67-or–IP68 rated waterproof and dust resistance certification, which is one feature present on most of the flagships and was missing in the 2016’s Pixel and XL. Also Read: Google Assistant Starts Rolling Out To Android Marshmallow And Nougat Devices, Here’s What You Require
The Pixel 2’s waterproof elements will allow for submersion of the device up to 1 to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes. This time in, the search giant will fully focus on camera department in order to improve low-light photography.
The cheapest Pixel currently costs £599 and the Pixel XL today costs £719, so we can expect at least $50 increase on this unannounced Pixel 2 due to improvements it is making to the next-generation device, which may be priced at $699.
This is what Osterloh made absolutely clear is that the Pixel 2017 will continue to have a high asking price. The Pixel “stays premium” he noted.
Finally, the main course here is the Pixel 2 – definitely to have guts to fight the iPhone 8, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 this year, so it’s certainly be interesting to see what Google’s hardware department is working on. Stay tuned for more!
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