Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) has done it again. Just before the Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL big launch, the Twitter account holder has given us our best look yet at Google’s new smartphones. Following the Pixel 2 and 2 XL specification motherlode and 24 hours prior the big launch, Blass has confirmed both are massive in very different manner.
Blass writing on VentureBeat declared “These are the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL”, are based on the high-resolution images which match up exactly with previously leaks. Has no doubt about this, Blass also has a famously impressive track record behind him.
It seems like Google Pixel 2 XL Final Images have Leaked
As for the images itself, what is most striking is how massive the new Pixels are in the entirely different ways. The Pixel 2 XL has a huge 6-inch screen (up from 5.5-inches in the Pixel XL), but less than Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s 6.3-inch display. While the Pixel 2 has disappointing massive top and bottom bezels wrapping a 5-inch display just like its predecessor.
Those bezels appears to be the number one target for detractors everywhere. Furthermore, Google also looks set to redesign the Android Oreo Home screen, putting the search bar at the bottom below the dock. It has been argued docked apps are used more often than Google searches and the bar is arguably unnecessary when the gorgeous Google Assistant can be called up from any location by simply holding the Home button (or even squeezing the sides). So if this can’t be moved we suspect there could be another backlash.
No worry, there’s a good news
First of all it was though Google has nailed the size of the Pixel 2 XL. Made by LG, it mimics the superb 6-inch LG V30 and its new 18:9 aspect ratio means it will definitely be shorter, narrower and therefore better for one handed use than the 5.5-inch Pixel XL.
Secondly, Google is said to have equipped both phones with dual front firing stereo speakers – a much needed feature that was controversially dropped after Google ended the Nexus range.
In addition to the leaks, the hardware specs for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will match most of major 2017 Android flagships. Inside both new Pixels will be a Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 835 chips, 4GB of RAM, 64GB and 128GB storage options and 12-megapixel cameras. Forgot to say about the bigger batteries.
No, Google hasn’t gone down the dual camera route of its rivals. But having raised the smartphone camera bar with the original Pixel and Pixel XL thanks to some truly remarkable image processing. Hoping that it will be high Google can do it again with the launch of Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
And now the bad news?
Blass reveals Google had hoped to fit both new Pixels with a Qualcomm SD836 chip. Meanwhile 6GB of RAM would’ve been nice in the Pixel 2 XL to compete with the OnePlus 5 and Galaxy Note 8. Google has dropped the headphone jack just a year after its Pixel campaigns mocked Apple for doing the same thing.
The claims also suggest that Google will stagger the release of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL with the former going on sale starting October 19th but the latter delayed until November 15th. If true, this is a shame because the Pixel 2 XL will be the hot ticket item.
And the Pixel 2 XL is not going to come cheap, though. The new Pixels could be well worth the wait because their promise of truly stock Android and instant updates makes them unique in the smartphone world.
Point to be noted is that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are not the only new devices Google launches this week. But they’re easily the most anticipated, which won’t change even if we now know almost everything. Stay tuned for more on October 4, 2017.
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