Google’s original Pixel smartphone is so good that it could be easy to forget to check the latest rumors surrounding its successor, which we’ll call the Pixel 2 for now.
While the rumor mill doesn’t focus as much on Google’s Pixel phones as it does on devices like the next iPhone or Galaxy phone, there still are a few rumored details worth sharing.
Overall, it looks like we can expect some decent improvements over the original Pixel, including in its camera and design. We’re also expecting Google to fill some gaps in features, like water resistance, in the Pixel 2.
There will be two models
At first, it was rumored that Google had two new Pixel models with the code names “Muskie” and “Walleye.” Most recently, however, it appears that Google has canceled Muskie, which was supposed to be the larger of the two devices. Muskie has been replaced with an even larger model with the code name “Taimen,” according to Android Police.
The larger one will have a huge screen plus other features(taimen)
The larger device coming from Google this year will feature a 5.99-inch display with a 1440p OLED panel provided by LG, which isn’t extraordinary given that earlier this year, Reuters reported about Google investing into LG’s display division for their next phone. The phone will sport a smaller bezel than what we saw in the original Pixel XL, and there is a 128GB storage model, though it might not be the only configuration.
The device will indeed pack the expected Snapdragon 835 processor (with the big cluster clocked at the reference 2.45GHz frequency, unlike the original Pixel’s lower frequency in the Snapdragon 821-AB) alongside 4GB of RAM. The back is similar to last year’s with a two-tone glass and metal finish, though the glass window is located near the top and no longer encloses the fingerprint scanner. The device should feature a single camera with dual LED flash.
About the smaller one(walleye)
The smaller Pixel device will feature a familiar 4.97-inch display with FHD resolution. While the design remains “almost identical” to last year’s smaller Pixel, with similarly large bezels surrounding the display, Google is planning to include stereo speakers at the expense of the 3.5mm headphone jack, which our source says will not be present in this iteration.
The phone will also feature a Snapdragon 835 with 4GB of RAM, and there is a 64GB of storage option, making this one of the few small display handsets with premium specifications.
Unlike the original Pixel models, the new Pixels will have different designs.
The larger Pixel model is said to be a more premium device, with a higher-end design and thinner borders around the display, according to XDA. Supposedly, Google will keep the original Pixel’s glass panel on the back of the device but make it smaller on the larger Pixel 2.
The differing designs line up nicely with the rumors that two manufacturers will be producing the new Pixel smartphones. Similarly, the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones that came out before the original Pixels were also made by two manufacturers: The 5X, made by LG, had a decidedly different design than the 6P, made by Huawei.
They both will run on a powerful processor
Both Pixel 2 models will have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor currently found in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the OnePlus 5, which means they’ll have plenty of power. That said, the Snapdragon 835 will be an older chip by the time the new Pixels are announced.
XDA also mentioned both models would come with 4 GB of RAM, which is about average for premium Android smartphones. It should be sufficient for switching among several apps in a day.
The pixel phones will have great cameras
According to 9to5Google, a good chunk of Google’s Pixel 2 development is centered on the camera. Supposedly, Google is looking to “master” low-light photography. The camera is also said to have a relatively conservative megapixel count, compensated with “extra features.”
The original Pixels’ camera is already excellent, so we’re excited to see what improvements Google will implement.
The Pixel 2 smartphones might be water-resistant.
The original Pixels lacked water resistance, but “waterproofing” is “definitely” coming to the Pixel 2 phones, according to a source who spoke with Stephen Hall, 9to5Google’s managing editor.