Google is gearing up to launch its second-generation Pixel smartphones on October 4 and it seems like we might already have our hands on the specifications for both upcoming handsets. The alleged specifications for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have been leaked on the Internet and suggest that both variants will share most of the specifications but the larger of the two variants will come with narrow bezels and a screen-to-body ratio of 80-85 percent.
Talking first about the key differences between the Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 2, the former variant has been tipped to come with a QHD Curved Gorilla Glass 5 display with support for wide colour gamut while the latter is expected to come with similar design to last year’s model and feature a full-HD display with Gorilla Glass 5 on top, as per a report by Android Authority. The Pixel 2 XL has been tipped to house a 3520mAh battery while the Pixel 2 is expected to come with a smaller 2700mAh battery.
Now that we are done with the key differences between the models, let’s see the specifications that are expected to feature on both handsets. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones are expected to run Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box, be powered by Snapdragon 835 processor, apart from featuring IP67 dust and water resistance rating. The handsets have been tipped to come with Pixel Cameras with OIS at front and back, and a dedicated ‘Google Imaging Chip’.
Both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are expected to be made available in two storage variants, i.e., 64GB and 128GB, and feature dual front-facing stereo speakers but unfortunately ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack, as per the report. The upcoming Google phones will feature the ‘Active Edge’ sense feature, which has previously been seen on HTC U11 smartphone and allows users to perform certain actions by squeezing the handset’s frame from the sides. This shouldn’t come as a surprise as Google recently acquired the HTC division that was working on the Pixel smartphones.
As per the report, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will come with an eSIM card slot, which allows users to connect to different networks without replacing the SIM card, much like the Apple Watch Series 3.
Interestingly, Android Authority’s source has suggested that the second-generation Pixel smartphone customers will get unlimited Google Cloud storage until 2023. However, it is currently unclear if users will be able to add just images or all sort of files to this storage.
While many of these specifications have been tipped earlier and there are several renders that have also surfaced online, Android Authority says that it has independently verified the aforementioned specifications with an internal document, giving credence to the leak.