Google Pixel 2, Pixel XL 2 Specs Revealed By Benchmarks Get 'Confirmed' Via Leak
Earlier this June, benchmarks revealed the potential core specs of Google's highly anticipated Pixel XL 2, code-named "Taimen."
According to the listing, the smartphone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and 4 GB worth of RAM. This time around, a new leak points to those exact same components while contradicting just a few of them, more or less "confirming" some of the specs in store.
Pixel XL 2 Specs Leak
The word in town is that the Pixel XL 2 will not only have the aforementioned Snapdragon 835 and 4 GB RAM but also a 5.99-inch 1440p OLED display, which is a notable increase compared with the Pixel XL. More than that, it's said to feature narrower bezels than its predecessor.
At the very least, a 128 GB model is going to be available, but other storage options have yet to be unearthed.
As for the other nitty-gritty details, the Pixel XL 2 is going to retain the Pixel's glass and metal combo for the back panel. It's apparently not going to jump into the dual-camera bandwagon, though, sporting just one camera with dual-LED flash.
Pixel 2 Specs Leak
Also known as "Walleye," the Pixel 2 will be fitted with a 4.97-inch 1080p FHD display, similar to the 2016 Pixel.
Speaking of which, it'll not only have more or less the same screen but also an almost identical design as the previous generation, including the large bezels.
That said, what constitutes as an upgrade for the Pixel 2 will be in terms of processing power, as it has the same Snapdragon 835 and 4 GB of RAM as the Pixel XL 2.
However, Google is allegedly ditching the 3.5 mm audio jack in favor of a set of stereo speakers, which a lot of users aren't ready to give up just yet as evidenced by Apple's move with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
So far, the only configuration that's been said to be available is a 64 GB model.
Nexus, Pixel Fingerprint Scanner
The leak says that the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 have different names used to refer to their fingerprint scanners in their preproduction software, where the former has "Pixel Imprint," while the latter has "Nexus Imprint."
Before anyone gets ahead of themselves, it's hard to tell whether or not this is a sign of the return of Nexus devices. The discrepancy between the two may simply be because the developers used a placeholder name, after all.
Interestingly enough, LG is said to provide the display panels for the Pixel 2 line, which aligns with reports of Google investing at least $880 for OLED screens. As everyone knows, the South Korean brand has manufactured Nexus devices for Google before.
The 'Original' Pixel XL 2 Scrapped
Some may be wondering what happened to the "original" Pixel XL 2 or "Muskie." From the look of things, Google dropped the midsized smartphone, choosing "Taimen" over it instead.
That means the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 are now technically "Walleye" and "Taimen" respectively.
For the record, "Muskie" was reportedly supposed to retain the Pixel XL's 5.5-inch display.
Now the leak comes from XDA-Developers, and the website says that it's "confident in the validity of the details presented below, given the source's track record."
Still, until anything is official, it's recommended to take the news with the proverbial grain of salt, but considering what we have here, it isn't a stretch to think they might turn out to be true.
Also, the report doesn't mention anything about a release date, but there's a chance the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will go official sometime in October — that is, if Google will follow the same schedule as it did for the first Pixel phones.
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