There have been rumors that Google will be dropping the headphone jack for the Pixel 2, a move that now appears more likely as new evidence has popped up to support it.
If Google will really remove the headphone jack in the Pixel 2, it will find itself in an awkward position, as it made fun of Apple's decision to do away with the component in last year's iPhone 7.
Google Pixel 2 No Headphone Jack Rumors
Last month, renders released by reliable source OnLeaks gave a good look at the upcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2. The images revealed no dual cameras for both models, the return of the partially glass backs, and the shift of the fingerprint scanner to the metal portion of the back panel.
However, another major takeaway from the renders is that neither the Pixel 2 nor the Pixel XL 2 have a headphone jack, replaced in both smartphones with a USB Type-C port.
The absence of the headphone jack in the Pixel 2 now looks even more likely, with new rumors claiming the same.
Stephen Hall of 9to5Google said through Twitter that he received another tip that the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will not have the headphone jack. Hall followed up his tweet by stating that he has seen internal documents that show the move to drop the headphone jack and that he has also spoken with a source who claims to have seen the prototypes for the upcoming smartphones.
Hall, however, said that there is a chance that his information is outdated and that Google had a change of heart in removing the headphone jack from the Pixel XL 2.
In addition to Hall's tweet, a Pixel 2 render created by case maker Olixar and retailer MobileFun showed off more of the same, with no dual rear cameras and the fingerprint scanner at the metal portion of the smartphone's back. The cases, which are assumed to have been based on CAD dimensions sent out by Google to third-party accessory manufacturers, do not appear to show any indentations that the presence of the headphone jack will require.
What Else Do We Know About The Google Pixel 2?
The apparent lack of the headphone jack is not the only thing that we have heard so far about the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2, though.
Previous leaks claim that the smartphones will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 with 4 GB of RAM, with the Pixel XL 2 to be bigger compared to its predecessor with a 5.99-inch 1440p OLED screen and the Pixel 2 to have the same 4.97-inch 1080p FHD screen as the first Pixel.
More recent rumors, however, claim that the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 could be the first smartphones that will come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 836.