Google is reportedly working on the successor of the Google Pixel 2, which is expected to be a premium handset.
Earlier in March, the company's SVP Rick Osterloh revealed that the next-gen Google Pixel smartphones will be arriving later this year.
"There is an annual rhythm in the industry. So, you can count on us to follow it. You can count on a successor this year, even if you don't hear a date from me now," noted Osterloh.
His admission confirmed that Google would indeed release the Pixel XL 2 and Pixel 2 smartphones.
No sooner did the news of the Google Pixel 2 and the Pixel XL 2's impending arrival came into light, more rumors about the handset have started emerging online. Here's a look at all that we know about the Google Pixel 2 so far.
Speculations are rife that the Pixel 2 will boast a 5-inch screen and offer a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, just like the current-gen Pixel XL.
The Google Pixel 2 will reportedly be waterproof and have the ability to withstand not only splashes, but also an accidental dunk in the swimming pool. This feature will be welcomed by consumers as the Google Pixel is not water and dust resistant. The smartphone can only handle some splashes. It is believed Google did not equip the handset with these capabilities as it did not have sufficient time.
No Audio Jack
Google is reportedly looking to eliminate the 3.5-mm audio jack in the Pixel 2. If it indeed takes this route, the Pixel 2 will be one of the few Android handsets to do so.
The Google Pixel 2 is also tipped to have a superior camera and the company is reportedly "focusing intensely" on this aspect.
The smartphone's camera will apparently be improved and have enhanced performance even in low-light conditions. While the camera will not have massive megapixels, it will reportedly make up for the same with alternate capabilities.
The Google Pixel 2 is rumored to house a Snapdragon 835 processor and 4 GB of RAM. Some reports have hinted at the possibility of the company testing two CPU options for the handset. One is the Snapdragon 83X chipset and the other has an Intel one.
Google is expected to enhance the battery in the Pixel 2 for better performance, as well as reduce battery drain. The Google Pixel 2 will likely offer support for Quick Charge 4.0.
Daydream VR 2
The Google Pixel 2 is expected to support second-gen Daydream VR. This move will be welcomed by consumers, especially in light of the growing popularity of VR.
The Pixel 2 will likely be the first smartphone to come with the alleged Android 8.0 Oreo, also named Android O, operating system out of the box.
Release Date And Pricing
Google traditionally unveils its smartphones in October, followed by a November release. It is likely that the Google Pixel 2 will follow the same path.
The Google Pixel 2 — codenamed the Walleye — will likely be priced in the same range as the Google Pixel, which costs $649 for the 32 GB option and $749 for the 128 GB model.