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Pixel 2, Pixel XL 2 Renders Show That Google Is Ditching The Headphone Jack

Google might just follow Apple's much-criticized footsteps in terms of removing ports.

Rumors now run rampant about Google's second batch of Pixel-branded flagships, the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. The Pixel phones, unveiled in October 2016, stood as the premium choices for anyone desiring a "vanilla" Android phone — or a device that offers an Android experience not hunkered down by bloatware or unnecessary skins.

Several artists have taken a stab at the potential Pixel 2 design, and all expect pretty much similar aspects: a sleek, thin design; a bezel-less display; some imagine dual cameras; and funky colors. Now, both phones' alleged final designs have surfaced via MySmartPrice.

The renders actually came from OnLeaks, a leaker with a pretty excellent track record in terms of accuracy. With that in mind, these new images might actually point to the final designs Google will eventually unveil.

Take a look at the alleged final designs for the Pixel 2:

Take a look at the Pixel 2 XL designs:

Crucial observations: No dual cameras for both phones, unfortunately. But even more worrying — no headphone jack. At all. On the bottom sits what looks like a USB Type-C port, with the rest of the frame clean of any other ports.

The familiar partially glass back returns, this time slightly wrapping around the edges as opposed to the Pixel's flat design. The small glass panel also only houses the camera sensor and the flash, with the fingerprint scanner now embedded on the main metal back panel.

Both phones feature considerably less bezel than their predecessors, which will definitely please ardent fans of the Samsung Galaxy S8's Infinity Display or the LG G6. The renders feature black variants of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, though many expect that Google will release different colorways, much like the original Pixel and Pixel XL.

Google Pixel 2 Rumors

Expect both Pixel 2 phones to come with premium specs, so a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor sounds pretty much like a shoo-in — in fact, the Pixel 2 could come with a slightly more powerful Snapdragon 836 chip, according to rumors.

Upon release, both devices will most definitely run Android 8.0, Google's latest mobile operating system. In terms of differences between the base Pixel 2 and the XL version, it could go mainly two ways: either Google makes the Pixel 2 XL just a larger Pixel, or place more disparity between the devices in terms of power or certain components such as the camera. Going the latter route will result in a more expensive Pixel 2 XL, though.

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