Google Pixel 2 Is It Coming Yet?
In being reticent about coming line upgrades Google is just a runner-up to Apple. It’s the second company that usually arises a lot of contradicting rumors about its’ next products.
At the beginning of this year the grapevine brought the news about three successors of Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. Their monikers also leaked: Walleye and Muskie respectively, and much bigger Taimen. They’ve all been rumored to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset and the GFXBench that proved this version was leaked.
This top line SoC has no successors so far and is considered the best choice for multimedia features, pictures, and cool performance. It’s not only the most miniature mobile CPU on 10-nm process but also the coldest one thanks to the most advanced microarchitecture.
Among other features GFXBench listed were: a slightly bigger screen, 2,560×1,312 resolution with Android navigation buttons excluded. The inclusion of these buttons gives us 2,560 x 1,440 or QHD resolution. If we count the navigation bar as well, we get the resolution used in last year’s Pixel XL. Further calculations bring back a 5.7-inch panel.
Phablet or Phone?
So here we have a phablet rather than a phone Google Pixel of 2016 was. The closest counterpart is Motorola Nexus 6 with a bigger touchscreen than that of the Pixel XL. Or the first new Google tablet since the Pixel C, which launched in 2015. If it will involve some changes in overall design, remains unclear. HTC, the company that will be manufacturing the smartphone, is well known for its approach to the look of the devices. Probably, they’ll do something to it.
3D Graphic Performance of Google Pixel XL2
- OS: Android 7.1.1 – Android Google Play Edition (user/test-keys).
- Display: 2560 x 1312, 5.6-inch. Touchscreen with at least 5 finger gesture support.
- CPU: Octa core CPU @2.4Ghz. SoC: Qualcomm (ARMv8).
- GPU: Qualcomm Adreno ™ 540.
- OpenGL API: OpenGL ES 3.2 Adreno (TM) 540.
- OpenCL API – GPU: OpeCL 2.0. QUALCOMM Adreno (Tm).
- Memory: 3.6GB.
- Storage: 100GB.
- Back camera: Picture – 12 MP (4160 x 3120). Video – UHD (4k) (3840 x 2160). Autofocus, face detection, flash, HDR photo, touch focus.
- Front camera: Picture – 7 MP (3840 x 2160). Vide0 UHD (4k) (3840×2160).
The hardware, the Pixel XL 2 seems to run on, remains the same: 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 12 MP rear camera, and an 8 MP selfie cam. Android 7.1.1 Nougat will surely be replaced with Android 8.0.0 on board. It would be a shame to stick to Nougat with Snapdragon 835.
Pixel XL Enhanced?
For a while Google’s intentions were quite clear. They wanted to continue the Google Pixel XL, the smartphone with the bigger screen and the small budget Pixel smart to attract more users. The Pixel line got too many rivals within the Android premium segment to say nothing about the iPhone. Even with the latest Android and SoC aboard it’s hard to stand against Samsung and China brands. Motorola and Huawei featured the same if not the wider gamut of connections and multimedia features while Xiaomi and Asus toss in the cheaper price for their flagships.
Probably, they in Google decided to address the both groups of consumers: the top and the entry level in a desperate attempt to conquer the market.
Coming This Fall – Two Pixels
The company hints, only two Pixels will be coming out this fall after all. They pulled the plug on Pixel XL’s direct successor – the Muskie. This leaves us with the smaller Pixel’s successor Walleye and it’s bigger sibling – Taimen. Probably, it’s the last that shall be branded by Google.
A strange decision to be honest. First, there’s no need to cut the line down to two models only. The mid-level sells always well. Second, phablets are out of trend already. They are clumsy to work single-handedly and too weak to pitch against tablets. Speaking of which, why Googled ditched their tablet I can’t wrap my mind around either. Instead of working the way into the iOS ecosystem it would be wiser to roll out the Google branded tablet after all. If you start with smartphones, why stop then?
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