generation Pixel, but was eventually dropped due to logistical concerns.

Display

A new report from XDA suggests that the Google Pixel XL 2 will feature the rather bizarre display size of 5.99-inches. It isn’t entirely clear why Google will not extend this by 0.1-inches to 6-inches! But this would certainly put this device firmly in the phablet category, with the screen linked with the XL 2 larger than the display expected for the forthcoming iPhone 8.

It is also reported that the smaller smartphone in the Google Pixel 2 range will feature a 4.97-inch display. This would not represent a huge change from the last generation, and similarly no alteration in resolution is expected in either model. This would mean that the Google Pixel 2 features a full HD display, with the larger Google Pixel XL 2 benefiting from Quad HD resolution.

Processor

Although the processor for the Google Pixel 2 has yet to be settled, the smart money is on the inclusion of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. While there is a new generation 836 unit also in the pipeline, Google is not expected to include this technology in the forthcoming Pixel 2 release.

There has also been a rumor that Google will release a so-called Pixel 2B handset. This device would enter the market at a more affordable price tag, with the hardware also significantly less powerful. However, this has been sparsely reported, and it would be something of a surprise if it materialized.

Memory

The Google Pixel 2 continues to be linked with an extremely impressive quantity of memory. Stepping up from the last generation in the smartphone series, it is believed that the Google Pixel 2 will feature a stonking 6GB of RAM memory. This is 50 per cent more than Samsung chose to arm the Galaxy S8 with earlier this year.

Storage

Storage options are expected to begin at 32GB for the Google Pixel 2, with Google likely to avoid including micro SD card support in the device once again. The premium version of the Google Pixel 2 is most likely to feature 128GB of memory, which could be considered slightly lean compared to some other market competitors.

Other hardware

It is widely believed that Google will include USB Type-C in the Google Pixel 2, making this is the standard connector for the series going forward. A fingerprint scanner for security purposes is also anticipated for the rear of the device, despite some reports suggesting that it could be embedded within the display.

This feature has been strongly linked with the forthcoming iPhone 8, and there have been murmurings that Google is also considering a massive wraparound display for the Pixel 2. But if the manufacturer is to pitch the Pixel 2 at a competitive price point, it seems unlikely that this radical fingerprint feature will indeed be included.

Battery

There has been little explicit reportage on the battery capacity expected in the Google Pixel 2. But a reasonable estimation would be a cell in excess of 3,000 mAh, possibly with 3,500 mAh being our best estimation at this point.

Price

As mentioned previously, the Google Pixel 2 will launch at a mid-range price point in the United States. While the Pixel is now an established smartphone, it is still difficult for it to compete directly with the iPhone and Galaxy ranges. While a $50 price increase has been linked with the smartphone, this would still make the Pixel 2 an affordable smartphone in the $700 price region.

Release date

The aforementioned Osterloh confirmed in an interview that “there is an annual rhythm in the industry. So you can count on us to follow it”, indicating that the Pixel 2 to is likely to be released in October, as was the case with the previous generation handset.

UPDATE 06-16-2017: The latest Google Pixel 2 specs indicate that this will be an extremely powerful device when it is released. With 5.6 and 6.1-inch quad HD displays being linked with the smartphone, there is no doubt that the visual performance of the handset should be excellent.

64 and 128GB storage options are expected, although there will be no micro SD slot included for expansion. Meanwhile, Google could push the boat out and fit the Pixel 2 with 6GB of RAM, but at least 4GB is anticipated.

Either a Snapdragon 835 or 836 processor will be fitted in the device, which is likely to be running the latest Android 8.0 O version, rumored to be codenamed Oreo. Meanwhile, the camera in the device will be particularly impressive, with a 12.3-megapixel dual-camera and 7-megapixel selfie capturing snapper.

3,000 and 3,500 mAh battery options will be available with Fast Charging, while IP68 dust and water resistance up to 5 feet will be included. USB Type-C, dual-speakers and the dissolution of the 3.5mm headphone jack are all also predicted.

It certainly seems that the Google Pixel 2 specs will be rather impressive and lead to a powerful smartphone release.

Release date and price

The original Google Pixel was released on October 20, 2016, and a similar schedule is expected for 2017. There are question marks over whether the Google Pixel XL 2 will appear at all, but the release date for whichever devices do hit the stores should be rather similar to 2016.

Despite the premium nature of this handset, the Google Pixel 2 price is set to be rather affordable. Reports have suggested that the price tag of the device may be only slightly more expensive than the Google Pixel release from last year. With this in mind, a $679 price tag has been linked with the smartphone version in particular. If and when the Google Pixel XL 2 does emerge, a $799 recommended retail price can be anticipated.

The pricing of the Google Pixel 2 must be considered competitive considering that the iPhone 8 is expected to retail in excess of $1,000.

An intriguing new rumor regarding the Google Pixel 2 is that the mega-corporation has hired one of the most important Apple engineers. Manu Gulati is described as a micro-architect, and he previously worked for the Californian corporation on chip development, seemingly now leaving Apple after working with them for eight years.

Google Pixel 2

Google Pixel 2 features

Rumors suggest that Google is intending to implement some of the most popular features from the iPhone and Galaxy S8. This will see the dual-camera setup from the recent iPhone 7 migrate to the Pixel 2, while the Infinity display from the Galaxy S8 could also appear in this next-generation handset. This screen type has also been linked with the forthcoming Galaxy Note 8.

Of course, Google will have to brand the display in the Pixel 2 differently from the Galaxy S8, but the device will nonetheless feature a design that is dominated by screen real estate. It is possible that the Google Pixel 2 will also feature a curved display, as this screen technology becomes ever more important and prominent in the industry.

Google has already delivered outstanding photographic capabilities in the Pixel range previously, but the snapper being linked with the Google Pixel 2 is particularly impressive. The dual-camera setup would enable the device to deliver excellent shooting in low-light conditions, but the 16-megapixel rating will give the camera an excellent chance of

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