Google Pixel 2 Concept: Design, Dual Camera, Fingerprint Scanner

google pixel 2 concept videoScreenShot /DBS Designing/YouTube.com

Since launching in October 2016, Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL were a hit. They provided needy Android users with an alternative just as things went wrong for the Galaxy Note 7. Now the rumor mill is awash with images of Google Pixel 2 concept ideas. So you won’t be surprised when we tell you that a new concept video has surfaced, showing what the handset could look like.

Google Pixel 2 concept

DBS Designing created this Google Pixel 2 concept, which has the handset wearing a design that is so significantly different from the original, that you wouldn’t know it was a Pixel.

Rear panel

When looking at the Google Pixel 2 concept, the first thing you will notice is the same combination of metal and glass materials. However, what’s different is how they are used. The Pixel 2 in the video has a monotone panel, which makes it look significantly different than its predecessor.

Dual camera setup

It seems as though the scramble towards a dual camera setup on the rear of flagship devices is infectious because Google also has plans, if you believe this video, to include one, as that is what this Google Pixel 2 concept is showing us. Since Google hasn’t officially announced plans for a dual camera setup, we don’t know what its specs will be, but it’s thought two 12.3-megapixel sensors will be used.

In comparison, the first Pixel featured a vertically-aligned 12-megapixel sensor at the rear and a 7-megapixel front-facing camera that’s perfect for selfies.

Fingerprint scanner

Another interesting difference between the first Pixel and the Google Pixel 2 concept is the use of a fingerprint sensor. The DBS Designing video shows the sensor placed onto the rear of the handset underneath the dual rear camera. Will this prevent the Pixel 2 from forcing its users to smudge the camera sensor accidentally? We don’t know, but it’s thought that Samsung could also adopt this configuration for the Note 8.

Thin bezels

No smartphone concept for this year would be worth showing you unless it was chasing down a thin bezel look. And that’s what this Google Pixel 2 concept is doing, but of course, there’s no way to know it this is accurate. However, that’s why we’re calling this a concept and not a leak. It could be that DBS Designing just followed the latest rumors, which would mean that they don’t have some special insight into Google’s plans.

We certainly hope that this Google Pixel 2 concept proves to be accurate, as it’s certainly an improvement over its predecessors. Those devices left critics and owners rather underwhelmed from a design perspective. So a move towards a more eye-catching look and feel with less bezel is a positive one.

Manufactured by LG

Last year’s Pixels were manufactured by HTC, which was great for Google to get the first set of handsets with its name out there. Now, however, it has decided to shift allegiances and partner with LG, and some speculators, have decided that this Google Pixel 2 concept looks somewhat like the LG G6.

Google could be changing manufacturers because it wants to shore up a supply of the all-important OLED panels, which would be a good move, considering there’s a worldwide shortage of them due to Samsung’s and Apple‘s neediness. Recent reports in the South Korean press have given some weight to this theory, especially as the Google-LG tie-up is now official.

Possible specs

What about specs? According to the video, the Google Pixel 2 concept has a 5.7-inch QHD+ display. As for what is powering the device, it’s possibly a Snapdragon 835 or another octa-core chipset. A huge 6GB of RAM is expected, coupled with 128GB of onboard storage.

There’s a 3,800mAh pack being touted by DBS Designing, along with fast charging. What we don’t know is if there is a wireless option going to be included. However, as we learn more, we will let you know. Lastly, there’s IP68 certification, which means greater protection from dust and water, which could be why there’s no audio jack.

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About the Author

Darren Wall
Darren is a proud father of two and a dedicated mobile technology writer from the UK. He's been writing about all things mobile, wearable, apps and anything else tech related for many years now for various sites all over the world.

1 Comment on "Google Pixel 2 Concept: Design, Dual Camera, Fingerprint Scanner"

  1. Nice design, but no front facing speakers..

    The Next Pixel Must Return the Google Legacy of Dual Front Facing Speakers or it’s just not a Google design in my opinion. I never want to buy a Google phone that looks like an iPhone. If I wanted an iPhone I would buy and iPhone, I don’t want a Google phone that looks like an iPhone in any way.

    Since the camera issues have been fully solved I’d really hope that Google would start focusing on making the next Pixel a super sounding phone. After all we’re not looking to buy camera’s with our cell phone plans.

    We’re looking to buy great sounding phones with no popping, crackling, background noise when we are on speaker phone calls.

    The next Pixel must focus on great stereo sound with at least front facing speakers but at this point in the smartphone evolution a modern phone would now have to ship with at least 6 speakers. Two above the phone and one front facing on the top side and two below the bottom with one front facing on the lower side. Smartphones should focus on delivering awesome sound quality, loud, crisp, clear no background noise when using speakerphone calls and perfect sound on Bluetooth devices powered by a SOC platform that accommodates quad dac’s for making this happen.

    The price of these phones demand more focus and attention on the sound quality of phone calls and playback of music/video quality. This day and age we should be able to work in the yard and put our favorite music on and be able to hear it loud and clear from our smartphone like a mini boom box.

    We’ve achieved great things with the camera now so we can stop the fierce focus on that for now and focus on delivering sound, sound, sound.. It’s a smartphone for geeks sake.

    The design is very important and this concept rendering is certainly moving in the right direction only lacking the front facing speakers, the moto pure, nexus 6 and 6p delivered. I’m a Nexus 6 owner and I refuse to upgrade my phone which is still performing great until Google releases a dual front facing phone again.

    The Pixel was plain ugly and I’m not going to say it’s a sexy as hell phone when it’s not.. It never deserved that kind of praise from day one, it was an ugly thoughtless design that was rushed and it’s clear no meaningful energy was put into making it appealing in any way. Just goes to show you what money can buy in regard to false opinions in the main stream media.

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