Evan Blass is one tipster who has spoiled the secrets of many electronics giants including Samsung and Apple. I don’t know about his sources, but his leaks tend to be notoriously accurate almost every time. He has just revealed the Google Pixel 2 launch date, and he seems pretty definite about it. Not even an iota of doubt. The tipster said in a tweet that the new Pixel handsets would be unveiled on October 5th.
Google Pixel 2 launch date: October 5
The rumor mill was already expecting Google to unveil the second-generation Pixel smartphones in October. The original Pixel devices were unveiled on October 4th last year, and went on sale the same month. The leaked Pixel 2 launch date makes sense, even though Google has not officially confirmed it. We can expect the new Google phones to go on sale in October itself.
Google's second-generation Pixel handsets, powered by Snapdragon 836 SoC's, will be unveiled on October 5th.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 24, 2017
Blass’s tweet leaves no scope for ifs and buts. He said the device “will be unveiled on October 5th.” He added that the upcoming Pixel smartphones would be powered by Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon 836 SoC. Fudzilla was the first to report that Google would use Snapdragon 836 in Pixel 2. The new chipset will be a slightly improved version of the formidable Snapdragon 835 that powers the Galaxy S8 and OnePlus 5.
Google had taken a similar approach with processors for the original Pixel phones. Most flagship smartphones released last year were powered by Snapdragon 820. But the Pixel debuted with an improved Snapdragon 821. The Snapdragon 836 will have slightly better clock speeds for CPU and GPU, according to Fudzilla. It is also expected to bring some battery life improvements.
Google needs to manage the inventory better this time
We hope Google improves its inventory this year. Last year’s Pixel phones garnered praise from consumers and critics alike. But Google was unable to meet the demand. Potential buyers in the US, UK, Japan, and other markets had to wait for weeks to get their hands on the Pixel. Google needs to manage the supply chain better this year. Thanks to the positive response to the original Pixel, the Pixel 2 may sell better than its predecessor.
Google is set to launch two phones in October: Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2. The smaller one will have a 4.97-inch display, and will be manufactured by HTC, the same vendor that was responsible for both models last year. The Pixel XL 2 is rumored to have a 5.99-inch OLED display, similar to the LG G6. The Pixel XL 2 will be produced by LG Electronics, which is also said to supply OLED panels for the new Pixel phones.
Pixel 2 specs
Just like their predecessors, the new handsets are rumored to have a metal and glass back. However, the glass part on new phones has become smaller than before. As a result, the fingerprint sensor is located on the metal part. The rumor mill claims that the Google Pixel 2 would have a single camera on the back. That’s quite surprising given all its competitors including the Galaxy Note 8, OnePlus 5, and the upcoming iPhone 8 sport a dual camera system on the back.
The single camera shouldn’t be a big problem. The original Pixel had the best camera of any smartphone released last year, according to DxOMark. We can expect the search engine giant to push the envelope further with the second-generation Pixel 2. Google was also previously rumored to be working on a third Pixel device, which was eventually killed.
Recent reports claim that Google will drop the 3.5mm headphone jack from the Pixel 2. The removal of the audio jack could be aimed at making the phones more waterproof. One of the biggest problems with the original Pixel was that it lacked waterproofing capabilities. The search engine giant might have also realized that wireless technologies are the future. That’s why it has added support for newer and more advanced Bluetooth codecs in Android Oreo to offer better audio experience with wireless headphones.
The Google Pixel 2 is said to offer 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Both the upcoming phones are rumored to have an Always-On display that will allow users to see important updates without having to touch the phone. It will also have the so-called “squeezable” frame that we first saw on the HTC U11. It lets you launch apps such as Google Assistant or perform different functions by pressing the phone’s frame.
Google Assistant-enabled headphones to debut with Pixel 2
The California company is also working to launch a set of Google Assistant-enabled headphones. These headphones will give you access to Google Assistant even without touching your phone. The Assistant can read you notifications and respond to your queries right through the headphones. They are said to have two physical buttons, one of them dedicated to Google Assistant. It is not yet known whether these headphones will be bundled with Pixel 2 or sold separately.
If the Google Pixel 2 launch date leaked by Evan Blass turns out to be true, it will face tough competition from the flagship phones from two of the world’s most popular smartphone vendors. Samsung has just announced the Galaxy Note 8, which would go on sale next month. Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone 8 is also expected to debut on September 12th and will hit the stores just days before the Pixel 2 launch date.