UPDATE 21-Sep-2017: Ahead of the release of the Google Pixel 2 XL, it seems that the cat has been firmly let out of the bag. A major league has provided many of the details regarding this forthcoming Google device, meaning that there may be a few surprises when it is officially unveiled. Leaks also provided important data on the PixelBook and Home Mini from Google, as the mega-corporation readies itself for a major event in October.
Droid Life can be credited with this latest information, with the publication having acquired images, specs and pricing details of all devices to be launched by Google in the coming weeks. This really provided a valuable insight into the Pixel 2 XL; the phablet release of the two devices expected in the Pixel 2 generation.
Although the Pixel 2 will be the mainstream smartphone device in 2017, many consumers and market observers are actually looking forward to the Pixel 2 XL with more anticipation. This mobile will feature the more radical and revolutionary features, and is set to be the more exciting of the two releases.
With this in mind, it is interesting to examine the information provided by Droid Life. Aside from providing new images of the forthcoming Pixel 2 XL, the publication also indicates that there will be three color variants released in 2017. Black and white versions of the Pixel 2 XL will be joined by a third model described as ‘Just Black’ in color, which may be rather similar to the Jet Black variant offered in iPhone releases.
Leaks also indicate that consumers will be offered 64GB or 128GB of storage when the Google Pixel 2 XL is released. This is perhaps still a little on the slim side, considering that Apple iPhone users can select a variant with 256GB of storage, and Samsung Galaxy devices come complete with Micro SD card capacity.
Droid Life also released details on pricing. According to the publication, the 64GB model of the Pixel 2 XL will cost $849, with the 128GB model increasing in price to $949. This suggests that the Pixel 2 well retail at around s$749 for the entry-level unit.
Certainly these can be considered competitive prices, but the gap between the Google smartphone and its more established rivals has certainly narrowed significantly. Considering that the iPhone X can be purchased for only $50 more than the most expensive version of the Pixel 2 XL, this will certainly pose consumers with a serious decision. The Pixel series is certainly moving away from being a mid-range purchasing options, and instead becoming more of a premium release, with this $80 price hike.
Final confirmation on the specs to be included in the Google Pixel 2 XL has yet to come to fruition, though. Google has essentially managed to keep this key information rather quiet this year. However, many of the specifications are now strongly suspected by those who follow the Google mobile division closely, with inside information providing further clues.
Firstly, it is largely believed now that Google will ultimately opt for the Snapdragon 835 SoC to power the unit. There had been some reports that the state of the art Snapdragon 836 was being considered for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, but the consensus of opinion is now that Google will opt for the older processor.
Alongside the 835 unit should be 4GB of RAM memory. This would mean that the Pixel 2 XL is armed with the same quantity of RAM as the Galaxy S8, and more than the recent iPhone X release.
The screen of the Pixel 2 XL has also been pretty much confirmed by benchmarking. This critical data indicates that this forthcoming release will benefit from a virtually six-inch display (5.99-inches to be precise). Additionally, Google will arm the Pixel 2 XL with Quad HD resolution, ensuring that the display in the device should be rather impressive. However, it seems that there will be no wraparound display in the Google Pixel 2 generation, despite the popularity of this design parameter in the mobile industry.
Another major aspect of the Google Pixel 2 generation that will certainly be included in the Google Pixel 2 XL is the Active Edge technology that has been utilized previously by HTC. Users of the Pixel 2 XL will be able to squeeze the sides of the device in order to access various features and functionality. In particular, it is expected that the Google Assistant will be accessible via this innovation. HTC previously included a similar system in its U11 smartphone.
The leaked images of the Google Pixel 2 XL also seem to confirm that the manufacturer will remove the headphone jack that has been a prominent physical feature of the smartphone series. This was, of course, something that Apple already decided to do with the iPhone range, and it seems that Google is ready to follow suit. Assistant-powered wireless earbuds could be bundled with the smartphone in order to compensate for the removal of the port.
Aside from that the design of the Google Pixel 2 XL, it is also believed that the developer will face serious challenges in delivering enough units at launch. Google has already struggled to deliver satisfactory stock of both the original Pixel smartphone and previous Nexus releases, with demand continually outstripping supply.
Considering that Apple has recently switched to the OLED technology that Samsung has made so popular, it is thought that there may be a shortage of such displays for Google to utilize in its Pixel 2 range. This is something that the mega-corporation must address rapidly and efficiently if the Google Pixel 2 XL is to be a major success.
UPDATE 30-Aug-2017: With the Galaxy Note 8 having been unveiled and the iPhone 8 imminent, the Google Pixel 2 XL completes a triumvirate of intriguing phablet releases. The Samsung device is expected to deliver premium features that rival the market leaders in 2017, as Google invests an increasing amount of energy in its hardware products.
So the latest reports on this device are interesting to analyse, particularly as it seems that Google will opt for a virtually bezel-less display for its premium phablet. There has been some debate over this matter, with other whispers suggesting that the screen could feature a more conventional design.
It is now settled that LG will be involved in the manufacturing of the Pixel 2 XL for Google, meaning that the designer will likely incorporate common design elements from LG devices. The latest LG G6 certainly embraced a display with seriously slimmed down bezels, and this is now expected to appear in the Pixel 2 XL release.
While Google will want its smartphone to differ from other devices to a certain extent, the fact remains that LG is unlikely to produce something too radically departed from previous handsets.
Another reason for Google to embrace the bezel-less display in its premium handset is that it