What do we want from the Google Pixel 2?
A new, delicious version of Android is here, so now we’re looking to the next big Google announcement: new phone hardware.
Up until recently, we thought this year’s crop was to be a fairly predictable update to last year’s — two devices built by HTC with improved specs and a newer version of Android. But things change.
Here’s what we do know: two phones, with an unveiling on October 4, 2017 in San Francisco. The rest? Read on for more.
Google Pixel 2 — HTC ‘walleye’
The first rumors around next-gen Pixels suggested that HTC would once again be the manufacturer of two Pixel phones in 2017, and that perhaps the company had signed a multi-year contract with Google for the privilege. Previous Nexus and Pixel devices have been named after various kinds of aquatic life, and so when references to devices named “walleye” and “muskie”, appeared, they fitted the bill. Both “walleye” and “muskie” were expected to be from HTC, with updated designs similar to that of the original Pixels.
In June 2017 the news broke that “muskie,” the larger of the two HTC phones, had been canceled by Google in favor of a new Pixel — this time produced by LG.
Specs in the Pixel 2, according to rumors, would unsurprisingly include Qualcomm’s very latest processor — likely a Snapdragon 835. Recently those rumors have been corroborated by a report on XDA suggesting the smaller Pixel 2 would feature 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The screen size would purportedly stay around 5 inches, with a 1920×1080 display resolution.
In August 2017, the leaks really began: we saw the first “live” photo of the Pixel 2, which greatly resembles the original smaller 5-inch Pixel with a few small alterations, including a much larger camera module