Almost one year after launching the first Pixel smartphones, Google is all set to announce the latest Pixel phones on October 5. According to a leak by Evan Blass on Twitter, Google will launch the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 on October 5, 2017.
The next-generation Pixel smartphones will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 SoC. The Pixel 2 announcement comes almost exactly one year since Google announced the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.
The Snapdragon 806 SoC is slightly more powerful than the current flagship 835 SoC. Of course, Google would want the latest and the greatest specifications on paper when it launches the Pixel 2 smartphones.
Google is expected to get rid of the headphone jack on the Pixel 2 smartphones. The move, a rather unexpected one, comes after Google publicly posted how its Pixel phones were better because they carried a headphone jack while Apple decided to let go of the old 3.5 mm headphone jack on its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus last year.
So far we’ve seen plenty of leaks that suggest how the Pixel 2 smartphones may look like. Pixel XL 2 has had very fewer leaks this year so it might turn out to be a surprise for many. Pixel 2 is expected to ship with a 4.97-inch display while the Pixel XL 2 may feature a 5.5-inch display with a QHD resolution.
It’ll be interesting to see how Google justifies the move.
Another interesting element we’re getting whispers about is a pair of smart wireless headphones that Google may announce with the Pixel 2 smartphones. Google has reportedly been working on a pair of smart headphones that will include support for Google Assistant. One can imagine these as Google’s version of AirPods which Apple launched last year.
Apart from removing the headphone jack and offering an adapter for the same, Google may project its own smart headphones as a decent wireless alternative to wired headphones. The company may also include an attractive price tag with its wireless headphones.
Meanwhile, Apple is reportedly announcing its new iPhones on September 12 this year. Samsung has already launched its Galaxy Note 8 smartphone yesterday. Consumers will have an interesting time ahead, deciding which flagship smartphones fare the best amongst a rather peculiar competition.