There are plenty of Google Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P users out there holding out for the release of the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. In fact, there are a few current Pixel owners who will also be in line to get a new Pixel 2 once it’s released.
Google is expected to unveil the phone in the next few weeks, probably this September or in October, similar to the original Pixels. There are so many changes expected, but most of them are directed towards the bigger Pixel 2 XL. As for those looking to get their hands on the smaller Pixel 2, don’t get your hopes too high.
Recently, it was confirmed that HTC will be in charge of developing the smaller Google Pixel 2 phone. The same report, which came from a listing on the FCC, also confirmed a number of aspects regarding the Pixel 2. One such aspect is the squeezable frame, which is no surprise given that HTC is in charge of its production.
This is not the only change that is expected on the Google Pixel 2, there are others too, including a possible departure from the traditional 3.5mm audio jack to the universal USB Type-C model. This has not been confirmed, but it’s likely to be the case. With a missing headphone jack, some people will definitely be turned off the Pixel 2, but is there a suitable alternative?
Apparently, the newly released Nokia 8 is emerging as a top Google Pixel 2 alternative. The phone takes just about the same design approach as the Pixel 2, where you still come across bezels on all four sides of the phones. The screen size is a little bigger at 5.3 inches and it has a better QHD resolution and Gorilla Glass 5, although the latter should also be used on the Pixel 2’s display.
It’s unlikely that Google will make a huge jump from the 2770mAh battery unit used on the Pixel to something much bigger on the Pixel 2, which could easily make the 3090mAh unit of the Nokia 8 an even better option. You still get a USB-C port for charging and PC connectivity. The phone also supports Quick Charge 3.0 technology.
Google is still not offering dual-lens cameras, but as we’ve seen from the Pixel and Pixel XL, you don’t need to have a dual-lens camera phone to get the best photos. Still, with the entry of Carl Zeiss, the Nokia 8 camera should be a cracker. The back has a two-lens 13MP setup and the front has a single 13MP shooter.
Google Nexus and Pixel users are definitely used to a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, but the Nokia 8 has this feature mounted on the front. This is one change you’ll definitely take some time to adjust to, but you will, eventually. But it’s better to get used to a front-mounted fingerprint scanner than a missing 3.5mm audio jack, right? Well, the Nokia 8 keeps the traditional jack.
In terms of hardware, the Nokia 8 matches the expected specs of the Pixel 2, which include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. It gets even better as the Nokia phone has a microSD card slot to expand the storage.
You are probably concerned about the software experience. Even though you definitely won’t get a replica of the experience you’d get on the Google Pixel 2, the Nokia 8 promises a clean interface, which further promises timely software updates, at least when it comes to monthly security patches. The HMD Global phone has Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box, with the upcoming update to Android 8.0 set to be the first real test for the Finnish company in terms of its promises to deliver timely updates.
One little problem with the Nokia 8, though, is that its availability in the U.S. is still kind of uncertain. According to reports, there are no immediate plans to release the phone in this market, but for those in Europe, you have a few weeks to get €599 ready, which is about $700. The phone will start selling in early September in some markets, with others receiving it in the following weeks.
The Google Pixel was valued at $650 and this hasn’t changed. There’s word that the Pixel 2 will get a $50 price hike, pushing it to the same levels as the Nokia 8. Still, it’s unlikely that the latter will be valued at $700 in the U.S., which should play in favor of the Nokia phone.
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