Google Pixel and Pixel XL were unveiled on October 5, 2016, and the first units started shipping on the 20th day of the same month.
Fast-forward four months later and talk of the Google Pixel 2 is already heating up, more than two months ahead of the Google I/O 2017 that will be held in May. You may be wondering why the mention of the I/O 2017 event – well, this is where Android O should be confirmed unless Google has another surprise like it happened with the current Android Nougat, which saw the light well ahead of the Google I/O 2016.
Even though talk of the Google Pixel 2 shouldn’t be here at least until during or after Q2, the great reception of the Pixel and Pixel XL has meant that there is more desire for people to know what Google has in store as far as the phones’ successors are concerned. Although the tech giant has not mentioned anything specific about the Pixel 2, a new concept video has emerged showing off what the phone could look like come the last quarter of this year.
It is important to note that this is not a Google designer, rather, an independent person who has been gaining traction recently with his designs, including a bunch for the upcoming Nokia 3310. From this video, the Google Pixel 2 looks completely different from the current Pixel phone. It takes a metal design with a glass shade on the back and curved edges that have some huge resemblance with the OnePlus 3T and perhaps the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, especially from the back.
There is still no dual cameras for the Google Pixel 2, but the set up looks a lot different from the current one. This time around, the concept creator thinks Google will align the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner with a 16MP camera and dual-tone LED flash. The camera will also come with a much larger aperture of f/1.7, same as the current Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
As far as the specs are concerned, the Google Pixel 2 should ship with a 5.1-inch AMOLED display screen with a Full HD resolution and pixel density of 441ppi. However, if this is not enough for you, the 5.5-inch variant will come in with a QHD resolution and a pixel density of 534ppi.
In order to make it durable, the Google Pixel 2 will come with a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top of it, meaning that the screen is shielded from cracks and even breakings. Under the hood, this year’s Pixel 2 should keep the same Snapdragon 835 that is being rumored for the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Apparently, the search engine giant will join the 6GB RAM club, but there should be a low-end variant of 4GB RAM, especially since this package only made its debut last year and is still plenty.
In terms of storage, the Google Pixel 2 concept video shows off three storage options instead of two released last year. Apparently, a 64GB variant will join the party and the video creator, Concept Creator, is hopeful that Google will debut microSD card support. Even though the capacity is not known, the battery should have a longer life as well as support fast charging through a USB-C port. The 3.5mm headphone port will still be there as well.
Interestingly, the concept video shows off an all-metal Google Pixel 2, but also adds that the phone will be able to support wireless charging. However, the fact that the video mentions something to do with a glass shade on the back panel, this is wireless charging possibly comes in. Software-wise, the phone will be powered by the new Android 8, which should be announced in the coming weeks.
Although interesting, be warned that this is just someone’s imaginations of what the Google Pixel 2 should perhaps look like. While it looks great, it doesn’t say that Google will launch a Pixel phone that looks like this and has the mentioned specs.
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