HMD Global is lining up a Google Pixel 2 XL alternative, bigger than Nokia 8

Google Pixel 2 XL, HMD Global, Nokia 8

Looking at the many rumors surrounding the launch of the Google Pixel 2, you’ll agree that the Nokia 8 has a substantial amount of similarities with the 2nd-gen Pixel phone.

There are some good reasons to hang in there until the Google Pixel 2 is released probably in October. If they are to be believed, the phone will ship with the same design language as the original model, which means bezels will still be all over.

The processor under the hood will definitely be an upgrade over the Snapdragon 821, probably the new Snapdragon 835 or maybe an upgraded Snapdragon 836. There won’t be any changes to the RAM and it’s also unlikely that there will be a huge change in the battery capacity. The Google Nexus 5X had a 2700mAh battery unit and its successor only got a 70mAh bump.

Looking at what the Nokia 8 brings, it’s easy to say that the phone can act as a suitable Pixel 2 alternative. It has the same hardware specs, a better – and probably bigger – battery unit, a top-notch camera (on paper) and near-stock Android OS. You also get the 3.5mm audio jack, a feature that the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are rumored to be dropping.

Speaking of the Google Pixel 2 XL, this is the phone that will get the most attention from the company. The design will be overhauled to something new – or rather, something that will make it relevant in a market dominated by LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ as well as the upcoming Galaxy Note 8, LG V30 and iPhone 8.

Google Pixel XL design

Other than the massive design changes, the Google Pixel 2 XL should keep the same hardware specs and features found on the smaller Pixel 2. The screen size will be bigger at 6 inches, but the processor, RAM and camera should remain the same. The battery capacity should also be bigger than the Pixel 2, but there won’t be any changes to the software.

Apparently, HMD Global is working on a larger Nokia phone that fits the bracket of the best Google Pixel 2 XL alternative. We don’t know the exact specs and features, but we know that it’ll have a bigger screen than the 5.3-inch unit used on the Nokia 8 and probably even bigger than the 5.5-inch panel used on the Nokia 6.

Like the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, it’s possible that this larger Nokia phone will also have the same specs as the Nokia 8. Alternatively, HMD could amp it with the likes of 6GB RAM and 128GB storage in order to make it competitive in the tough premium smartphone market.

HMD has reportedly suggested that this phone will stick to the bezel design and not offer an edge to edge display, but a lot is still unclear at this point in time.

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