Key Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL details emerge, including the launch date

Google Pixel 2 XL

We have been hearing a lot lately about the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, however, most of this talk has been about the design of the pair.

What has remained a mystery so far is the official release date as well as the exact model of processor that will run the show out of the box. Although we knew that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL would be unveiled this fall, there was no exact date, but this is no more.

According to renowned leaker Evan Blass, Google will hold an event on October 5th, during which the Pixel 2 phones will be unveiled. In addition, Blass says that both the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 836, which should be a slightly upgraded version of the Snapdragon 835.

This was the same story last year, where flagship phones released before Q4 came with a Snapdragon 820 while those that came after, beginning with the 1st-generation Pixels, came with a slightly more powerful Snapdragon 821.

This October 5th date makes sense, especially since it’ll have marked a year since the original Pixels were unveiled – on October 4, 2016. With Google having already released Android 8.0 Oreo, the latest leak means the only other details that are still unclear are the camera and storage options. As for the RAM, expect a 4GB module, just like last year.

Other rumored specs include a 6-inch QHD display on the bigger Pixel 2 XL and a 5-inch full HD panel on the 5-inch Pixel 2. With respect to the camera, it’s likely that the two phones will come with the same unit, just like it has been the case for the past two years. There are also reports that the Pixel 2 could come with the same camera as HTC U11, possibly since the company will be in charge of making the phone.

We still have more than a month until the said date is here, which is enough for us to get more leaks about the two phones. Stay tuned.

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