A Quick Overview of the Google Pixel 2: More Bang for Your Buck?

The Google Pixel was one of the most popular smartphones of 2016.  Boasting an excellent UI, advance AI software and an ergonomic design, users were generally quite pleased with this advancement from the Nexus.  So, rumors have already started flying in regards to a sequel in 2017.  It seems that these rumors have been confirmed, as Google recently stated that the Pixel 2 will be released later in the year (the date still to be determined).  So, there is really no concrete proof on what we can expect to see.  However, there are already some hints at what will be included as well as a handful of areas that we would like to see slight improved.  Let’s take a more in-depth look at such predictions.

The Question of Water Resistance

The biggest consternation that many users voiced was that the Pixel could not survive a dunk in the water.  This is in direct contrast to other high-end models such as the iPhone 7, so it only makes sense that this area will be addressed by developers.

What About the Specifications?

We have to assume that the Pixel 2 will represent the new flagship of Google mobile phones.  So, it is perfectly logical to assume that it will also contain a high-end performance package.  While not confirmed, some predictions include:

  • 4GB of RAM
  • The use of the Snapdragon 835 processing core.
  • A quick charge system (similar to the Pixel). Likely QuickCharge 4.0.
  • The use of the Android 8 OS (as opposed to the current Android Nougat 7.0).

The Snapdragon 835 is also predicted to be used within the Samsung S8, so it will be interesting to see how these phones stack up against one another once they are both finally released.  We should also mention that the manufacturers of QuickCharge 4.0 claim that users will receive an incredible five hours of power after charging for only five minutes.  Quite impressive indeed.

The Display?

It is predicted that the current display size of five inches will not change.  However, there are said to be some notable improvements in regards to resolution as well as brightness.  Most feel that the Pixel 2 will finally incorporate 4K viewing technology into its spectrum; an attractive features when playing games or watching movies.  There are also hints that the Google Daydream VR platform may be included although we will have to wait and see if they drop hints towards its release date.  The only issue is that higher resolutions always impact battery power, so there are still chances that the display will remain at its current 1080p resolution.

Two Different Versions

 A final grip that some users had was that the original Pixel was a bit pricey (while nowhere in the realm of the iPhone 7).  Google has hinted that they may attempt to compensate for this will a full version and a more economical alternative.  The only differences in this case would likely be a lack QuickCharge 4.0 and no 4K resolution for the cheaper option.  We also have to wonder whether or not the Android 8.0 OS will be included in the more economical Pixel 2.

The Release Date

This is perhaps the most difficult metric to predict.  However, Google has normally released its phones shortly after Apple unveils its models.  If this pattern continues, we could expect the Google Pixel 2 to hit the markets sometime between October and November 2017.  As we approach this time, more details will likely emerge from the woodwork.  The Pixel 2 could very well prove to be a worthwhile option to consider.