Google has finally confirmed that it will be announcing the new Pixel smartphones on the 4th of October. The company has set up a new page on its website, where you can enter your email address to be notified when the new Pixel smartphones are official. The teaser campaign wants you to “ask more of your phone”. Previously, the event was rumored to be held on the 5th of October.
While last year’s Pixel smartphones were both manufactured by HTC, this year only the smaller Pixel will be manufactured by the Taiwanese smartphone maker. The bigger model, successor to the Pixel XL from last year, is being manufactured by LG instead. In terms of design, the HTC-made Pixel 2 will largely be identical to its predecessor, although the back will be slightly different with a smaller glass area. The bezels on the smaller Pixel 2 will not be any smaller than last year’s model, so if you find the whole ‘bezel-less’ trend to be highly attractive, the Pixel 2 will not impress you.
The bigger Pixel XL 2, since it is manufactured by LG, will feature a ‘bezel-less’ front similar to the South Korean company’s G6 and V30 flagship smartphones. While the display size hasn’t been confirmed, rumors suggest the Pixel XL 2 is going to sport a 5.99-inch sized display with Quad HD+ resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. Both upcoming Pixel smartphones will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 64-bit octa-core chips, just like most other flagship handsets released this year. As for key upgrades, rumors suggest Google has improved the low-light performance of the cameras this time, so there is a good chance that the two Pixel handsets will set a new benchmark when they go on sale next month. Apart from improved camera performance, both models will also feature an IP68 certification for dust and water resistance, USB Type-C audio, and stereo speakers. In terms of software, Google is expected to ship the two smartphones with Android 8.1 Oreo operating system out of the box.