We’ve already discussed to death of what to expect from Apple’s flagships, but now it’s Google’s turn to show off the sequel to the original Pixel. The Pixel and Pixel XL were huge hits from the point of release so it’s only natural to want more from the next stage of evolution from a Google smartphone. While the date of release for the new Pixel phones are yet to be confirmed, we can only assume we’ll see a launch date in October.
The obvious information to take without diving too deep into speculations, is the overall improvements to a new phone. There will be a new camera, improved chipsets and even have a water-resistant body. The Pixel 2 will surely impress for a pure Google Android experience, better than its predecessor.
Give it a squeeze
One of the many rumours flying around is how the Pixel 2 might take a page from HTC U11. The phone might have a squeezable frame, letting the user take advantage of the pressure sensitive feature that allows opening certain apps like the camera app. Hoping to be a little more customisable, you’ll be able to launch other apps of your choice by squeezing your phone.
Big and slim
As usual, concept art and other images are leaked to the market. The latest images are of the next Pixel XL. They are basically renderings of what the new XL may look like. At first glance, you’ll be able to see the 6-inch display with thinner bezels. It looks a tad more rectangular with slightly sharper corners. There can also be different coloured variants in red, teal or the original blue colour of the Pixel.
Ease or hurt the pocket
New gadgets of this calibre usually will cost more than we’d like it to be. At this moment, you’ll be able to get the original, unlocked Pixel for over Tk52,000. This means there will be a significant price bump upward for a new flagship. It’s a premium phone, therefore, it will cost a premium price. But it also sounds like there will be a more affordable option, what insiders are calling, in the Pixel 2B. The specs won’t be as great but it won’t cost you an arm or a leg either. But look at the bright side, it’ll cast $300 or $400 less than the newest iPhone slated to release later this year.
The latest software update from Google is called the Android O. While it’s already available for developers, the newest Android update has yet to be rolled to the mass market. It seems that the new Google Pixel 2 will be the first Android smartphone to roll out the Android O straight from the factory. This introduces a factory setting that will allow users to experience the picture-in-picture apps for multitasking, new app notifications and improved copy and paste options.
It won’t be easy for this new version of the Pixel. They’ll still have to fend off the Samsung Galaxy S8, OnePlus 5 and the LG G6. We won’t consider the new Apple iPhone simply because they are of different operating systems.
Only time will tell if the new Pixel can impress us yet again as the premier pure Android experience on a smartphone.