Pixel and Pixel XL successors to launch on October 4, confirms Google
We are done with almost all the major launches for the year except for the next-gen Google Pixel smartphones. But that too is not far away. The search giant on September 14 posted a video teasing its upcoming handset(s) and revealing their launch date – October 4.
Google, on its video sharing platform YouTube, posted a video that had users searching smartphone-related issues such as “What’s wrong with my phone’s battery?”, “Why is my phone out of storage?”, “Why does my phone take so many blurry photos?” and more, followed by the text “Funny you should ask,” and the date indicating the imminent arrival of the handset.
In case you don’t know, Google’s head of hardware division, Rick Osterloh confirmed the arrival of the Pixel and the Pixel XL smartphone successors in March at Mobile World Congress 2017 (MWC 2017) in Barcelona. “There is an annual rhythm in the industry. So, you can count on us to follow it,” said Osterloh to Android Pit’s Eric Hermann when asked about the next-generation Pixel smartphones. “You can count on a successor this year, even if you don’t hear a date from me now,” he added. Osterloh also confirmed that the two handsets will stick with the premium branding.
In the past few months we have come across several leaks and rumours about the next-generation Pixel smartphones. Being tipped as Pixel 2, the smartphone is being said to be manufactured by HTC, which also manufactured the last year’s Pixel and the Pixel XL.
Last month, a FCC filing nearly confirmed that the Pixel 2 is being made by HTC. The documentation stated that HTC will also be bringing its ‘Edge Sense’ feature to the Pixel 2. For those unaware, ‘Edge Sense’ introduced in HTC U11 smartphone earlier this year, lets users squeeze the sides of the handset to perform different functions such as clicking an image or opening an app. A screenshot from the documentation confirmed the feature and also the fact that the device will come with Android 8.0.1 Oreo.
The rumoured Pixel XL 2 on the other hand, is being said to come from LG. It may have a larger screen but a similar design as the Pixel 2. It is supposed to feature LG’s ‘FullVision’ bezel-less display like what we have seen with the LG G6 and the LG V30. This piece of information came from the handset’s FCC documents that showed up a couple of days ago.
Rumours from June indicated both the smartphones to feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 processor out of the box. The processor was said to be equally powerful but with a higher clock speed. However, a recent report from XDA Developers claimed that the processor does not exist and that the duo will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.