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Pixel 2 rumors: better hardware, high-end camera, budget model available

By midian182 ยท 14 replies
Jan 27, 2017
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  1. Google only released its Pixel handsets in October last year, but, as is always the case with smartphones these days, rumors about its successor are already arriving. According to 9to5Google’s sources, the Pixel 2 will come with improved hardware and waterproofing, while the company is also said to be releasing a budget handset alongside its flagship device.

    As with the current Pixels, the Pixel 2 will reportedly sport one of the best cameras you’ll find in a high-end smartphone. Sources say that Google wants it to have excellent low-light photography capabilities, and while the MP size won’t be large, the phone will “compensate in extra features,” which could include more shooting modes.

    Many upcoming handsets are said to be waterproof or water-resistant, and it seems that the next Pixel will follow this trend. While the feature’s inclusion is said to have moved from “definitely” to “on the table,” it would be big surprise if Google didn’t make the Pixel 2 shower-friendly, much like Samsung’s Galaxy S7 series.

    The handsets’ chipset is still an unknown element. In all likelihood, the Pixel 2 will feature the latest Snapdragon processor, possibly the 835, but sources claims that some prototype models are being tested that use Intel chips.

    These upgrades don’t come cheap; the new phones are expected to be “at least” $50 more expensive than the current Pixels. But fans on a budget may have another option: a third device could be released alongside or just after the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 that has a much lower price-point. This “significantly cheaper” phone, referred to as the Pixel 2B, will have less powerful hardware and fewer features than its more expensive counterparts, and be primarily aimed at emerging markets.

    We’re unlikely to see the next Pixels until the fourth quarter of this year, so expect plenty of new rumors before then. Really, though, Google should just make sure that the Pixel 2 is problem-free, unlike many of the current Pixel handsets.

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  2. Greg S

    Greg S TS Evangelist Posts: 1,607   +443

    $50 isn't a deal breaker for most consumers of high end smartphones.
  3. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,766   +1,160

    I would really love a Moto G contestant coming straight from Google, that would be a nice refresh.
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  4. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Guru Posts: 679   +495

    I think Google could do better. The Pixels don't seem to be aiming for lowest price, or highest specs. It's like they want some of the profit but aren't worried about being competitive. I got a OnePlus 3T for my wife and she couldn't be happier with it. Looking to buy one for myself soon. Good price, higher specs.
    Reehahs likes this.
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    "Sources say that Google wants it to have excellent low-light photography capabilities".
    So in other words Google can't fix their current lens flare problems so they don't want users taking snaps during good, natural light and that's why they're upping the ante in low light situations. A cheap, yet effective fix if you ask me. Why can't all manufacturers be so forward thinking?
  6. AncientYouth

    AncientYouth TS Rookie Posts: 19   +12

    Oh wow another over priced vaporware phone can't wait
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  7. Greg S

    Greg S TS Evangelist Posts: 1,607   +443

    This is very likely to be released. Hardly vaporware
  8. SirDigby

    SirDigby TS Evangelist Posts: 482   +157

    A great phone but the Pixel was already too expensive considering lack of MicroSD so I needed 128GB, thats why I went for the OnePlus 3T, cheaper for basically the same phone.
  9. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Evangelist Posts: 576   +73

    My parents both have Pixels. Very happy with the performance, camera and generally the battery doesn't cause them any issue. They used local storage mostly for pictures, so unlimited upload is a pretty nice perk. Having vanilla android puts it above one plus for me
  10. mikiev

    mikiev TS Rookie

    I want to see a removable battery. If I am going to get a Pixel 2, that means I need to give my first generation to somebody. And to give somebody something, with the battery already half gone, is something I will not do. So, as to prevent this from happening next time around. I want a see a removable battery. Then I will buy the next generation, and a battery for my current generation, as to refurbish it.
  11. Makson

    Makson TS Booster Posts: 115   +27

    I would accept 'vaporware' to be used for all 'phones which become redundant after a few months, a new one is released and the 'torn jeans' sheeple queue overnight to buy a new release 'phone of which if it was a car only the tyres are updated.
  12. AncientYouth

    AncientYouth TS Rookie Posts: 19   +12

    So this is the phone that should and could have been the original one
  13. m-tec

    m-tec TS Enthusiast Posts: 67   +20

    agreed, or the one the smart people would have waited for!
  14. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,939   +1,488

    Better hardware and high end camera? Never seen that before. Also a budget version availible that looks like a flagship but is smaller and shittier? Never seen that before too.
  15. Billy Vinson

    Billy Vinson TS Enthusiast Posts: 54   +34

    THE PIXEL IS JUNK.... the 2 better be better, but I will not be buying the 2.... Sticking with Samsung, for now...

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