It seems Google is not wasting any time after the first version of the Pixel enjoyed great success last year and moved on to its next Android-powered flagship handset, the Google Pixel 2. However, while the Pixel checked off most boxes, it still lacked waterproofing, which came as a shock since other flagships of the last year were by default resistant to water, dust, or other debris.
Nevertheless, the engineers say they are considering the option for the Google Pixel 2. Including the superior camera and its fabulous features, adding the waterproof feature into the mix can sound trouble for Samsung.
Even though less resistant to water, Google seems to have focused more on the handset’s camera. Hence, no wonder the first Pixel came with one of the best cameras, if not the best, for its Android-powered smartphone. Rumors have it that engineers working on the Google Pixel 2 are working on further improving the camera’s capabilities. However, rather than focusing on megapixels, word on the street is that Google aims to compensate in extra features. At this point, it is unclear what this means exactly.
With new smartphone comes improved processing performance. Hence, the Google Pixel 2 is expected to feature the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, whichever that may be. At the moment, it seems Google is running some tests with the 835 chipset. However, some claim the company could go for Intel CPUs, but it is yet unclear if it’s about full processors or modems. If Google does choose to go for an Intel chipset, this could boost the company’s ascension in the smartphone world. So far, Intel has been struggling to make headway in the smartphone industry.
When the firs Google Pixel was launched, the price matched its features. It seems the company will stick to the same plan for the upcoming Google Pixel 2, as well. Moreover, several rumors talk about a $50 increase in the purported handset’s price tag. This could mean that the Google Pixel 2 could go for as much as $800 for the XL version, while the 5-inch unit is rumored to be sold for $699. However, for those who do not wish to go overboard, the company will probably also launch the Pixel 2B, a cheaper and subsequently less powerful version of the Pixel 2.
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