Google Pixel 2: Will it be the flagship of the year or just another overpriced smartphone?

Everyone’s talking about the Apple iPhone 8 or Samsung Galaxy Note 8, but they are not the only premium flagship smartphones that are worth waiting for this year. Samsung will launch its phablet flagship August 23, while Apple fans must wait until September to witness the iPhone 8 launch.

But before the year ends, Google will surprise everyone with the Pixel 2, at least that is what the rumours about the new phone are suggesting. Google Pixel 2 will succeed the already-popular Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, which made quite an impact in the premium smartphone segment despite stiff competition from rivals Apple, Samsung and LG.

Several rumours have pointed towards an October launch for the Pixel 2 series, which will likely be accompanied by a larger variant called the Pixel 2 XL. If the current generation Pixel series is any indication, the Pixel 2 series will be nothing short of extra-ordinary. But Google must be vigilant of the competition as Apple’s iPhone 8 and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 are going to make the flagship race tense in the market.

So far, there have been several leaks about the Pixel 2 series, all of which point towards a solid rival to iPhone 8 and Galaxy Note 8. In a recent FCC filing made by HTC, which is likely to be the manufacturer of Pixel 2, the Pixel 2 will have a squeezable “Active Edge” frame. The Pixel 2 XL, which is reportedly being made by LG, will also sport the squeezable frame.

There will be no compromise on the choice of specifications for the Pixel 2, which will be powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 or even the SD836 chipset depending on availability. The phone will have 4GB RAM and 64GB storage built inside.

Owing to the popularity of bezel-less designs, Google Pixel 2 will also have slim bezels. Leaked renders have showed no evidence of a 3.5mm headphone jack in the phone, so it is likely the phone will have a USB Type-C port for charging as well as audio. If the departure of the audio jack is saddening, some might even find the placement of the fingerprint scanner at the back of phone disappointing.

Vivo has demonstrated a technology where the fingerprint scanner can be placed seamlessly under the display, so the loss of bezels doesn’t compromise the placement of the popular biometric sensor. The rear-mounted fingerprint scanner was criticised in the Galaxy S8 series, and Samsung seems to follow it for the Galaxy Note 8 as well. By using the latest under-display fingerprint scanner, Google could gain an edge over its rivals.

Other than that, the Pixel 2 is expected to have a 4.95-inch Full HD display while the larger Pixel 2 XL will boast of a 5.99-inch screen with QHD aka 2K resolution. The cameras will include a 12MP rear-mounted sensor and a 7MP front-facing snapper. With all these specs, the Pixel 2 pricing is expected to start at around $649 and $769 for the XL variant.

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