Google’s Pixel 2 could launch as soon as October 5

Pixel 2 XL
Google's Pixel 2 XL retains the dual-tone rear of the original

While everyone swoons over the Galaxy Note 8, some of us here are waiting with bated breath for what’s going to be the phone of the year: Google’s Pixel 2. The last Pixel was released on October 4, 2016 and now trustworthy tech news leaker @evleaks predicts the Pixel 2 will be unveiled on October 5. That’s not all. He also gives us insight into what will power it: an industry-leading Snapdragon 836.

With the first Pixel generation, Google tweaked the then-favorite Snapdragon 820 in favour of the brand-new Snapdragon 821. Google being Google, the search giant is apparently doing the same with Pixel’s second generation. This year’s flagships have been favouring the Snapdragon 835 and Google has tweaked and bettered it in the form of the 836. Separate reports have claimed the 836 will have slightly higher maximum speeds for the CPU and GPU. It will also improve on battery life. Snapdragon’s 835 made its debut closer to the start of this year. It’s been long enough to expect a marginal increase in performance, though any significant boost seems unlikely.

Last year’s Pixel was Google’s first foray into designing a device from the ground up and ditching its Nexus model. It was an experiment and boy did it work. The downside was the phone was hard to get a hold of. It was also priced on the higher side. With its obvious success and Google’s extensive promotion of the Pixel brand, we’re hoping for widespread availability.

What we know so far

Like the first generation of Pixel phones, Pixel 2 will come in a standard and an XL size. The standard Pixel 2 is being manufactured by HTC and the Pixel 2 XL is being done by LG. This is the first time Google will be working with two separate OEMs simultaneously. Leaked renders show a beautifully polished design for the Pixel 2 XL. HTC’s Pixel 2 will also be borrowing HTC’s squeeze feature from it’s U11 flagship. It lets you squeeze the sides of phone to perform actions such as hailing Google’s Assistant.

With just a month-and-a-half to go to launch, expect more rumours and leaked images. We’ll be covering it all.