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Google Pixel 2 rumor will surely make a lot of people angry

by Brandon Russell | June 26, 2017June 26, 2017 11:30 am PDT

Ever since Apple ditched the headphone jack, competing manufacturers have been hesitant to follow suit. The LG G6 and Galaxy S8, for example, both feature headphone jacks, while the recently-introduced OnePlus 5 also retains the beloved port.

So, it’s a little surprising to hear Google may axe the headphone jack when the Pixel 2 is introduced later this year.

According to sources on XDA, the smaller Pixel sequel, codenamed “Walleye,” will reportedly feature a 4.97-inch display with FHD resolution and a design nearly identical to last year’s Pixel. The only difference will be its lack of a headphone jack.

However, as a consolation, the device will reportedly feature stereo speakers.

Walleye will allegedly feature the same large bezels, a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. The device is also expected to feature an improved camera.

Meanwhile, Google is also expected to introduce a larger Pixel device, codenamed Taimen, that will feature a 5.99-inch display with a 1440p OLED panel from LG. This one is said to be edge-to-edge.

It’s unclear, however, if Taimen’s design will differ at all from Walleye. The source on XDA also doesn’t specify whether or not the device will feature a headphone jack, but considering Walleye won’t, Taimen probably won’t either. Similar to existing Pixel models, Taimen is expected to feature a single rear-facing camera.

Google was rumored to introduce a third model, codenamed Muskie, but that handset has since been cancelled, according to reports.

With Android O said to hit before the end of summer, perhaps we’ll see Google’s new Pixel devices launch at the same time. Hopefully, with Taimen said to sport an edge-to-edge display, it won’t be much more expensive than the current Pixel XL, which you can get for $769.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...