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Google Pixel 2 leak reveals underwhelming update—and one change that’ll have fans fuming

by Brandon Russell | August 4, 2017August 4, 2017 10:30 am PDT

While we’re expecting big things from the Pixel 2 XL when it launches later this year, the smaller Pixel 2 will be decidedly less exciting.

VentureBeat has acquired details on the Pixel sequel, revealing the device will look quite similar to what we saw last year, big bezels and all. It’s difficult to tell in the image shared by VentureBeat, but the site suggests it won’t adopt a bezel-less design unlike its larger brother.

Bezel-less screens have become popular among the market’s biggest flagships, including the LG G6 and Galaxy S8. Google is still expected to introduce a bezel-less design to the larger Pixel 2 XL, codenamed Taimen, which is rumored to be in the capable hands of LG; the smaller Pixel 2, codenamed Walleye, will again be made by HTC.

VentureBeat goes on to say neither Pixel device will adopt the dual-lens camera layout we’ve seen introduced by Google’s competition. But despite allegedly sticking with a traditional single lens arrangement, we have faith both Pixel devices will continue to offer market-leading quality.

The report goes on to claim both phones will feature front-facing stereo speakers and a squeezable frame, the latter feature of which we saw in the HTC U11. It’s still unclear how Google plans to implement the squeezable features, but one would assume it’ll integrate heavily with Google Assistant.

And, finally, VentureBeat reiterates what we’ve heard before, and something Pixel fans will no doubt take issue with: “Google has opted to do away with 3.5-millimeter headphone jacks on its offerings this year,” VentureBeat wrote on Friday.

The good news is that both phones are rumored to launch with a Snapdragon 836 chip, making them the first devices to feature Qualcomm’s latest mobile processor. For what it’s worth, VentureBeat’s report makes no mention of specs, so there’s still no confirmation.

Expect Google to unveil its next Pixel devices in the next couple months. If you’re unimpressed by the Google Pixel 2’s design, the below gallery shows off the Pixel 2 XL’s alleged bezel-less design.


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...