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Google Pixel 2 leak reveals underwhelming changes on the way

by Brandon Russell | September 6, 2017September 6, 2017 2:30 pm PDT

When the Google Pixel 2—Google’s smaller Pixel device—is released next month, it’ll be more of an evolutionary release, rather than revolutionary. 9to5Google has some new details about the device, giving us a clear idea of what to expect.

The most basic upgrades coming to the Pixel 2 include a new slate gray color, IP68 water and dust resistance, and only two storage options of 64GB and 128GB. The display, meanwhile, will be a 4.97-inch Full HD panel, making it slightly smaller than last year’s Pixel.

The report also claims the camera will continue to use EIS, rather than OIS, with a bigger focus on improving low light performance. It doesn’t appear either the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL will feature a dual-camera setup.

Despite the marginal improvements, including a Snapdragon 835 processor (not a Snapdragon 836, as previous rumors claimed), the device is expected to be more expensive. Just how much Google plans to raise the price remains to be seen. The original Pixel had a starting price of $649 with 32GB of storage.

9to5Google goes on to say neither the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL will have a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is something we’ve heard before. Google is reportedly planning a major defensive PR strategy that will explain its reasoning behind the decision, with one possibility being the release of Assistant-powered headphone as a compromise.

The Pixel 2 is also said to feature an improved ambient display, which will now have an always-on option, and Google Lens, which Google first unveiled earlier this year.

Google hasn’t revealed any details about the Pixel 2 yet, but we have a fairly good idea of what to expect, including the October 5 date when the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will launch (or, at least, be unveiled).

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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...

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