Better camera, new processor, and budget model rumored for Google Pixel 2

Better camera, new processor, and budget model rumored for Google Pixel 2
After suggesting the next Pixel device will be waterproof, 9to5 Google is back with a big batch of information from a "source that has been reliable in the past." While you shouldn't go on believing everything you are about to read, the revelations and suggestions about upcoming Pixel devices are interesting.

The source claims that waterproofing is "still on the table," rather than being a definite addition to future devices. Google is said to be focusing on the camera, working on improving low light photography and making the most of a camera sensor that isn't large in megapixels, and adding extra features.

Google is allegedly testing multiple Pixel 2 models with Qualcomm and Intel chips. Apparently, Taiwanese chip maker MediaTek was also part of the project for a time, but isn't any longer.

Additionally, Google is prototyping a lower-priced "Pixel 2B" with a more modest spec sheet. The phone is scheduled for release "alongside or shortly after the Pixel 2" and is aimed at emerging markets, with the goal of bringing the "Google experience and Google Phone" outside mature markets.

While the Pixel 2B will be "significantly cheaper" than its big brother, the Pixel 2 is said to command "at least" a $50 price premium over the current Pixel phones. The Pixel starts at $650, so a $50 price increase is still reasonable for a high-end smartphone.

While there's no time frame for their release, the new Pixel phones should be ready for an October announcement. Google traditionally announces new smartphones then, and it's not likely to skip a beat.

We'll be learning more details about the Pixel sequels in the months prior to their release.

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32 Comments

1. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

As oppose to what, a worse camera and older processor? SMH!!! Thank you for stating the obvious.

2. nedimko_wot

Posts: 115; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

hahhahah is this a joke

10. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Wishlist for the Pixel 2: Add OIS to camera Sexier build, smaller bezels Waterproof Actually being able to buy it

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And dual FFS.

12. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

and u now suddenly care so much about a dual FF speaker? what a coincidence!

26. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I've always cared about it. Maybe you should pay attention to my comments.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Mxyzptlk, first of all the Pixels support Daydream VR. So when the Pixels are in a VR headset, the front firing speakers (ffs) get muffled, and blocked inside a VR headset. Unlike the low resolution iPhone 7 that you own, the Pixels have higher resolutions, and greater density displays compared to any iPhone. Something that is needed for VR, but since Apple themselves doesn't support VR on any of its iPhones. Then I guess you don't care about that stuff. Also the Pixels have a 3.5mm audio jack built in.

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You are wrong. I don't care about VR, so get over it. There's no reason to not have ffs with the amount of bezel space available, but I see that you would rather deflect from the truth than make a convincing argument.

16. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Adding OIS to camera mean bigger camera module mean a bump in the back so its wont be sexier... waterproof no thanks i dont want an overheating oven.... for the rest i am with you.

18. fiji.siv

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

LOL "sexier" when referring to a Pixel. X-D

19. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Seriously... EVERY DAY I look to see if I can get a 128GB Pixel XL!!! SMH

20. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

While I was impressed with the image stabilisation software, it simply looked too robotic when you turned your camera while recording, I think I would rather have OIS as well. I'm also excited to see what they do with their camera as they're still putting a lot of work into improving it. I still think the Pixel's camera is the best smartphone camera on the market.

23. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

EIS inside pixel work much better at stabilizing video compared to OIS on S7 (PA already make article about that camera comparison) but OIS also great since it can help in low light condition (combine it with huge pixel sensor size :D) why not both? it's possible :D (zenfone 3 use 3-axis EIS and 4-axis OIS.. but no one care, lol..)

28. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Nice copypaste of MKBHDs tweet

3. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

in other words you've just told us...Nothing? thanks for the info Captain obvious. slow news day, huh?

6. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

They've told us there's going to be a budget (Nexus-like) version of the Pixel. Try reading the whole article next time before you post ;)

4. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Still 700 bucks for a phone.Nahhhh

7. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

I'll not put 700 usd for a pixel smartphone ..... Not for 2 years of updating ...

8. peace247 unregistered

Kitkat was better than ios 10.3 imo. As long as im getting security updates who cares if im getting only 2 years of os update.

31. sissy246

Posts: 7112; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I agree If my phone is doing fine then I am fine.

9. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Assuming they keep the one year refresh cycle, this Pixel 2 will be dead in the water or won't increase its hardcore fanbase unless it shoots laser beams; every other OEM will have its $700 SD835 + Nougat powered flagship already out and selling for everyone. Qualcomm would have to somehow come out with a much superior SoC before 2018 and Sony/Samsung/Omnivision come out with a fancy new sensor to warrant a proper upgrade.

25. vincelongman

Posts: 5694; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

People said that about the Pixel yet its backordered in most countries The new Qualcomm SoC won't come until at least 2018, likely March 2018, 5 months after the Pixel 2 release Also major jumps in camera sensors don't happen every 6 months (or even every 12 months) The Pixel 2 will be at least competive with the 2017 iPhone and Note8

14. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I'd definitely be interested in a mid-range style Pixel. I can't stomach the price of the current models so a price hike would be nuts for me. Mid level specs with a price to match though? That could be interesting.

24. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

as long as they didn't drop camera quality too much... midranger processor nowadays already capable to handle any apps.. and maybe qualcomm will make next gen midranger processor this year (i.e SD65x in 14nm)

15. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Hope it's Better looking and has stereo speakers

17. fiji.siv

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

"The [Pixel 2B] phone is... aimed at emerging markets, with the goal of bringing the "Google experience and Google Phone" outside mature markets." Isn't that the point of Android One?

21. Panzer

Posts: 282; Member since: May 13, 2016

How can they make a cheaper model? The current Pixel line up is mid range hardware with flagship pricing. I hope to hell the Surface phone becomes a reality. Google is really disappointing me as of late.

22. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

How... How on earth did you reach the conclusion that the current Pixel lineup is mid-range hardware???

29. Panzer

Posts: 282; Member since: May 13, 2016

Well no waterproofing, a FHD panel on 5" model, huge bezels. The camera is the same as the Nexus 6p and 5X though it is a very good camera. WIth the exception of the 821 Snapdragon please explain to me the premium hardware. Then the updates. As a former Nexus owner Google was nice enough to give us the latest bastardized version of Android months later. So don't say software support if they will screw over the Nexus owners when a new line comes out they will screw over the Pixel owners also.

30. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

$50 additional for an already overpriced phone? No thanks. I have no problem spending half as much on something from OnePlus or another Chinese manufacturer, to get 90% of the features the Pixel offers.

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