Google Pixel XL 2 passes through the FCC, won't support T-Mobile's 600MHz LTE network


In a curious choice of timing, Google decided to unveil the release date for its next generation of Pixel phones yesterday, just a day after Apple's iPhone 8/X event. That's just marketing 101, really — Google is simply using the opportunity to remind people that there are high-end options outside of Apple's ecosystem.

And whether it's a coincidence or not, today we've got another piece of news regarding the Pixel 2 series — the Pixel 2 XL, to be more precise. Namely, the device just passed through the Federal Communications Commission's certification process.

Though one wouldn't be able to tell it just from reading the publicly available paperwork: unlike with the smaller, HTC-made Pixel 2 which was certified about a month ago, the Pixel 2 XL docs have been carefully scrubbed of any revealing information this time — sorry, folks! In fact, the only reason we know this is the Pixel 2 XL is the model number, G011C, which was leaked back when LG was revealed as the manufacturer.

But there is one piece of info buried inside users in the U.S. might find interesting: unlike the LG V30, the Pixel 2 XL does not support T-Mobile's brand-new 600 MHz LTE frequency, as the required band 71 isn't listed in the documents. This, however, will only be bad news for people living in rural areas, as the rollout won't reach major cities until at least 2020.

On the other hand, this means LG isn't just slapping a new shell on an old phone and calling it the Pixel 2 XL, but is instead producing it independently — so we might just see some cool surprises once the duo is finally unveiled.

Oh, and about that release — it's coming next month, on October 4th — so mark the date on your calendars. We already know a fair bit about the two Pixel 2 handsets, including some real-life photos of the smaller one, so to get the full info make sure to check out our rumor round-up.

source: FCC via Android Police

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12 Comments

1. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

This is going to be DoA

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Why is that? Not like the new iPhones or the Note 8 are as impressive as they should been, seriously Google couldn't have asked Apple or Samsung to build worse phones lol, this really is the perfect set up and timing for the new Pixels, here is to hoping they can deliver..

4. BuffaloSouce unregistered

If you're going to make such a comment, then include some reasoning why

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

If it wows me I still might get it even though I have T-mo and live in a rural area.

5. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

No headphone jack, no money. Ok, I realise that this is where OEMs are headed, but I think I can fight it for a couple more years. I'll be ready to give up and concede defeat in 2020 :P

6. ikenvape

Posts: 308; Member since: May 28, 2014

I still say that my next phone will either be Pixel, Mate 10, or possibly V30. 3300mah though ugh. Mate 9's 4000mah, ir blaster and now headphone jack spoiled me

7. newbey123

Posts: 701; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

My next phone! Pixel 2 XL for the win.

8. DFranch

Posts: 543; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Pixel XL 2 or LG V30.

9. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Meh, I was hoping it would be an exact carbon copy of the V30 but with a non pressable fps. I hope they don't screw it up by making any unnecessary changes. Or even better, if they shock us and it's an exact carbon copy of the GS8 and Samsung was the real manufacturer. That would absolutely crush everything.

10. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Stiff competition between V30, Note 8, Pixel XL 2, and probably Mate 10. LG V30 just inched up a notch.

11. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

That's crazy that it won't have TMobile 600mhz band. When LG V30 do! What is wrong with you Google?

12. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Wait there might be hope! Just look up LG V30 and band 71 wasn't listed either nor was the 600 kHz!

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