Google billboard calls for Pixel 2 event to take place October 4th
A billboard in Boston apparently is the key to determining when the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will be unveiled. "Ask more of your phone." says the dark ink on the white backdrop of the billboard. Underneath that sentence is the multi-colored "G" for Google logo followed by the date of Oct. 4. You don't need to be a member of Mensa to figure out what this billboard is telling you.
The Pixel 2, reportedly being produced by last year's Pixel and Pixel XL manufacturer HTC, is expected to carry a 5-inch display with a 1080 x 1920 resolution. A Snapdragon 835 chipset is rumored to be under the hood with an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 540 GPU. 4GB of RAM is said to be inside. There will be a base model with 64GB of native storage, and one with 128GB of flash memory.
The camera on back, once rumored to carry a 12MP sensor, will allegedly come with EIS instead of OIS so that images can be captured under low-light conditions. With an IP68 certification rating, the Pixel 2 can be submerged in water as deep as nearly 5-feet for as long as 30-minutes, and emerge unscathed. There also will be an always-on display. The 3.5mm earphone jack is gone, which means that there will be a USB-C to 3.5mm dongle in the box. Speaking of the box, Oreo 8.1 will be pre-installed out of the box as will the AI powered Google Lens app. With the latter, you'll be able to take a photo of a movie poster, hear some songs from the film and purchase tickets to see it in the theater.
The latest word is that the Pixel XL 2 will be made by LG and will have an appearance similar to the LG V30. The higher-end model will have tiny bezels compared to the larger borders found on the Pixel 2. And here is some big news; the specs we discussed for the Pixel 2 (outside of the display) will be the same for the Pixel XL 2.
If you're interested in the new Pixel handsets, go ahead and circle October 4th on your calendar!