Google hardware designer reveals early Pixel 2 iterations

Google hardware designer reveals early Pixel 2 iterations
Despite the fact that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were manufactured by HTC and LG, the phones were fully designed Google. Ivy Ross, lead hardware designed at Google has just revealed some of the early iterations of the Pixel 2, which made its debut on the market back in October.

Currently, Ross is responsible for the design of all Google products, including the popular Home Mini, Daydream View, and Pixelbook. According to her, the most important design aspect for Google's hardware is to make products that perfectly fit into our lives and homes.

Apparently, Google considered a couple of design changes for its new Pixel phones, including swappable backplates, monochrome read with the fingerprint scanner in one of Google's colors, as well as larger edges with a slimmer middle.

The early versions of the Pixel 2 appearing in the picture seem almost the same, but if you look closer you'll notice that some are slightly thicker than others. A constant of all the iterations is the use of two colors to split the phone into two distinct parts.

I guess it's quite interesting to be able to virtually go through the whole process of creating the hardware design for a new smartphone, and see how it evolves between different stages of production.

source: Google via 9to5Google

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Pixel 2
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128GB
  • Battery 2700 mAh



1. aegislash

Posts: 1537; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I played with a Pixel XL 2 recently and was shocked at how thick the side bezels are. Was that the design trade-off for implementing the stupid squeeze to launch Assistant feature?


Posts: 432; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Side bezel on the XL 2 is not bad. I starting think people just want to complain about something. You get pretty minimal bezel, water resistant, dual speakers but complain about side bezel..... The world is to spoiled, and as an owner of the XL 2 I'll Samsung is getting close to perfection minus software.

7. uktel3315

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

my exact thought. And most people who complains don't even own it. they just start complaining based on what other people are complaining in the internet. I own pixel 2 xl and the bezel for me perfect, because i use a case and that case covers the side bezel completely.

3. waqarz

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

Exactly they only want something to complain

4. Jrod99

Posts: 781; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Don’t mind the design but the hardware issues. Still haven’t seen the 2 xl. Only the 2 at Best Buy and it was pass code locked so no tinkering.


Posts: 480; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

I like the camera and flash tucked more into the corner

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