Google says Pixel 2 will remain premium, no cheap Pixel in the works

Google says Pixel 2 will remain premium, no cheap Pixel in the works
We're still many months away from the upcoming release of the next Pixel smartphone, but it's never too early to talk about such an important device. The latest rumors about Google's upcoming flagship date from January and imply the company will make some consistent improvements in various areas like the camera and SoC (system-on-chip).

The same report claimed that Google might be readying a budget-friendly Pixel smartphone to go alongside its flagship. Despite all these rumors coming from a “reliable source,” Google has recently confirmed that it doesn't plan to launch a cheap Pixel phone.

In an interview with AndroidPit, Google's head of hardware Rick Osterloh said that “Pixel stays premium” and that there will be no budget Pixel smartphone this year. He goes on to say that his company will leave lower price segments to other manufacturers.

When asked when exactly the Pixel 2 will be launched, Google's official wasn't too specific but offered enough info for us to assume the smartphone will be announced this fall.



Let's hope Google will plan ahead better and will be able to meet the high demand for its smartphones that offer pure Android experiences.

source: AndroidPit

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58 Comments

1. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Bezel and bezel xl

42. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Yes Bezel to make the phone easy to hold and more solid. i hope they keep the bezel. Hater go back to your cave.

56. yyzamin

Posts: 383; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Bezels improve usability. Rotating a Samsung to watch a youtube video its too easy to press back or resents.

58. archous209 unregistered

you can have zero bezel/low bezels withOUT doing a curved screen. It's not the lack of bezels that's the problem, it's the screen wrapping around to the sides. If they didn't do this, there's enough of a bezel of a bezeless design that you wouldn't bump the screen as much as you do with a curved one...

2. hado86

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Sony failed me, I hope we get a pixel 7in tablet this year.

3. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

5.7"+ please,

16. danny_a2005

Posts: 365; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

with dual front speakers like 6p

30. KParks23

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Wish they would just release a new 6p with updated specs, even if it looked exactly the same lol

19. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

I won't buy anything smaller than 7.5"

4. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

And make sure the bezels on this is small

43. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

No dont. we need phone with bezel. If you want no bezel take a S8 or G6.

5. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Cant wait for the pixel 2 and iphone x tbh.. Infact i even believe the pixel will remain the undisputed camera king in 2017 (regardless of what phone comes out within that time) till the pixel 2 comes out.

6. mikehunta727 unregistered

5.7 inch screen and FFS please!! IP68 also at least. SD card expansion would be dope too

40. mikehunta727 unregistered

5.7 + inch display at least,*

44. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

All you said is realistic beside SD card expansion thats wont happen.

7. iczer

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

What's the big deal with bezels? you never look at them, you are focused on the content of the screen, and you need them to don't touch the screen accidentally, furthermore, in my opinion, phones with minimal bezels doesn't look good.

12. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Have u seeing the galaxy s8 and the g6?

17. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Yep imo some bezel is necessary

27. DFranch

Posts: 557; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Because I want the biggest screen I can fit in my pocket. If they waste space with the bezel, that means a smaller screen.

45. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well you have others OEM thats will fit more your need. Me i want some bezel to hold on and protect my phone.

8. Unordinary unregistered

GOOD. BEST ANDROID EXPERIENCE 2016. SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE DUO.

10. mikehunta727 unregistered

Agreed... It's really crazy how much smoother and better the Pixel feels in it's UI performance and etc. It literally feels like a few generations newer vs the S7/Edge and some other Android devices

32. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and looks like a few generation behind... it's smoother just because it use barebones OS, and I prefer extra feature/services than extra 3-4 fps on transition animation

35. mikehunta727 unregistered

Looks are completly subjective. And it isn't a "few frames" faster. It maintains 60 FPS much better then the S7 does and also scrolling is always consistently more smoother on the Pixel. Touch latency on the Pixel is also noticeably lower then the S7 touch latency so yeah. Pixel XL uses same panel as S7 Edge. How about you try the both of them before imagining some scenario in your head? The Pixel's UI navigation and fluidity is noticeably superior to the S7 despite essentially using the same SoC. It's not a secret, Pixel across the web in it's reviews, reviewers kept raving just how smooth and fluid it is. 98% of reviewers have said it's the smoothest operating Android device they ever used in their lifes The S7 in comparison does feel almost like a few generations behind in UI navigation performance and etc Why do LG devices perform smoother then their Samsung counterpart despite having nearly as much bloat installed? Your logic makes no sense here. Samsung's optimization is behind, this is clear, XDA did a fantastic article on Note 7 S820 performance when it came out https://www.xda-developers.com/with-the-note-7-samsung-still-delivers-embarrassing-real-world-performance/ Note 7 performing worse in real world performance measured with built in Android tools in developer options vs a 32 bit 3 year old nexus 6 on S805, despite the S820 being much more powerful.

38. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

As someone who's used both a Nexus 6p and a Pixel, the barebones OS isn't the only reason. My 6p is still quite a bit slower than the Pixel, even though both are using essentially the same OS. What they've done is a much better job of optimizing the hardware for the OS than they've done with any previous Nexus device.

39. mikehunta727 unregistered

to your 6P vs Pixel point Yeah Pixel also uses better S821 SoC, but one big difference too also is the move from eMMC storage in the 6P to UFS 2.0 storage in the Pixel, apps loading times/etc and I/O performance is a lot better from this. Touch digitizer too also is a bit faster in the Pixel although the previous mention has big impact Also native hardware accelerated encryption done by S821 as opposed to software accelerated solution in 6P S835 will come with UFS 2.1

57. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Well to be fair each new phone uses a newer processor and most of the time the difference in performance is minimal. Usually I'd have to go back to a phone a few years prior to see a noticeable performance difference. I'll agree with the move to UFS from eMMC made a big difference. But the S7 series also had almost the same processor and storage, yet their UI brought their performance down. Now plain stock Android will make a difference, but I don't think just putting AOSP on it would see the same difference. There seems to be quite a bit more optimization than in previous iterations, similar to how the 6p and 5x performed much better than other SD810/808 equipped devices. That was due to optimization to reign in the heat issues with those processors. But with the SD821, they didn't have the heat issues to overcome, so performance was able to see a bigger boost. Just my opinion.

46. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I take a smoother experience and then taillor it to my need. like literally 95% of all features on all others phone can be reproduced using apps. If they made it so we can REALLY uninstall those crap features we dont want and get back the storage memory then i be more interested otherwise i want as near stock as possible. my G5 is pretty good in thats aspect as its almost as fast as the pixel ( and way faster than S7 ) at about everything.

33. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

The Pixel is super ugly looking and stock Android is really boring. No thanks. I can't wait for the S8.

36. mikehunta727 unregistered

"stock Android is really boring" You can literally make your Pixel look almost exactly like a Galaxy device with Nova launcher and some icon packs. Apps from the Play Store can replicate many "TouchWiz features" Nougat brings multi window support that was a feather in TW cap for a little while, you can get all this without Samsung's skin bogging down SoC performance There is no allure to TouchWiz anymore. Nougat has included most of the features TW has had for a while including a big one being multi windows for apps now on Nougat. You can do everything a Galaxy does without the lag and jank of it on a Pixel If you like Samsung design better then that's obviously a different story

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