Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will be unveiled at a media event next month
Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will be unveiled October 4th 2017.
Google mailed-out invitations to the exclusive launch event earlier this week.
The Californian technology company has launched a new teaser webpage, which hints at some of the new hardware tipped to launch during the event.
“Thinking about changing phones?”, the prominent tagline teases.
Google has confirmed it will hold an event on October 4th 2017 – which is exactly one year since it first unveiled the new Pixel and Pixel XL hardware.
Ahead of the launch, Google has started to roll-out a series of billboards across the United States. The simple poster design features the launch date and the Google logo.
Google has also launched a 35-second teaser trailer that cycles through a series of smartphone-themed Google searches.
These staged searches likely hint at some of the headline features planned for the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2.
In the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 advertisement, the following questions are typed into the search bar –
- “What’s wrong with my phone’s battery?”
- “Why is my phone always out of storage?”
- “Why does my phone take so many blurry photos?”
- “Why doesn’t my phone understand me?”
- “Why can’t my phone update itself?”
Google searches about why smartphones are so slow, hot, fragile, annoying, broken, cruel, impersonal, and dumb, are feature in this short teaser.
Some of these queries are easier to decipher than others.
What’s New In The Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2?
Google will likely improve its virtual assistant, Google Assistant, ready for its latest hardware.
The talkative artificial assistant was first introduced with the original Pixel and Pixel XL.
Like rivals Siri and Bixby, Google Assistant can keep you posted about the latest news and weather updates, as well as being able to control compatible smart home devices, add items to your calendar, translate phrases into different languages, convert measurements, and answer just-about any general knowledge question that pops into your head.
The staged searches in the Google Pixel 2 teaser about smartphones feeling impersonal, dumb and not understanding the user, seem to point towards an updated Google Assistant.
Elsewhere, it looks like Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will have improved battery life, compared to their predecessors.
One of the headline features of the first Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone was the unlimited Google Photos storage bundled with the handset.
And judging by the Google search for “Why is my phone always out of storage?” featured in the new teaser trailer, unlimited cloud storage will also be included with its successor.
Elsewhere, Google is expected to debut an Always On display with its upcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2.
This technology will look very different from the ambient display feature available on current generation Pixel phones, sources have revealed.
Samsung has shipped an Always On display on its flagship phones for a number of years.
Google looks set to include IP68 water resistance in its latest Pixel handsets
The nifty functionality enables users to quickly glance to check the time, or any outstanding app notifications, without the need to wake the display.
Speaking of the display, Google is widely-tipped to keep the same sizes as its previous Pixel phones, that is, five-inches for the Pixel and 5.5 inches for XL.
The new Pixel models will also be IP68 dust and water resistant, it has been claimed.
Water resistance has almost become standard across flagship smartphones and it would be nice to see Google join the fray this year.
It would also address one of the criticisms levelled at the original Pixel.
Talking of following current smartphone trends, Google looks set to ditch the 3.5mm headphone port in favour of USB Type-C headphones.
Apple, HTC and Motorola have all debuted flagship handsets without the industry-standard audio port within the last 12 months, and now Google looks set to follow suit.
Like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus before it, Google will bundle a USB-C to 3.5mm dongle inside the box.
That should extinguish some of the pain felt by users looking to upgrade.
According to Android Police, Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will both include front-facing stereo speakers.
The Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will purportedly stick with EIS, forgoing OIS for a second year
The new Pixel hardware is tipped to forgo Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) in favour of Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS) to improve low-light photographs and prevent shaky video footage.
However, the Pixel teaser trailer does show a search for “why does my phone take so many blurry photos?”, which hints that either EIS or OIS will be a tentpole feature on the new hardware.
Earlier reports pegged the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 to run a next-generation Qualcomm SnapDragon processor.
Earlier rumours suggested the new Pixel hardware would be the first to be powered by the latest generation Qualcomm processor, dubbed SnapDragon 836.
This would purportedly boast a number of performance upgrades over the current flagship chipset, SnapDragon 835.
The latter is the processor that powers almost every Android flagship handset launched this year – from the Samsung Galaxy S8, OnePlus 5, Moto Z2 Force, LG V30, and Galaxy Note 8.
However, it appears the Google Pixel…