Pixel XL were released last year, the devices received mixed reactions from critics and users as well. Many were complaining about the devices’ steep price tag and lack of water resistance. Moreover, its generic design didn’t exactly impress a lot of people. Critics say that people could purchase a phone with the same power as the Pixel’s but for a much lower price range.
Google is expected to change all of that when it releases its second-generation of Pixel – Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2. Although the company has not released any official information about the new devices, rumors are already circulating around the internet in anticipation of the latest flagship smartphones.
According to a report by XDA Developers, the smaller Pixel will feature a similar 4.97-inch 1080p display that the current model uses, with an “almost identical” design. As for the larger version, it will reportedly sport a larger 5.9-inch display with a 1440p OLED panel and “a smaller bezel than what we saw in the original Pixel XL.”
XDA Developers says the phones will keep the two-tone look on the back of the phone, but the glass window will be smaller, covering the camera but not the fingerprint sensor.
It was somewhat surprising that Google opted to skip IP68 water resistance in the original Pixel, but there are signs it will rectify that in its next handset. As 9to5Google explains, the feature is “on the table” for the Pixel 2—although sources had previously informed the site that it was a priority for the next release.
In a blog post, Google has already shown off some incredible results from its experimental nighttime photography techniques that use the existing Pixel camera to generate some incredible low-light images, and we’re hoping some of that processing power makes its way into the Pixel 2.
Conventional wisdom has it that Google’s next phones will indeed be called the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. However, Google hasn’t always been linear with its naming. For example, the Nexus One was followed by the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus before the Nexus 4. So Google might throw us a curveball with the next Pixel.