Google's Pixel smartphone was one of the best phones of 2016 and the search giant has confirmed that its successor will come this year. The prev-gen Pixel device was launched in October last year, so we won't see the Pixel 2 anytime soon. However, rumors are circulating around the internet saying that the device will be powered by a Snapdragon 835.
Interestingly, there's more to the Google Pixel 2 than just its processor. The same report claims that Google is working on three Pixel 2 models. The company is expected to update last year's Google Pixel and Pixel XL, and, interestingly, will offer a larger model that might be known as the Google Pixel XXL. Walleye and Muskie are the known code names for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, accordingly. Taimen, on the other note, is also a codename for a third new Google device that might be launched this 2017.
Most likely, all three handsets will use Qualcomm MSM8998 chip, which is reported to be Qualcomm's best system-on-chip platform for Android devices. The Snapdragon 835 is one of the most powerful mobile processors in the tech market to date, at least when it comes to Android devices, so it shouldn't be surprising to see Google eyeing Qualcomm's silicon for its high-end Pixel phones. Specific details on the three devices are unclear yet, but it is theorized that the said Google XXL variant could be designed to compete on the same level as the new Samsung Galaxy S8+, a device that comes with a 6.2-inch screen.
Furthermore, the Snapdragon 835's inclusion, however, could be a notable addition. The chip arrived with Samsung's Galaxy S8 line after Samsung and Qualcomm tied up on its development. The Snapdragon 835 has earned positive reviews from users affirming that it handles resource-intensive apps with ease. Benchmark testing has also shown that the chip is the most powerful Qualcomm has ever built.