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Pixel 2: Google's Smartphone To Remain Premium

By Grace Anilado , Apr 25, 2017 05:55 AM EDT
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In October 2016, Google released a smartphone wholly designed by them called Pixel. The device has been successful in appealing to both critics and consumers. And this year, the internet company is rumored to follow up on that success with Google Pixel 2.

The device is expected to be released this October and is said to include a high waterproof and dustproof rating. This certain feature is not yet definite, but the Mountain View company is giving it a good thought. Further, one PC Advisor article points to the company's main focus with regard to the phone: camera hardware.

Those familiar with the Alphabet subsidiary's flagship phone would know that the shooter's low-light capture capability is one of its most vaunted features. In Google Pixel 2, they are aiming to make it not just better but excellent. Of course, this improvement will also translate to an increase in price.

There is also talk of a curved screen like Galaxy S8 and the complete eschewing of the audio jack like Apple did. Another PC Advisor piece points to a South Korean publication report that says Google has placed an $880 million order for OLED displays with LG.

Meanwhile, when it comes to the insides of the device, Google is reportedly experimenting between two processors. With MediaTek completely ruled out, this leaves Qualcomm's Snapdragon 385 and Intel chips. With either one, Google Pixel 2 will have faster processing speeds and smoother application launches.

However, all the rumored specifications also mean that the next-generation Google device will fetch a premium price. In fact, Google Senior VP of Hardware Rick Osterloh confirmed in an interview that Pixel 2 will cost consumers dearly. This would be a blow to many who have been hoping that the company will drive their top-end device's price down.

Nevertheless, there is also a word in Silicon Valley that Mountain View is developing a more affordable version of Google Pixel 2. It is anticipated to arrive shortly after its top-tier sibling. But there is a catch. The company is said to be releasing the cheaper phone only in emerging markets.

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